Going into this show, I somehow thought that it was about a sempai who actually used magic (in the magical girl sense), not a stage magician. As it turns out, it’s about a high school’s stage magic club and the totally inept purple-haired sempai who appears to be its sole member, making it much closer to other school gag stories like This Art Club Has a Problem! than anything. I use that specific example because this is a club with that one specific focus and members who have a somewhat unique take on it, at least as of this first episode. While a lot of the jokes definitely revolve around the eponymous sempai’s voluptuous figure, that feels like more of a sidebar to the actual gags: that she’s the world’s most inept magician.
That means that even if you’re not necessarily into jokes where the heroine ends up stuck in a legs-spread position, this is pretty funny. It isn’t breaking any new ground, but it is covering the old in amusing ways. If you’ve ever tried (and failed) to handle a bird, the heroine’s pigeon problems are definitely funnier, but even if that’s not something you’ve done, the idea of the poor girl getting a pigeon down her shirt is still amusing, as are most of her other screw-ups and the “assistant’s” deadpan reactions to them. While the animation and art aren’t fabulous, they do work with what the show’s trying to do, and this was overall just a pleasantly silly surprise. I hadn’t picked up the manga this is based on yet (Kodansha is releasing it), but after watching this episode, it’s been added to my to-read pile. I think that’s probably the best compliment I can give Magical Sempai. You can also free Tejina-senpai anime watch online and free download.
Before I watched the first episode of Tenjina Senpai (Magical Sempai), a little voice told me it would be a very comical experience. From the character interactions and premise itself, this show felt like one that was based off of memes and satirical humor. Is Magical Sempai really a meme or something much deeper than meets the eye?
With 12 half length episodes, Magical Sempai runs a trend of adapting storytelling in the form of humorous skits. Every episode contains various segments that connects the overall themes of the show. At the heart is the Magic Club, run by titular character Sempai. Joining him is a young boy going by the name “Assistant”. Make no mistake, it seems that the author didn’t really want to identify our main leads by actual names. However, that’s not a significant problem. What you should be concerned about is how an anime about magic performances can be translated into entertainment.
For starters, you should never take this anime seriously as the show itself seems to be very self-aware. The first episode deals with the activities of the Magic Club. To be fair, Sempai is actually skilled but when faced with an audience, she suffers from stage fright and ends up embarrassing herself. There’s an immense amount of jokes that pokes fun of her stage fright at every chance it gets. These usually ends up with various innuendos and adult humor. Ecchi is a common sight as there’s panty shots in almost every episode. Sempai gets tied up often by her own performances and becomes a main source of fan service. Hell, it seems the anime even loves to put Sempai in sexy outfits ranging from gym clothes to Chinese dresses. If you came for fan service, you're going to be pleased.
Despite being the main characters, we do meet a few others ranging from Sister (the Magic Club advisor), Madara-chan (Chemistry club president), Saki-chan and her overweight brother, Masashi. Their purpose in the show is mostly to amplify the comedy with their various personalities. Most of them somehow gets involved in one way or another with the Magic Club. Saki-chan is also a target for fan service once you see how much she is advertised. With this ridiculous cast of characters, you really should just sit back and watch this with an bucket of popcorn. We’re not going to see much character development. The anime’s goal is to entertain in the most straightforward way possible. It uses its skits that focuses on daily activities at school, mostly associated with the Magic Club.
I’m not a big fan of magic although this show actually focuses some of its screen time to explain the various tricks and performances. Most of this is explained by Sempai in a casual style while inserting its gimmicky humor. There’s actually a decent amount of magic performances such as card tricks, spoon-bending techniques, the box illusion, pulling pigeons out of hats, etc. If you’re familiar with magic, you’ve probably heard or seen most of them before. When translated into this anime, it becomes more of a meme with how silly it turns out to be.
It’s not a full length anime but having a show like this is no less than some popcorn entertainment. Every episode contains enough skits to entertain while poking fun of the characters’ personalities. Sempai is the poster girl who also becomes the main source of jokes in the show. Whether you like her character isn’t all that important. In essence, you’re going to just have to take what Magical Sempai throws at you. Then in the end, somehow, some way, you may not regret it.