''Magical Emi, the Magic Star'' is the third MagicalGirl series created by Creator/StudioPierrot, airing from 1985 to 1986.

Mai Kazuki is an aspiring magician, but her skills aren't good enough to get her into her grandparents' Magic Carat troupe. Then one day, she is visited by a mirror fairy named Topo, who gives her a magic bracelet that can transform Mai into an [[OlderAlterEgo 18-year-old version]] of herself. As Magical Emi, Mai uses her magic to help people and participate in her grandparents' shows.


* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: A mild case, but Mai's little brother Misaki is much more gifted at magic than she is.
* BittersweetEnding: In the end, [[spoiler: Mai decides to give up her magic so that she can learn to become a great StageMagician the hard way.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: Mai gives up her MagicalGirl powers in the end.]]
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: "Pulitto! Pararin Ririkaru Parapora Magikaru!"
* CheerfulChild: Misaki
* TheChick: Yukiko
* CircusBrat: Mai grew up in the Magic Carat Magic Show.
* FamilyVersusCareer: Mai's mother, Yuko, left her career as a talented magician in order to get married and start a family.
* FatAndSkinny: Akira and Susumu.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Topo spends most of the series in the form of a stuffed animal.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Downplayed. Sho has some interest in Emi, but, in general, he is more interested in the boxe (he is aspiring boxer).
* MagicIdolSinger: Although Emi is a StageMagician rather than an IdolSinger, her story still follows the MagicIdolSinger template. She even dabbles in IdolSinger territory by combining her magic shows with musical accompaniment.
* MagiciansAreWizards: The whole plot revolves around this. Mai's whole family are {{Stage Magician}}s and she wants to become one too, but she's not talented enough, so she turns to ''real'' [[MagicalGirl magic]] in order to succeed with her stage magic.
* MentorMascot: Topo
* NerdGlasses: Susumi and Musashi
* NonHumanSidekick: Topo is doubly so, since he's a mirror fairy inhabiting the body of a purple flying squirrel plushie.
* OlderAlterEgo: Mai is a young girl while like Emi she is 18 yearl old girl.
* PantyShot: Mai provide in some episodes.
* [[NakedFirstImpression Pantyshot First Impression]]: When Sho and Mai first meet, he points out that her strawberry-print undies are showing. She responds by [[LittleGirlsKickShins kicking him in the shins.]]
* PowerTrio: Akira, Susumi, and Yukiko of the Magic Carat troupe.
* PrecociousCrush: Mai has a crush on 17-year-old Sho Yuki.
* StageMagician
* ToBeAMaster: Mai's dream is to become a great magician.
* TransformationSequence: Mai has one with lots of bubbles and wand-waving, where again the actual transforming part is quite brief.
* TransformationTrinket: The bracelet.
* VictoryIsBoring: More like Phlebotinum-Aided Victory Is Boring [[spoiler: When Mai wins a magic contest as Magical Emi, the victory feels empty and unfulfilling because she only won thanks to her MagicalGirl powers, which feels like a cheat. This leads to her decision to relinquish her powers.]]
* WizardingSchool: Mai's grandparents run a small school for young magicians.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Magical Emi has teal hair.