English: Magical DoReMi
Synonyms: Useless Witchgirl Doremi
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 7, 1999 to Jan 30, 2000
24 min. per episode
G - All Ages
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.121 (scored by 4274 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
comedy magical girl shoujo
SynopsisDoremi refers to herself as the "unluckiest bishoujo in the world". Her little sister that treats her like a child, her parents that fight almost every day and her crush is in love with another girl. Doremi aspires to become a witch, hoping that magic can solve all her problems. Doremi then finds a real witch, but after calling the witch out the witch is transformed into a green blob incapable of using magic. Blaming Doremi for the incident, the witch takes Doremi as an apprentice, hoping that despite Doremi's constant misuse of magic Doremi will become a witch someday. Doremi then recruits her two best friends as witch apprentices, and together they aim to pass the witch exams and become full fledged witches.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Ojamajo Doremi
Sequel: Ojamajo Doremi Sharp
Characters & Voice Actors
Note that this review was originally on my blog, so I may have score that differ from here because of different scoring systems
It was many years ago when I first heard of this show. I’m not exactly sure how I came to know it, but I remember hearing about this show about some kids with some kind of other worldly abilities that was ridiculously popular. Of course, this was at the time before I got into anime, so I kind of dismissed it, but it was always in the back (and I mean the VERY back of my mind). After getting into the world of anime with Sonic X and Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z, I decided to give this show a try, as I started to get familiar with differences between the shonen and shoujo genres. With a few eccentric experiences and the way I was raised, I developed a weakness for cuteness (if you must ask, I am male) and though the show would appeal to me. However, I was in for a big surprise as the show exceeded all expectations.
As you can see, the story isn’t overly complicated. There are no deep complex storylines. Sure, there are a few mini story arcs thrown in the mix, but nothing convoluted. After all, this is a show primarily aimed at a younger audience. While the story is simple, it’s not the kind of simple where older fans will get bored out of their mind. They’re entertaining and will want you to find out what happens. The episodes are presented in a way that there are sometimes two things going on: the girls going through their trials to “witchdom,” and the girls helping out their many friends and family members. Sometimes, this can get in the way and make the more interesting parts of the show seem a bit rushed, but it’s also used to show their trials in magic provide valuable lessons in life or vice versa. Unlike similar genres where the main characters use their abilities against a similar or more powerful enemy (e.g. Sailor Moon, also from Toei Animation), this one lacks a common enemy and is more personal to the characters. When they’re not doing magic, the girls are helping their friends. However, a flaw arises as most of these stories follow the same path over and over again. Friend like a particular thing. Friend no longer does due to some circumstance. Girls use magic to solve problem. Of course, you may complain that it makes the show less interesting…and it does, to an extent. The more interesting part of the story is when the magic shop falls into the hands of Majoruka, and the girls try to get it back. The small story ends in a neat magic battle and feels very satisfying the way it was tied. Later in the season, when the girls are entrusted with the eradication of cursed items, the story feels rather stretched, as the hunting spans around 20 episodes. Most episodes are in a format where you do not necessarily have to see everything that happened before that and understand what’s going on. Approximately five episodes, however, did end in cliffhangers, which provided more incentive to continue. You sometimes can’t help but wonder how it all ends. There’s a nice mix of stuff, too. You have a blend of comedy, emotion, action, and fun that makes the show and interesting watch, even though it is a bit childish.
The animation of this show is not something to be impressed by. After all, this show did make it’s debut in 1999, and animation has come a ways since then. The characters are simply drawn, the effects are just average, backgrounds are painted nicely but simple. However, the colors stand out just a bit, which is just fine. Mostly, the animation is consistent from episode to episode, but there were a few times where I noticed that the drawings of the characters were different, some better and some worse. At first, I was usually unaware of more minute changes, but after seeing more and more episodes, it became easier to pick out the flaws. In the end, the art is just average, but it works for what it is.
