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Title (English) Little Witch Sally
Title (Japanese) Mahou tsukai Sally

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Fantasy Novel

Notes The first 18 eps are in b/w, the rest in colour.
The first-ever Magical Girl anime.
Various foreign versions: Spanish, French, Polish, Italian, Korean.
(Entry in Clements and McCarthy "Anime Encyclopedia")
Classification shoujo
Synopsis Sally, a trainee witch bored by her studies in the Magical Kingdom, comes to earth and tries to pass as a human girl, not always successfully. She befriends human children Yotchan and Sumire, and the boy triplets, and fights with crooks. In the first episode she creates herself a house on a vacant lot, helps a girl recover a mislaid gift, and bamboozles burglars at a department store.
Review This was the first of the popular "magical-girl" genre that persists to the present day with many series such as Creamy Mami, Gigi, Secret Akko-chan, and so on, with sexier variants such as Magic Girl Meg. Sally's frumpy hairstyle has not been imitated.
Whether the genre will survive its gloomy 2011 deconstruction in "Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica" in which power-intoxicated magical girls engage in lethal combat against witches and against each other, bound by Faustian contracts from which they can never escape, remains to be seen.
Credits Dir: Osamu Kasai
Scr: Akiyoshi Sakai
Des: Yoshiyuki Hane
Ani: Takashi Kasai, Minoru Tajima, Katsuya Koda, Hideo Furusawa.
Mus: Yasei KobayashProd: Toei, Hikari Pro
Creator: Mitsuteru Yokoyama
Sally: Michiko Hirai
Episodes 109
TV Showing See the whole series for free? This series may be syndicated to regional cable, satellite or terrestial TV stations. For Europe click here.
Date 1966-12-05
Production Toei, Studio Zero, NET
Broadcaster TV Asahi
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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