Ahhhhh yes this show. Ever since becoming a magical girl fan and discovering its existence (and learning that Igarashi, Sato and the two men responsible for Heartcatch PreCure were involved in its creation), I’ve wanted to watch this. I have this one friend who absolutely cannot stop talking about it lately either.
In any case, I certainly hope that I can get around to it sooner rather than later. I’m not sure whether that’ll be after I’ve seen a few seasons of Pretty Cure or watched Cardcaptor Sakura, but I hope I can watch it at some point this year. I’ll believe you when you say that the length of this show adds to its development and overall greatness, this is definitely something I’ve noticed with long-running shows over time.
Despite being one of the most popular magical girl series of all time in Japan, Ojamajo Doremi is an anime with little to no presence in the West whatsoever. Airing from 1999 to 2002, the series was made to be the successor to Sailor Moon and shared many of the same staff, yet it couldn’t be more different in terms of both subject matter and tone. Ojamajo Doremi is quite unlike what most Western fans associate with the term ‘magical girl’: there is no team of super-women saving the world from evil, no monster-of-the-week formula, and no overarching theme of fighting for justice. In fact, Ojamajo Doremi has practically no fighting in it at all.
Now, this may seem strange to some readers who have dabbled in the mahou shoujo mainstream. Sailor Moon, Pretty Cure, and even Card Captor Sakura all follow a fairly strict episodic formula that…
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