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Manga: Akazukin Chacha

Chacha is an orphaned girl who lives with Seravy— the World's Greatest Magician— at the top of Mochi Mochi mountain. Seravy tried to teach Chacha magic, but her spells always go awry. When Chacha goes to the magic school, she meets Shiine (pronounce it She-neh), another apprentice magician, and Riiya the wolfboy. When the three are together, Chacha can transform into "Magical Princess" in order to fight the minions of the Great Devil King.

The original manga was a Cute Witch series, but the anime series turned Chacha into a Magical Girl Warrior.

This series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Ace: Seravy
  • Action Girl: Orin'
  • All-Powerful Bystander: Seravy. In fact, the Devil King considers him the only real threat and he is likely the only reason why the rest of the magical world hadn't actually been conquered yet at the start of the series.
  • Anachronism Stew
  • Archer Archetype: Chacha as Magical Princess uses a magic bow-and-arrow.
  • An Axe to Grind: Dorothy conjures throwing axes against Daimaou. They don't work so well.
  • Back for the Finale: All the villains (except for Daimaou) attended Seravy & Dorothy's wedding.
  • Badass Adorable: Orin.
  • Beach Episode: Where Riiya met Marine. Daimaou's spy even tells the viewers that it's a beach episode.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Seravy and Dorothy. He wishes she would return to how she originally was when they were young (when she was still a demure lady-type with natural golden curled locks, instead of the feisty amazon with magically dyed red-pink straight hair that she is now) and she hates the fact that he's always going to be magically better than her, no matter what she does (ironically, it's eventually revealed that it's actually is his love for her which inspires him to be all-powerful, the sheer purity of which enables him to constantly surpass any and all limitations). Also Rascal-sensei and Mayachon-sensei, who were childhood rivals, but are secretly attracted to each other, though they Can Not Spit It Out.
  • Betty and Veronica: Shiine and Riiya for Chacha.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: We only see Barabaraman get mildly miffed once but creepy roots grow when he gets mad.
  • Big Bad: Great Devil King (anime only).
  • Big Damn Heroes: Seravy always coming to the rescue while wearing poor disguises.
  • Big Eater: Riiya
  • Blessed with Suck: Poppy's telepathy
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: After Marine walks away angry at Chacha again, she notices people are staring so she switches to her "nice girl" mode because it's a Shojo anime.
  • Butt Monkey: Barabaraman-sensei
  • Cat Girl: Shironeko.
  • Characterization Marches On: Seravy the borderline Jerk Ass Jerk with a Heart of Gold used to be a stern yet kind teacher in the first few episodes.
  • Cheerful Child: Shiine, who plays this up to contrast himself from Riiya.
  • Christmas Cake: Dorothy
    • Though perhaps only through Seravy—when Dorothy takes the gang out for shopping, other people whisper that she's far too young to be a mother, to her aggravation.
  • Chromatic Arrangement / Freudian Trio: Chacha (red, ego), Riiya (green, id), Shiine (blue, super ego)
  • Clip Show: 4 of them.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Chacha
  • Cock Fight: Shiine and Riiya, a lot.
  • The Comically Serious: Access
  • Cool Sword: The Phoenix sword.
  • Crack! Oh My Back!: Orin's grandpa.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Doris.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Shiine vs Umibozou the sea giant.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Riiya
  • Cute Witch: Chacha in the manga, Marin, Yakko.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Yakko is the parody of this trope.
  • Deflector Shield: At one point Chacha brings up her shield to protect against a volley of missiles. It wasn't needed because the magic circle she was standing in had a shield of its own.
  • Dirty Coward: Marin in the anime when things get rough she conjurers a huge shell and hides in it.
  • Energy Ball: Seravy tosses some of these in the fight against Daimaou.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Evil Laugh: Daimaou
  • Face of a Thug: Rascal-sensei
  • Follow the Leader: In the manga, which came out a year before Sailor Moon, Chacha is a fairly standard Cute Witch. In the anime, which came out two years after Sailor Moon, she's been given a blinged-out Transformation Trinket and a sparkly Stock Footage-tastic Transformation Sequence that briefly turns her into a textbook Magical Girl Warrior so she can take down the Monster of the Week. The Magical Girl Warrior sections come and go so quickly and feel so incongruent when compared with the rest of the show that one can only assume the producers added this aspect to cash in on the recent success of Miss Moon.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Yakko had actually met Chacha, Riiya and Shiine when they were kids.
  • Genki Girl: Chacha
  • Good Costume Switch: Access.
  • Head Pet: Piisuke.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Ultimately, all of the bad guys — even those who do get killed and don't make repeat appearances — with the obvious exception of the Big Bad. They even appear as guests at the wedding in the series finale!
  • Hot-Blooded: Rascal-sensei
  • Hufflepuff House: Banana class led by Barabaraman and Orange class led by Mayachon.
  • Hurricane of Puns
  • Humongous Mecha: NYANDEBER Z!
  • Inept Mage: Chacha
  • Invocation: "I call upon love, courage, and hope. Magical Princess, Holy Up!"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold - Seravy. Seriously, the guy's just disinterested and indifferent most of the time, but at least he'll secretly show up in the sidelines of the action when things get too rough.
  • Likes Older Women: Yakko.
  • Lost in Translation: How inevitable and pervasive this would be is a big reason they've never been officially translated.
  • Love at First Sight: Shiine claims to feel this way for Chacha.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Seravy, Yakko.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Shiine
