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Genre: Magical,Romantic Comedy
Rated: 13+ for language and ecchi scenes
It's like: Sailormoon but with less girliness and more ecchi stuff!
Related Titles: Mahoromatic & Sailor Moon

Short Synopsis: Aliens have invaded earth, but these aliens aren't hostile little green men. In fact, they're downright peaceful. As long as you don't mess with the aliens, they won't mess with you. But that's not good enough for Takakura, the leader of the Magic Users Club. With the help of his club, he hopes to rid the world of these aliens. But has Takakura bitten off more than he can chew?

Story: Don't let the synopsis fool you, the story isn't nearly as serious as it sounds (if it even sounds series to you). Takakura and the other magic users are very silly and get into silly messes while confronting the aliens. I don't want to give too much of it away, but it's entertaining at least. Don't look for depth that will make you ask soul-searching questions, but it's still very cool.

Characters: The characters here are just as entertaining as the story, possibly even better. Takaeo Takakura is a senior who tries to keep the club going while dealing with his own perversion and other things. He's reliable, but don't mention girls changing clothes around him. That's all it will take for him to loose half of the blood he has. Abaratsubo, albiet he's gay, is also very cool. His feelings toward male member Takakura can get funny, but he is also a cool character, even when being serious. Nanaka, Sae, and Akane are also pretty cool. The characters are what pull this OVA through.

Animation: This OVA was from the mid-90s which means its animation is pretty good. Considering it is almost 10 years old, the animation is stunning. It's better than some animes today. It's very beautiful and looks like the animators acutally took time to make it. Impressive.

Music: The music here is decent. The opening theme is a delightful J-POP experience, and the ending theme isn't terrible. The BGM is, sadly, almost forgetable. It's not bad by any means, it just isn't awesome. It's good, and it gets the job done. Nothing special.

Dub: This one isn't one of the best dubs out there. It's certainly not a bad dub, don't get me wrong, but some of the voices, like Sae's, can get on your nerves. Takaeo and Abaratsubo's voices are enjoyable for the most part. Like the music, it isn't bad, but it just isn't great.

Overall: Magic Users Club is a delightful expierience. It's characters are funny and lovable, and they can get into some interesting situations. While it's not very deep, it is very, very entertaining.

Seth's Ratings:
Story: 7/10
Characters: 9/10
Animation: 8.5/10
Music: 7.5/10
Dub: 7.5/10
Overall: 8/10
Final Verdict:
Buy this if either of your favorite genres are romantic comedies or magical/fantasy. Anyone else may want to rent it/borrow it first.

The Good:
+ Characters and animation are very good.
+ A refreshing take on the "magical girl" genre.

The Bad:
- The story is a little lacking unfortunately.
- Although this is a new take on magical girl, they're still kids running around with magic wands.

The Ugly:
* Things didn't tie up well in the end, but that's what sequels are for..