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Ojamajo Doremi
Ojamajo doremi logo.jpg
Ojamajo Doremi's musical theme is reflected in its logo
おジャ魔女どれみ
(Ojamajo Doremi, roughly: Bothersome Witch Doremi)
Genre Magical girl, comedy
TV anime
Director Junichi Sato
Takuya Igarashi
Studio Toei Animation
Licensor 4Kids Entertainment (Series 1 Only)
Network Asahi Broadcasting Corporation
Original run February 7, 1999January 30, 2000
Episodes 51 (List of episodes)
TV anime
Ojamajo Doremi #
Director Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Takuya Igarashi
Studio Toei Animation
Network Asahi Broadcasting Corporation
Original run February 6, 2000January 28, 2001
Episodes 49 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Ojamajo Doremi #: The Movie
Director Takuya Igarashi
Writer Midori Kuriyama
Composer Keiichi Oku
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 8, 2000
Runtime 30 minutes
Manga
Author Izumi Todo
Illustrator Shizue Takanashi
Publisher Kodansha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Nakayoshi
Original run October 2000December 2000
Volumes 3
TV anime
Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi
Director Takuya Igarashi
Studio Toei Animation
Network Asahi Broadcasting Corporation
Original run February 4, 2001January 27, 2002
Episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi ~Secret of the Frog Stone~
Director Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Writer Midori Kuriyama
Composer Keiichi Oku
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 14, 2001
Runtime 30 minutes
Manga
Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi
Author Izumi Todo
Illustrator Shizue Takanashi
Publisher Kodansha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Nakayoshi
Published December 2001
Volumes 1
TV anime
Ojamajo Doremi DOKKAAN!
Director Takuya Igarashi
Studio Toei Animation
Network Asahi Broadcasting Corporation
Original run February 3, 2002January 26, 2003
Episodes 51 (List of episodes)
TV anime
'Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho'
Director Junichi Sato
Studio Toei Animation
Network SkyPerfecTV PPV
Original run June 26, 2004December 11, 2004
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
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Ojamajo Doremi ( おジャ魔女どれみ Ojamajo Doremi?), known as Magical DoReMi in English language adaptations, is a magical girl anime metaseries consisting of four regular TV anime series, one 13-episode sidestory, two anime films, and a manga series. The various series were aired from 1999-2003, with companion movies to the second and third seasons. A thirteen episode sidestory TV series was aired in 2004. A manga adaptation, written by Izumi Todo and illustrated by Shizue Takanashi, was published by Kodansha. The show is about elementary school children that transform into witch apprentices.

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Plot

Ojamajo Doremi

Eight-year-old Doremi Harukaze aspires to be a user of magic, as she believes it would solve all her problems and help her confess to a boy she liked. One afternoon, she comes upon a magic shop and correctly suspects that the shop owner is a witch. The shop owner becomes a witch frog, as this happens to witches when their true identities are discovered. In order to retain her original form, the shop owner, Majo Rika, takes Doremi as her apprentice to turn her into a witch. Doremi must take nine witch exams at night to become an official witch; however, she must never let her own identity as a witch be found out or the same fate that befell Majo Rika will happen to her.[1]

On her way, Doremi is joined by her two best friends[2], Hazuki Fujiwara and Aiko Senō, as well as her younger sister, Pop.[3] While taking tests to become better witches, at the same time, Doremi and her friends help out their classmates and friends with their own problems via magic, as well as battle Majo Rika's rival, Majo Ruka.[4] All is going well until they meet Onpu Segawa, a child idol, who does not share the same morals in using magic as them.[5] Eventually, Onpu allies with Doremi and the girls and even saves them from turning into witch frogs at the cost of her own consciousness. In order to rescue her, Doremi and the girls use forbidden magic to rescue her from her punishment, but because they did do so, all of them must resign as witch apprentices.[6]

