OP Sequence


“Episode 1”

Tejina-senpai has made her miraculous debut this Summer season with a short first episode that makes laughs of the limitations she has as a magician. The first episode helps to define the dynamic that she has with the Magic Club’s latest recruit, Assistant(Kayano Ai), as he gets used to the newfound attention that he’s been giving her.

The parallels between this series and Dagashi Kashi can be tricky to ignore with both of their main attractions being their boisterous leading ladies with silver hair and spiral irises. The two also share some decent ecchi peppered in with the girls’ efforts to teach their new partners about the wonderment of their favorite activities. But whereas Hotaru is the most recent example of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” trope in anime, or the fantasy of a girl who is too chaotic, too whimsical, and too perfect for reality, the first episode paints Tejina (Hondo Kaede) as more of a “Nightmare Girl”. A bulk of her troubles come from how many detriments are going against her own personal enjoyment of magic as her weaknesses hinder her ability to perform her tricks as she imagined them. On top of this, Assistant finds himself more troubled by her because of the personal responsibility he places on himself to keep her from hurting herself. Although there are a few ulterior motives he’d have as she’s prone to falling into compromising positions, he still manages to have a good time as the second member of the Magic Club

What makes the show incredibly funny is that there is no method to Tejina’s madness because she’s spending a majority of her time winging it. As a result, it’s a comedy about a girl who is compelled to love a hobby that conflicts entirely with her skillset. Some of the best jokes come from her ineptitude at magic and how she saves face from failed magic tricks such as mournfully parting ways with her money after accidentally being unable to reconnect the 1000 yen bill that she cut in half or enviously glaring at Assistant for pulling off the most basic parlor tricks and not letting her in on his secrets. Trouble might have already been spelled out when she spent a large chunk of her introduction to Assistant vomiting from stage fright, but her overall shyness also provides some comedy to how she handles speaking with Assistant like when she hijacks the morning announcements to grab his attention.

Tejina-senpai is a nice, short, and digestible anime that has enough charm to leave viewers enamored. Although it is a bit too short to put my thumb on what sets it apart from its peers, it doesn’t diminish the positive impression that it left on me as a cute and quirky comedy. Hopefully, it will come into its own with the next batch of episodes, but from what I can see with this first installment, I have faith that Tejina-senpai can definitely continue to make every new magic trick funnier than the next.

ED Sequence

ED: 「ダメハダメ」 (Dame wa Dame) by Suzuki Minori


  1. https://randomc.net/image/Tejina%20senpai/Tejina%20senpai%20-%20ED%20-%20Large%2005.jpg
    My bunny addition is coming back
    must find more anime that features older sexy women, at least senpai-tier,

    Anyway, I am glad they made this anime. I feel sorry for that Female Senpai with her love for magic tricks yet she is horrible. She needs to be reincarnated into a fantasy world so that she can learn actual magic.

  2. Hmmm… How do I say it’s funny, but mildly predictable?

    I guess if I’m bored I’ll watch this – this is kind of a show where you put your
    brain in neutral and can predict the gag. Kinda like the old Jack Benny show
    where you knew the gag was coming when he did that half fold of his arm.

    Probably be best for it’s entertaining ecchi humour with later additions to
    the cast (by the ED cards).

  3. I probably should’ve known these episodes would be 11 minutes long. That results in a lot of rapidfire comedy, which IS funny! I may follow this, but I don’t think Randomc will.


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