Magical Sempai

Genre(s): Ecchi, Comedy, School

Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Sexual humor, partial nudity, mild language)

Platforms: Crunchyroll

Episodes: 12 Twelve-minute episodes

TheAwersome Rating: 4.0 / 10 (Like a bad web comic)

Premise: Starting his new term at Tanenashi High School, an unmotivated freshman searches for a club that requires minimal participation to suit his needs. He then comes across the magic clubroom, and inside is a cute upperclassman practicing her magic tricks. Suffering from stage fright that causes her to slip up in her acts, she tends to end up in the most embarrassing situations. Despite having little interest in a club run by an incapable magician, the freshman finds himself involved as a new member, experiencing all sorts of awkward moments with his eccentric mentor.

TheAwersome’s Thoughts: This is what I get for deciding to watch a show because I see it used as meme templates frequently. Although, Kaguya-sama: Love is War is the animeme reigning champ and that show was stellar, so it’s not a good litmus test. Either way, this show really didn’t have any redeeming qualities. As the premise states, the entire point of this show is that the ridiculously large-breasted sempai (they spell it with an M in this show) flubs doing magic tricks and she winds up in compromising positions, be it panty-shots, a wet shirt, or having her clothes come off for some other reason. The comedy is phoned in, the characters are phoned in, and every scene feels rushed. And for a show that only has fanservice as a draw, it was done in such a rushed way it felt like that pervy kid in Junior High quickly and embarrassedly showing you some clippings from a Victoria’s Secret catalogue and then hiding them quickly to get a reaction. I suppose it’s better than drawing the fan-service scenes out for an awkwardly long amount of time like in Monogatari or Index, but if that’s your show’s selling point, at least do it well.

TLDR: A rushed-pace fan-service centered show that’s really missing an ingredient.

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