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Meg's a Magical Girl and she'll steal your heart!

Majokko Meg-chan is an early Magical Girl Anime. Based on a proposal by the production company Hiromi Productions, a TV series was made by Toei Animation in 1974, originally aired on NET (now TV Asahi) and affiliated stations. This particular story codified many of the tropes that would later become staples of the Magical Girl genre.

The story centers on Meg, a young witch who has been sent to Earth as part of her Magical Girl Queenliness Test. She is adopted by former witch Mami Kanzaki and her muggle family and spends the series learning about human relationships, battling magical enemies, and maturing into a woman worthy of claiming the throne of the Witch World.

In addition to its success in Japan, the series was later broadcast in several European countries, including Italy (where the heroine was renamed Bia and where the show is still fondly remembered), France, and Poland. It was also dubbed into Spanish and Portuguese, but there is no official English version.


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  • All Cloth Unravels: An episode has a Brainwashed and Crazy Rabi do this to a random woman.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Chou has light blue skin.
  • Animals Hate Him: Chou is hated by all animals, save for his two sidekicks of course. Gombei initially dislikes Non in their first episode together, but likes her just fine after saving her life and realizing that she's Meg's friend...kind of.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Rabi (see The Prankster) and Apo to Meg. Howewer, Apo becomes less of a nuisance as the series progresses compared to her brother.
  • Anti-Hero: Non, An Unscrupulous Hero at first but becomes a Knight In Sour Armor by the end.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Meg is the recipient of one from Papa in episode one after she reacts violently to one of Rabi's pranks at mealtime. The slap stuns not only Meg, but Papa, who immediately has a My God, What Have I Done? reaction.
  • Bathtub Scene:
    • Meg in episode 3 where she takes a shower also.
    • Special mention to episode 23 where Chou-san rigged Meg's bathtub with wheels, causing it to race around the city while Meg was bathing.
  • Big Bad: Saturn. An evil witch and the self-styled "Queen of Darkness".
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Mami is fairly plump and easy on the eyes, and is one of the sweetest characters in the show.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Gombei, especially towards Apo.
  • Biker Babe: Non often ride a motorcycle.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Roko in episode 2.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Or better "Witch meets Ghost". In episode 25 Non meets a ghostly boy who’s in love with her. She starts having feelings for him, which she has trouble dealing with.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: Similar to that of Cutey Honey - in fact, even sung by the same vocalist (Yoko Maekawa).
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Meg comes off as one at times, especially early in the series when she is struggling to adjust to family life.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Meg does so herself in the final scene of the final episode, speaking directly to - and even casting a spell on - the viewer. She acts similarly flirtatiously in the show's opening, blowing the viewer a kiss.
  • The Bully: Boss, the school bully.
  • Butt-Monkey/The Chew Toy: Chou who often ends, deservedly, wounded and humiliated.
  • Cake In The Face: Preparations for Papa's birthday dinner in the episode "The Light of Home" devolve into chaos, resulting in the birthday cake clobbering Meg on the right side of her head. She picks up what is left of the cake to throw it at Rabi, and ends up hitting Papa square in the face.
  • Canon Foreigner: Emi. She does not exist in the show's spin-off manga.
  • Cats Are Mean: One of Chou's sidekicks is a cat, the other being a crow.
  • Character Development: Meg matures from being essentially a selfish, self-centered brat to a more giving and thoughtful person (though still not without her flaws - which makes her seem all the more real).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Roko disappear after the Emi is introduced and replace her as Megu's friend.
  • Comedic Spanking: In an episode, Meg moves a train in garden by her magic, but she can not control it well so her dad is nearly run over by it...Her mom stops this train and then she has Meg bend over and starts to spank her. Naturally, Dirty Old Man Chou-san watches the spanking with glee.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Doubling as Magical Girl Queenliness Test.
  • Cute Witch: Meg (one of classic examples in the anime world), Non and some one-episode characters from the Witch-World.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Meg's skirt is very, very short. And it is not "magical".
  • Darker and Edgier: This series was quite revolutionary in regards to magical girl shows:
    • It included a truly evil character as an antagonist (Saturn). Prior to this, there was a perception that young girls couldn't handle such things.
    • The subplots sometimes touched more serious social issues like Domestic Abuse, extramarital relationships, drug abuse, Parental Abandonment, etc.. For this reason, nine of the 72 episodes were cut from the Italian version.
