Ultra Maniac

Episode 1

Ultra Maniac OVA -- Heart Throbbing, Mysterious Diary

Aired Unknown Jan 30, 2003 on
Ultra Maniac OVA -- Heart Throbbing, Mysterious Diary
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Tateishi Ayu is a popular and attractive student in middle school, where she is the star of the women's tennis team. She has a crush on Tesushi Kaji, a handsome and popular player on the baseball team. Ayu notices a new transfer student named Sakura Nina crying and worries that she is being bullied. As it turns out, Nina has lost something. After Nina described the lost item as something pink and rectangular and Ayu has offered to help find it, Nina seems to get nervous and hastily excuses herself, saying she doesn't need any help. Ayu later finds something that looks like the item under a bench in the schoolyard; Ayu thinks it could be an electronic dictionary or game, but notices strange characters on the keyboard. Nina is very grateful that Ayu found her item, and we later see Nina thinking that Ayu may be just the person she was looking for.
The next day at school, Ayu notices Nina is following her around and staring at her, but doesn't think much more about it. She's more interested in the new school drama! An argument breaks out between the men's and women's tennis teams--the boys don't feel the girls should have more than one court; a challenge is made to win one court away from the other, with Nina suggesting Ayu go up against Tsujiai Hiroki, the star of the men's tennis team and Kaji's best friend.
Before the match, Nina takes Ayu aside and says she wants to thank Ayu properly for helping her find her lost item. She explains that she is not human, but a girl from the Magical Kingdom and the lost item is actually a computer that contains a magical encyclopedia that helps Nina perform her spells. Nina transferred to the school because she wasn't good enough at magic and couldn't graduate from magical middle school. She wants to thank Ayu for finding her computer, so she asks Ayu what she magic she can perform to thank her, and Ayu decides to ask Nina to increase her athletic ability in order to help her with the upcoming tennis match. Nina has a magical treasure box that she puts a piece of chocolate inside and then connects the box to the computer. However, Nina accidently creates flowers with the magic and has trouble performing the spell; she eventually gets it done and gives the piece of chocolate to Ayu to eat.
But Nina's spell turns Ayu into a boy! Ayu is very distressed and annoyed at the spell, but she and Nina know they have to think of something fast before the match. They say that Ayu had to go home sick and that her male cousin Ayuo is stepping in for her. The boys are reluctant, but Tsujiai convinces them it's okay and he'll still play Ayuo. Ayu discovers that she is not used to her new male body and is overcompensating in the game. Though she loses to Tsujiai because of this, he convinces the boy's team that it wouldn't be fair to take a court away from the girls and urges the girls to train more than just on the court—they'll have to work as hard as the boys in the future.
Though Nina can't seem to find a spell to make Ayu normal again, the spell wears off after a couple of hours. Ayu sighs and tells us that this is typical of her life as Nina's friend.moreless

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