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In Mari Land, a picturesque world entirely populated by Ridiculously Cute Critters, two criminals named Kuromi and Baku are imprisoned in a dungeon. One day, they obtain the Melody Key, a magical instrument with dark powers, and escape from the prison. They head to the human world in order to collect Black Notes by making people's dreams come true in horrible ways, with the eventual goal of resurrecting the Spirit of the Dark Power. Meanwhile, an acquaintance of Kuromi named My Melody is suspected of helping the two fugitives escape. She is ordered to go to the human world to arrest them and save people's dreams. My Melody arrives in Yumemigaoka City and helps a junior high school student named Uta Yumeno when she falls victim to Kuromi's Melody Key. The two become friends, and My Melody starts living with Uta. After that, My Melody and Uta are involved in various troubles caused by Kuromi, but they solve them using My Melody's Melody Takt, a magical conductor's baton.

As each season of the series progresses, newer tasks fall to My Melody and her friends. In ~Kuru Kuru Shuffle!~, My Melody must collect Pink Notes while Kuromi must collect the Black Notes so they can fulfill their wishes. In Sukkiri♪, both My Melody and Kuromi are candidates to become the new Princess of Mari Land. Kirara★ however, is a prequel story, taking place before the events of the three anime series. This series revolves around Kirara collecting the missing pieces of the Wishing Star so that she can return to the human world.

The irreverent, genre-deconstructing humor saves the show from tasting like diabetes. The anime would later get replaced by another popular Sanrio franchise called Jewelpet.


Do your best reading the tropes, onegai?

