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Himitsu no Akko-chan
AkkoChan 1969 BOX1.jpg
Cover of the DVD box of the 1969 anime series.
Genre Magical girl
Author Fujio Akatsuka
Publisher Japan Shueisha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ribon
Original run July 1962September 1965
Volumes 3
TV anime
Director Hiroshi Ikeda
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan TV Asahi
Original run 6 January 196926 October 1970
Episodes 94
TV anime
Himitsu no Akko-chan 2
Director Hiroki Shibata
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan Fuji TV
Original run 1988-01-091989-12-24
Episodes 61
Anime film
Studio Toei Animation
Released 1989-03-18
Anime film
Himitsu no Akko-chan Umi da! Obake da!! Natsu Matsuri
Studio Toei Animation
Released 1989-07-15
TV anime
Director Hiroki Shibata
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan Fuji TV
Original run 1998-04-051999-02-28
Episodes 44
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Himitsu no Akko-chan (ひみつのアッコちゃん ?, The Secrets of Akko-chan or Akko-chan's Secret) is a pioneering magical girl manga and anime that ran in Japan during the 1960s.

The manga was drawn and written by Fujio Akatsuka, and was published in Ribon from 1962 to 1965. It predates the Mahōtsukai Sunny (whose name became Sally in the Mahōtsukai Sally anime) manga, printed in 1966. However, that title is the first magical girl anime as Himitsu no Akko-chan was not broadcast until 1969.

The original anime ran for 97 episodes from 1969 to 1970. It was animated by Toei Animation and broadcast by TV Asahi (then known as NET). It has been remade twice, in 1988 (61 episodes, featuring Mitsuko Horie in the role of Akko-chan and singing the opening and ending themes) and in 1998 (44 episodes). Two Akko-chan movies were made in 1989 and five were created between 1969 and 1973.

Some sources state that, like Sally, Akko-chan was also inspired by Bewitched [1].


Basic plot

While each remake has small differences, the basic premise is always the same.

Atsuko "Akko-chan" Kagami (known variously as "Stilly," "Caroline," or "Julie" in Western versions of the anime) is an energetic elementary school girl who has an affinity for mirrors. One day, her favorite mirror which was given to Akko by her mother (or in some versions, by her father, as a present from India) is broken, and she prefers to bury it in her yard rather than throw it to the trash can. In her dreams, she is contacted by a spirit (or in some cases the Queen of the Mirror Kingdom) who is moved that the little girl would treat the mirror so respectfully and not simply throw it away. Akko-chan is then given the gift of a magical mirror and taught an enchantment that will allow her to transform into anything she wishes.





Foreign distribution

Largely unknown in the English-speaking world, Himitsu no Akko-chan enjoyed a good deal of success when it was exported to the European market in the 1980s. In fact, all three Akko-chan series have been screened on TV in Italy.

  • Lo specchio magico (Italian, first series)
  • Caroline (French, second series; pronounced "Cah-ro-LEEN")
  • Los secretos de Julie (Spanish language version shown in Latin America, second series)
  • El Secreto de Akko (Spanish version shown in Spain, third series)
  • Un mondo di magia (Italian, second series)
  • Stilly e lo specchio magico (Italian, third series) - In series three, as in series one, "Stilly" is the Italian name for Akko-chan.
  • Czarodziejskie zwierciadełko (Polish, first series)


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