YMMV / Ojamajo Doremi

  • Angst? What Angst?: The majority of Witches consider their transformation into Witch Frogs to be a symbol of disgrace. Majo Monroe was okay with it.
  • Anvilicious: Motto! has "you can't be picky, always eat your vegetables or else".
  • Ass Pull: Hana having a secret twin sister in the Ojamajo Doremi 16 novels in order to explain the witch election system. Oh, come on, how could an equally powerful baby be kept under wraps and never hinted upon all this time? Not to mention, they're using this to justify how queens get elected and still Handwaveing away that all witches could have had a chance at being the queen in season 1, not babies born from the blue rose. Then there is the fact that twins are born from the same rose, such as the case with Majo Vanilla and Majo Monroe. Add in the fact that Hana was the only baby seen in her rose and we've got a pretty massive Plot Hole.
  • Awesome Music: Being a series that initially uses music as a theme, this was bound to happen. Only a handful of the music tracks have been uploaded for easy listening.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Was the dub a heavy Bowdlerization that detracts the original moral values of the show, or was it a tolerable adaptation with good musical numbers?
    • Hana. Is she a Creator's Pet who was The Load during her debut season or a character worthy of being just as loved in real life as she is in-universe?
    • The Ass Pull. Some fans legitimately don't mind it.
  • Die for Our Ship: Shiori and Fujio are sometimes this for Hazuki × Yada fans and there is some decent-sized Ship-to-Ship Combat between Kotake × Doremi, Akatsuki × Doremi fans, and Doremi-yuri-pairing fans. Imagine how the fans reacted when Aiko was given a Love Interest in Naisho where she neither admitted nor denied attraction to him, causing an uproar from fans who paired Aiko up with Nobuko/Momoko/Onpu/Leon.
  • Ear Worm: Just about any song done in the original or 4kids dub has a tendency to get stuck in a potential listener's head.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Non-chan and Fami from Naisho got only one episode each, but both had a massive following. The former for being one of the biggest woobies and the latter giving way to many theories about the future.
    • Marina and Sachiko were just side characters and haven't been featured in an episode together, they seem to be popular characters because they were featured on more merchandise than even Majo Rika and Lala.
    • The FLAT4 only appeared in Sharp and didn't appear again until Dokkan. They can count and they do give the fans more magical characters to work with. Also, being spear counterparts to Doremi, Hazuki, Aiko, and Onpu certainly went over pretty well.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Episode 19 of S1 had Hazuki get kidnapped. Instead of giving the moral of not talking to strangers, the kids are told that if they help the kidnappers get their dream jobs the right way, they'll begin to repent and come to their senses.
    • Dokkan episode 24 has this too. Dressing up as a super hero and going around causing mischief in a misguided attempt at "heroics" is asking for trouble. This is especially evident when Hana disrupts a shooting for "Battle Rangers" and causes a severe deviance from the script. Realistically, this is a good way to get in trouble with various studios and, potentially, the law.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Using any terminology from the 4Kids dub is practically having a death wish in the fan community.
  • Fan Fic Fuel: While any one-shot character has this, Nozomi and Fami get this the most since they had a lot of potential as characters and several loose ends. Naturally, they do get a level of attention from Fan Fiction writers.
  • Fanon:
    • Fami's surname being Harukaze. Some people forget that since she's Doremi's granddaughter, Doremi married someone and by Japanese tradition adopted the surname of her husband. Plus, if we assume Doremi had a daughter, the daughter also adopted the surname of her husband. Unless Doremi divorced (or not even married to begin with) and re-accepted her maiden name and then had a son, or a daughter who also divorced/not even married, Fami's surname is not Harukaze. Then again, in these days, women can keep their surnames., but the most probable reason is to not reveal who Doremi is going to marry. If so, then expect a Retcon.
    • The FLAT4 having surnames. The most popular so far are Akatsuki Shidoosha, Fujio Kashikoi, Leon Sokuryoku, and Tooru Kounna. note  Sure, they start going to school in Japan in Dokkan, but apparently the writers didn't think it was important enough to mention what those surnames are.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • In Japan, Ojamajo Doremi was the Distaff Counterpart show to Digimon, as both shows were produced by Toei, aired in the same years, and were on the same movie feature back-to-back. Chances are if you liked Digimon, you probably didn't mind Doremi either.
    • The early English-speaking fandom were mostly Sailor Moon fans, who easily fell in love with Doremi for being a Magical Girl series (and it certainly didn't help that Pop was essentially an Expy of Chibiusa). In 2005, Doremi found an ally within the Tokyo Mew Mew fandom mostly because they were Magical Girl shows that suffered under the same fate as a consequence of being licensed by Creator/4KidsEntertainment.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: 4Kids Entertainment only wanted to license this series alongside Winx Club for the Foxbox because they wanted to expand their channel demographics, since they had shows that mostly appealed to young boys.
  • Growing the Beard: The later seasons are generally considered to be far better in overall quality.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Episode 7 contains a scene where Pop has to go to the bathroom after riding the train to her Grandma's house. Doesn't this scenario sound familiar?
