Magical Girl Lalabel is an early Magical Girl series, airing from 1980 to 1981. It was also the last Magical Girl series made by Toei Animation until the 1988 remake of Himitsu no Akko-chan, as other studios (most notably Studio Pierrot) picked up the slack during the eighties.
Lalabel is a Magical Girl living happily in the magic world, until the day she catches the thief Biscus stealing her magic tools. Startled by her sudden appearance, Biscus swings his magic wand around and accidentally transports the two of them into the human world. Lalabel is taken in by an elderly couple, the Tachibanas, and she attends school with their granddaughter, Teko, learning about human beings and their world in the process, while continuing to chase after Biscus and foil his further attempts to swindle people.
Magical Girl Lalabel provides examples of the following tropes:
- Alpha Bitch: Yume
- Bifauxnen: Toko
- Brought Down to Normal: Lalabel and Biscus in the final episode
- Cats Are Mean: Biscus has a grey cat who's just as nasty as him.
- Cute Witch: Lalabel
- Cute Kitten: Lalabel has a pet kitten named Vanilla.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Biscus definitely has the look.
- Does Not Like Magic: Grandpa Tachiban. He does get used to Lalabel's antics, however.
- Toko's parents, who are intellectuals, don't believe in magic.
- Fat Bastard: Biscus
- Fish out of Water: Lalabel
- Girlish Pigtails: Teko
- Granny Classic: Granny Tachiban. She's the sweetest lady in the show, and actually made Lalabel's pink dress.
- Heel–Face Turn: Biscus and Hokiba become good at the end of the series.
- Magic Wand: Lalabel has one
- Meganekko: Teko
- Muggle Best Friend: Toko and Teko
- Muggle Foster Parents: The Tachibanas
- Pink Means Feminine: Lalabel's main color is pink.
- Raised by Grandparents: Teko's parents work overseas, so she lives with her grandparents.
- Short Anime Movie: Magical Girl Lalabel: the Sea Calls for a Summer Vacation, which is only 15 minutes long.
- Sidekick: Hokiba, who runs a noodle cart.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Lalabel's kitten wears a pink hairbow.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Toko and Teko
- Trapped in Another World: Lalabel and Biscus