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-Breaking Character: 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?
  • Broken Aesop: The entirety of the ending of ''Dokkan'', for a multitude of reasons:
    • The issue of the girls leaving their 'daughter' Hana, also ensuring that Hana would eventually outlive the other girls by a huge margin if without any accidents (Episode 13 of Naisho is an indication). The whole deal was resolved too cheaply and swiftly, as if they had forgotten about the former Witch Queen already. Surely history won't repeat itself since a toddler will be more mature than an adult and live without being traumatised! And they were still expecting so in the light novels: After Hana was claimed to have been extremely badly-behaved, Doremi's first thought was that it was unnatural and something must have happened. Ironically, Doremi's guess turned out correct.
    • The girls' decision about giving up magic, and the justification they came up with without further thinking or asking. First the logical flaws: We don't want to live so long (multiple ways to bypass that, and we're not even talking about the pros of living long); We have to go back to the human world (doesn't necessarily mean giving up magical powersnote ) to make more people accept magic (you have to prove its existance first. How are you going to do THAT without using magic?). The greatest flaw though is the statement "I became an apprentice because of personal issue X, but now I learnt it can be solved without magic". Wow, that must mean magic is totally useless! It's all but forgotten that the Sharp season, along with scenarios like a seemingly light-hearted one in Dokkan episode 33, evidently tells that magic isn't just a 'cheap means of solving problems', but instead the lifeline of you and the people you love in critical cases. And it's obviously a backup power in times of peace, and a must to solve Witch World and inter-world issues. And sure, magic makes things easier, but there are even greater magnitudes of achievements out there, and ditching magic is comparable to ditching computers. To sum it up, "what will you do if you have unbelievable powers (magic)"? The answer "I won't abuse it to make my life less meaningful" is perfectly fine, but by throwing away a better answer "I'll make good use of it for the sake of the ones I love and the future of the two worlds"? NOT fine: As if a meaningful life equals ditching all means that liberate productive forces. Oh, and promise you'll be a good queen, Hana, since we're leaving things to you and won't effectively take part in dealing with them. What were they thinking?
    • The Witch Queen's stand about using magic properly, implying that only when humanity becomes that of friendship can humans get access to magic. Putting aside that by then even social regulations might already be a redundancy, do the witches/wizards themselves use magic properly? Remember the wizards before their Heel–Face Turn? Remember the former Witch Queen? In fact, the magical worlds themselves are also riddled with atrocities commonplace in typical monarchies, like attempts to murder a successor of the throne... and even a "good" witch can also corrupt or become an extremist like the former Witch Queen. So why is their access to magic not questionable? And why is an authoritarian regime ridiculing a world with mostly superior social systems? Besides, assume that the Witch World does serve as an example of a harmonious society, would you expect humans to learn from it without even knowing its existance? The less communication, the slower the development, and that works mutuallynote . One might wonder what valid aesop is there left on the subject of giving up magic.
  • Broken Base:
    • Was the 4Kids dub a heavy Bowdlerization that detracts the original moral values of the show, or was it a tolerable adaptation with good musical numbers?
    • The Ass Pull. Some fans legitimately don't mind it.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Many of the characters, situations and the trinkets remind one of Sailor Moon. This makes sense (of course), when you consider that the two series share the same studio and many staff members.
      • Doremi is Usagi, Hazuki is Ami, Aiko is Makoto, Onpu is the (manga version) of Rei, Momoko is Minako, and Pop is a full-on Expy of Chibiusa.
      • The Transformation Brooch is just like the Apprentice Tap.
      • Oyajiide wears a cloak like Tuxedo Mask and also uses Roses as weapons.
      • Both series have characters based on the Four Heavenly Kings (known as the Shitennō in Japanese). The Shitennō of Sailor Moon serve as generals to Prince Endymion, whereas the ones in Ojamajo Doremi form the FLAT4.
  • 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:
    • Despite being introduced as the closest thing to a villain, Onpu gained massive popularity after #. She was the only Ojamajo Doremi character to make it far in the first Saimoe Tournament (a now-annual fan poll in Japan where voters vote on the cutest character) and she was the second character to get her character CD released in Mo~tto!, after Doremi herself.
    • Momoko became popular the moment she was introduced, and her first character CD was released after Doremi and Onpu's/
    • Non-chan and Fami from Na-i-sho 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 are side characters and haven't been featured in an episode together. However, they are popular characters and were featured on more merchandise than Majorika 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.
    • The aesop of giving up magic also counts. Overlapped with Broken Aesop, and explained in said paragraph.
