Manga volume 1 cover
|Magazine||Weekly Young Magazine|
|Original run||February 2016 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Fumiaki Usui|
|Written by||Rintarou Ikeda|
|Music by||Takeshi Hama|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, MBS, BS-NTV|
|Original run||July 2, 2019 – present|
Magical Sempai (手品先輩 Tejina Senpai) is a Japanese manga series by Azu. It has been serialized in Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Magazine since February 2016 and has been collected in five tankōbon volumes. The manga is published digitally in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint. An anime television series adaptation by Liden Films premiered on July 2, 2019.
- Sempai (先輩 Senpai)
- Voiced by: Kaede Hondo
- The title character is a high school girl who is a magician, albeit not a good one. She gets stage fright, is very embarrassed and clumsy, and often blunders her magic tricks.
- Assistant (助手 Joshu)
- Voiced by: Aoi Ichikawa
- A high school boy who gets recruited to be Sempai's assistant in the Magic Club. He has short hair in a bowl cut.Vol. 1
- Sister (お姉ちゃん Onee-chan)
- Voiced by: Himika Akaneya
- Sempai's sister is a teacher at the school. She agrees to be the Magic Club advisor.Ch. 9 She is a bit air-headed as well, and enjoys dressing Sempai in cosplay costumes. It is later revealed that she is married.Ch. 50-51
- Saki-chan (咲ちゃん)
- Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
- Saki is a third-year transfer student with long wavy hair. She is in charge of the Street Performance Club and intends to take over the Magic Club. She is obsessed with her little brother, Ma-kun. She can make balloon animals, but her performances are as clumsy and ditzy as Sempai's.Ch. 33-35 After losing to Sempai in comparing breast sizes, she and Ma-kun join the Magic Club.Ch. 35 She and Sempai are not good students academically.Ch. 43
- Ma-kun (まーくん)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa
- Masashi is Saki's obese little brother. He is level-headed like Assistant. He and Saki join the Magic Club.Ch. 33-35
- Madara-san (斑さん)
- Voiced by: Rie Takahashi
- Madara is a second-year student and president of the Chemistry Club. She let Assistant join her club when the Magic Club did not have enough members.Ch. 31 She has long dark hair and wears glasses. She is able to do some tricks by using science techniques but is annoyed by Sempai's antics.Ch. 52
Magical Sempai, written and illustrated by Azu, began serialization in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine magazine since February 2016. Five tankōbon volumes have been released as of November 6, 2018.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||August 5, 2016||ISBN 978-4-06-382835-1|
|2||December 6, 2016||ISBN 978-4-06-382888-7|
|3||April 6, 2017||ISBN 978-4-06-382955-6|
|4||September 6, 2017||ISBN 978-4-06-510144-5|
|5||November 6, 2018||ISBN 978-4-06-513559-4|
An anime television series adaptation was announced in the 49th issue of Weekly Young Magazine on November 5, 2018. The series is animated by Liden Films and directed by Fumiaki Usui, with Rintarou Ikeda handling series composition, Eriko Itō designing the characters, and Takeshi Hama composing the music. It premiered on July 2, 2019 on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS-NTV. The series consists of 12 fifteen-minute episodes. i☆Ris is performing the series' opening theme song "FANTASTIC ILLUSION", while Minori Suzuki is performing the series' ending theme song "Dame wa Dame". Crunchyroll is streaming the series.
|1||"The Unknown Sempai"|
Transcription: "Michi no Senpai" (Japanese: 未知の先輩)
"Sempai in a Box"
Transcription: "Hakoiri Senpai" (Japanese: 箱入り先輩)
Transcription: "Yobidasu Senpai" (Japanese: 呼び出す先輩)
"Sempai and the Pigeon"
Transcription: "Hato to Senpai" (Japanese: ハトと先輩)
|July 2, 2019|
|A first-year high school boy is forced to pick a school club to join when he stumbles upon his Sempai practicing a magic trick. However, upon finding herself with an audience, she gets stage fright and can't complete any of her magic tricks successfully. The same boy later finds himself drafted as the Assistant while Sempai tries to recruit new club members, but Sempai struggles to break out of her wooden box. The Assistant is called to the club room where Sempai has baked him some bread, but he immediately suspects her of testing a new trick. Sempai tries to show off her new white pigeon, but can't control it.|
Transcription: "Mageru Senpai" (Japanese: 曲げる先輩)
Transcription: "Hikantsū Senpai" (Japanese: 非貫通先輩)
"Sempai Shifts Responsibility"
Transcription: "Sekinintenka Senpai" (Japanese: 責任転嫁先輩)
"The Lady Who Stinks at Magic"
"Sempai Gets Serious"
Transcription: "Honki Senpai" (Japanese: 本気先輩)
|July 9, 2019|
|The Assistant does a spoon-bending trick that Sempai fails at, despite explaining it to him. Sempai attempts a coin penetration trick, but keeps losing the coin in difficult spots. Sempai shows off "Behemoth-kun," a stuffed toy weasel. Sempai utterly fails at magic tricks in front of some kids in the park. Sempai locks her Assistant in the club room when she discovers he hasn't officially signed up for the Magic Club yet.|
|3||"Sempai Says No"|
Transcription: "Iyagaru Sempai" (Japanese: いやがる先輩)
"Sempai's Quick Draw"
Transcription: "Nukiuchi Sempai" (Japanese: 抜き打ち先輩)
Transcription: "Kokufuku Sempai" (Japanese: 克服先輩)
Transcription: "Wasō Sempai" (Japanese: 和装先輩)
"Sempai Off Campus"
Transcription: "Kōgai Sempai" (Japanese: 校外先輩)
|July 16, 2019|
- All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
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- "『手品先輩』本渡楓さん・市川蒼さんら出演声優6名解禁！ TOKYO MXほかにて2019年7月から放送スタート". Animate Times (in Japanese). March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
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- "Magical Sempai TV Anime Will Have 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. July 9, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
- "i☆Ris to Perform Opening Theme for Magical Sempai Anime". Anime News Network. June 1, 2019. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
- "Minori Suzuki Performs Ending Theme for Magical Sempai TV Anime". Anime News Network. April 14, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
- "Crunchyroll Adds Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime". Anime News Network. May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
- "手品先輩". Tokyo MX (in Japanese). Retrieved June 30, 2019.
- Magical Sempai at Weekly Young Magazine ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
- Anime official website ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
- Magical Sempai (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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