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Magical Emi, the Magic Star is the third Magical Girl series created by Studio Pierrot, 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 18-year-old version of herself. As Magical Emi, Mai uses her magic to help people and participate in her grandparents' shows.


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  • Always Someone Better: A mild case, but Mai's little brother Misaki is much more gifted at magic than she is.
  • Circus Brat: Mai grew up in the Magic Carat Magic Show.
  • Family Versus Career: Mai's mother, Yuko, left her career as a talented magician in order to get married and start a family.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Topo spends most of the series in the form of a stuffed animal.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Downplayed. Sho has some interest in Emi, but, in general, he is more interested in the boxe (he is an aspiring boxer).
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  • Magic Idol Singer: Although Emi is a Stage Magician rather than an Idol Singer, her story still follows the Magic Idol Singer template. She even dabbles in Idol Singer territory by combining her magic shows with musical accompaniment.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: The whole plot revolves around this. Mai's whole family are Stage Magicians and she wants to become one too, but she's not talented enough, so she turns to real magic in order to succeed with her stage magic.
  • To Be a Master: Mai's dream is to become a great magician.
  • Transformation Sequence: Mai has one with lots of bubbles and wand-waving, where again the actual transforming part is quite brief.
  • Victory Is Boring: More like Phlebotinum-Aided Victory Is Boring — When Mai wins a magic contest as Magical Emi, the victory feels empty and unfulfilling because she only won thanks to her Magical Girl powers, which feels like a cheat. This leads to her decision to relinquish her powers.
  • Wizarding School: Mai's grandparents run a small school for young magicians.

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