Thursday, 22 January 2015

Majokko Tsukune-chan - EPISODE 1 - [2005]

Alternative title:
魔女っ娘つくねちゃん (Japanese)
Genres: comedymagic
Themes: magical girl
Plot Summary: Tsukune-chan is a peculiar magical girl who keeps trying to help others and fight evil-doers despite of her questionable sense of justice.
Running time: 13 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 6
Vintage: 2005-08-24 to 2006-01-25
Opening Theme:
"Tsukune-chan no Flying Machine" by Halko Momoi
Ending Theme:
"Luminary" by Halko Momoi
Official website:

Majokko Tsukune-chan (魔女っ娘つくねちゃん) is a Japanese manga by Hiroaki Magari, serialized in Young Magazine Uppers (2003–2004) and Monthly Shōnen Sirius (2005 August - 2006 May, 2006 July -). It is a parody of magical girl manga. Tsukune is a skillful and powerful witch who rescues others from danger. In 2005, an anime OVA was created and directed by Hiroaki Sakurai.

EPISODE 1 In the introduction, a man with rabbit ears has fallen down a cliff. His leg is broken, and he is hungry. Tsukune appears and heals him, as well as cooking her sidekick Pupurin so he has something to eat (although the man is a vegetarian). Pupurin's ghost still hangs around, though.
In the first part, the king mails himself to Tsukune, as he has been threatened by the Daimauo (meaning "Great Devil"). The delivery boy then reveals himself as the Daimauo and turns the king into a frog. In retaliation, Tsukune places a bad luck curse on the Daimauo: he gets lost, loses his wallet and keys, steps in dog mess, and his castle burns down. He apologises and returns the king to normal, but Tsukune cannot help, as she cannot fix the secondary causes of magic with more magic, only the immediate (for example, if she were to use magic to knock someone over, she could use magic to make sure he didn't fall over again, but if he landed on a detonator, she couldn't do anything about that). As an alternative, she sends the Daimaou back in time (via a reference to Doraemon), and he tells his past self about Tsukune. His past self shows up at her house, and tries to kill her, placing an anti-magic barrier around her house, but she knocks him out with a large mallet.
In the second part, two robbers try to rob a convenience store, but are stopped by a young girl, who asks the cashier if he knows the location of Tsukune's house. When she arrives, she introduces herself as Shioretta Flowers (Shioretta means "wilted", thus a pun on "wilted flowers"), a witch, and her butler Shibata, who wears a wig. She explains that she plans on becoming the world's greatest witch, and to do so she is defeating other witches. Her next target is Tsukune, but before they can fight, Mr Judge (a man in a superhero-esque outfit and an iron mask with the word LAW stamped on it) appears and tells them that love is the only way to win, so Tsukune proposes a love and peace contest: they will each cast a nasty spell on someone, switch partners, and cast a spell to undo the damage, with the first one to hit a button winning. They use Shibata and the mayor, Mr Mayor (a decomposing corpse), and cast their spells. Shioretta's spell somehow brings the mayor back to life, but as she is gloating, Tsukune reveals that she cast more than one spell. As such, the mayor now has a wig, and Shibata has a full head of hair. Shioretta concedes defeat and leaves, promising to return and battle Tsukune again.
In the third part, the two robbers from the second part help an old woman home. Having done something good, they decide to do something bad in order to keep the balance. Meanwhile, Tsukune gets a letter from her parents telling her that her little sister Kokoro is coming to visit. Tsukune greets her, and tells the mayor that Kokoro has a problem with her magic: every time she sneezes, she causes something to blow up. After Kokoro destroys Tsukune's house, she goes off to play, but is kidnapped by the robbers, who demand one million yen for her safe return. Tsukune sends the mayor down through the telephone lines to save her sister, causing the robbers to flee. But when the mayor ungags Kokoro, she sneezes again, causing the robbers hideout to explode.

 Director: Hiroaki Sakurai
Original creatorHiroaki Magari
Character DesignMasayuki Onchi
Art DirectorHiromasa Ogura
Chief Animation DirectorMasayuki Onchi
Director of Photography: Eiji Arai

EditingTaeko Hamauzu
Key Animation:
Kazuhiro Sasaki (Anime R; ep 2)
Yuko Yamamoto (Anime R; ep 2)
PlanningToshimichi Ootsuki
Special Thanks ToHiroyuki Okiura (ep 3)


Halko Momoi as Tsukune
Ai Tokunaga as Kanako
Atsuko Enomoto as Shioletta
Chiemi Chiba as Kokoro
Daisuke Ono as Kuma
Masayuki Katou as Bancho
Norihisa Mori as Hattori-kun
Tomoyuki Shimura as Mayor
Yuko Sanpei as Nabul


Finish AnimationProduction I.G
Key Animation:
Anime R (ep 2)
Studio Liberty (eps 3, 6)
Sound ProductionHALF H·P STUDIO

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