Ojamajo Doremi #

Not long after Doremi and the girls finish the 3rd grade, they go into the Witch World to ask the Queen for their witch apprenticeship back. While taking a shortcut through the garden, the girls witness the birth of a baby, whom Doremi later names Hana. According to the witch law, they have to take care of the baby for a year since they witnessed Hana's birth.[7] While Doremi and the girls learn to take care of Hana and help her take baby tests, at the same time, the wizards in the Wizard World are afraid of the tremendous magical power Hana has.[8] Oyajide, a former ally of Doremi's, plans to capture Hana at all costs and even hires four boy wizard prodigies, the FLAT4, to help.[9]

Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi

After losing their witch apprenticeship to ensure Hana's growth[10], Doremi and the girls are given another chance to get their apprenticeship back by appealing to the Witch Senate with sweets. As neither of the girls know how to bake well, the Queen introduces Momoko Asuka into their group to aid their quest.[11] In Doremi's daily life, Momoko also becomes her classmate, but due to living in New York for most of her life, she is unable to speak Japanese well in her normal form and is unfamiliar with Japanese culture.[12] While Doremi and the girls patiently teach her, they are also given temporary custody of Hana-chan, who was cursed with the former witch queen's magic to hate vegetables, which are crucial to her health.[13]

Ojamajo Doremi Dokka~n!

Doremi and the girls are made into full witches by the senate[14], but the former witch queen's curse is about to put all worlds into an eternal sleep. The only way to stop the curse is to awaken her and recreate the gifts she both made and received from her grandchildren.[13] At the same time, Hana, who has become bored of the Witch World, uses magic to age herself into an 11-year-old to be able to attend Doremi's school.[15]

Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho

In early 2004, Toei Animation revealed plans to make an OVA for the series, titled Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho. During the summer of 2004, episodes were released every two weeks on SkyPerfecTV's Pay-per-view service, and lasted for 13 episodes. As a part of the series, it is a sidestory of Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi.

Media

Anime

Ojamajo Doremi is produced by Toei Animation and ABC. In Japan, the show aired on each of the ANN TV stations (Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC, Japan), TV Asahi, Nagoya TV (Metele), and others) and Broadcasting System of San-in Inc.. The show replaced the time slot for Yume no Crayon Oukoku after its end and lasted from February 7, 1999 to January 30, 2000, with a new episode airing every week.[16] The series soon followed with direct sequels, Ojamajo Doremi #, Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi, and Ojamajo Doremi Dokka~n! until January 26, 2003. Each series lasted from 49-51 episodes. Throughout the show's run, two 30-minute films were also released.

As well as it being in Japanese and aired in Japan, there are other Ojamajo Doremi dubs around the world, including Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and South Korea.[17]

In North America, 4Kids Entertainment has licensed the show under the title Magical DoReMi, which aired on 4Kids TV for the 2005-2006 broadcasting season.[18] Since that the show had been released and dubbed in other countries before. 4Kids Entertainment released and dubbed the show only for North America. The anime is heavily edited, dubbed and localized. Its English dub opening takes scenes from the original Japanese opening and ending as well as some American episodes and with its Japanese culture and origins removed along with Japanese writing edited to English and the text edits of erasing Japanese text or replacing it with symbols done. Starting with a sneak preview episode on August 13, 2005, 4Kids TV followed with new episodes airing every week since September 2005. The show was put on hiatus in mid-2006, but resumed progress with new episodes have been posted every Tuesday on their streaming video website from 2007-2008. Episode 30 of series 1 was never dubbed and released. Only the first series, the original Ojamajo Doremi, was licensed, and 4Kids Entertainment currently has no plans to release the sequels and the movies.

Manga

From 1999 to early 2003, the manga magazine Nakayoshi ran a manga-adaptation of Ojamajo Doremi. The story was based on the events of the original anime and was drawn by Shizue Takanashi. The chapters were compiled into tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. Four volumes were released in total — the first three were under the title Ojamajo Doremi, covering the events of the original series and Ojamajo Doremi #. The last volume was adapted from the Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi story arc and was titled eponymously to it.

