A world where art becomes magic. In this world, people who can inspire passion with their Magic Arts are called Artistas, and are employed in show business. In Hoshinomori Private Magical Arts High School, where Artistas are taught, a strange new student named Kohana Aigasaki transfers into the school.
Kohana is placed on the planning committee for the school's yearly Hoshinomori Summer Festa cultural festival. She spends her romantic school life with six other boys who aim to become entertainers in the future. Each of the boys specializes in his own Arts, and aims to make Hoshi Fes a success. In addition, the boys also aim to be chosen alongside Kohana as the school's Artista Prince and Princess, only chosen once a year.
A Magic-kyun for you! A new renaissance starts here! Magic-kyun! Renaissance is a multimedia project where you can create great memories with Artistas of greatly varying personalities!
Magic-Kyun! Renaissance is what you would get if you crossed Harry Potter with Ouran Highschool Host Club. A bunch of kids with artistic talent which is somehow also magic are brought together at a school where pretty much anything goes. When their art is sufficiently artistic it emits bishy sparkles, which is more or less the extent of the magic. It is also a reverse harem of the most basic type.
Story: Kohana, our main character, is selected to be on a committee that is planning their school's summer cultural festival along with 6 incredibly bishy and angsty male students who each specialize in a different
fine art. She has to convince them one by one that life is worth enjoying, with each character's episode culminating in an over the top music video that I chose to interpret as a metaphor for a sexual encounter. Along the way they all learn several things, for example that being adorable solves all your problems and that having a talent show is the best way to pull somebody out of a deep coma.
Art: Breathtaking. The show is a celebration of the fine arts, and as such pays close attention to all details of its presentation. The art is crisp and colorful, and the character designs are distinct and strong.
Sound: Also great. A mix of J-Pop and classical performance, with both being presented well.
Characters: Exactly as one-dimensional as you would expect from a harem. We have, more or less in order of prominence, Ginger Flower arranger main girl Kohana, black hair grumpy singer male lead, blue hair calligraphy shut in guy, blonde fabulous dance guy, red hair jock cello guy, other ginger sculpture/cooking guy with no personality whatsoever, and sad sack lavender hair painter guy. They all have exactly one character trait, and also they all want to bone Kohana. Cello guy is best girl, closely followed by calligraphy guy. They all produce magical sparkles with their art, and that is about all they do.
I must add in the negative that it was unfortunate that they couldn't find someone who could sing to voice the main singer grump guy. Not only did he sound like he was doing karaoke, but most of his songs were also in flowery (literally, he excretes magical sparkle flowers when he sings) and stilted broken English. He probably could sing pretty well in his native Japanese. Wish they had given him a chance to. As it was he kinda sounded like twink William Shatner.
Enjoyment: I did enjoy this show. It wasn't anything deep, and none of the characters had an arc in particular with the possible exception of calligraphy guy. Kohana was a total Pollyanna and was kind of annoying beside but you guyyys she makes the best flower arrangements so nobody seems to mind. The rest were kind of just there, although calligraphy guy actually kind of learns something and grows a bit. The show was fun and shiny and entertaining; if you have nothing else to watch it is basic but inoffensive.
When I saw the cover of this anime I was skeptical. But anyway, I love shoujo/romance animes so I gave it a try.
I like the cliches of shoujo animes, I like having 1 girl and lots of boys falling in love with the girl.
So, this anime is about a girl named Kohana, who wants to follow her mother's steps. In order to do so, Kohana attends the same Magic School has her mother, doing flower arrangements. She meets a lot of students, being the other 6 main characters (boys) that have their own ways of doing magic (sparkles).
this anime we have the cliches and on the first episodes what happens is what the viewer is expecting. But, towards the end of the anime there are some events that happen that the viewer is not expecting, that make the anime thrilling.
If you are looking for a shoujo anime that gives you enjoyment, this is the one, it does not have the romance like others, it does not have affection shown. It is truly a 1 girl - 6 boys friends (that also have different kinds of love towards the girl) anime. It is fun and a good anime to chill and if you love the cliches it is perfect for you.
I can recommend this anime to any anime fan who enjoys to be taken by surprise, but who can stick through a few slow-paced, predictable episodes first. Hang on, it will be worth your time!
Let's be completely honest and not act like the first few episodes of the anime were spectacular. It went as expected, with many different characters to introduce it is hard not to focus on 'heroin/one guy' until everyone has met and some bonds have been created. I must admit however, that the plottwist near end had me completely surprised and thrilled until the very end! This truly made up for the
clichés used in the first half of the series. Therefore I'm giving the story a 7/10.
If anything is absolutely stunning about this series, it's the art. With the magic element that flows through the story I had a high expectation of the art and the representation of talents. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed one bit! 10/10
The variety of voices were a great combination in the songs sung throughout the series and suited their characters well. I must especially compliment the voice actor KENN who voiced Suminomiya Aoi for his portrayol of the character as opposed to his singing voice. Also, the English singing in this series was quite impressive. It was not of English native level, but one can not expect such a thing from Japanese voice actors. Giving sound a 8/10.