    • Meg not only lost fights, but she had to face serious consequences (deaths, injuries, humiliations, etc.) that couldn't be undone with magic.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Non, also among the first ones in a magical show. She is one of the most powerful sorcerers of the Witch-World and, initially, more skilled them Meg, but is also a cold girl almost devoid of emotion.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Non. She's cold and isolated and has no interest in friendship or humanity in the beginning, but changes throughout the show due to her interactions with Meg.
  • Dirty Kid: Rabi had an arsenal tricks aimed at catching his "big sister" disrobed, from yanking the sheets off Megu's bed in the morning to using a fishing rod to lift her skirt.
  • Dirty Old Man: Chou spent most of his time spying on Meg and devising ways to publicly humiliate her. In a memorable scene in episode 23, Chou-san rigged Megu's bathtub with wheels, causing it to race around the city while Megu was bathing. Earlier in that same episode, Chou attempted to trick Megu into taking off all of her clothes by hypnotizing her with a magical cuckoo clock; only Non's intervention at the last minute saved Megu from stripping herself totally naked.
  • The Dragon: Chou secretly work for Saturn.
  • Driven to Suicide: In one particularly dark episode, a newspaper boy ends up jumping off a bridge to his death. There is also a mother who is driven to suicide after leaving her baby with the Kanzaki family but she ends up repenting. And then there is a whole episode dedicated to the subject, in which a boy becomes suicidal after his father commits suicide; the entire plot revolves around Megu saving his life as he tries to kill himself.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Italian dub, Meg's name is changed to Bia and Non becomes Noa, but most of the other characters' names are not changed. Meg is also known as Maggie in the Latino Spanish dub and retains her original name in French.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Gombei. Normally a good dog, he reacts often to evil characters as Chou.
  • Friendly Enemy: Non to Meg as the show goes on.
  • Hair Decorations: Meg wears a yellow flower in her hair.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The series featured Fanservice in the form of Panty Shots, slight nudity, lingerie scenes, blatant female/femaler Ship Tease between Meg and Non, and Meg being a Fille Fatale. It also included characters as the Dirty Kid Rabi (Megu's stepbrother) and Dirty Old Man Chou.
  • Fiery Redhead: Meg has red hair and a Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Fille Fatale: Meg. The girl is pretty aware of her good looks, is coquettish and outspoken (unlike the more mellow heroines of the time) and the OP of the series has her singing about using her beauty to woo the guys and get what she wants from them.
  • Fish out of Water: Initially, Meg has a hard time adjusting to life on earth at first, both at home and at school.
  • Flying Broomstick: More in the opening than in the series.
  • Girlish Pigtails:
    • Two of Meg's friends, Roko and Emi.
    • Leon, a mischievous witch-in-training that drops by once.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: This is how Meg and Non usually cast magic.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Saturn’s loyal servant Rosa is sent to the human world to kill Megu. She fails at first, and Megu takes her home, so she tries her best to be kind and change her views. Eventually Rosa comes around and sees the beauty of Megu’s heart. Saturn becomes furious and gives her one last chance to kill Megu.; instead Rosa attempts suicide, but is saved by the Queen.
  • Here We Go Again!: The ending, in which Meg and Non start back at square one in their training on Earth.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Chou comes up with a brainwashing device that makes girls take off their clothes. Meg falls under its influx and starts stripping... until Non destroys it. It is worth noting that Megu is a potential heir to the throne of the Witch Kingdom, making her a literal hypnotized princess in this case. Interestingly, this episode was NOT one of the ones cut out in the European versions.
    • Hypno Pendulum: Meg is hypnotized in this manner. To elaborate, the pervert Chou fantasizes about using a pendulum to hypnotize Meg, and later uses a cuckoo clock.
  • Japanese Christian: Papa is this. It's especially odd considering he married a witch, though assumingly he has no idea.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Non. She doesn't want to beat Meg through unfair practices, so there are actually times when she helps Meg with her problems.
    • Meg herself qualifies to an extent for a good part of the series too.
  • Karma Houdini: Both Chou-san and Rabi doesn't get so much as scolded for their inappropriate behavior towards Meg. See YMMV for more details.
  • Magical Girl Queenliness Test: The reason for Meg's journey to Earth and the source of her rivalry with Non. They BOTH fail in the end and are sent back to Earth for further training, thus making it a Here We Go Again! ending. Meg is thrilled since it means she gets to spend more time with her family; Non, not so much.
  • Meaningful Name: In the Italian dub, Bia's (Meg) family name is Giapo, likely derived from "giapponese," the Italian word for "Japanese."
  • Meganekko: Roko.
  • Minidress of Power: Meg and Non both wear these, but only Non's comes with knee-high boots.
