Profile and reception in Japan
The main current of Magical☆Antique is running an antique shop with Sphie, who is a magician and one of the main heroines of this game. Main system can be separated to SLG part and AVG part. There were unexpected background settings including antique shop, but this game was quite popular in Japan due to well-organized system and scenario, the popularity of some characters and relatively inexpensive price.
Like Comic Party, Magical☆Antique succeeded to the Leaf's line to SLG system, but there were lack of connection between SLG part (running antique shop) and each character's scenario, so failed to be appreciated as game.
At this time, Leaf Osaka HQ attempted to emerge from visual novel line, but there were many oppositions by former Leaf fans. In addition, with Tasogare's breakdown and disturbance about piracy scandal of Kizuato, the controversies among the fans were intensified every day. Eventually, Osaka HQ was thought to be on the decline, and Magical☆Antique was also regarded as one of the cause. But in fact, sales and evaluation to this game were both beyond expectations, so this game wasn't so blamed as poor stuff.