[[caption-width-right:320:The last hope of the human race. OhCrap.]]

-> ''"Takakura, I... I swear to become a great magician! Just... like... ''you!''"''
-->-- '''Sae Sawanoguchi'''

''Magic User's Club'' (''Mahou Tsukai Tai!'') is an {{anime}} directed by Creator/JunichiSato. It tells the story of a plucky group of teenage {{Magical|Girl}} [[MultipleDemographicAppeal Students]], and their quest to liberate the world from extra-terrestrial invaders. It was originally released as an OVA series in 1996, and was followed in the late 90s by a tv series that picked up the story where the OVA left off. It has since received both {{Manga}} and LightNovel adaptations. The anime series was licensed in North America by Creator/MediaBlasters (via their Anime Works imprint), but is now licensed by Creator/NozomiEntertainment.

One year ago, an alien spaceship known as "The Bell" invaded the earth, spreading a message to the humans of the world that it was here to take over. Though the planet's military forces fought desperately against the The Bell, they proved to be no match for the invaders' [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien highly superior technology]]. All resistance was [[ResistanceIsFutile quickly wiped out]], though the aliens seemed to be taking special care not to harm the human soldiers, and The Bell never made the first strike. Quickly realizing that the aliens would not attack without provocation, humanity quietly accepted defeat and sought to return to as normal a routine as possible.

Now, the people of earth have grown used to the The Bell, which has caused no further disruptions save for sending out probes to politely observe their day-to-day lives. [[HotBlooded Unwilling to accept the status quo]], Takeo Takakura, the president of Kitanohashi High school's Magic Club, has declared that it is the duty of the club to single-handedly defeat the invaders and secure the freedom of all humans. Unfortunately, the Magic User's Club has only five members and of those, only he and his vice-president know how to use magic effectively! On top of that, the club president finds it to be a daily struggle to keep his [[CovertPervert perverted nature]] at bay long enough to focus on the task at hand.

But all hope is not lost, for Takeo finds an [[GenkiGirl eager and energetic]] (though not quite able) student in new club member Saya "Sae" Sawanoguchi. Seeking to overcome her [[TheKlutz clumsiness and low sense of self-worth]], Sae declares that she will follow in the footsteps of Takeo, and become a powerful magic-user. Will Takeo, Sae, and the rest of the club learn to control their power and become the hope of human-kind? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: wherever the Magic Users Club goes, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] is bound to follow!

The TV series continues the story. The main plotline is about Sae and a mysterious androgynous waif.

There are also two different manga. One is a shounen manga and maintains the same light feel in the OVA. The other is shoujo, and is much darker and has several different characters as well.

!!This series contains examples of:

