Japanese: おジャ魔女どれみ ナ・イ・ショ
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 26, 2004 to Dec 11, 2004
30 min. per episode
G - All Ages
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SynopsisNa-i-sho is a 13 episode OAV series detailing the summer between the ~motto~ and the Dokkaan season. It is a bit more mature than the TV seasons, and looks to develop each of the five witches romantically. Hana is back to a baby, and the mahou shop is a bakery.
Related AnimeParent story: Motto! Ojamajo Doremi
Characters & Voice Actors
Ojamajo Doremi Naisho, placed somewhere in the summer vacation between the school terms covered in season 3 and season 4, is practically a loose chain of short stories around the characters of Ojamajo Doremi. While completely knowing the parent story is not really nescessary, it is probably useful to have watched some episodes of the parent story. (I only watched the first two seasons and about half a dozen of the other two and that was plenty enough. Even half of that would be enough.)
Ojamajo Doremi deals with five girl "witch novice" protagonists. While the parent story mainly focuses on these girls, here they actually play a supporting role. The spotlight in each episode is rather reserved on some side characters. Some of them being comepletely new, some other are also featured as (more or less minor) side characters from the parent story. In each episode the character's problem is featured, with a part of the main charaters stumbling over the the character and more or lesss secretly helps the character or is observing the the development.
While magic is still an element of the series, it has not really much weight int the series. These shown problems are usually not dealt or tried to be solved with it, but by the characters themselves.
Also, some quite serious and, considering the audience of this franchise, surprisingly mature problems are dealt with in this series.
The series is surpsingly realistic in showing and dealing with these problems and I really like how magic is not a direct part of solving these troubles. The series is in fact very mature, but still presents the topics in a manner, very suitable for children.
Despite its age it doesn't really look bad, through, due to its parent series, it is quite trimmend on "cute" and very colourful, through, in my opinion, not quite as much as in the parent story. read more
For one point the character design is a obvious similiarity between both, but not quite the only one.
Heartcatch Pretty Cure usually has its quite episodic scheme of having a light focus on a character somewhat close to the main characters, or whom they meet. These characters have troubles, hence get there withering "Heart flowers" stolen and transform into monsters, whose probably one special aspect is that they are now able to freely outspeak their trouble. Doing so, having sometimes the source of their trouble hear that (and with a bit help of the Cures purifying magic of course) their trouble get in some way or another solved (or ceases to be the big problem of before).
Ojamajo Doremi Naisho is a chain of loose short stories, set between the third and forth season of the parent story. (Knowledge of the parent story is not 100% nescessary. I only watched the first two seasons and about half a dozen of the other two and that was plenty enough.)
Ojamajo Doremi has 5 female "witch novice" protagonists. Quite as like in Heartcatch Pretty Cure, each episode has a focus on other characters in the vicinity of the protagonists or on one of whom they meet. These character have about quite similiar problems as in Heartcatch Pretty Cure and (sometimes with a little help of their magic) help these characters to solve their problems.
Ojamajo Doremi Naisho, however, deals with the problems in a more serious and realistic manner. Magic is an important part in its parent story, but plays a rather minor role in Naisho (and the movie). In Ojamajo Doremi Naisho people generally solve their problems by themselve or with help of an advice (sometimes given by one of the main characters who only used their magic to change their appearance to disguise themselves.)
This and the fact that some of the problems dealt with are quite more serious than in Heartcatch Pretty Cure, makes in my humble opinion, Ojamajo Doremi Naisho more mature and serious than Heartcatch Pretty Cure, and about most of the typical Magical Girl titles.
Technically looking both series have a strikingly similiar character design, which is not really surprising. The Ojamajo Doremi Franchise is pretty much the second big sister franchise of the Pretty Cure Franchise (as between the Ojamajo Doremi Series and the Pretty Cure Series was Ashita no Nadja). Hence technically Heartcatch Pretty Cure is superior, through Ojamajo Doremi Naisho is not this bad either.
Another point may be the voice cast. Ojamajo Doremi's protagonist have voices trimmed to be childisch (which gets on the nerves sometimes), while Heartcatch Pretty Cure has not. Through the side characters of Ojamajo Doremi Naisho, on whom the focus is actuall on, don't have this problem.
Conclusivesly, having watched Ojamajo Doremi Naisho first I was really hoping Heart Catch Pretty Cure to be its worthy successor. Successor it is, through perhaps not yet worthy. For all who like Heartcatch Pretty cure, I really recommend its "bigger sister".
Opening Theme"Naisho Yo!" by Maho堂
Ending Theme"Suteki" by Maho堂
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