Mirumo De Pon (or Mirmo!) is a Shōjo Manga series written by Hiromu Shinozuka. It was serialized in Ciao magazine from 2001 through 2006, and later published in twelve collected volumes by Shogakukan. The manga series was awarded the 2003 Kodansha Manga Award and the 2004 Shogakukan Manga Award for children's manga.
The manga was also adapted to an anime by Studio Hibari, premiering in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 6, 2002 and running for 172 episodes until its conclusion on September 27, 2005. The anime series is licensed by Viz Media for an English language release in North America, and by Sho-Pro Entertainment. A dubbed version of the series is currently being broadcast on Warner Bros. Television under the title Mirmo Zibang!
The story follows the exploits of the Mirumo (Mirmo in the English version), the fairy prince of the fairy world intent to escape to avoid his Arranged Marriage. Tricking Kaede Minami (Katie Minami in the English version), an energetic eight grader into summoning him on the prospect of being able to wish for the returned feelings of her crush. The series culminate in the misadventures of Mirumo and Kaede, avoiding having Mirumo returned to the fairy world while also facing innumerable other issues.
The series also has inspired seven video game adaptations released by Konami for several platforms.
- Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! - The Legend of Golden Maracas"(Launched May 2002, Game Boy Advance)
- Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! - The Mirumo goes Magic School"(Launched March 2003, PlayStation)
- Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! - The Knight Soldiers"(Launched September 2003, Game Boy Advance)
- Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! - The 8Man's Fairy"(Launched December 2003, Game Boy Advance)
- Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! - The Dream Fragments"(Launched July 2004, Game Boy Advance)
- Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! - The Kagi and Tobira"(Launched December 2004, Game Boy Advance)
- Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! - The Dokidoki Memoreal Panic"(Launched September 2005, Game Boy Advance)
Tropes featured include:
- Cuteness Equals Forgiveness: Murumo uses his cuteness in this way, easily winning the hearts of anyone with his adorable antics and Puppy-Dog Eyes. Only his older brother is immune, though it's not like anyone listens to him (when he warns Kaede about this, her response is "You're just jealous that you're not as cute as he is!").
- Deliberately Cute Child: Murumo acts like the sweetest kid in front of most people, but his dark side is usually revealed to the audience and his older brother. One of his image songs is about this trope.
- Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Kaede.
- Hostile Show Takeover: In one chapter, Murumo is quick to declare the manga's end after his older brother gets konked on the head and the start of a new manga ("Lovely Fairy Murumo de Pon!"), despite Mirumo's protests that he isn't dead.
- Licensed Game
- Love Makes You Evil: Near the end, it's revealed this is the Big Bad's Freudian Excuse for turning to The Dark Side and wanting to destroy Mirumo and the Fairies' royal line: in his younger days, he got cruelly rejected by the girl he loved. Mirumo is not pleased when hearing this and chews Dark out a new one, calling him an idiot and a pain for such a ridiculous motive.
- Meaningful Name: The Warumo Gang's full name is "The Organization that Gradually Annoys the Mirumo Village with an Evil Power", which, in Romaji, would be read as "Warui chikara de Mirumo no Sato o dandan komara seru soshiki".
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Mirumo's the Blue Boy to Rirumu's Pink Girl.
- In their fairy forms, Kaede's the Pink Girl to Setsu's Blue Boy.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Warumo Gang become one of these to Dark and Akumi.
- Say It with Hearts: In one episode, Kaede gives Matsutake a coffee cup and includes a note, which his servant reads to him, including saying "heart mark" at the end.
- Spoiled Brat: Azumi, also a Clingy Jealous Girl.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's not completely evil, however.
- Strawberry Shorthand: The first Opening Theme for Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! includes a line that translates to "with a strawberry-like feeling" ("ichigo no you na kibun de"). Appropriately, the accompanying image◊ was Kaede's head on a strawberry being held by her Sweat Dropping crush.
- The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday
- Trademark Favorite Food: The fairies are all pretty much tied to their favorite snacks, especially Mirumo and Murumo, to the point were all you need to do to get them to do what you want is offer them a large enough amount of the treat in question. Mirumo and chocolate, Murumo and marshmallows, Rirumu and cream puffs, Yashichi and karintou.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Mirumo deals one to Kaede already in the first episode, since she at first expects all of her problems to be totally resolved with magic and he must disabuse her of such a simplistic (and for him, borderline offensive) view.
- Wine Is Classy: Murumo is occasionally seen lounging in a tiny armchair with wine glass that the captions are quick to point out is full of juice.
- You Must Be Cold: In one episode, Kaede and Setsu are trapped in the penguin room in the Zoo ran by Matsukake's family. When Kaede shivers with cold due to the room's temperature, Setsu puts his coat on her.