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[[caption-width-right:200:Top: Sally in 1966; Bottom: Sally in 1989]]

-->''"Mahari kumaha rita yanbara yan yan yan"''--intro to the opening theme.

''Sally the Witch'' (or ''Mahoutsukai Sally'') is thought to be one of the earliest examples of MagicalGirl {{manga}} and {{anime}}.

The manga was written and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama (of {{Gigantor}} fame), and is said to have been influenced by the American {{sitcom}} ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. It was published by Shueisha in ''Ribon'' magazine, running from 1966 to 1967 and culminating in a single volume.

The work was adapted to an anime, which was directed by Toshio Katsuta and animated by ToeiAnimation for air on NET (later TV Asahi). Originally running from 1966 to 1968, the series included 109 episodes. A sequel to the original anime, titled ''Sally the Witch 2'', was produced later by Toei under director Osamu Kasai. It ran on TV Asahi between 1989 and 1991, with 88 episodes. An animated film for the series was also created by Toei in 1990 during the run of ''Sally the Witch 2''.

The series follows Sally, princess of the 'witch world' Astoria (no, not [[Film/TheGoonies that]] one). One day she teleports to mid-world (Earth) to make friends. She quickly makes two new friends as she uses her magic to scare off a criminal menacing two schoolgirls, Yoshiko Hanamura and Sumire Kasugano. The series consists mostly of the episodic misadventures of Sally and friends as she faces the world and a plethora of problems it has in store for her, with the help of magic.

The first 17 episodes of the original anime were created in black and white. After this, the series transitioned to colour, making ''Sally the Witch'' one of the first full-colour animes.
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!!Tropes seen in this series include:

* AnIcePerson: Sally's best friend from the magical worlds, Selene the Ice Princess.
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: The original series finishes with Sally exposing her secret identity to save her school when it catches fire, then having to return to Astoria. The second series re-takes it from there, with Sally having to re-make her human life from scratch ''and'' start training on her own to become TheHighQueen when it's time.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: In the first series, Sally goes though this as a test from her father. [[spoiler: Too bad it comes right when, during a field trip, she and her friends get in ''serious'' trouble. Her dad has to restore her magic before she and the other girls die.]]
* CuteWitch: Sally. She sometimes has to use her powers in a more MagicalGirlWarrior way in the second series, though, specially when dealing [[spoiler: with Karen]].
* DarkMagicalGirl: In the 1989 version, Sally gains a rival in one of these: the [[BrokenBird embittered, emotionally broken]] Karen, daughter of her dad's old enemy. [[spoiler: Obviously, she has a HeelFaceTurn when defeated.]]
* {{Earworm}} The opening theme music has been one for ''generations''.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Sally and Selene.
* HealingMagicIsTheHardest: Sally's magical powers do ''not'' include healing, so if she needs to heal people, she must either follow quests (first series - one [[spoiler: one of the Hanamura triplets]] is seriously injured, and she has to go searching for the cure) or learn special and complicated spells (second series - she has to combine ElementalPowers to even think of helping [[spoiler: a young dancer with a bad leg before a special performance]]).
* FallenPrincess: Karen, which makes her a DarkMagicalGirl after she and her JerkAss father are kicked out of Astoria for the first's actions. [[spoiler: Sally's adoptive brother Cab turns out to be a Fallen Prince too, as the son of the Royal Couple of the destroyed Gold and Silver Kingdom, entrusted to the custody of Sally's parents when he was a newborn.]]
* LonelyRichKid: Sumire, before she befriends Yoshiko and Sally. A whole episode of the 1989 series focuses on the possibility of her being sent off to a BoardingSchool and losing her friends.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Sorta. When Poron gets upset and starts screaming and crying out loud, she loses control of her magical powers [[RealityWarper and things start getting weird.]]
* ManChild: Sally's magic teacher, Sherry. She reaches TooDumbToLive extremes when [[spoiler: she reverses the age of Sally's neighbor and is slated for execution because, when she did it, she broke one of the cardinal laws of the Magical World: not interferring directly to change a human's destiny.]]
* MissingMom / PromotionToParent: Yoshiko had to act as caretaker for her [[BrattyHalfPint triplet younger brothers]] as her widowed father worked long and odd hours as a taxi driver.
** Sally also gets one when her adoptive siblings Cab and Poron go to live with her. In fact, a whole episode in the second series is dedicated to Sally trying to hide this when it's time for Yamada-sensei to talk to her parents. [[spoiler: The Royal Couple shows up later in human disguises and convince the teacher that they're the "workaholic but caring" type (which they ''are'', just... not the way he expects). It works.]]
* MundaneUtility: Once in a while Sally used her powers for housework. One 1989 episode has her getting in trouble for it, and the punishment involves an EvilTwin.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: Creator/MasakoNozawa voices the triplets in the original version, and KenjiUtsumi voices the King.
** 1989 series: Creator/YurikoYamamoto (Sally), Creator/AyaHisakawa (Sumire), MariaKawamura (Sally's friend Azami), Creator/MikiIto (Karen), MinoriMatsushima (Shelly), Creator/ChiekoHonda (Kabu), Creator/KumikoNishihara (Poron), YusakuYara (the King), ChiyokoKawashima (the Queen), Creator/HiromiTsuru (Selene), Creator/SumiShimamoto (Sumire's mother).
* TheOjou: Sumire is the "kind and quiet," type. Azami is more of the "bossy and spoiled, but not evil" one.
* OverProtectiveDad: Sally's father, sometimes.
* ParentsAsPeople: Mr. Hanamura loves his four kids and they love him back, but he can't be with them a lot due to work, and he often apologizes to Yoshiko for having to give her a PromotionToParent. The Hasegawas are rather doting and caring to Sumire, but sometimes they don't seem to really understand her feelings.
* [[PluckyGirl Plucky]] RebelliousPrincess: Sally, and how. While she doesn't openly rebel against the Magical World itself, she is NOT likely to change her mind when her parents confront her on something.
* PrecociousCrush: Poron gains one on Yamada-sensei, Sally's CoolTeacher. Who is HappilyMarried, and his wife is ''just'' about to give birth. Whoops.
* StarCrossedLovers ''and'' PuppyLove: In an episode of the 1989 series, Yoshiko falls in love with a gentle and free-spirited boy named Koutarou, who happens to be a genie of the weather. [[spoiler: Yoshiko also is gravely sick and almost dies, so Koutarou has to leave so the cold weather will go with him and she'll get better.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: The five Hanamuras look a LOT alike. Six, if we include the MissingMom (we get to see a photo of her)
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Yoshiko and Sumire. Karen and Sally. Sally and Selene.
* VisualPun: One of the openings has the cast in a South Seas setting so that Sally (or "Sarii") can be seen in a sari.
* WitchSpecies
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Sally's mother is specifically mentioned to be this. So much that, when she was a young princess, a VainSorceress put her into sleep, and Sally's dad had to give her a TrueLovesKiss to save her. [[Literature/SnowWhite Hm, where have we seen this, huh?]] [[spoiler: Little did the Queen know, the Witch would later return and try her hand at getting revenge - now targeting Sally, Sumire and other human girls...]]
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