Mami is a school girl with a crush on the captain of the soccer team, and she hopes to confess to him on Valentine's Day. However, she is too shy to tell him. Her friend Koko tells her that last year she got a box of chocolates from a mysterious lady that are said to win over the heart of any boy who eats them. Could the same thing happen to Mami?
Short and to the point, Magical Chocolate is a pretty simple love story. At only 8 minutes long, it doesn't have much to say, and it doesn't really do anything that other anime haven't done. It doesn't push the envelope in art or animation (which, while charming, looks awfully like an extended anime cut-scene from a mid-90s Sega Saturn game), its voice acting is decent but not exceptional, and the music is forgettable as a whole. Still, you have to admire the work that went into it. It took around 3 or 4 people a total of 5 months to draw and animate this by themselves, with over 1,000 frames in all. The central cast is likable enough, and at such a short length, it won't take up too much of your time (the ending is pretty cute as well).
Simple and cute, Magical Chocolate is worth a look if only because it's so short that it won't cut much into your anime viewing time.
A nice independent work that has a certain charm big-budget works don't have. — Tim Jones
Recommended Audience: Mami gets kicked in the face with a soccer ball at one point, with blood coming out of her nose. There's nothing else inappropriate to my knowledge. No violence, language, sex, or anything of the sort.
Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub.
Review Status: Full (1/1)
Magical Chocolate © 2001 Ishikawa Pro
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