Parareru, Parareru, Hello, Insert Name Here ni naare!Nonohara Himeko is a magical tomboy of the cute witch type who can transform into anybody in the human world for one hour. This is due to her getting a magic ribbon from her alternate universe counterpart Erica, who just happens to be a princess in The Magical Kingdom. For one year, Hime-chan is allowed to use the ribbon as she sees fit - she agrees to it, so there's no room for I Just Want to Be Normal. There are a few limitations, however:
If she does not turn back to normal before the hour is up, she is stuck that way until she dies.
The person into whom she transforms is still in existence.
She needs to have some way of seeing herself in order for the magic to work.
The ribbon only works on humans.
No more people are allowed to learn about the ribbon's power.
You say the incantation backwards to reverse the transformation.
Stopping Time really messes up the ribbon's internal timer.
Her (not) boyfriend is Kobayashi Daichi, and he learns her secret due to her saving their collective asses from a kidnapper. Another not-boyfriend of hers is Arisaka Sei, who just happens to be Erika's ex-fiancee, Sei Arei. Nobody else is allowed to know under the threat of memory erasure for everyone involved. Which, while that would help the rival, Hibino Hikaru, in some ways, would not keep Hime-chan and Daichi from being together. Now if only someone could explain that to her so that she would stop almost discovering the secret...Currently fansubbed by the Honobono group, up to episode 34. Historically fansubbed to completion by Tomodachi in the days ofV/H/S.A remake manga entitled "Hime-chan no Ribbon Colorful" ran in Ribon, the same magazine where the original manga appeared, from 2009 to 2010. The setting was updated to modern day, and Pokota the stuffed lion was replaced by a shape changing Princess Erika (in the form of a cat).This show provides examples of:
Cut Short: Has an unusual (for anime) episode count of 61. In-show evidence suggests that it was supposed to have 78 episodes, but it wound up with a rushed and abrupt ending.
Death Is Cheap: As it turns out, death is a cheap way to escape the eternal consequences of ribbon misuse. Because while being stuck in a transformed form is permanent and can't be undone by any magic, apparently the same doesn't apply to death.
Don't Try This at Home: Variation; the opening animation was changed to remove shots of Hime-chan and Daichi riding double on a bicycle, after parental complaints that the series was setting a bad example.
This is actually Lampshaded in the show - every time they ride double, they pass a guard that yells at them for riding double.
Hair Reboot - Partially with Erika. While it isn't immediate, upon returning to the Magical Kingdom, Erika's hair regains its original length gradually, going from Hime-chan's short boyish cut to her original length over the course of about 3 episodes.
Heroic Bystander: The truck driver who helps rescue Shintaro in episode seven, though he does faint at the gun-tooting kidnapper, he does instantly decide to search for the missing child.
Hit Me, Dammit!: Hime-chan says this to Daichi in episode 12 because she felt guilty about slapping him.
Honorifics: The usual ones show up, but note the scenes where Hime-chan's underclassmen in the theater club refer to her as "Hime-chan-senpai," an unusual construction that displays conflicting interests of friendliness and respect.
Arisaka gets called "Sei-sama" by his Instant Fan Club on his first day at the school.
Instant Fan Club: Kouichi and Daichi have fanclubs within the school. When Sei transfers to the school he gets a club on the first day, with Daichi's fan club breaking up that day because they all left to join Sei's club. The club reforms after he leaves.
Intrepid Reporter: Hikaru teams up with one of these in an attempt to expose Hime-chan's secret.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Hime-chan loves her senpai. Hime-chan's older sister also loves Hime-chan's senpai. Hime-chan's senpai loves Hime-chan's older sister. Hime-chan has to play matchmaker. This all just buildup to Daichi learning about the secret...
Late for School: Complete with the toast thing. Inverted when Hime-chan has to go to school early, and everyone at her house panics and thinks that they all overslept.
Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Only in the manga. The anime really did have the advertised Idol Singer Group, SMAP, come and do vocals. Of course, since one of the members of SMAP was doing voice acting for the show to begin with...
Lethal Chef: Hime-chan's cookies make little girls cry.
Magical Girl Queenliness Test: A variation. Erika created the ribbon, and Hime-chan must use it for one year to determine whether it is useful, and consequently, if Erika will prove herself worthy to inherit the crown.
Only Six Faces: It's lucky that everyone in the Magic Kingdom looks exactly like someone in the human world.
Pantyshot: Averted. Not only are there no pantyshots for the audience when Hime-chan plays soccer in her school uniform, at one point one of the male players specifically says, "No, don't do it! We'll see your panties!"
Potty Failure: Yumeko has an accident and wets her bed in one episode of the anime version
Recap Episodes: Six of them within the last seventeen episodes. They're all in pairs too, which makes getting through the last quarter of this anime a chore.