In this reverse-harem of course there should be a variation of different personalities as to appeal to a broad audience of spectators. I for one was not impressed by the selection of typical characters such as the 'king', the 'playboy', the 'gloomy lonesome guy' and so on. However, the sincere and mostly realistic dialogues in which the characters portrayed their feelings for the heroin and gave a little more information on their background so we could relate more, balances my score to a 6/10.
There was a mixture of feelings that took hold of me while watching the series. I cringed, quite a bit, to be honest. But other than that minor negative feeling, I enjoyed myself quite a bit. I laughed and appreciated the light-heartedness of the first half of the series, while also holding my breath and feeling a pang of sadness in my heart at the plottwist near the end. It wasn't a rollercoaster, but I had suspected a ride of glee, laughter and sensation, and got exactly what I came for - and more! 10/10 for this one!
I was a tad biased when starting this series. Having watched a ton of reverse-harem series and music themed series, there's only so much that can surprise me at this point. The story, albeit a bit cliché, hides a secret spike of excitement that makes for a enjoyable series with at least one if not more characters to root for in their journey to romancing the herion. This series get's a 8/10 from me. Now, go watch it!
a harem anime! it's not that often that I watch or review these things, but Magic-Kyun was something that I picked up purely because it looked tropey enough to have a laugh at, and actually ended up enjoying!
mehh. I had fun with it myself, but in the end the actual interesting parts of the story and worldbuilding were really poorly paced. the origins, cultural impact and uses of magical arts should really have really been explored more, but this exposition was almost entirely sacrificed in the end to allow more screentime for the interpersonal bits and pieces between the characters. with the setting being
a prestigious school, there is no shortage of varying stories of high-achieving kids struggling to meet expectations, so I did at least enjoy that and in my opinion it does still pull it off well enough to be enjoyable overall.
another series I had this problem with was AoKana, and that did not have the slice of life/romance aspects down well enough to get away with neglecting worldbuilding in the way that Magic-Kyun has.
the art has its weaknesses (the female characters in particular can veer off model or look a bit lopsided at times) but the style is overall really bright and charming. the boys were all drawn beautifully and fairly consistently, the scenery is colourful and well-designed, and the magic sparkles are truly gorgeous.. I've heard a lot of other people compliment the sparkles and I'm totally here to join that chorus. the 2D animation for them is incredibly smooth, in some cases 3D is used and that works nicely as well!
with there being a relatively nice insert song per episode early in the anime, I can't exactly rate this lower than a 5. however, the music is absolutely not to my personal tastes.. the OP is energetic, very typical anime OP. the ED I enjoyed slightly more, very corny lyrics but again, fun and energetic with a more lively beat and a little catchier. something that soured my enjoyment of the vocals is that Teika, the character who is supposed to be Amazing At Singing, is not in any way notably better sounding than the other boys.. in fact I actually prefer some of their voices over his. not a huge deal, but a little immersion-breaking that the group songs are better-sounding than his solos.
probably a rating that many will disagree with but I actually found the side characters to be really endearing in this series! while they are obviously tropey, I really enjoyed that the boys not only got along, but also seemed to genuinely care for and support one another. it's refreshing to have a harem setup where the suitors aren't all at each others throats constantly. the rivalry is played for laughs a couple of times but it doesn't really get in the way of anything else and isn't there so often that you get tired of it. there are plenty of other
add to that the presence of Juri, Kohana's best friend (who I totally chose to read into as lesbian/bisexual) and you have a winning cast of characters for me.
coming back to the poor pacing.. due to the focus on the boys at the start of the anime, it's actually a while before Juri or Kohana see any character development, but when they do, it was pretty good. Juri is a charismatic wingman for Kohana throughout the series, really coming into her own towards the very end of the series where her love (platonic or otherwise) for Kohana, emotional side and jokester nature become apparent.
Kohana herself is what you'd expect from a reverse harem protagonist: kind, hard-working, a little naïve, self-conscious, with big dreams. she spends the early part of the anime changing the lives of others just by being so darn sweet and supportive, and... sees all of her own character development crammed in at the end. what was touched on was pretty good, sticking with the series until the end rewards you with a closer look at Kohana's personal insecurities and distrust in both her own abilities and the compliments from other people. while she's far from a well-written character, she's a refreshing take on an otherwise cheerful girl suffering from impostor syndrome.
I'll be honest. I got hooked on this extremely corny anime. I feel shame. but I accept the shame and would absolutely do it all again if by some miracle this anime gets a second season.
this is an extremely situational overall score. if you're a reverse harem connoisseur, you'll probably find this enjoyable enough but it's perhaps not something that will stand out. if you hate reverse harem anime, this show likely isn't good enough to change your mind about it.
if you're apathetic, give it a try for a couple of episodes, it could be a fun way to kill some time and for me it sits right on the boundary of 'so bad it's good' and 'a genuine - if slightly guilty - pleasure'.