Re-imagining of the 1996 Affectionate ParodyPretty Sammy series as a 2006 cookie cutter Magical Girlanime of the Cute Witch variety. Sasami Iwakura is a young girl with magical powers of a telekinetic type that her parents forbid her from using. This has lead to her feeling isolated due to a belief of herself as some sort of freak. One day, she goes to the newly formed cooking club headed by Washu, a rather eccentric teacher that starts the club off by faking an attempt to kill her pet. After some hilarity, it turns out that the cooking club is a front for the magical girls club, with Sasami and Misao as the first members. Through this club, they meet more awakening magical girls and discover a masquerade involving a magical world.This show manages the impressive feat of applying a Lighter and Softer tone to a pseudo-series that was already pretty light and soft to begin with. In this case, it cut the over-the-top style of parody in favor of more Fantastic ComedyDom Com style. Washu still has some shades of her pseudo-Ax-Crazy characterization, but it gets considerably toned down after her introduction. Because of this, the series most likely won't appeal to people that were expecting a continuation of the parody style, but for those that want a magical girl show of the more traditional kind, this is as good as any.
This show provides examples of:
A-Cup Angst: Makoto overhears some boys talking about her in episode 2. One of the laments that she's "small" everywhere, and then a fat boy mentions he's got bigger boobs, which doesn't sit well with her.
Adults Are Useless: Played mostly straight with the teachers. Largely averted with Daimon, Washu, and Sasami's parents.
Because You Were Nice to Me: Sasami's father seems to hold a lot of sway with Amitav throughout the series, and always seems excited to see him. Amitav reveals to Sasami in episode 25 that its because her father was the only person who noticed him while he was trapped/imprisoned, and also spent time with him and told him stories.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The Shining Team girls deliver one to Anri, Makoto, and Tsukasa in episode 21. Misao at first seems to do one towards Sasami, until the latter breaks free of her imprisonment by her sheer willpower.
Debut Queue: The first four episodes introduce the main girls of the show.
Despair Event Horizon: Misao has one in episode 19, after giving Monta his favorite food, but he keeps thinking of Sasami instead. She then uses the card the other witches gave her earlier and goes to the witch's world with them.
Monta's real name is Toshihiko Saruta. But Sasami always calls him Monta or Monta-head, at least in the English dub.
Evolving Credits: The opening for the second season changes things around but keeps the same song from the first. The ending for the second season changes entirely.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Chief Sorceress, who, even after the executives are healed by Sasami and her friends in episode 24, still wants to follow through with their original plan of destroying and rebuilding Earth as well as the world of the witches. Which seems a bit unusual seeing as how she initially seemed rather happy when the girls heal the executives.
Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Sasami's father doesn't want her using magic at all initially. But he has a good reason for it. He was once a watcher of the cauldron, which held all the witch's negative emotions, and because of his proximity to it while guarding it, he was able to utilize some magic, despite being a storyteller, or a human normally unable to utilize magic. He feared Sasami might be able to unlock the cauldron if she ever developed her magic skills enough. He later averts the trope when he starts to see Sasami making decisions on her own and thinking about possible outcomes based on what she may do.
Heroic BSOD: Sasami goes through two, the first time when Amitav doesn't show up on their last day of camp, and the second after Misao chooses to go the world of the witches rather than stay with them in the human world.
Hidden Purpose Test: Washu in the first episode talks about thinning out the crowd of girls in the cooking club, so she pretends to want to kill Ryo-Ohki, who then runs off. Only Sasami and Misao go after it, and after chasing it, they get trapped in a dungeon, and utilize their various magical skills, which is really what Washu wanted to see.
Love Hurts: After meeting Amitav in episode 6, Sasami grows enamored with him. However, he doesn't show up the next day when all of the magical girls were attending a bonfire event, and she goes through a Heroic BSOD until the end of episode 7.
Misao goes through this in episode 19, after Monta keeps reminiscing about Sasami despite the food she just made for him.
Love Triangle: Misao loves Monta, Monta loves Sasami, and Sasami loves Amitav.
Mind-Control Eyes: Sasami's mother displays them after Chief Sorceress mind controls her to allow Sasami to go to camp again in the witch's world, along with the other girl's parents.
Motivation on a Stick: While riding on a cart pulled by an ox-like creature, Anri complains about how slow it is, so Washu pulls out an "Acceleration Device" that turns out to be a bundle of hay hanging from a stick. The ox takes off like a rocket and catches the hay once they reach their destination, with the quick stop flinging everyone out of the cart.
My God, What Have I Done?: Misao on episode 21, when she fails to capture Sasami, and overhears some of the witches talking about how disappointed they are in her failure. She begins to regret hurting her friend who was trying to help.
The Napoleon: Makoto is very short and very cranky about it.
She also get one when they discuss the "Magical Girls' Special Assembly" saying that she will get to sleep with Tsukasa.
No Pronunciation Guide: A lot of names change pronunciation compared to the other series. Sasami is pronounced SA-sami (which is how it probably always was in Japan, but in the US it's new), Ryo-Ohki is pronounced Roy-Ohki (Roy-o for short. Credits have it spelled the same, though.), and Mihoshi is pronounced "Miyoshi."
Off Model: The girls proportions sometimes change in some episodes, particularly in faraway shots. Most noticeable with their legs and heads.
Take a Third Option: Sasami does this at the end of the series when she tells the witches and her father not to seal up Amitav again, and instead uses her magic to get rid of the negative emotions storing up inside Keura/Amitav.
Those Two Girls: Chiaki and Kozue, Sasami's two other female friends who aren't magical girls.
Time for Plan B: In episode 16, Daimon is given what looks like a grenade by Sasami's father. He is told to only use it in an emergency. Later, as he tries to escape with Washu and the girls, the Sorceress blocks their escape path. So he utilizes the item Sasami's father gave him. It turns out to be a portal back into the human world, which they then use to escape from the witch's world.
Traumatic Superpower Awakening: In episode 9, after the gym teacher threatens to get Washu fired, she ends up leaving despite the girls trying to help her out. Sasami gets overly emotional over it, and begins to glow radiantly. It causes Washu to reconsider quitting, and Tsukasa bops the gym teacher on the head, then they paint it as All Just a Dream so he doesn't get too suspicious about them being witches.
It happens again in episode 18, this time with Sasami and Misao while holding hands. They were able to cancel the magic Itoki had been using that episode, which also causes her to flee for the moment.
True Companions: Misao and the other girls find out about this late in the second season.
Wham Episode: Episode 16, when Washu and Daimon learn about the witch's real objective with the girls, to open up the cauldron. While Washu had a sort of rebellious attitude towards the witches before, this is the first time she's openly defied them.
Episode 19, when Misao loses all hope regarding the human world, and chooses to go back to the witch's world.
What Happened to the Mouse?: In the final episode, it isn't clear if Keura absorbing the Chief Sorceress' "evil energy" killed the Chief Sorceress or not.