Magical Sempai / Tejina-senpai
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, School, Ecchi, Magic
First Aired: Summer 2019, 12 short-form episodes
Summary: A seemingly normal high school boy gets recruited into the Magic Club as an assistant to the magical sempai, the only additional member. The two of them practice magic after school. Sempai is overly enthusiastic about her tricks while the new assistant could not care less. Hopefully the school approves of their club, even though it is severely lacking in members…
Magical Sempai makes you fall in love with magic! Sempai is a great character with an unmatched passion for all things magic. She is as skilled as they come when no one is watching, but as soon as she has an audience, stage fright gets the best of her and she messes up every trick. Her assistant is kind enough to play along even though he has little to no interest in the dark arts. Other characters pop in from time to time to check on the club, whether it is Sempai’s sister, who happens to be a teacher at the school, or a third-year transfer student named Saki. The series moves fast. Each episode is only 15 minutes which is broken up into smaller segments.
You might enjoy this if: You want a quick laugh that involves poorly performed magic.
You might not like it if: You want to do a magic trick to make fan-service disappear. It definitely plays a part in this series.
Note to the Viewer: Magical Sempai is produced by Liden Films studio. Even though the studio was founded less than a decade ago, it has been busy producing anime like: Miss Monochrome: The Animation, Sekko Boys, Terra Formars, Hanebado, and Midnight Occult Civil Servants.
Magical Sempai Opening – Fantastic Illusion