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: When Baku asks him how he knows Kuromi, My Melody's father tells him that he used to change her (Kuromi's) diapers when she was a baby. Cue a Big "SHUT UP!" from Kuromi as Baku starts chortling.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different:
    • Sukkuri in general, which distills the formula of the previous two series into a half-length format. While the formula is similar, there are many inherent differences, such as how Kuromi doesn't actually use nightmare magic on other people this time.
    • Kirara, meanwhile, doesn't even pretend to be the same.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Baku comes to realise that during his stint in the Hiiragi household.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Kuromi's magic can make your wish come true, but usually in a way that you never expect.
  • Bee Afraid: In the first episode of Kirara, Kuromi tells a story about an unfortunate picnic mishap that eventually led to her disturbing a beehive and getting stung.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • For Uta, the plain, clumsy but faithful Kakeru is Betty; the unattainable bishonen Keiichi Hiiragi is Veronica.
    • For Keiichi, he has Uta as Betty and Kurumi Nui(Kuromi's human form) as Veronica
  • Cameo: Hello Kitty herself in the eyecatches for Onegai My Melody and Kuru Kuru Shuffle and both Berry and Cherry of Cinnamoroll fame in Kirara.
  • Can't Catch Up: Jun Hiiragi resents how his brother is better than him in every aspect.
  • Dartboard of Hate: The only means through which Jun Hiiragi vents his resentments towards his brother.
  • Demonic Possession: The Big Bad, Spirit of the Dark Power, has no physical form, and must possess other beings to further its goal.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Arguably the root cause of the entire series. My Melo has apparently been accidentally embarrassing Kuromi for years, and messing up her life. She has done this literally thousands of times, and most of them are the result of My Melo trying to help Kuromi.
  • The Ditz: My Melody, and some inhabitants of Mari Land, in particular the elephant King.
  • Dope Slap: Kuromi does this to Baku a lot.
  • Easy Amnesia: So that the magical shenanigans won't scar the fragile psyche of innocent bystanders. Done by Hedgehog-kun, who rolls them back. At the end of Shuffle, it stops working on the residents of Uta's hometown. As such, in Sukkiri, he doesn't even bother trying.
  • Ear Wings: Baku can extend his ears and use them to fly.
  • Expressive Shirt: The skull on Kuromi's hat changes expression.
  • Fanservice: Kuromi's magic sequence features a shirtless Keiichi in Season 1; a Jun in a latex devil suit in Season 2.
  • Fan Disservice: ...But in the Christmas episodes, it becomes a shirtless Santa Claus
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Both My Melo and Kuromi are trying to collect a specific number of Pink and Black Notes respectively.
  • Groin Attack: In Episode 2, the Monster of the Week is defeated by having a mouse bite his crotch. The girls are rather amused, while the boys all cringe and protest that it's no laughing matter.
  • The Jeeves: The twin brother valets of the Hiiragi household.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kakeru to Uta multiple times, and Mana to My Melody.
  • Jungle Princess: Mana's favorite movie follows this trope and Kuromi's nightmare magic inserts her into the main character role.
  • Justified Criminal: Kuromi steals bread to feed Baku's large family. She faces the punishment without the benefit of this justification.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: All the time; the finale in the first series has a heart-warming Breaking the Fourth Wall moment.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In one episode, we are shown a collection of My Melody's pink hoods. While My Melody does own a pair of red-colored hoods, only the pink ones are seen in the anime.
  • Living Toys: The Mari Land denizens may be sentient, but they are still dolls.
  • Lonely at the Top: Keiichi Hiiragi: dreamily handsome, incredibly rich, a world-class violinist, capable in the martial arts. He has no friends and no dreams.
  • Love Confession: Kakeru finally spits it out to Uta in KuruKuru Shuffle Episode 41.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Kuromi does not realize her nightmare magic is bringing about the end of the world until late in the series.
    • In Shuffle, she was unaware her new Melody Key had any connection to the Dark Power because two pages in the manual were stuck together.
  • Nobody Poops: Aversion: Kuromi has to go to the bathroom in episode 9 and has a hard time pooping.
  • Never Bareheaded: My Melody is never seen without wearing her pink hood. Even one episode had her putting on another pare of pink hoods when she is waking up. But only her hands and are visible when putting it on.
  • No-Sell:
    • Keiichi is resistant to Kuromi's magic through sheer willpower — and through visualizing himself being kissed by Baku.
    • In Shuffle, immunity to nightmare magic is part and parcel with being Bunny-Eared Mask.
  • Oblivious to Love: Uta is totally oblivious to Kakeru's feelings. Until he finally spits it out in KuruKuru Shuffle episode 41.
  • Odd Job Gods: The God of Eggplants. He's an amazingly local god.
  • The One Guy: Kakeru Kogure, if you count just the main hero cast.
  • One-Person Birthday Party: Kuromi once fell victim to this because My Melo had a fever on that day, and everyone went to see her.
  • One-Winged Angel: Hiiragi Keichi gets one of these after he is possessed by the spirit of Dark Power near the end of the first series.
    • In Shuffle, it's Jun's turn.
  • Opening The Floodgates: A variant; in Episode 50, when Uta opens the door to her house, a flood of crumpled papers pour out and bury her.
  • Origin Story: The fourth series Kirara★ is set before the events of the other three series. It delves more into Kuromi's hatred to My Melody and the origins of the Spirit of the Dark Power.
