''Esper Mami'' is a manga and anime from TheEighties about Mami Sakura, an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary Junior High Student]] who one day manifests [[PsychicPowers supernatural powers]], including teleportation, telepathy, and telekinesis. Using these powers, and with the help of her best friend Kazuo Takahata, Mami solves mysteries and helps people in trouble.

Created by Fujiko F. Fujio of ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' fame.

!!This anime provides examples of:

* ArtShift: Any of Mr. Sakura's paintings of Mami.
* BerserkButton: Please never mistake [[{{Tanuki}} Konpoco]] for a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon_dog racoon dog]]. He may look like one but he is not one, and like another Fujiko F. Fujio character, [[Characters/DoraemonTheMainFive Doraemon]], he always gets upset whenever someone mistakes him for a raccoon dog. He understands human speak and is very sensitive so don't comment on his appearance.
* BookDumb: Mami sometimes doesn't pay attention in class, and other times she can't focus because she want to spend time practicing her psychic powers.
* ButNotTooForeign: Mami has European ancestors, more specifically, French. That would explain partially why she has red hair.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Mami is very fond of running around barefoot. While out on a picnic with her father in episode 10 as he tries to paint a picture of the countryside, Mami decides to lose her shoes and socks and go barefoot, even when she needs to teleport back home to get something for her father, surprising her mother into thinking she just hallucinated, who doesn't know about Mami's powers. Unfortunately, when it's time to go home, she's forgotten where she took them off, so she ''really'' loses them. Her father jokes about her still being a little kid in that respect, but she fires back by reminding him he napped all day instead of painting his picture.
** Mami's also seen running across a lake barefoot in the intro of every episode.
* FeudEpisode: Earlier into the series, there is one when Takahata finds out that Mami was the real esper and not him. He also feels down because they have been friends for a while by the time she confesses to him she was the one with the powers, so he couldn't believe she was lying to him the whole time. After some days pass, they eventually reconcile because it was never Mami's intention, and Takahata still wants to consider her his friend. After that, he serves as Mami's consultant, using his intelligence and creativity to help Mami manipulate her power effectively and efficiently.
* HowDoIShotWeb: At the very start of her powers' discovery, Mami's teleportation sometimes caused her to crash into things.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Mami's father is a painter specializing in nudes. Mami is his favorite subject, and she often (approaching OncePerEpisode levels in the anime) poses nude for him. She sees nothing unusual with this, and has no qualms about Takahata seeing the nude paintings her father did for her, and her mother doesn't seem to have any problem with her own daughter posing nude for her husband either. This is shown in surprising detail (especially when one considers it's a kids show from the late eighties) -- SceneryCensor and NippleAndDimed are completely averted, and the paintings shown are actually [[ArtShift art shifted]] works of what appears to be watercolor. [[FairForItsDay This is something shows can no longer get away with]] because of the [[PaedoHunt crackdown]] on laws regarding underage nudity.
* NonHumanSidekick: Konpoco (see also Anime/PomPoko), Mami's raccoon dog-looking pet dog (meaning that he's a dog who looks like a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon_dog racoon dog]], but he's ''not'' a raccoon dog).
* PottyEmergency: Mami ends up with this in Episodes 36, 40, 82, and 83. Sometimes, she overcomes this by [[{{Squick}} teleporting her pee into another person's bladder]], making them rush to the bathroom for her.
* PublicExposure: Completely and utterly inverted. Mami's father is a painter specializing in nude figure painting, and Mami is his favorite subject, something she is not upset by in the least. Her house (and bedroom) are filled with nude paintings of her, something of which she isn't really embarrassed about. The main male lead, however, is embarrassed enough for the both of them.
** The trope is played more straight later on when she poses for an artist who isn't her father, however, and feels somewhat uncomfortable about it.
* PsychicPowers: Mami's powers include telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, and levitation. She can also control the weather to some extent.
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Mami considered telling her family about her powers, but changed her mind when she heard about how her French ancestors were [[BurnTheWitch hunted as witches]].
* TouchTelepathy: At the start of the series, Mami can only read thoughts clearly if she's touching the person. Later, she learns she can do it if they're both touching a metal wire (insulation does not stop the telepathy.)
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