    • One episode of Sharp had the Ojamajos temporarily turn their flower shop into a sweet shop, complete with dressing up as maids. And then Motto comes along...
    • The Cursed Forest certainly gives the impression of a barrier...
    • During a later episode of Dokkan, Marina is hit by the Big Bad's curse and she gives up on tending to the flowers, muttering how pointless it all was in a depressed voice. Fast forward to Smile Pretty Cure!, and we have similar quotes from people affected by the Bad End Spaces.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Not a twist ending, but almost any reference made to Hana by the fandom is to her "grown up" form. It's not new or surprising or interesting when one sees it happen in Dokkan because of this.
    • Lots of people in the fandom refer to the former witch queen by her real name, Majo Tourbillon, which dispels any of the mysterious and menacing images Sharp and Motto' set her up with.
  • Les Yay:
    • A lot among the girls. Some of the most notable are Doremi/Onpu, Nobuko/Aiko or Miho, and, if episode 3 of Motto and the second movie are anything to go by, Aiko/Momoko.
    • Some fans have even paired Majorin with the Queen and Majo Heart with Majo Miller.
  • Macekre: It depends on whether you dislike the Bowdlerization of the 4Kids dub.
  • Memetic Mutation: The girls' Magical Incantations for starters. And then there's the "Pretty Witchy [insert name her]-chi!" that they say after they transform. Bonus points for the latter due to it being In-Universe, too.
  • Moe: Although not a moe show, Ojamajo Doremi was part of the moe phenomenon in the late 90's. Onpu, the most popular character, was subject to this the most, while Doremi and Momoko followed behind. In fact, Onpu and Doremi were both nominated for the first Saimoe Tournament in 2002.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The cursed vines can strike at any moment at any place...even from under your bed and on elevated platforms where no ground exists under... Sweet dreams...
  • Periphery Demographic: Ojamajo Doremi is a show that all ages can enjoy.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Onpu was very much disliked during the first season. She used magic to solve all of her problems and even used forbidden magic for trivial purposes such as getting her mother to take her out for dinner in order to avoid having to eat green peppers. She isn't entirely to blame for her misuse of magic when you consider who her teacher is, but even without magic, she was still kind of a prick. Thanks to Character Development starting season 2, and her popularity made a significant jump to the point where she was the only other Ojamajo Doremi character who made it very far in the fan-driven 2002 Anime Saimoe Tournament. In Sharp, her character costume was also advertised next to Doremi's before Momoko stole the spotlight in Motto and Hana in Dokkan. Furthermore, her character-centric episodes are extremely memorable for being some of the best animated and/or most well-written.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Some fans prefer to portray Majo Ruka as an outright villain in certain stories due to her being an antagonist during the early part of S1. The same could be said of Oyajide due to his role in the second half of Sharp, despite repenting for his mistake.
    • There are still some fans who portray Reika Tamaki (designated The Bully in Doremi's human life) as a complete Jerk Ass, especially because of what she did to Momoko early on in Motto! This is common among fans who have never liked her since her first appearance or haven't seen her Character Development episodes. It's definitely true Momoko hated Reika at first for constantly trying to one-up her, but she and Reika become best friends over the course of the series.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Since Pop wasn't given much of a role in the first place and was mostly a Bratty Half-Pint Annoying Younger Sibling for almost two seasons, she tends to be disliked by the fanbase. Most of her detractors claim that her presence in the story was unnecessary, and her personality pre-Character Development didn't help either. Hana is also considered one of the least favorites of the fan community due to her qualities of being a Dojikko (read: causes trouble), and somewhat of a Bratty Half-Pint when she gets upset (read: causes more trouble).
    • Out of all the classmates, Tamaki is one of the least liked. She brags about how her father never punishes her as opposed to the other girls in her class and thinks that punishing your child is "barbaric". She makes fun of Momoko and Hana during their respective first days of school, Momoko for technically being a foreigner and Hana for acting like a toddler.
    • Other than Tamaki, some of the male classmates were scrappies for one at least one episode. Notably the SOS Trio for teasing Naomi, and for the idiotic strategy they used to "beat" Mutsumi in a wrestling match.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Ojijide's actions during Sharp were wrong in the end, but they were made in the best interests for the remaining Wizards.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Just look at the art style.
  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Ojamajo Doremi 16 novels. First, they announce that it was going to have less to do with magic and now they've made it so that Hana has a hidden twin sister.
  • Toy Ship: The majority of the pairings are between young children. Yes, even the Les Yay ones.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • During episode 22 of Sharp, Oyajide disguises himself as a woman to try and sneak into the school recital in order to spy on Hana. Yuki wasn't the only one who was disturbed by his appearance...
    • Momoko while possessed by the Big Bad, albeit to a lesser degree. She expresses no emotion whatsoever and silently does everything the Big Bad is making her do in stark contrast to her normal Genki Girl self.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Kayoko, whose extremely short hair and ambiguous voice likely threw off people until Doremi states that she was a girl (likely tipped off by the red schoolbag).
  • The Woobie:


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