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Ultra Maniac  
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From Viz:
At first glance, Nina Sakura seems like a typical teenage girl. However, she's actually a transfer student from a witch school! Now enrolled in a Japanese middle school, Nina is hoping to improve her grades, make some friends, and practice love spells on her unsuspecting new classmates.

Shy Ayu Tateishi has just made a new friend at school. But this new friend, much to her surprise, is no ordinary classmate. Nina Sakura may look like a normal middle school girl, but she's got a big secret.
She's a witch.
Or, rather, she's studying to be a witch. And apparently, she's not doing her homework. Her spells are devastating in their ineffectiveness and often result in the most embarrassing situations for poor Ayu.
But things wouldn't be so bad if Nina's sorcery didn't make Ayu look silly in front of the one boy she secretly adores. All she wants is a simple love potion. What she gets, however, is a new best friend who almost flunked out of witch school!


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Associated Names

Groups Scanlating
Aku Tenshi
Chokoreto no Onigiri

Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.12 by Genesis over 11 years ago
v.1-5 by SaD over 11 years ago
v.3 c.11 by Genesis over 12 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chp 1

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (445 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.63 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 3rd 2017, 9:16am PST



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Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (5 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1648 increased(+340)
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Year Pos #4943 increased(+977)

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On 317 wish lists
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Ultra Maniac   
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by EtceteraSpeed
April 10th, 2008, 7:24pm
Not the best... I've read better. But, it's cute. Definitely a Wataru classic. But I kinda prefer PxP more. Hmm... reccommended though. Definitely a nice, light read. A bit childish... as in Carcaptor Sakura childish. Not usually what I read. I like to revisit the genres I once read a long time ago though. It feels kinda nostalgic. Anyways, you should read it (if you're a shoujo fan or a shoujo tolerant person). I wouldn't really reccomend it if you're not. Ultra Maniac is kinda typical, but not bad either way. It does'nt drag on forever and ever and ever *cough*Inuyasha*cough*. So to summarize everything I just wrote into one sentence:
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by westsiders2
September 27th, 2009, 12:51pm
there is nothing great nor bad about this manga. the characters are fun and simple and nothing more than a good read highly enjoyably and recommended.

if you did not like it then it is probably due to the 'it' factor you probably seeked and this manga did not deliver. it's nothing more than a feel good manga so if anything serious was to happen it will not fit and probably would have ruined it.

it a feel good manga and you just can't hate. thats what i feel.

... Last updated on September 27th, 2009, 12:52pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lightning Hiro
August 18th, 2008, 9:49pm
I liked all the characters especially the main characters, my favorite part was the bonus chapter, so much things surprised me and i love happy endings!
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by sweetkisses8584
August 22nd, 2007, 9:43pm
this was a fun read. i mean of course i have read better but this was good... cute and i like the drawings.. nice.
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good read.   
Rating: N/A
by anon
December 28th, 2005, 9:04pm
its good :)
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Love this series   
Rating: N/A
by blublaise
August 24th, 2011, 9:01pm
Well, obviously I'd love it, since it was the first manga I had ever read.

The art, though typical shoujo-style, is absolutely lovable and cute. I feel like letting out a very girly "Kyaaaaah..!" everytime I see the characters' adorable faces. I absolutely adore Ayu because she looks a bit like me ^_^ The bishies in this manga have consistent looks so I kind of mixed them up at first, but I got used to them.

The story is somewhat different; I really like how Wataru-sensei often makes her main character(s) popular, which is different from most shoujo mangas I've read. Anyway, I loved the absolute cuteness of this story, which, once again, makes me want to go all out girly with a "Kyaaaaah...!" Its such a silly and fun manga with lovable characters.

Highly recommended to those who like cute shoujos!
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Ultra Maniac   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
June 4th, 2009, 9:20pm
The first novel of this series is great. It focuses on Nina's "magic mayhem" and Ayu's exasperation with her. Nina and Ayu become a sort of straight man/funny man comedy duo, and it's all very funny and cute. The second volume is also decent, focusing more on romance, with a cliche but touching new love triangle. From that point, though, it goes downhill. Now that she's dropped her cool persona, her desperation to get Tetsushi, and her exasperation with Nina, Ayu becomes a boring, static character. Before that point she was strong and interesting, very likeable compared to most shoujo heroines. Everything becomes a huge, overly-cutesy game of love interest musical chairs. Huge crushes are developed and revealed which suddenly disappear without a second mention as if Yoshizumi-sensei realized she did the math wrong later. Some characters that are supposed to be sympathetic seem entirely despicable at times. Tetsushi tries to force a kiss on his girlfriend and then actually gets angry when she refuses. Hiroki is just an apathetic jerk throughout. And don't even get me started on Sayaka.

Still, it's not a bad series. The art is very good and for the most part consistent throughout (although characters get skinnier and more cutesy as the series continues). Although it is very cliche, the romantic triumphs and tribulations of the girls will likely be enjoyed by younger girls that haven't had much experience in shoujo - or life. The magic aspect is interesting and very different from the typical mahou shoujo. The female characters are all stronger and less boy-obsessed than the typical shoujo heroine. It's a nice read if you're looking for something light and fluffy but not too frothy.

... Last updated on July 30th, 2009, 12:09pm
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Rating: N/A
by azntinsi
January 16th, 2008, 2:03am
i loved this its so funny
if your a big fan of this author you should read it,
really good
recommended for those who need a good laugh
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Really cute ^^   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
February 17th, 2010, 2:01pm
First off, the anime series is really, really different. Everyone's personality is the same, but the plot and ending are completely changed after the first few chapters. The anime makes it into a rivalry-driven magical-girl show, but the manga is really just a schoolyard romance with some magic thrown in.

This series is just... cute. The series focuses on the love woes of the main characters and the troubles brought about by Nina's seeming incompetence. The main character (Ayu) is really dull, as is her boyfriend, but watching Nina's interactions with her 3 love interests is really the most fun part of the story.

The author said at the end that she wasn't really interested in fantasy stories after all, and you can tell, because there is nothing special or complicated or very systematic about magic. Furthermore, the characters' personalities are simple, no one has a hidden past or deep secrets. The closest thing to this is Sayaka:

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She's a half-witch who suffers because her human friends didn't accept her and she couldn't live in the witch world. Nina's presence makes her unhappy because she's jealous and lonely. She gets in the way of everyone's romances, but is not a real obstacle. But eventually she softens up and turns into a good girl.

This really is a series you should read if you are looking for something light and fluffy.

As for the ending (minor spoilers),
Spoiler (highlight to view)
I wasn't shocked that Nina turned out to be really powerful (you can guess it especially when she blasts a hole in the ceiling), but you don't really get to see her doing any magic after she graduates, which is kind of disappointing.

The author chooses to ignore the angst of a long separation and of having to choose between one kingdom or the other. The series had lots of potential for romantic angst but decided to keep it on the light side.

everything works out so well that there's not much tension...

... Last updated on February 17th, 2010, 2:07pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bikuki
March 16th, 2007, 4:59pm
i think its good, but not as good as mint na bokura, thts just the best manga by wataru yoshizumi
i was really disappointed in the anime though, theyve made up those stupid holy stones which was just utterly useless
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