If I told you this show was actually about the setting and not actually a magical girl show, would you believe me?
Fushigi Mahou Fun Fun Pharmacy is actually not the "typical" magical girl shows people would expect. It's an old-school little girl anime (and nobody really makes anime like this anymore). It's reminiscent of Tamako Market, a show not about the plot or characters but about the lively market atmosphere.
Some of the best episodes of Fun Fun Pharmacy involve the market people and Popuri's interactions with them. Of course, being an old school mahou shoujo and all, you do see silly magical and supernatural elements. But they're actually secondary to the characterization of the townspeople. Many episodes focus on the lives of these people. There is a surprising amount of depth toward the supporting characters and each episode, I feel, is memorable.
The show is wacky and requires a lot of suspension of disbelief (which kids do have unlike us cynical adults). However, it's all done in the name of Fun and Character that I really don't mind it.
For a childish little girl show, Fushigi Mahou Fun Fun Pharmacy has put me onto the verge of tears. The ending is truly a heartbreaker.
If you enjoy old-school anime for kids, then Fun Fun Pharmacy is definitely a must-watch.
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