Rental Magica (TV)

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Alternative title:
レンタルマギカ (Japanese)
Themes: harem, witches
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: Due to his father's disappearance, Itsuki Iba has to take over the family business: a magician dispatch service called "Astral". Astral basically employ countless magicians and other supernatural beings in order to send them out to help those who need magical assistance. As a leader, Itsuki now has to be tough, commanding, and reliable, but there's one problem: he's a coward. Also, in order to run a successful business, he has to connect with his employees, which is more difficult than it seems due to his personality and lack of magical ability. But not only does he have to deal with his own employees, he also has to deal with those who threaten the family business.
User Ratings: 709 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 25 votes (sub:22, dub:1, ?:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 Excellent: 90 votes (sub:83, ?:2, raw:1, dub:1, others:3
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
)
 Very good: 215 votes (sub:204, dub:7, others:4
1 French subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 Good: 182 votes (sub:170, dub:5, ?:2, others:5
2 Russian subtitled
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
)
 Decent: 89 votes (sub:86, dub:2, raw:1)
 So-so: 57 votes (sub:52, dub:4, others:1
1 French subtitled
)
 Not really good: 19 votes (sub:16, dub:1, raw:1, others:1
1 Chinese mandarin subtitled
)
 Weak: 24 votes (sub:23, raw:1)
 Bad: 6 votes (sub:4, raw:1, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
)
 Awful: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Worst ever: 1 vote (sub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 1508 users, rank: #715 (of 6020)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 7.100 (Good), std. dev.: 1.637, rank: #2054 (of 6014)
Weighted mean: 6.959 (Good), rank: #2349 (of 6014) (seen all: 7.24 / seen some: 6.22 / won't finish: 4.16)
Bayesian estimate: 6.969 (Good), rank: #2075 (of 4525)
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 24
Episode titles: We have 24
Vintage: 2007-10-07 to 2008-03-23
Opening Theme:
#1: "Sora ni Saku" (宇宙(そら)に咲く) by Lisa Komine (eps 2-6, 13-18, 22)
#2: "Faith" by Lisa Komine (eps 7-12, 19-21, 23)
#3: "Sora ni Saku: Hikigatari Version" (宇宙(そら)に咲く 〜弾き語りVersion〜) by Lisa Komine (ep 24)
Ending Theme:
#1: "Sora ni Saku" (宇宙[そら]に咲く) by Lisa Komine (ep 1)
#2: "Aruite Ikō." (歩いていこう。) by Jungo Yoshida (eps 2-11, 13-20, 22-24)
#3: "Aruite Ikō. [Astral Version]" (歩いていこう。(アストラルVersion)) by Astral no Mina-san [Jun Fukuyama, Kana Ueda, Mikako Takahashi, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Rie Kugimiya, and Shizuka Itou] (eps 12, 21)
Trivia: We have 2
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DVD (Region 1)
    Rental Magica - Collection 1 (Sub.DVD) 2009-11-24
    Rental Magica - Collection 2 (Sub.DVD) 2010-04-06 (from $14.99)
    Rental Magica - Collection 1 [Litebox] (Sub.DVD) 2012-08-07 (from $22.93)
    Rental Magica - Collection 2 [Litebox] (Sub.DVD) 2012-10-02 (from $22.93)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Itsuro Kawasaki
Series Composition:
Makoto Sanda
Mamiko Ikeda
Storyboard: Itsuro Kawasaki (6 episodes
eps 1-3, 5-6, 10
)

Episode Director:
Itsuro Kawasaki (ED; 4 episodes
eps 1, 10, 22, 24
)

Masahiro Okamura (eps 2, 8)
Naoki Oohira (ep 20)
Shigeki Hatakeyama (eps 5, 14, 19)
Yoshinobu Tokumoto (eps 3, 11, 18)
Original creator: Makoto Sanda
Original Character Design: pako
Character Design: Minako Shiba
Art Director: Masaru Ohta
Chief Animation Director: Minako Shiba (eps 1-2, 22-24)
Animation Director: Minako Shiba (OP)
Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
Director of Photography:
Atsuko Okui
Takeshi Kuchiba