  • Parasol Parachute: Transportation in Mary Land, particularly between it and Earth.
  • Parental Abandonment: "Our mother left us long ago, and our father's on a business trip," Uta's younger sister tells My Melody. Mostly the former, as the dad is home often enough.
  • Potty Failure: Kirara and Kuromi both wet their beds thanks to a roaming monster in episode 10 of the Kirara season.
  • Prequel: Kirara. It also takes place almost entirely in Mari Land.
  • Prince Charmless: Prince Sorara from Kirara. While beautiful and popular with every girl on his home planet, Sorara's cocky, narcissistic, and cowardly. Kuromi is hopelessly infatuated with him throughout the entire season, but eventually gives up on him on the last episode.
  • Refusal of the Call: This is Keiichi Hiiragi's whole shtick in the second series, being forced to become a super hero as penance for his actions in the first.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Kuromi is motivated by the imagined slights and grievances, often very minor, she has suffered thanks to My Melody - she keeps a thick notebook on these. Given Melody is such a clueless Ditz, most of the grievances are better off laughed away.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: My Melody and all the inhabitants of Mary Land. Not surprising since My Melody was created by Sanrio.
  • Running Gag: Baku's resemblance to an eggplant is commented on by several characters, much to his indignation.
  • Shapeshifting Lover: Kuromi assumes human form to romance Keiichi Hiiragi.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Keiichi behaves awkwardly when Uta brings him to a Greasy Spoon; he even tries to pay the bill with a Black American Express Card.
  • Shipper on Deck: Basically every friend of Uta and Kakeru wants to ship them, including Jun Hiiragi, who has the hots for Uta himself.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Whenever Kuromi opens a Dream Door in the first series, we see shots of Keiichi playing the violin while shirtless.
    • When he's about to begin playing the Song of the Dark Power in the series 1 finale, Keiichi just takes his shirt off first for no reason.
  • Shout-Out: When the King is sending My Melo off on her quest, he refers to her as "Pretty Bunny Soldier My Melo" and "Earth Defense Bunny My Melo." My Melo later remarks that the King had been watching a lot of Earth TV shows at the time.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Among Keiichi and Jun Hiiragi, and among their respective valets.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: One downright creepy, unnamed pair appear occasionally in the series. They always fall victim to Kuromi's mischief.
  • Stock Footage: Kirara has a completely different animation style, but that doesn't stop them from reusing the shot of My Melo's "Onegai" from previous seasons anyway.
  • Tarot Motifs: The cards in the Melody Compact in Shuffle feature the summonable residents of Mari Land in different tarot poses. Notable is Rhythm as "The Fool," the King as "The Hanged Man," the Queen as "The World," the Prime Minister as "The Hermit," Bunny-Eared Mask as "The Star," and My Melo herself as "The Magician." A few are even minor arcana - Bako is the "Four of Swords," Sheep Mask the "Three of Cups," and Santa Claus the "Ace of Pentacles."
  • Title Theme Tune
  • Toilet Humor: My Melo and Kuromi have both been farted upon more than once.
  • Title Drop: Said by My Melody in Kuru Kuru Shuffle episode 36.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Dar-chan can't possess My Melody.
    Dar-chan: GYAHHH! W-what is the inside of this creature's heart MADE of?!
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Kuromi, often fading into fantasy sequences involving Keiichi (sometimes Jun) and in Kirara, Sorara.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Happens to Kuromi and Baku occasionally when they both get defeated.
  • Two-Teacher School: the only teachers who appear with any regularity are Uta's class teacher, the female teacher he has a secret crush on, and the flamboyantly fruity music tutor.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: In at least four instances, a bottom-tier athlete/team wins against all the odds (The "Tiger" baseball team; a girl soccer team; a pro wrestler; and Kakeru)
  • Urine Trouble: Baku's baby sister Bako pees on Kuromi in one episode.
  • Verbal Tic: Baku adds "zona" to the ends of all his sentences. The Monsters Of The Week also sometimes have a Verbal Tic relating to whatever their theme is. This is why the Spirit of the Dark Power is known as "Dar-chan."
  • Why Did It Have To Be Cute Things?: Mana has a severe phobia to cute things, which puts her in some unpleasant situations with My Melody.
  • Yandere: Kuromi, for both Keiichi and quite possibly My Melody. In almost every episode, she says she will gather Black Notes for Keiichi, something that involves turning the dreams of the depressed, the hopeful, and the occasional kindergartner into horrific nightmares, and at the end of season 1 seems quite willing to let the world be destroyed if it means Keiichi will like her. The only reason she joins up with My Melo is to save him. As for My Melo, she apparently wanted to be friends with her when they were little, then made it her life's mission to destroy her. The judge of Mari Land even states that her obsession is one of the main reasons she's being locked up.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Invoked in Season 1 finale, when My Melody needs a whole year of training to avert The End of the World as We Know It.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Every human character in the anime has a natural hair color (aside from the Hiiragi brothers and Mana) but Prince Sorara, who has seafoam colored hair. It could have to do with the fact that he's from outer space.

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