CDs

Throughout the run of the series, multiple singles, albums, and compilations were distributed. The original series' CDs were released under Bandai Music Entertainment, while music from Ojamajo Doremi # was distributed by King Records. However, from Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi onwards, the CDs were distributed by Marvelous Entertainment.

Ojamajo Kids

During the run of Ojamajo Doremi Dokka~n!, Toei hosted live events with dance performances by select actresses who portrayed the girls, titled "Ojamajo Kids." These girls were selected via auditions.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi episode 1". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi/episode/summary/1. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi episode 4". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi/episode/summary/4. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  3. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi episode 25". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi/episode/summary/25. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi episode 20". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi/episode/summary/20. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi episode 35". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi/episode/summary/35. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi episode 51". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi/episode/summary/51. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi # episode 1". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_s/episode/summary/2. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi # episode 22". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_s/episode/summary/22. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  9. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi # episode 31". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_s/episode/summary/31. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  10. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi # episode 49". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_s/episode/summary/49. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  11. ^ "Toei's summary of Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi episode 1". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_m/episode/summary/1. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  12. ^ "Toei's summary of Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi episode 3". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_m/episode/summary/3. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  13. ^ a b "Toei's summary of Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi episode 31". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_m/episode/summary/31. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  14. ^ "Toei's summary of Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi episode 50". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_m/episode/summary/50. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  15. ^ "Toei's summary of Ojamajo Doremi Dokka~n! episode 1". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_D/episode/summary/1. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  16. ^ "Toei's list of Ojamajo Doremi episodes". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi/episode/list. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  17. ^ "Ojamajo Doremi (TV) - Anime News Network". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1190. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  18. ^ "4Kids Plans to Release Magical Doremi in 2005". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2004-11-11/4kids-plans-to-release-magical-doremi-in-2005. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  19. ^ "おジャ魔女キッズ (Ojamajo Kids)". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_D/kids.html. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  20. ^ "春風どれみ (Harukaze Doremi)". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_D/kids/doremi.html. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  21. ^ "ハナちゃん (Hana-chan)". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_D/kids/hana.html. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  22. ^ "藤原はづき (Fujiwara Hazuki)". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_D/kids/haduki.html. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  23. ^ "妹尾あいこ (Senō Aiko)". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_D/kids/aiko.html. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  24. ^ "瀬川おんぷ (Segawa Onpu)". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_D/kids/onpu.html. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  25. ^ "飛鳥ももこ (Asuka Momoko)". Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/doremi_D/kids/momoko.html. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 

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Magical DoReMi or Ojamajo Doremi season 1
おジャ魔女どれみ
(Ojamajo Doremi)
GenreMagical girl, Fantasy, Kodomo, Comedy
TV anime
DirectorTakuya Igarashi
StudioTemplate:Country data Japan Toei Animation
Template:Country data USA 4Kids Entertainment
LicensorTemplate:Country data Japan Pony Canyon
Template:Country data USA 4Kids Entertainment (TV), Funimation Entertainment (DVD)
NetworkTemplate:Country data Japan TV Asahi, Animax

Original runFebruary 7, 1999January 30, 2000
Episodes51 (List of episodes)
Manga
AuthorIzumi Todo
IllustratorShizue Takanashi
PublisherKodansha
English publisherTOKYOPOP (coming in 2009)Template:Fact

