Japanese: クイズマジックアカデミー ~The Original Animation~
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 12, 2008
30 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.431 (scored by 2910 users)
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SynopsisThere is a magical academy that is located on a floating island in the sky. This OVA is about the students of one of the academy's classes, who's only chance not to fail the semester is to win a competition where they must show off their magic skills.
Related AnimeSequel: Quiz Magic Academy: The Original Animation 2
Characters & Voice Actors
Quiz Magic Academy is another one of those "magical girl school" anime series you may have seen before, that comes with all the basic mechanics that go with it.
There really isn’t much to it, the scene opens up with the male members fighting a huge dragon, which ends with Ruquia (the female lead) saving them. At this point you are probably going to expect a great adventure with the magic users, but this turns out to be a lie, as that will be the only real action scene you will see in this titles, and the main plot is nothing more than the girls trying to win the annual magic tournament. Which I found to be weird since they never actually showed just who they were competing against. Even the action scenes they do give you are no where near the potential of other titles in the same genera. Its definitely a series that doesn’t take itself seriously, as it contains your basic hyperactive teens and wacky gun-ho teachers, and the comedy (like the action) is also never truly thought out. Still to its credit, there antics are amusing.
It works well enough, the music can range from live orchestral action sequences, to bouncy fun background tracks. Plus the opening j-pop theme is lively and fits the wackiness of the title. The voice acting I also found to be pretty good, all the character voices fit well with each of their personalities that the writers were going for, and none ever come off exaggerated or frustrating on the ears. The music and sound work fine for this title.
Definitely the best feature, the characters and environments just ooze out color and style. The same can be said about the style of clothing that the characters themselves wear, all are nicely detailed; from the school uniforms, to the flashy magic that the girls show off. You can tell the artists really sat down to come up with something that was pleasing to the eyes, and I swear they pretty much thought of every kind of hair color to give to each of character, which ones again matches their personality nicely.
Best way to describe them, cookie cutter personalities! The main character reminded me a lot of Sailor Moon, you know? The clumsy air-headed girl who is always late for school? Yeah...... The same thing can be said about the others as well, we have the class rep who is kinda stuck up and by the book, to the teachers that act either super gun-ho, to just plain silly. To its credit though, the personalities of the character do alright for what they were try to achieve, its just a shame that they ripped them off from other titles, instead of trying to give them something to stand out more above the rest. ANYTHING! Not to mention since the title itself is only a one half hour OVA with about ten characters to give screen time to, there just wasn’t anyway for this to happen, heck the main lead only gets slightly more spotlighting time than the others. Perhaps if they could have trimmed some of the supporting cast down, it may have helped flesh out the main characters themselves a bit more.
Bottom Line: 7/10
Despite some of its unavoidable short comings of a one episode OVA, Quiz Magic Academy is at least entertaining. If they made this into a series there would be much more leeway into developing the characters more, and then it would truly be something more than what it currently is, as I believe that this title has great potential! As it stands now though, I can only really recommend this to the hardcore "Magical" fans out there, or to the viewers who are willing to go in with low expectations. While its by no means the best of the best, it certainly isn't the worst of the worst either. read more
The only reason I was remotely interested in seeing this anime is because it starts with the letter Q, has only one episode, and I wanted to have seen an anime for every letter of the alphabet.
I feel like that might possibly be the only reason some other people have seen it too.
For that purpose, it's bearable.
For any other purpose, it's absolute rubbish.
It's not the worst thing ever, but it's certainly not the least bit good either.
Let's get started.
What story? Here's how I think I can sum this up. A couple of 4th grade kids have a creative writing assignment to complete, but have never read a book in their lives. So, instead of trying to make an actual story, they string together as many cliches and things they think are "cool" until they have this. The plot line of this OVA was something only vaguely resembling a story. I couldn't tell what genre it was trying to be. If it was comedy, it did a poor job of that. It was just 29 minutes of colour and sound with no rhyme or reason to it.
The art was very average. The character designs weren't especially anything. They weren't good, they weren't bad. They were quite simply, there. There were also some bits with some rather poor CG as well. Nothing too great or terrible in this category, moving on.
The sound was not bad. Norio Wakamoto's performance as a giant chicken man-thing was just about my favourite part of the OVA. If they had cast anyone else, I would not have cared. For that alone, it gets a 6 in sound.
Too 2-D. No, that's not a pun. These characters were names and faces and not much else. They did things, but we never really found out why. "Hey, main character girl! What's your story? Oh, No brief explanation? Okay!" Why do they act the way they do? Why should anyone in their right mind care?
Characters were just there for no real reason. They picked exactly one character trait or cliched role for each of the characters and didn't try to expand on anything or make them even remotely believable.
Towards the end, it seemed to just be bringing in characters for the sole purpose of having more characters there. What about the teachers? Do we get to learn more about them other than one or two lines that attempt to condense their whole personalities and their names? No? Okay.
It. Was. Dreadful.
It was bad. I did not derive any enjoyment whatsoever from watching this. If you're not a completist who wants a perfect alphabetical collection of completed anime, skip this at all costs. If you are, have a distraction ready.
if you're thinking I was too hard on this and the characters are much deeper or more interesting in the game this is based off, consider that I am not reviewing the game. An anime, even a 30 minute one shot OVA should be able to stand on its own. read more
Both involve an academy where magic is the main subject.
The protagonists of Quiz are older than the ones in Gakuen Alice, anyway both are funny, light-hearted anime with a cast of amusing, unusual teachers and with a main girl who constantly gets bad votes.
All of the students have special abilities, the campus is completely self contained so the students aren't interrupted by the outside world and it has similar wacky humor.
Both center around a special school for people with special abilities. In both animes, the heroine is a magnet for trouble. The characters in QUIZ Magic Academy are in highschool though, while most characters from Gakuen Alice are elementary students.
Some characters in QMA instantly reminded me of the SR ones (Shalon=Eri, Lask=Kentaro, Malariya=Akira, Ruquia=Tenma because of the personality, Mikoto due to the physical appearance).
Both are random, wacky, funny school comedies. School Rumble is obviously longer and better, but Quiz is enjoyable too, strangely enough.
Both of these shows happen to have students in comedic slice of life situations which likely wouldn't happen in real life. Well, in the case of School Rumble it is stuff one doesn't expect for a normal school life while with Quiz Magic Academy it has to do with stuff that isn't likely to happen at Negima or Harry Potter's schools.
Opening Theme"Kenja no Michi" by Houko Kuwashima
Ending Theme"Mirai no Minna" by Masumi Asano
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