Anime: Majokko Meg-chan

Meg's a Magical Girl and she'll steal your heart!

Majokko Meg-chan is an early Magical Girl Anime. Based on a proposal by the production company Hiromi Productions, a TV series was made by Toei Animation in 1974. This particular story codified many of the tropes that would later become staples of the Magical Girl genre.

The story centers on Meg, a young witch who has been sent to Earth as part of her Magical Girl Queenliness Test. She is adopted by former witch Mami Kanzaki and her muggle family and spends the series learning about human relationships, battling magical enemies, and maturing into a woman worthy of claiming the throne of the Witch World.

In addition to its success in Japan, the series was later broadcast in several European countries, including Italy (where the heroine was renamed Bia and where the show is still fondly remembered), France, and Poland. It was also dubbed into Spanish and Portuguese, but there is no official English version.


Tropes:

  • All Cloth Unravels: An episode has a Brainwashed and Crazy Rabi does this to a random woman.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Chou has light blue skin.
  • Animals Hate Him: Chou is hated by all animals, save for his two sidekicks of course. Gombei initially dislikes Non in their first episode together, but likes her just fine after saving her life and realizing that she's Meg's friend...kind of.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling / The Prankster: Rabi. He is a typical young boy and loves to play pranks - some of his favorite pranks involve getting pictures of "big sis Megu-chan's" panties or in her sheer nightgowns!
    • Also Apo initially. She becomes less of a nuisance as the series progresses.
  • Anti-Hero: Non, Type IV at first but becomes Type II by the end.
  • Big Bad: Saturn
  • Big Friendly Dog: Gombei, especially towards Apo.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Or better "Witch meets Ghost". In episode 25 Non meets a ghostly boy who’s in love with her. She starts having feelings for him, which she has trouble dealing with.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: Similar to that of Cutey Honey - in fact, even sung by the same vocalist (Yoko Maekawa).
  • The Bully: Boss, the school bully.
  • Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: Chou who often ends, deservedly, wounded and humiliated.
  • Canon Foreigner: Emi. She not exist in the manga.
  • Cats Are Mean: One of Chou's sidekicks is a cat, the other being a crow.
  • Character Development: Meg matures from being essentially a selfish, self-centered brat to a more giving and thoughtful person (though still not without her flaws - which makes her seem all the more real).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Roko disappear after the Emi is introduced and replace her as Megu's friend.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Doubling as Magical Girl Queenliness Test
  • Cute Witch: One of the first.
  • Darker and Edgier and Hotter and Sexier: Specially when compared to other majokko series. How so?
    • It included a truly evil character as an antagonist (Saturn). Prior to this, there was a perception that young girls couldn't handle such things.
    • The subplots sometimes touched more serious social issues like Domestic Abuse, extramarital relationships, drug abuse, Parental Abandonment, etc.. For this reason, nine of the 72 episodes were cut from the Italian version.
    • Meg not only lost fights, but she had to face serious consequences (deaths, injuries, humiliations, etc.) that couldn't be undone with magic.
    • It featured Fanservice in the form of Panty Shots, slight nudity, a blatantly Les Yay-tastic relationship between Meg and Non, and Meg being a Fille Fatale. It also included characters as the Dirty Kid Rabi (Megu's stepbrother) and Dirty Old Man Chou.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Non, also among the first ones. Initialy she is much more skilled with her magic than Meg.
  • Dirty Kid: Rabi had an arsenal tricks aimed at catching his "big sister" disrobed, from yanking the sheets off Megu's bed in the morning to using a fishing rod to lift her skirt.
  • Dirty Old Man: Chou spent most of his time spying on Meg and devising ways to publicly humiliate her. In a memorable scene in episode 23, Chou-san rigged Megu's bathtub with wheels, causing it to race around the city while Megu was bathing. Earlier in that same episode, Chou attempted to trick Megu into taking off all of her clothes by hypnotizing her with a magical cuckoo clock; only Non's intervention at the last minute saved Megu from stripping herself totally naked.
  • Driven to Suicide: In one particularly dark episode, a newspaper boy ends up jumping off a bridge to his death.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Gombei. Normally a good dog, he react often to evil characters as Chou.
  • Friendly Enemy: Non to Meg as the show goes on.
  • Hair Decorations: Meg wears a yellow flower in her hair.
  • Fanservice: Feature Panty Shots, slight nudity and Lingerie Scene.
  • Fiery Redhead: Meg
  • Fille Fatale: Also Meg. The girl is pretty aware of her good looks, is coquettish and outspoken (unlike the more mellow heroines of the time) and the OP of the series has her singing about using her beauty to woo the guys and get what she wants from them.
