Ultra Maniac by Wataru Yoshizumi: review

Ultra Maniac, Vol. 1 (Ultra Maniac, #1)

Ultra Maniac by Wataru Yoshizumi

*This is a review of the whole series

Shy Ayu Tateishi has just made a new friend at school. But this new friend, much to her surprise, is no ordinary classmate. Nina Sakura may look like a normal middle school girl, but she’s got a big secret.

She’s a witch.

Or, rather, she’s studying to be a witch. And, apparently, she’s not doing her homework. Her spells are devastating in their ineffectiveness and often result in the most embarrassing situations for poor Ayu.

But things wouldn’t be so bad if Nina’s sorcery didn’t make Ayu look silly in front of the one boy she secretly adores. All she wants is a simple love potion. What she gets, however, is a new best friend who almost flunked out of witch school!

This is a review on the entire series

I have read this manga a long time ago but it was so awesome I decided to review it. I love magical girl manga as they almost always promise to be cute and fun reads. Ultra Maniac did not disappoint! This manga was cute, funny, and quick read that I enjoyed very, very much.

The characters are all very cute, funny, and unique. They all had their own funny personalities. Nina and Ayu were really fun to read about and Nina’s magical mishaps and the situations she got the two girls in were hilarious and sometimes just strange. I love the contrasting personalities of Ayu and Nina. Nina is more carefree awhile Ayu is shy and cares about how she appears. The two boys in the manga were good characters and had their own flaws as well. I really enjoyed reading about the growing relationship between the characters throughout the story.

The story was very silly and cute. Ultra Maniac focuses mainly on the friendship between Nina and Ayu and the awkward situations Nina gets them into. This was really surprising to me as most shojo manga I have read is mostly about the relationship between the boy and the girl. There are boyfriends involved still and the way the relationships were done were pretty darn good! I loved how the manga did not have a love triangle like most shojo manga I read and focuses more on the relationship between one boy and girl. The couples were all cute and pretty perfect(although not perfectly perfect).

The art was amazing. The art was not as cutesy as I expected for a shojo but it is still detailed and cute. I was surprised about how different the characters looked from each other as I am used to struggling finding out who is who in a shojo. They all had their own distinct character design and I could recognize the characters easily.

Ultra Maniac was a very enjoyable and cute manga that I would recommend to anyone who likes the magical girl genre.

I give Ultra Maniac 5 out of 5 Stars

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