Assistant Art Director: Sumiko Aihara
Color design: Hiromi Iwaida
Creature Design: Hideki Hashimoto
Editing: Daisuke Hiraki
Key Animation:
Hideki Hashimoto (OP)
Itsuro Kawasaki (eps 10, 15)
Music Performance:
Hideyo Takakuwa (Flute)
Hiroki Satou (Trombone)
Otohiko Fujita (Horn)
Tomoyuki Asakawa (Harp)
Planning: Takeshi Yasuda
Theme Song Performance:
Jun Fukuyama (ED2)
Jungo Yoshida (ED1)
Junichi Suwabe (ED2)
Kana Ueda (ED2)
Lisa Komine (OP1/OP2)
Mikako Takahashi (ED2)
Rie Kugimiya (ED2)
Shizuka Itou (ED2)
Jun Fukuyama as Itsuki Iba
Kana Ueda as Honami Takase Ambler
Mikako Takahashi as Adilicia Ren Mathers

Daisuke Ono as Kagezaki
Junichi Suwabe as Ren Nekoyashiki
Katsuyuki Konishi as Sekiren(eps 16-24)
Rie Kugimiya as Mikan Katsuragi
Shizuka Itou as Manami Kuroha

Akemi Okamura as Shinogi Minagi(eps 3, 12, 15)
Akihiko Ishizumi as Santa(ep 12)
Ayahi Takagaki as
Female Student
Male Student
Daisuke Matsuoka as
Follower(eps 19-20)
Goetia Subordinate(eps 5-6)
Leader(eps 21-22)
Subordinate(ep 2)
Takeminakata God(ep 3)
Fuyuka Oura as Itsuki (young)(eps 22-24)
Hideki Nakanishi as Classmate(ep 4)
Hidetoshi Nakamura as Oswald lenn Mathers(eps 5, 18)
Hiroki Yasumoto as Judaicus Tholoide(eps 7, 9-10)
Kaori Nazuka as Lapis(eps 7, 9-10)
Katsumi Chou as
Ri Sei Ou(ep 11)
Shōko's grandfather
Keiji Fujiwara as Gara(eps 17-18)
Kenta Miyake as Tastumi Shitou(eps 19-20)
Kentarou Itou as Hyoudou(ep 15)
Mami Kosuge as Mermaid(ep 15)
Mamoru Miyano as Fin Kruda(eps 22-24)
Masako Isobe as Suzuka Katsuragi(eps 19-20)
Megumi Nasu as Shōko Kunugi
Ooki Sugiyama as Soul Eater(ep 4)
Rie Kugimiya as Kaori Katsuragi(eps 19-20)
Rie Nakagawa as Mermaid(ep 15)
Rie Tanaka as Kikyou Katsuragi(Kaori/Mikan's mother; ep 20)
Risa Mizuno as Diana(eps 11-12, 21)
Ryusaku Chijiwa as Kazushi Yamada(ep 3)
Sanae Kobayashi as Sakuya Isurugi(ep 14)
Shinji Ogawa as Teacher(ep 13)
Takahiro Sakurai as Kei Isurugi(ep 14)
Taketora as Goetia member(ep 18)
Tetsuo Kaneo as Leader(eps 21-22)
Tomoko Miyadera as Old Woman(ep 15)
Umeka Shouji as
Mermaid(ep 15)
Radio announcer(ep 1)
Yasumichi Kushida as Clive Roland(eps 17-18)
Yoshinori Sonobe as
Goetia Member(ep 18)
Goetia Subordinate(eps 5-6)
Headless Aristocrat Ghost(ep 13)
Leader(eps 21-22)
Paper Soldier(ep 11)
Subordinate(ep 2)
Warrior(ep 16)
Yuka Inokuchi as Ghost Girl(ep 12)
Yukihiro Misono as Leader(ep 21)
Yuko Kaida as Daphne(5 episodes
eps 12, 17-18, 21-22
)
Yume Miyamoto as Dragon Girl(eps 22-24)
Yumiko Kobayashi as Moroha Minagi(eps 3, 12, 15)
Yuuichi Ishigami as Follower(eps 19-20)
Japanese companies
Animation Production: ZEXCS
Broadcaster:
Chiba TV (2007-10-07)
KBS Kyoto (2007-10-08)
Sun TV (2007-10-09)
Tokyo MX TV (2007-10-10)
TV Aichi (2007-10-10)
TV Hokkaido (2007-10-08)
TV Kanagawa (2007-10-08)
TV Saitama (2007-10-07)
TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (2007-10-08)
Internet Streaming: Rakuten ShowTime
Music Production: Victor Entertainment
English companies
English staff
(none)
Broadcaster: Animax Asia
Distributor: Nozomi Entertainment
Internet Streaming:
Hulu
YouTube
English cast
(none)
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