* AlliterativeName: Every. Single. Character.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents:
** Aburatsubo's mother, Akiko. He is absolutely ''horrified'' whenever she shows up at school.
** Nanaka's mother also is this for her, when she shows up to a parent-teacher conference still wearing her gardening gear.
* AmbiguouslyBi: [[spoiler: Aburatsubo might return Nanaka's feelings towards the end of the series.]]
* AnimeHair: Akane has pink streaks in her long white hair, and Sae's hair looks like a bunch of tiny Raggedy Anne-esque squares.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: To Aburatsubo, from Nanaka. He rejects her feelings. ''In the kindest, sweetest way ever'', doing what he can to not break her heart further. The frame doesn't change from a closeup on Nanaka's face while he gives her his reply. You can watch her emotional state shift from nervousness to surprise to sad realization to resignation.
* ApologisesALot: Sae, says it more often than most, but in one scene being stuck in a room and trying to teleport out, she continually say it for like two straight minutes, and instead things teleport in, crowding up the room.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Happens to Akane.
* BenevolentAlienInvasion: The aliens have invaded at some point before the story begins. They don't really do anything [[spoiler: at first]], and even go so far as to obey traffic laws.
* {{Bishonen}}: Aburatsubo.
** Actually, he's close enough to DudeLooksLikeALady territory that the text notes on introduction have to actually point this out.
* BrilliantButLazy: Akane is one of the more gifted members of the club when it comes to magic, and, spin aside, her spells almost always go well, and very nearly cast magic with only a ''picture'' of the magic wand that is required for said spells. The problem is she's a teenage girl who has her mind on things outside of the club most of the time.
* BrokenAce: Aburatsubo. At one point he tells Sawanaguchi that although he's good at everything, he doesn't enjoy much of anything, because there is little challenge.
--> "Does a fish think anything if it can swim?"
* CampGay: Aburatsubo is a mix of this and StraightGay. On the one hand, he is a long-haired {{Bishonen}} who flirts outrageously with Takeo. On the other, he's the school's star athlete and only acts camp around Takeo.
* ChivalrousPervert:
** While Takeo may burst into perverted fantasies at the drop of a hat, he's very protective of his fellow club members, especially Sae, and tries his best to perform his duties as president.
** Also Aburatsubo, whose SingleTargetSexuality on Takeo doesn't deter him from being a reliable friend and magic club member.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The journalist, his photographer, and the teacher who tells his students 'education is love,' are completely absent from the TV series with no mention of them at all.
* ConspicuousCG: Makes some of the alien ships more...alien.
* CoolStarship: The Bell.
* CovertPervert: ClubPresident Takeo Takakura tries to hide the lustful thoughts that spring up at even the most inopportune times, however the truth is obvious to pretty much everyone else except [[WideEyedIdealist Sae]].
* CreditsMontage: The TV series combines clips from the current episode with clips from the next episode in the ending theme.
* CuteWitch: Sae, Nanaka, and Aikawa dress this way, at least.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: The opening verse of the EndingTheme "''Mata Ashita''" can be heard in the last moments before the credits in each of the {{OVA}} episodes.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Whenever Akane casts a spell on something or someone, the object/person will spin rapidly for a few seconds before the spell takes its intended effect. It's never explained why this happens, and she appears to have no control over it.
* {{Fanservice}}: From all of the main girls, and Miyama. And occasionally Aburatsubo.
* GagBoobs: Mizuha Miyama. Complete with very heavy {{Gainaxing}}. Hilariously highlighted in the BeachEpisode, wherein Miyama gets off the bus, then the rest of her gets off the bus. This is noticeably tuned down in the TV series, despite that Miyama's TV school uniform seems to show more cleavage.
* HilariousOuttakes: Seriously, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edKovuyahnM check]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSvS2jgW52c them]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNwdA0DVcWk out]].
* HonestAxe: This fable is invoked in a bathroom scene, in which Takeo is asked if he was using the gold or the silver ''toilet paper''.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: The weird part is that Mizuha isn't even trying to invoke this trope but Takeo is often too {{distracted|ByTheSexy}} to hold his own in an argument against her.
-->'''Sae''': "We have to help him get over those horrible [[AccidentalPun memories]]!"
* IneptMage: Sae Sawanoguchi. Her magic is by far the most powerful, ''if'' she can control it, and ''if'' it comes out in the first place.
* InstantFanClub: Aburatsubo has this in the TV series, even though he's gayer than a Broadway musical. (Although, you never know, maybe [[FagHag that]] is ''why'' he has them...)
* IntrepidReporter: A pair of them in journalist Mitsuru Minowa and his sidekick/photographer Yoshito Yoshimoto. They stumble upon the antics of the Magic club while trying to investigate The Bell.
* TheKlutz: Sae Sawanoguchi, who not only manages to fail at nearly everything she tries, but often fails in the most [[PersonOfMassDestruction spectacular way possible]].
* LethalChef: Sae's big sister Saki. When asked why she is using red chili paste while making Tomato Stew, she responds: "''... What's that?''"
* MagicAIsMagicA: All it takes to do magic in the ''Magic User's Club'' universe is a weird looking wand and some Latin chanting. Akane almost accomplishes some magic with just a picture of a magic wand, and Sae learns to cast magic without a wand at all in the TV series.
* MagicalIncantation: "''Izatai Abamehinam Etokafe Nan!''"
* MagicVersusScience: The {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s are nigh indestructible, with a scientific mastery of space travel and weapons that can disintegrate aircraft carriers. They are countered by high school kids who can fly on brooms and magically transform them into pillows.
* TheMothership: The unknown alien vessel that invades Earth is called "The Bell".
* NoblewomansLaugh: Takakura's rival Mizuha Miyama is a constant user of this laugh, normally when she's finished knocking him down the only peg he has left.
* NoBisexuals: Slightly averted in that [[spoiler: Aburatsubo seems to be having feelings for Nanaka towards the end, which, while not discussed with the rest of the cast, seem to confuse him]].
* {{Nosebleed}}: Takeo should win some award for how many times this happens per episode.
* {{Ojou}}: Akane, who models in the TV series and appears to be independently wealthy.
* OnlySaneMan: Nanaka isn't entirely sold on using the magic of the club to fight the Bell, for rather obvious reasons, and is often the one to reign in Sae from her less well thought out actions. However, her loyalty to her friends and her crush on Aburatsubo means she ends up going with it anyways.
* PottyEmergency: Sae has one in episode 3 while being LockedInARoom with Aburatsubo.
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: In episode 5, Akane starts to hiccup, causing various strange things to happen. At one point, she shrinks down, leaving her clothes piled on the club room floor. The same happens to Takakura in episode 3, when he eats a magically-shrunken apple and inadvertently shrinks himself as a side-effect.
* ShoutOut: Quite a few to ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Averted nicely in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKf7mMZ46p8 OVA intro]].
* StarfishAliens: The Bell aliens. There is a brief insight into their thought process: the Bell apparently makes decisions with two 'leaders' (shown as a red light and a blue light) arguing over different logical courses of action until they are both in agreement.
* UnskilledButStrong: Sae, on many occasions, shows herself to have the most raw power when it comes to magic and does incredible things with it. However, she lacks the skill and focus to tap into her full potential throughout most of the OVA and TV series.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: Or rather, the common apostrophe; the title suggests that the club belongs to just one magic user. "Magic Users' Club" would be accurate in this case.
* WildMagic: In the TV series Jurika, the mysterious person who appears and disappears, is revealed [[spoiler:to be an anthropological manifestation of Sae's magic]].
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Sae and Takeo. [[spoiler: The TV series ends with a LoveConfession from Takeo, at which Sae replies: "I love you too!" Then the rest of the Magic Club appears a minute later, and Sae tells them: "[[AllLovingHero I love you all!]]" which leaves Takeo utterly confused about her response. In the end, it appears [[StatusQuoIsGod unresolved]].]]
* WorldTree: The giant cherry tree The Bell is transformed into certainly looks like one.