  • Love Potion: Yakko was always trying to slip these to Seravy.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: After a bow and a sword, the next weapon Chacha gets is a magic shield.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Access is actually Shiine's father. And the Devil King is actually Access's father. Making Shiine the grandson of the Big Bad. Nobody else picks up on this however, as even Access reveals to Dorothy that to the Devil King, Access is nothing but his soldier, with their familial connection being merely just an afterthought.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Mikenekko
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Chacha's transformation in the anime.
  • Master of Disguise: Seravy, Dorothy and Elisabeth. Well, kinda
  • Meaningful Name: Seravy is the Japanese pronunciation of C'est la vie, which pretty much describes his personality.
  • Ninja
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Yakko and Dorothy.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Marin can shapeshift at will to a normal human form and has elemental magical control of water.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Riiya comes from a family of them. He tries to invoke being a Noble Wolf, but as you can see from the picture above, it doesn't quite take.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Seravy (and Dorothy on occasion).
  • Power of Friendship
  • Remember the New Guy: Orin the pink ninja girl? Yeah, she's been in class with the rest the whole time. She's just been clinging to the ceiling.
  • Running Gag: Seravy, Dorothy, and Elizabeth frequently watch over Chacha's group in completely transparent disguises.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Great Devil King.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Barabaraman and Rascal.
  • Shout-Out: Riiya did the Kamen Rider pose when he transformed for the first time.
  • Stalker with a Crush: In its purest form, Seravy constantly, and rather disturbingly, with his unhealthy fixation on blonde Dorothy, to the point where he makes multiple efforts to magically sabotage her hair and deliberately provokes fights with her over something that happened some fifteen years before the series began. The fact that, as a grown man, he's deeply attached to and constantly carries a doll of young Dorothy. Which he diligently voices via ventriloquism.
    • Less horrifically concentrated, everybody in the cast who's in love with somebody does this at some point, but more often than not the female, rather than the male, members of the cast.
  • Start of Darkness: A 2-part time travel episode showed how Chacha and friends contributed to Dorothy's current personality and appearance.
  • Stylistic Suck: It's not that Seravy CAN'T do a good disguise, it's just that he never really bothers with it. Everybody seems to fall for his disguises however, with the exception of Riiya, who nobody believes anyway (then again, considering how powerful Seravy is, it may be a case of "The Emperor's New Clothes"-syndrome.)
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Dr. Mikenekko felt really sad after finding out the Magical Princess was gone for good.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Yordas and Haideyansu. They replaced Sorges after he did a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Those Two Guys (and that one girl): Cheetah the caveboy, Osu the boy with the really big head and Mary the conjurer.
  • Transformation Sequence: One that gets longer and longer as the series goes on.
    • Worse, it's never shortened at any point; the entire sequence always played out in full, and it only got longer as her arsenal expanded. And in spite of the show's comedic nature, it's hardly ever parodied; the anime just played its Magical Girl tropes way too straight...
  • Transformation Trinket: Medallion (Chacha), Bracelet (Riiya) and Ring (Shiine).
  • Triang Relations: Marin likes Riiya (but hates his wolf-form, which she doesn't realize is him) and Orin likes Shiine, but Shiine and Riiya both like Chacha, who seems oblivious (she is attached to Riiya's wolf=form though). Kyle likes Yakko, but Yakko — and Shironeko and Doris — likes Seravy, who is too busy having Belligerent Sexual Tension with Dorothy. Access courted Dorothy for a time until he left the kingdom, and Poppy had a crush on her.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Chacha's parents.
  • Vain Sorceress: Dorothy
  • Verbal Tic: Dr. Mikeneko and Cream the pastry chef always end their sentences with "nya" and "dasu", respectively.
  • Villain Ball: The Devil King for depending on Sorges for relying on him to send assassins, the only decent one, a chalkboard eraser that could have been used for intel, he forces him to fight Chacha.
  • Visual Pun: Chacha's constant magical mishaps generally manifest as these — causing a door to "jellyfish" instead of "open up", turning dandelion fluff into an old man instead of Riiya. And no, they don't make sense in English — see Lost in Translation above.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Dr. Mike-Nekko's only solution for fighting the Magical Princess is Humongous Mecha.
  • Whip It Good: Rascal-sensei. Just, Rascal-sensei.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Doris, who's in love with Seravy and trying to get him to fall in love with him, by making himself into the mirror-image of his sister Dorothy's original appearance (which is what Seravy is smitten with).
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Parodied by Principal Urara. The woman has no eyelids!
  • Wizarding School: One of the ending themes is even called Welcome to Magical School!
  • Yandere: Yakko is the harmless variety. Marin's suitor George, when he got mind-controlled; and his sister, Shelly (on behalf of her brother whom she felt sorry for), until he reprimanded her and made her stop.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And green, and pink, and purple, and more pink...

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alternative title(s): Akazukin Chacha; Akazukin Chacha
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