DemographicShōjo
MagazineNakayoshi
Original runOctober 6, 2000December 6, 2000
Volumes3
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Magical DoReMi (おジャ魔女どれみ Ojamajo Doremi?, lit. Bothersome Witch Doremi) was a Japanese Anime series produced by Toei Animation. Magical DoReMi is the first of the Ojamajo Doremi series to be licensed and distributed in the United States. The Ojamajo Doremi series is one of the most popular magical girl anime in Japan. 4Kids Entertainment licensed the original show under the title Magical DoReMi and aired a sneak peek on August 13, 2005, but officially began on 4Kids TV from September 10, 2005 to March 11, 2006. The show was heavily edited and canged for US television by 4Kids as it was released on TV. After that, the show ran reruns from March 18, 2006 - August 19, 2006, then was sent to an unexpected 20-month hiatus. As of November 13, 2007, 4Kids TV picked up the show for another new Season for the half remaining episodes of Series 1. Of the English version Episode 30 was never released, and a total of 50 episodes have been released online as of May 2, 2008.

Contents

Plot

In the first episode of the series, Doremi Harukaze (Dorie Goodwyn in the English dub), a third grader, has a crush on Igarashi (Robbie), a sixth grade student on the soccer team). Being both unlucky and clumsy, for which Tetsuya Kotake (Todd), a classmate, likes to tease her, Doremi complains often that she is "The Most Misunderstood Girl in the Whole World." She dreams of acquiring magic in order to solve her problems. She visits a mysterious old shop, Makihatayama no Maho-do (The Rusty Broom). At the shop, she meets an old woman who looks like a storybook witch, and Doremi instinctively shouts that this woman is a witch. When witches are discovered, they are punished because of they are discovered by humans. Thus, to Doremi's surprise, the old woman transforms into a small green blob (a magic frog, later given the term "greenling" in the English dub). The old woman, Majorika (Patina), now lacks the power to return herself to her normal form, so Doremi must now become a powerful witch herself in order to help return Majorika to her human form.

Doremi is granted a Magical Tap (Dream Spinner), which is used to transform her into her witchling costume. The Tap is installed in the chest of the clothes after the transformation, and it produces her witch's wand when tapped again. Her training as a witch apprentice (Witchling) is much more demanding than she had expected, and her wand (a Wandaler in English version and a Poron in Japanese version) requires the use of many magic spheres (Spell Drops) to use magic. Moreover, Doremi has to keep her identity as a witch apprentice a secret or she will suffer the same fate as Majorika.

Nonetheless, in the subsequent episodes, her friends, Hazuki Fujiwara (Reanne Griffith) and Aiko Senō (Mirabelle Haywood), discover her secret. Because of this, they are able to become witch apprentices themselves. Through their training, they become much closer and cooperate by redecorating and managing Makihatayama no Maho-do successfully and newly naming it the Maho Shop (DoReMi Magic Shop). Using the improved store as a means of earning money, they are able to buy magic spheres so that they can train and take tests to become Witches and dispel Majorika's cursed fate. When an individual girl does not have enough power, they also co-operate by using Magical Stage (Perfect Harmony) to cast stronger magic. During the first witch test, Doremi and her friends acquire faires, which help them throughout the series. Lala (Loralai), Majorika's full grown fairy, tells the girls that if their fairies are seen by humans, then that'll mark their ending as witch apprentices.

As the series progresses, more girls become witch apprentices, and new characters debut. At the end of episode 24, Poppu (Caitlyn), Doremi's younger sister, catches the girls performing Magical Stage and thus also becomes a witch apprentice in the following episode. Unlike her sister, Poppu is able to learn magic quickly and easily. In episode twenty-seven, the girls meet Oyajīde (Feredagio the Great) inside the Grobble Grabber that Queen Lumena gives the girls so they can capture the released Grobblings. Now, the girls must also collect them to help Oyajīde get out of the Grobble Grabber. In episode thirty-five (thirty-four in the English dub), the group meets another girl, Onpu Segawa (Ellie Craft). She is a famous actress and singer, who is a witch apprentice of Majorika's arch-rival, Majoruka (Patunia). Though at first they do not get along very well, they become friends by the end of the series.

