Magical hatto!!! at my age this is as far i can go with kids anime but then again, it was a load of fun and maybe it was not as notable at the time like the Mashin eizan wataru serie's ( 1988-1993) or the dragon quest serie's ( 1989-1992) wich had a lot of funny elements in it , magical hatto was something to watch with the whole familly.
To me at first it looked kinda awkward and pinkcheesy as hell, but if u look past the fillers and some of the sing-a longs segments it give's a good laugh with some memorable moments.
The story itself
is not too complicated, more or less been inspired by other kidslike anime but a Hat than can transform anything out of a hat by saying ...: Magical hatto karukaru shiba something ..... well and some of the most redicilous and over the top ( from a kids point of view) items gets summoned or transformed, fun fun fun.
The animation itself looks ok but could be a bit better, not the animation backgrounds itself but some segments looked kinda cheaper and duller , then again there is a great job with some visual effects for its time, funny looking animallike creatures and kidfriendly monsters.
Musicwise the sound in my ears sounded like a very cheap early 80's cave recordings, especially the singing sounded mediocre as well the opening intro.
I asked myself when the serie's ended about the parents of hat, u see them in the begiinning , something happens and u never see them again , not even in the end. The rest of the casting was quite good,even the villians and henchmen gave me a good laugh out though magical hatto is the main persona , with one grampa wich could be seen'as a sort of 'loremaster of devildom' a doglike boy wich has been introduced from the 1st episode and an adventrous but treasure greedy girl, an talking magical egg and some half robotic animals captured by Hat.
I mostly enjoyed it when the villians henchmen try numerous times to get the Magical hat, but when they finally got it they got outwitted in someway that is sooo damn funny, and when peace finally comes to the land a bloody musquito fucks the whole peace treaty up! din't saw that one coming.
Overall an 8 based on the positive content and prob what little kids back then assumed as an after day school t.v program , even though sound prod. and art droppings gave it a several dents