This is where the show really shines. From the beginning, you can see that there is an underlying musical theme to the show, but it never really becomes a major factor in any story except for one episode where the girls combine their favorite instruments with their wands. I really found it neat that when they were told to insert a certain melody to access their magical items, they stuck with it and made it make perfect sense. After the aforementioned episode, it was great to hear their instruments play during the casting of spells. There were other musical mentions, with treble and bass clef signals on doors, musical notes adorning spells, and others. Never is it forced upon the viewer in a way that becomes annoying. As for the actual music in the show, it’s not a bad selection. You have a mix of vocal and instrumental, everything fits with the situation, and there is no constant changing of types of music as you see with many American shows. It’s satisfying at times to have no music when there is a lot of dialogue. It makes you focus on what’s being said instead of being a distraction.
Another thing that makes the show deceptively addicting. Every character is clearly details. Their likes, dislikes, problems, all shown clearly with their major personalities shining. Doremi’s klutziness is always fun to watch. Hazuki is intelligent, but it’s her kindness that becomes the main focus. She needed more episodes around her, though. Aiko is special. Although she is the toughest of the group, all the episodes centering around her were emotional and dealt with the divorce of her parents, something you don’t usually see talked about much in a kids’ show (at least, what I’ve seen). However, I feel that there should have been an episode that centered around her that wasn’t about her family troubles. Pop Harukaze is as sassy as you would expect some young kids to be, and it’s surprising to see Onpu Segawa unlike any other celebrity people who act like they are above everyone else. All other characters, especially the classmates, all have their personalities, and they all fit together and are something you would expect to see in any classroom. This is one thing about anime that I really like. If there are shows that involve classroom settings, the creators of the show will make the necessary number of characters, all different from the others, and they will use those characters later on. It makes you feel that you are there in the classroom yourself and are friends with these people. In American shows, you usually have a few reoccurring characters but everyone else is usually generic or one-shot, and you don’t really get to know them. Also, a little research will net you even more information about the characters, including birthdays (with years), height, weight, and blood type (seriously). All the more reason to really get in touch with them.
As I mentioned earlier, once you get into it, you want to know what happens. You see them take on their new “life” and want to see them grow up. Except for a few large gaps, every few episodes add a new story element or cliffhanger that begs to watch. The antics of the girls, especially Doremi, are always a hoot, Like a few of the shows I get into, I spend many hours letting my mind wander, and it often wanders into new storylines that I know won’t really happen in the series, but I wish could happen (well, not all of them). However, as the season began to enter its final episodes, I saw idea after idea that I had thought of actually become true in some way or another. I was so amazed that it happened that I just had to finish it off. And the ending did not disappoint. Even though it was something I wasn’t really expecting, it was fitting, and it still alludes to a new season.
Overall, this is a very excellent show. I would highly recommend this, but there are a few problems with that. If you’re concerned about being discovered watching this show and being made fun of, you’re probably not going to enjoy it. If you find the need to be immersed in complicated stories, you’re probably not going to like it. If you need violence, blood, and sex in your shows, you’re probably not going to like it. For everyone else, watch it. Now! Even those I mentioned above, watch it. This is a timeless classic and has enjoyed success everywhere (unfortunately, not in the U.S., but more about that in another review). I think this quote from the people at Doremi-Fansubs sums it up.
“Best Magical Girl Show. Ever. Who cares if it's girly? Who cares if you'll get laughed at for watching this? It's freaking awesome damnit!”
Or is it an allusion of what is to come? Seeing one episode of Sharp convinces me so, but you can't fully enjoy it all without missing a thing.
Both are magical girl type shows, that are super cute! ^.^
both are really cute animes and a must-see for all magical girls fans =)
a clumsy "normal student" girl gets a "super-power" for casuality and lucky (maybe). She should learn to use it, found her mates, and rescue everyone.
The super-Power-mates are friends of the main girl, and the team works in a cute and very Girly place, that place is "the secret base" of her -another- work.
Heroine in both series are funny, noisy, and very pink. (similarities in the body are notable too), in the magic-partners are the same thing.
Ojamajo DoReMi give more attention to the friendship and family, in tokyo mew mew is more love relationships, and team work.
Opening Theme"DANCE! Ojamajo" by MAHO-DO
"Ma che magie Doremi" by Cristina D'Avena
"Ojamajo Carnival!!" by MAHO-DO
Ending Theme#01 "Watashi no Tsubasa" by Masami Nakatsukasa
#02 "Ojamajo Ondo de HAPPIPPI!!" by MAHO-Dou
#03 "Kitto Ashita wa" by Saeko Shuu
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