Media

Anime

Like many other properties localized by 4Kids, the English language dub of Magical DoReMi was subject to major changes. The dub was severely edited, including the flipping over of scenes and localizing images and dialog, as well as removing Japanese writing and references to Japanese culture, even changing the setting to be in the United States, instead of Japan. Japanese writing is digitally edited to English, with 4Kids digitally airbrushing Japanese writing away, or replacing it with unreadable symbols. Characters' names are changed to fully Americanized dub names. Additionally, some scenes were altered, while others removed entirely. The original opening sequence is replaced with a brand new one that takes scenes from the original Japanese opening, the original Japanese ending and some of the American dub episodes. The dub was mostly marketed towards young children, seen most prominent in episode nineteen: in the original Japanese version, Hazuki (Reanne) is kidnapped, but in the dub, Reanne is going to the museum with her uncle Mick.

Even though the original anime is targeted at young children. The anime contains darker and mature themes just like the other anime in which they are appropriate for the young audience in Japan. There are scenes showing uses of guns, violence, wounds, blood, religion, lottery, gambling, and death. These are removed in the 4Kids dub to make the show friendly to the young audience of 4 to 7 in the United States.

4Kids still has the license to the Magical Doremi anime since that it is still airing on the 4Kids tv website. It would be likely that 4Kids would acquire the other Ojamajo Doremi anime series.

Manga

From October to December 2000, three manga volumes from the Ojamajo Doremi series were released.

Music

Kitto Ashita Wa (Japanese version)

  • Besides episodes online at 4Kids TV, music videos have been released and there are currently 11 different videos on their website. Songs include "Now That I can Fly", "We Can Make Magic", "Just Like Magic" (the theme opening), and "Make a Melody".[1]

See also

  • List of characters from Ojamajo Doremi
  • List of characters from Magical DoReMi

References

  1. "Magical DoReMi at 4Kids.tv". www.4Kids.tv. http://www.4kidstv.com/magical-doremi. Retrieved on 2008-09-26. 

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Simple English

Magical DoReMi is a girl-oriented anime that follows the adventures of three elementary school girls as they help Patina turn back into a human being. The cartoon is full of music and humor, and is rated for children ages 4 to 7 in the United States.

Main characters in Magical DoReMi

  • Dorie Goodwyn - A kind-hearted, yet clumsy girl. Her little sister Caitlyn often annoys her in the beginning.
  • Caitlyn Goodwyn - Dorie's little sister and the 4th witch. She has very good behaviour, although she loves to annoy her sister sometimes.
  • Reanne Griffith - Dorie's friend. A smart, polite girl who is a little shy
  • Mirabelle Haywood - a sporty country girl who becomes friends with Dorie and Reanne
  • Patina - a witch accidentally turned into a green blob by Dorie.
  • Laralie - Patina's fairy who is warm hearted to the Witchlings, unlike Patina.
  • Ellie Craft - The 5th witch of our show. But she transforms in Episode 35.

Story

The story begins in a town called Port Mystic. Dorie Goodwyn is a third-grader who is interested in magic. After a bad day at school, Dorie wanders into a part of town that is unfamiliar. She then sees The Rusty Broom, an old magic shop, and decides to look inside. There she finds Patina. As Dorie looks around she finds out that it is a real magic shop and that Patina is an actual witch. When Dorie says this to Patina, Patina turns into a green blob. After this, Patina and her fairy, Lorilei, decide to make Dorie train to become a witch so she can return Patina to her original form. Dorie happily agrees, wanting to learn magic.

Dorie becomes a witch in training, commonly called a witchling. Dorie practices using magic. She learns what it is like to be a witch from her experiences. After something very strange happens, Dorie's friends begin to ask questions. Dorie decides to take Reanne and Mirabelle to The Rusty Broom, where they learn what happened with Dorie and also become witchlings so they keep it a secret.

The series follows the lives of Dorie, Reanne, and Mirabelle as they learn, train, and pass tests to become witches.

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