The Sorceress Chappy / Mahōtsukai Chappy
Mahou Tsukai Chappy, also known briefly as Magician Chappy, is an anime series that debuted on TV Asahi (formerly known as NET, or Nihon Educational Television) in 1972. It is the fifth magical girl anime in history (the sixth if there is also Marvelous Melmo by Osamu Tezuka), and the fifth produced by the animation studio Toei Animation. While the show has been quite popular, it hasn't been as successful as Toei's previous magical girl series, and is relatively dark compared to its predecessors. In addition to its success in Japan, Chappy has been dubbed into Italian, French and Spanish, and broadcast on TV in Italy and various Latin American nations such as Mexico, Peru, Chile and Guatemala.
Chappy's plot is similar to that of Sally the Witch. Chappy, fed up with the old traditions of his people, leaves the Land of Magic for the human world. Soon her family realizes how much she has found in the other world and decides to join her in her new home. Chappy is known for being the first witch to use a magic wand (actually a magic staff, given to her by her grandfather). Her special spell is “Abura Mahariku Maharita Kabura”. Chappy's closest human friends are tomboyish girl Michiko and decent girl Shizuko, in the vein of Sally's friends Yotchan and Sumire.
In addition to its success in Japan, the work was adapted into a manga drawn by Hideo Azuma, who later created his own magical girl series, Nanako SOS, in 1983. Chappy, along with other Toei magical girls such as Akko-chan, Sally, Cutie Honey, Megu-chan, Lunlun, and Lalabel, is a playable character in the 1999 PlayStation video game Majokko Daisakusen: Little Witching Mischiefs. The series was released in Japan in a DVD box set by ICF Co., Ltd. in December 2005.
The series also features several references to Disney, including a reference to the 1959 film Sleeping Beauty, and the panda mascot character, Don-chan, introduced to ride a mini-panda craze in 1972 Japan (which also influenced Hayao Miyazaki's Panda! Go Panda!).
Additionally, the series aired a notable episode towards the end of the series, written by Shukei Nagasaka, which dealt with issues such as pollution and the use of natural resources, in a tie-in with the ecological concerns of the 70s. The series was released in a box set in Japan on DVD in December 2005.
Mahou Tsukai Chappy is a Japanese animated series broadcast on NET. The series was created by Toei Animation and directed by Yugo Serikawa, with two episodes directed by Hiroshi Ikeda. The screenplay was written mainly by Masaki Tsuji, with the contribution of other authors for some episodes. The anime first aired on April 3, 1972 and had a total of 39 episodes.
The series is in a magical girl style and takes place in a fantasy atmosphere, with a duration of 20 minutes for each episode. The series was broadcast on TV Asahi, formerly known as NET, and was also distributed in Italy, France and Spain.
The plot follows the adventures of the young witch Chappy, who, fed up with the old ways of her world, decides to move to the human world, where she becomes friends with Michiko and Shizuko. Throughout the series, Chappy faces various challenges such as preserving the environment and rational use of natural resources.
The series has been broadcast in several countries and enjoys good popularity, despite being less known than previous anime of the genre. The series was released in Japan on DVD in December 2005.