  • Fish out of Water: Initially, Meg has a hard time adjusting to life on earth at first, both at home and at school.
  • Flying Broomstick: More in the opening than in the series.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Two of Meg's friends, Roko and Emi.
    • Also Leon, a mischievous witch-in-training that drops by once.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: This is how Meg and Non usually cast magic.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Saturn’s loyal servant Rosa. She is sent to the human world to kill Megu. She fails at first, and Megu takes her home. She tries her best to be kind and change her views. Eventually Rosa comes around and sees the beauty of Megu’s heart. Saturn becomes furious and gives her one last chance to kill Megu. Instead Rosa attempts suicide, but is saved by the Queen.
  • Here We Go Again: The ending, in which Meg and Non start back at square-one in their training on Earth.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Chou comes up with a brainwashing device that makes girls take off their clothes. Meg falls under its influx and starts stripping... until Non destroys it. Interestingly, this episode was NOT one of the ones cut out in the European versions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Non. She doesn't want to beat Meg through unfair practices, so there are actually times when she helps Meg with her problems.
    • Meg herself qualifies to an extent for a good part of the series too.
  • Magical Girl Queenliness Test: The reason for Meg's journey to Earth and the source of her rivalry with Non. They BOTH fail in the end and are sent back to Earth for further training, thus making it a Here We Go Again ending.
  • Meganekko: Roko.
  • Minidress of Power: Meg and Non both wear these, but only Non's comes with knee-high boots.
  • Modesty Towel: Meg wear one in episode 3 in a Shower Scene.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Meg who wear often a green see-through negligee end has many Panty Shot in her regular mini-dress.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Toyed with. Since Mami is actually an ex-witch, after taking Meg in she uses her magic to trick everyone into thinking Meg is the Kanzaki's eldest daughter instead of Mami's protegée.
  • Off Model: The show's animation is pretty poor in general and there is barely an episode without any glaring animation mistakes. One particular bad example is one medium shot (!) where the animators forgot to put Meg's still frame into the scene, so she just suddenly appears out of nowhere when it's her turn to talk.
  • Parasol Parachute: In the first episode, Megu flys down into the human world using an umbrella. This become her iconic item.
  • Parental Substitute: Mami is this for Meg. The concept of family actually doesn't seem to exist in the Magical World.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Meg and Non, who are Color-Coded Characters.
  • The Rival: Non. She attempts to murder Megu during their very first meeting and continues to plague her throughout the series.
    • Rivals Team Up: Eventually, Non comes to admire her rival's innate courage, even joining forces with her against mutual enemies (such as the demonic witch-queen Saturn and her devious henchman, Chou-san) in several episodes.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Leon sees Meg as her sempai.
  • Sexy Silhouette: Meg in several scenes.
  • She's Got Legs: Meg. In some circumstances are put well in evidence her legs and having a very short skirt help.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One episode shows Meg watching Cutey Honey on the television.
    • In another episode, a model of Great Mazinger is seen in the window of a toy shop. Cutey Honey and Mazinger were both also Toei Animation shows.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Meg is not immune to this.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Non.
  • Team Rocket Wins: The series concludes with both Meg and Non failing their test and being sent BACK to Earth all because Chou manipulates them, and he gets off scot-free for it. Of course, considering his extreme Butt Monkey status, one could consider this a Throw the Dog a Bone moment.
  • Tomboy:
  • Too Hot for TV: At least nine episodes were considered such, in Italy, and the episodes that were dubbed sometimes featured edits for content. This carried over into the Polish and Portuguese dubs, which were based on the Italian.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: The witch world doesn't have families, so at first Meg has a hard time understanding the love her Muggle Foster Family feels towards her.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Dogs: Mami and Non both have this reaction to Gombei at first due to the bad history between dogs and witches. They get over it quickly, though.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Meg and Non by the end, so very much. A Type II example.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In her first apparence, Emi's curse forcing anyone who looks into her eyes to slap her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Non has blue hair.