As a magical girl anime enthusiast, i wanted to check out the anime that served as the pioneer for the FIRST REAL magical girl transformation.
I had only watched one episode of it which is the VERY FIRST episode that has been fansubbed into English. I've gotta say that although the VERY FIRST transformation sequence in magical girl history is VERY underwhelming, i give it a pass because it was made in the 1960s so the creators had little opportunity to make it MORE alluring.
It is still kind of entertaining to watch even if it's just one episode especially when you compare it to the magical
girl anime that came BEFORE it, Mahou Tsukai Sally. Unlike Sally who is a magical princess from an alternate dimension, Akko-chan is a ORDINARY school girl who was given EXTRAORDINARY magical powers so it is kind of nice to see the girl using her brains to figure out how to use her given magic to solver her problems.
Though she is a normal kid with some selfish desires to use their given magic to achieve, Akko also has a heart and learns to use her magic powers to help others as well.
Plus, some of the best episodes of the anime involves the MAIN direction of the anime's assistant director, Isao Takahata, where his emotional and empathetic directing style is at work in there somewhere.
Overall, despite being an antique from the late 1960s, the FIRST Himitsu no Akko-chan is a surprising mix of comedy, melodrama and fantasy elements that STILL holds up which is impressive by the standards of anime that was BORN from that time period.