  • 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 4Kids Entertainment.
  • 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.
  • 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: Probably not as notable as Pretty Cure, but this show is what kicked off the Puniket doujin market (Notice: Certain pages might include NSFW content) which calls itself Ojamajo Doremi-centred. Evidently, given the meaning of the name of the doujin market, the moe art style is also loved by certain adults.
  • 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 and an 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 Cute Clumsy Girl (read: causes trouble), and somewhat of a Bratty Half-Pint when she gets upset (read: causes more trouble).
    • On the other hand though, expecting Hana to behave 9 years ahead of her actual age is asking too much. She has outstandingly exceeded what should be expected out of a 2-year-old, and her mistakes actually make her more 'human'. (Well technically...) Overall, both examples listed, especially Hana (seen as most lovable by many, depending on the fan circles), are examples of Base-Breaking Character at worst.
    • 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.
  • So Okay, It's Average: If you didn't think that the English dub by 4Kids was a Macekre, you most likely thought this. 4Kids made a lot of edits, one of their worst being cutting out the suspenseful parts of their show, but they managed to keep the story and dialogue for most of the episodes true to the spirit of the show. In short, it wasn't a good dub, but it wasn't bad either. Regardless of the quality, the show still flopped in the United States and it wasn't enough to save 4Kids' children's programming block from going into a decline.
  • 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. People who expected a piece of work which takes a deeper insight in more serious issues and exploits magic for these issues, would find out that personal issues are even more in focus than the anime, and the lack of magic or expansion of the worldview makes the novel lose its uniqueness. Hence since Ojamajo Doremi 17, some people started to think it's taking a turn from "still possessing the spirit of the original anime" to "some third-rate shoujo manga".
    • Interestingly, the magic aspect is both this and It's the Same (ideologies), Now (to more mature readers) It Sucks. Since the anime was mainly aimed at kids, flawed E-rated aesops can be acceptable, though upon further thoughts there can be plenty of complaints on the girls' giving up becoming witchesnote . However, while with a much older demographic, Ojamajo Doremi 16 is still stuck with idealised, microscopic ideologies like 'magic is abusable, ditching it is a symbol of maturity'note  and 'friendship conquers all', and in the end still none of the main cast besides Hana became witches, as expected. This gives rise to more problems: First, even in an idealised sense, controversial things still need utilised and extensively studied (while regulated) for the better of mankind. Guess what: Instead it has Hana wanting to learn medicine to aid the Witch World, yet magic is still 'abusable'(well, same with antibiotics/knives) and much avoided (remember Dokkan episode 50 "our descendants will probably be able to accept magic"? Yeah, sure--if the word "our" is taken literally). Meanwhile, there's this monarchy keeping magic for itself, neglecting certain aspects of technology (medicine for example, but more implied) after isolating themselves from humans, while everyone expects it to be a utopian fairy tale kingdom capable of regulating itself, despite blatant counterevidence. Of course, if things are dealt with in a pure political mannernote , it's not Ojamajo Doremi anymore; yet even if intentions can be idealised, decisions and consequences cannot... and the main cast (minus Hana)'s crucial decisions aren't really symbols of maturity/responsibility after all, since they aren't helping the situation between the two worlds, especially if compared to the alternatives. The settings of the novel meant just to create a chance for a grand reunion, and to forget about most these problems, only justify both tropes more.
    • One within the Ojamajo Doremi 16 novels, which got criticised by quite a few fans: At the beginning of the first volume, it's stated by Majo Rika that Hana gained a huge rebellious streak likely due to missing her mommies. This could have been a good deconstruction of the Ojamajos' choice at the end of Dokkan where it was cheaply resolved, and arguably Hana's upbringing, showing the negative impact they have on children growing up... except that there weren't any deep insight into these points. Then there's the 3rd volume Turning Point, where Hana's motive actually got justified. Cheaply. Then the issue was mostly forgotten so that Hana can be portrayed as a nice and cute ditz. In the end, character-wise, Hana's image is largely good, but story-wise there's both this trope and the trope They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot. Yeah, idealisation—that's the spirit.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The girls gain the ability to talk to plants in the first season, but only use this power in the same episode it is introduced. This waste of plot becomes especially apparent in the second season (Sharp), when they actually run a plant nursery.
  • Toy Ship: The majority of the pairings are between young children. Yes, even the Les Yay ones.
    • Most notably, Doremi/Kotake, which is teased from the first episode. But they ultimately end up together in the light novels when they are both teens.
  • 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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