Mahou Tsukai Chappy is an early Magical Girl anime, aired in 1972. it's about Cute Witch Chappy who, becoming sick of the old customs of her people, leaves the Land of Magic for the human world wth her little brother Jun and their pet Don-chan. Soon her family sees how much fun she has in the other realm that they decide to join her in her new home, facing normal life as much as they can without exposing their secrets.
Chappy is known for being the first witch to use a Magic Wand (actually a magical baton, given to her by her grandfather).note Her special chant is "Abura Mahariku Maharita Kabura". Chappy's closest human friends are tomboy Michiko and girly-girl Shizuko, much like her predecessor Sally's friends Yotchan and Sumire.
This anime provides examples of:
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Italian dub has an original theme song. The Spanish dub aired in South America, however, adapts the original Japanese themes.
- Bittersweet Ending: Chappy's powers are revealed to her friends in the last episode. Their memories are erased, and Chappy's family has to move to another town.
- Burn the Witch!: Chappy and Jun's biggest fear is that this will happen if they're found out.
- Cool Car: Don-chan has one. A Running Gag involves Chappy's brother Jun always failing to hitch a ride.
- Cute Witch: Chappy, and Jun may count as a Rare Male Example.
- Expy: With a few tweaks, the entire series is an Expy of Sally the Witch, made for girls too young to remember the earlier series. It was, however, not nearly as popular.
- Fish out of Water: For Chappy and her family, it's not easy to keep from using magic in public!
- Flying Broomstick: Chappy has one.
- Girlish Pigtails: Chappy
- Magic Wand: Chappy's tool of choice, which she pinched from her grandfather. As said above, she's the first one to use it.
- Magical Incantation: "Abura Mahariku Maharita Kabura"
- Magical Land: Where Chappy hails from.
- Muggle Foster Parents: Notably averted; Chappy is a rare Cute Witch who has her parents come with her to the human world.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Don-chan
- Passionate Sports Girl: An episode has Chappy befriending a sad and troubled older girl named Katie Klein who is a professional ice skater, but is losing her self-confidence after failing to pull a VERY difficult routine. note Chappy decides to help Katie regain her strength and finally nail the routine in time for a tournament. They succeed.
- Talking Animal: Don-chan is a talking panda.
- Tomboy: Michiko, Chappy's first friend on Earth.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Michiko with both Shizuko and Chappy.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Jun's specific power.