YMMV / Sally the Witch

  • Adult Fear: In one episode, Sally's magic is taken away from her in a test to see if she is capable of being queen one day. Unfortunately, during a field trip, there's a thunderstorm, and Sally, Sumire, and Yoshiko are separated from their class. While trying to get back to them, they step on a loose rock and almost fall to their deaths, saved only by Sally's father intervening and giving her back her magic at the last moment. Of course, since Sally is magical it turned out fine, but think about this scenario: three very young children, stranded away from their teacher, parents, and any adults who could help them, and about to fall off a cliff. Yikes.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Many. Some examples:
    • One episode involves the kids in Sally's class having to make dolls for a project. One of Sally's classmates, Manzo, makes a horse stuffed animal. At the same time, he befriends a ill, bedbound young girl, who is very fond of toys, since they give her her something to do while she's stuck in her room, and asks to borrow it until he has to hand it in for a grade. Manzo, however, sees how happy it makes her and decides to let her keep it, despite knowing he'll get a zero on his assignment, and Sally decides to enchant it into a flying horse so the girl can fly around and see the world. The girl ends up succumbing to her illness, but her mother says that this (and overall, her friendship with Manzo) brought her much greater happiness than her mother thought she would ever know.
    • The ending of the episode "Sally In A Pinch", where Sally returns the money to her classmates (which they had thought she'd stolen) and her teacher tells her he could never believe any of his students, especially her, would steal. Earlier in that episode, there's also Sally's dad deciding he doesn't care if she can't become queen of the Land of Magic; he just wants her to live.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While not unpopular in its home country, Sally is very popular in Italy (as either Sally la Maga or Un regno magico per Sally, depending on whether it's the first or second series), Poland (as Sally Czarownica) and the Spanish-speaking Latin-American countries (as either La Princesa Sally or Sally la Brujita, again, depending on whether it's the first or second series).
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Sally's 60th anniversary wasn't celebrated in 2016. However, a large influx of Magical Girl anime (including Maho Girls Precure) premiered that year. In essence, Sally's influence and launching of the Magical Girl genre was appreciated in a roundabout way.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In episode 47, I Want to Be a Witch, when Yoshiko uses magic given to her by Sally's grandmother (long story) to conjure up a mansion and fancy car to invite her brothers over, and snaps at their misbehavior, the triplets begin to sob for their mother, who had died some point before the series, and she appears, and as Yoshiko tries to chase after her mother, she just keeps moving backwards, until Yoshiko breaks down as well. The next scene , Yoshiko and her brothers are back in their home, and appear in front of a shrine for their mother. From someone who has lost their mother, that scene made this trooper shed some tears.
    • The next episode, Sally in a Pinch, after her father makes a bet with God, taking away Sally's magic, her classes lunch money goes missing, which due to unfortunate circumstances, leads the class to believe Sally stole the money. Even Yoshiko and Sumire, her best friends believe she stole it, leading to a sad scene where Sally is crying alone in a park.
      • This episode also has the scene where Sally, Sumire, and Yoshiko are hanging off a cliff, completely away from anyone who could help them, since Sally hasn't got her magic, and react like most elementary schoolers would: by crying for their parents. Shortly after, Sally's father apologizes to her in anguish, since it's indirectly his actions which nearly gets her and her friends killed.