  • Modesty Towel: Meg wears one in several episodes in shower scenes. Often something happens to make her lose the towel, such as being startled by Rabi calling her a witch in episode 3.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Meg who often wears a green see-through negligee end has many Panty Shots in her regular minidress. There is some brief implied or non-explicit nudity as well although not nearly as much as in Cutey Honey.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Played with. Since Mami is actually an ex-witch, after taking Meg in she uses her magic to trick everyone into thinking Meg is the Kanzaki's eldest daughter instead of Mami's protegée.
  • Off-Model: The show's animation is pretty poor in general and there is barely an episode without any glaring animation mistakes. One particular bad example is one medium shot (!) where the animators forgot to put Meg's still frame into the scene, so she just suddenly appears out of nowhere when it's her turn to talk.
    • Generally speaking the episodes with the best animation were those in which character designer Shingo Araki served as animation director, especially those from late in the series run, which have some of the best quality 1970s TV anime had to offer.
  • Panty Shot: Plenty of times with Meg, often as the result of one of Rabi and Apo's pranks, Chou-san's voyeurism, or Meg's occasional clumsiness. Bra Shots too.
  • Parasol Parachute: In the first episode, Megu flies down into the human world using an umbrella. This becomes her iconic item.
  • Parental Substitute: Mami is this for Meg. The concept of family actually doesn't seem to exist in the Magical World.
  • The Peeping Tom: Chou spent most of his time spying on Meg (also in the opening) and caught her in compromising situations. On one occasion, he enjoys watching her get spanked by his mom, but ends up falling from his tower.
  • The Prankster: Rabi. He is loves to play pranks - some of his favorite pranks involve getting pictures of "big sis Megu-chan's" panties or in her sheer nightgowns!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Meg and Non, who are Color-Coded Characters.
  • Remember the New Guy?: In-Universe. In the first episode, Mami bewitches her husband and their two children, Rabi and Apo, into believing that Megu has always been the eldest child of the family.
  • The Rival: Non. She is Megu’s rival and perhaps the most notable ‘rival’ character in magical girl series. She attempts to murder Megu during their very first meeting and continues to plague her throughout the series.
    • Rivals Team Up: Eventually, Non comes to admire her rival's innate courage, even joining forces with her against mutual enemies (such as the demonic witch-queen Saturn and her devious henchman, Chou-san) in several episodes.
  • Rod-and-Reel Repurposed: Rabi twice uses this on his big sister Meg to lift her skirt and see her panties.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Leon sees Meg as her sempai.
  • Sexy Silhouette: Meg in several scenes (in one episode even in Rabi's Imagine Spot, although the Italian dub cut the scene which featured a clear outline of Meg's bare breasts).
  • She's Got Legs: Meg. In some circumstances are put well in evidence her legs and having a very short skirt help.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One episode shows Meg watching Cutey Honey on the television. In addition, she's tuned to channel 10, which is the channel of the series' co-producing TV station, NET (now TV Asahi).
    • In another episode, a model of Great Mazinger is seen in the window of a toy shop. Cutey Honey and Mazinger were both also Toei Animation shows.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Meg is not immune to this since the first episode.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Non.
  • Surprise Jump: Happens to Meg in the very first episode, when Rabi and Apo wake her up in the morning by yanking the sheets off her bed, and Meg - still wearing the see-through nightgown through which her bra and panties are visible - leaps several feet in the air. The result is one of three chase scenes involving Meg and the kids in the first episode alone.
  • Team Rocket Wins: The series concludes with both Meg and Non failing their test and being sent BACK to Earth all because Chou manipulates them, and he gets off scot-free for it. Of course, considering his extreme Butt-Monkey status, one could consider this a Throw the Dog a Bone moment.
  • Tomboy:
  • Too Hot for TV: At least nine episodes were considered such, in Italy, and the episodes that were dubbed sometimes featured edits for content. This carried over into the Polish and Portuguese dubs, which were based on the Italian.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Episode 21 end with Meg reassure Chuk, an old ex-witch that has lose her magical power, that she will help her relearn how to use magic and return to the Witch World. Chuk never reappears in the show.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: The witch world doesn't have families, so at first Meg has a hard time understanding the love her Muggle Foster Family feels towards her.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Dogs: Mami and Non both have this reaction to Gombei at first due to the bad history between dogs and witches. They get over it quickly, though.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Meg and Non by the end, so very much. A Type II example.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In her first apparence, Emi's curse forcing anyone who looks into her eyes to slap her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Non has blue hair.

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