From Right to Left: Perverted rabbit Mugimaru, Stupid flatchested nurse Komugi Nakahara, and Extremely well endowed Racoon girl maid Koyori Kokubunji. Nurse Witch Komugi
is an OVA
series produced by studios Tatsunoko Production
, Telecom Animation Film
and Kyoto Animation
(the latter two for the first two episodes only), spanning six episodes. Five episodes were produced in 2002 with a supplementary episode chronologically located between episodes 2 and 3 later created in 2003.
was later adapted to an Manga
under the same title illustrated by Rei Nakajima and published by Hakusensha in their magazine Young Animal Arashi
. The Manga spanned two volumes produced between September 29th, 2003 and August 27th, 2003.
A sequel OVA
was also produced by studio Tatsunoko under director Kou Matsuzono with the title of Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magicarte Z
. Spanning two episodes the sequel OVA was released September 10th, 2004.
All versions of the work follow the same basic premise, a parody of Magical Girl Anime
and more specifically The SoulTaker
. The plot follows Komugi Nakahara, a cosplay idol who turns into the Magical Nurse Witch Komugi when trouble is around.
Nurse Witch Komugi provides examples of the following tropes:
- A-Cup Angst: Komugi, as repeatedly pointed out by the rest of the cast.
- Bland-Name Product: Often averted, given that it takes place in Akihabara.
- Blush Sticker: Komugi at all times.
- The Cameo: Nabeshin (yes, that Nabeshin) appears in one episode. In the English dub, Brett Weaver reprises the role from Excel Saga.
- Clark Kenting: Komugi and Koyori, they even use their actual names. Though, once Komugi came pretty close to deducing that Koyori was Magical Maid Koyori.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: Komugi
- Cute Little Fangs: Both Komugi and Koyori.
- Cute Witch / Hello, Nurse!: Both!
- Deadly Doctor: As a magical nurse, Komugi occasionally wields oversized medical equipment such as scalpels.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Komugi's street outfits often contain a Sweet Lolita influence.
- Furo Scene: Once per episode.
- Gag Boobs: Magical Teacher Komachi but it's just a disguise.
- Gag Series: The whole deal with Komugi hunting down viruses to save the world? It quickly gets abandoned to focus on silly plots.
- Gainaxing: Koyori and Megumi.
- Genki Girl: Komugi
- Lighter and Softer: In stark contrast to its predecessor anime, The SoulTaker. Justified, in that the contrast in tones between the shows makes it hilarious.
- Look Both Ways: Komugi is hit by a truck and dies right at the start of episode 3. After spending some time as a vengeful ghost, she comes Back from the Dead repeatedly only to be run over again and again.
- Magical Girl Warrior: Parodied.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Koyori. On the DVD Commentary for the dub, her voice actor notes that performing the laugh is like being kicked in the stomach.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Komugi has Mugimaru, Koyori has Posokichi and Komachi has Kuribei. They are Magical Girls, after all.
- Overly Long Name: Kim Nicholas Fidel Muammar Tikriti Adolf de Komachi
- Petting Zoo People: Koyori, who is a raccoon girl.
- Shout-Out: Tons of them.
- In particular, Komugi often ends up cosplaying as other Tatsunoko characters, such as Speed Racer or the heroes of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
- Even Koyori cosplayed as the 1st Tekkaman!
- A theme tune that is a cross between Gatchaman and Godannar. Not surprising since the anime was made by Tatsunoko.
- Shinichi Watanabe: While he had nothing to do with the making of the show, Nabeshin cameos up as an unnamed anime director in episode 4.
- Spin-Off: To The SoulTaker, making it a self-parodying sequel.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Koyori's Magical Maid persona.
- Transformation Sequence
- Transforming Mecha: Many of Japan's famous buildings are transformed into mecha by Koyori, starting with the Tokyo Big Sight.
- Verbal Tic: Komugi's flying rabbit partner, Mugimaru, always ends its sentences with "-mugi". In Japanese, Koyori also ends sentences with "de gozaimasu wa" when she's in Magical Maid form.