Mahou no Star Magical Emi

Magic Star Magical Emi

A KASHA Mirror

Written by Dave Endresak

Katsuki Mai is the young daughter of a couple who run a small snack shop, while her grandparents lead a troupe of stage magicians called the "Magicalettes". She idolizes a legendary stage magician named Emily Howell and, when her grandparents move in just down the street, she seizes the opportunity to follow in her idol's footsteps. Unfortunately, since she's young and inexperienced (and clumsy, to boot), she's not very good at magic tricks, although the troupe is happy to let her help out, and even allow her to appear on stage as an assistant for their act.

While helping her grandparents move in, she notices a strange, floating light (a Will 'O Wisp) and follows it upstairs. There, she sees many lights appear INSIDE a mirror, along with many reflections of herself. Suddenly, a bracelet appears on her wrist, and a stuffed flying squirrel named Topo comes to life and explains to her that the bracelet is a gift which will allow her to transform & do REAL magic.

One day during a performance, Topo causes a disaster, and Mai has no choice but to transform into Magical Emi (a name she chooses in honor of her idol) a young woman with short green hair who amazes the crowd with feats of magic, and saves the show. Magical Emi is also seen by a TV producer named Kogane-san, who happened to be in the audience. He runs JTV, and soon contracts the troupe (including Magical Emi) to appear on his TV station. A little-known fact is that Michitaka Kikuchi (of Silent Mobius & Studio Tron fame) helped with work on Magical Emi. This series has its comedic moments, but also has a great deal of heartbreak, as we watch Mai strive to achieve her dream of becoming a REAL stage magician, without the "cheat" of using real magic to perform her tricks. There exists at least one OVA, "Semi Shigure". The first 20 minutes of this OVA summarize the entire TV series, while the last 40 minutes are an extremely symbolic look at what's happened in Mai's life since the end of the series. The series also features some very nice music.

This was the third of the four famous magical girl series created by Studio Pierrot (Creamy Mami, Pelsia, Magical Emi, and Pastel Yumi) and first aired in 1985. It is another good example of what makes the majoko stories so good, and is also a classic series; this is highly recommended.

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