Magikano is another of a long line of anime titles Funimation picked up from ADV Films that has been repackaged and assembled into a complete collection release. The show's a pretty wild ride that covers the teenage lifestyle, spell casting, a bit of comedy with sheer wackiness. While properties like this are difficult to neatly classify, there is no denying their unique flair and enthusiasm. But before I get ahead of myself, let's take a look at the cold hard facts, shall we? Magikano The Complete Series comes in at a runtime of 325 minutes and contains 13 episodes spanning two discs. The discs come packaged in a standard-sized plastic clamshell DVD case. The show wears an appropriate TV 14 rating due to some slapstick, clothed fan service, over-the-top antics, silly gags and a hint of supernatural tones. Language options are typical sub and dub, which means the viewer has the choice of running either the original Japanese dialog track (stereo) or an English dub (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround) and the option of displaying English subtitles beneath either dialog choice. Extras include textless songs, and a host of upcoming Funimation anime previews. The story, which comes off much cleaner in action than in pixels, goes something like this: Regular humdrum schoolboy Haruo meets a young witch named Ayumi Mamiya on his way to school one day. Upon discovering the fact that she is capable of casting powerful spells, Haruo hardly has time to recover before realizing that he too is capable of using magic. What's more, not only is he capable but Ayumi needs to teach him how to unlock his secret gifts and quick if the hex that's been placed upon her as a child is to be broken.
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