Hideo Middle School eighth-grader Ayu Tateishi, as a member of the tennis club, is of course a cool girl who is popular among the girls in the school. Actually, she's an ordinary girl pretending to be cool, because Kaji-kun of the baseball team likes her.
She is adored by the transfer student Nina Sakura. Nina actually has a huge secret?! Because she is a young witch who transferred from the magic kingdom. She's a real witch which a magic computer and a magical treasure box. But this magic always causes big problems!!
Now back to the boys. Of course there's Tetsushi Kaji, the up-and-coming ace of the baseball team, who is very popular among the girls, and his best friend, the calm and quiet member of the tennis club, Hiroki Tsujiai, and many others.
This story is a school love comedy set at Hideo Middle School, starring the cool beauty Ayu, the young witch Nina, the baseball team's Kaji-kun, and the tennis team's Tsujiai-kun. Also, there are original characters that Yoshizumi-sensei designed specifically for the anime, so please look forward to it!
The story starts not too quick, but not too slow. Ayu and Nina are good friends who are attending the same school, but Ayu is the only one who knows that Nina is a witch from the Magic Kingdom. However, Nina isn't really good at magic and that's why she came to this world. Of course there's a boy that Ayu likes, Kaji. The show views Ayu's and Nina's daily life around school, magic, love, etcetera. It doesn't sound that original and that's true, but it has good point and that's why this show immediately grabbed me from the first episode. The story has this really lovely ending, which I didn't really expect and it still was good.
The art was okay. The persons are pretty good looking and the backgrounds are sometimes pretty cool! The only thing that actually bugged me, were the repeated scenes of ofcourse Nina's transformation, but also the usual and same shot when they show Orihara's house.
The seiyus did a good job. Only the word ''Practice'' ended up annoying me, but nothing was troublesome. The OP and EN are okay, but not that good. Sure, it fits with the anime and it's catchy after a while, but that's it. The background music is pretty normal and perhaps a bit too sweet.
The characters are very good! Okay, they are somehow what you expect them in a story: Ayu is the popular girl who likes the popular boy, Nina is the clutz, Kaji is mr. popular, Tsujiai tags along, Orihara as jealous person and two other characters who make the show funny when it's needed. The characters do grow and have their own problems, which makes them credible. Backgrounds of the characters are given and developments are made. Unfortunately, there was a character that was a bit too late introduced, but it didn't feel any rushed. It made it only more interesting!
I really bursted out in laughs at certain times and sometimes even at parts of the running gags like something about a locker. I can't say that I liked all of the filler episodes (which weren't that much luckily), but there were certainly some episodes that I really did like! You could think different about cats after a certain episode... And there's ofcourse the ending. Yes, Ultra Maniac is definitely worth watching!read more
Ultra Maniac is a really good anime, its a great rom com anime not like those cheesy romance ones. What makes this anime twice as great is the fact that it involves fantasy, drama and romance which really pulls you into the story. One of the good points of its story is that very often more and more new characters join the story and old characters may reveal secrets about themselves that were previously unkown.That is probably what pulls most watchers more and more into the show. The only thing i didnt like about the anime was that the romance kind of comes later on so if your a romance kind of person you may have to wait a while before you get to that point. Other than anything else, just get away from it all, have fun and give it a shot try watching Ultra Maniac i am positive you will enjoy it. If you need a source to where to find it go to www.veoh.com it has the whole series subbed there. ^_^ enjoy!read more
This is another Magical Girl series that deals with two girls race to get a covited position in their society by going to the human world, but it is refreshing as it really isn't revealed until later that this is what is going on. Also, the ending is a nice twist to the whole plot line that one gets from these race series, it is in fact the ending that makes it unique from them. It is also very comedic.
The art is very acurate and detailed. In this one, the middle schoolers actually look to be the age of middle schoolers, which some Anime's made to look younger. There is also detail in the Magical girl costumes and each character, expessully the girls have their costumes fully designed out.
Also, the scenery looks to be a real place, as if one can actually go their, even the Magical places. The Magical Kingdom is very detailed too, more so then the human world, but that is to be expected. There are also small things worked into the story line by use of the art.
The sound was enjoyable, but it was typical Magical Girl type music. It didn't really evolve at all during the series and tended to be static. But on a plus, it was very pretty.
One of the things about the characters is that they learn it is better to be themselves rather then something they are not. It is an underlying theme in this show, one can be who ever they want. Also, some of the side characters are quite interesting, though one might say bizare.
I personally enjoyed this one, it was a lot of fun. I personally liked Luna... if you watch far enough to find her, you'll understand perhaps why I liked her so much.
Most of the Anime races amoung Magical Girls are clique, but this one was unique in how it presented it and the ending it gave. If you like Magical Girl series that deal with canadit races, then this is definatly a series for you, if not, then no.read more