Ojamajo Doremi Naisho!

By bluemist on January 6th, 2006

Ojamajo Doremi Naisho!

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Ahh… Ojamajo Doremi. Of all the anime in the world, this is for me the most elusive anime that I may never, ever completely enjoy. With no less than 200 episodes, most of it already lost in time, someone like me living in the remotest of areas would consider getting an episode of this a monumental effort. Since this kind of anime is rarely a fansubbing favorite, only a few subs of Ojamajo Doremi exist (thanks to those fansubbers btw). And since this series is quite old already, I cannot find anything else, not even raws. But no, nothing is gonna stop me from continually searching for my most elusive anime ever. Unknown to many, Ojamajo Doremi is one of (if not) the longest mahou shoujo (magical girl) anime series ever. And despite its seemingly unpopular status outside of Japan, I can consider this one of the best anime ever made… even with the limited number of episodes I watched.

An excellent example of this would be the latest season, called Ojamajo Doremi Naisho. For a little background info, there are five seasons of Ojamajo Doremi. The first four seasons ran for almost a year each (50+ episodes), and the latest season ran for 13 episodes. While it is the latest season, Naisho’s timeline actually runs between the third and fourth seasons. Not that it matters though, because what Ojamajo Doremi offers is not a big plot… but a “big heart”.

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Oh my, where do I start? For first-time watchers, they may be skeptical on picking this up because it runs in the middle of a series, but Ojamajo Doremi as a whole excels in full-fledged characterization. Watch one episode of Ojamajo Doremi Naisho, and you more or less get to know about each main character already. Watch another, and you see one of the characters being fleshed out further. Watch yet another, and you enjoy so much of Ojamajo Doremi overall because of its appealing characters. Character development is an immense factor in the success of this anime. And not only those main characters (the pretty witches) get their development, but various supporting characters as well.

The strongest part of Naisho (and any other Ojamajo Doremi season for that matter) is how endearingly heartwarming each episode is. Even if each episode you watch has a different story and features different characters, they make it oh so memorable. Each story, no matter how frantic or comedic or depressing, is very very good. Ojamajo Doremi Naisho has a specific theme, in which they delve on some characters’ “secrets” (hence Naisho). Well I wouldn’t say some should really be considered big secrets, but these stories feature many events from the past, and how they learn from those events.

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Remember that this is a mahou shoujo series, and yet it veers away often from magic being central to a story. It extends its moral values to more than just using magic to do something special. Sometimes I imagine that this anime can veer away from magic completely, because it is all about our life. All the happiness, sadness, complications, and simplicity of life, being channeled through various heartwarming stories.

This series particularly has a interestingly dramatic theme to it despite the relative fun. Some stories even end up with some of the characters crying. Moreover, seemingly mature themes like the life’s complexities, and even death, is being dealt with. It is something you really won’t expect from a mahou shoujo series, plus considering this is an anime aimed for kids. It is rare that an anime of this kind can be this moving. It’s easy to make viewers laugh and awe, but it is hard to make them cry. And yet Ojamajo Doremi can do that, and more. Because it mirrors our lives, viewers can relate, reflect, and learn. Entertainment that transcends beyond entertainment.

I won’t talk about the cute characters and animation, the memorable music and songs, or how the voice acting fared. It is enough for me to say that Ojamajo Doremi Naisho entertained me to the brim, sky is beyond the limit. It is enough for you to know that I highly recommend this anime, whether dubbed, subbed, or otherwise. It will be remembered forever in my heart. I’d love to watch it all over again (I don’t usually repeat anime I already watched, so this is a rare exception). Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be going treasure hunting for more Ojamajo Doremi.

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10 Comments

Posted By: bakaboobie On: January 06, 2006 At: 4:52 pm

Say it with me now really fast:

Ojamajo Doremi is life. Ojamajo Doremi is the way. Ojamajo Doremi is everything.
😉
* starts to chant “Ojamajo Doremi”

Posted By: Maceart On: January 09, 2006 At: 3:01 am

Fear not. We, #doremi @ irc.rizon.net will sub every last episode of Ojamajo Doremi, even if it takes us 5 years to do so.

Posted By: mimi-chan On: January 19, 2006 At: 1:47 pm

wow! i love ojamajo doremi xD

its such a forgotten majou shoujo anime. I never thought i would see someone blogging it, lol.

Good luck~!

I wanna see ojamajo doremi naisho tooo!!!! T_T

Posted By: ayesha On: February 10, 2006 At: 11:04 am

I like ojamajo doremi and the dub alot but in the last group of pics who is that girl with bright pink hair that is crying? It looks like Pop/Katelin a little bit. Is that her when she grows up or something?

Posted By: Stitch On: April 11, 2006 At: 9:59 am

I really enjoy ojamajo doremi. Unfortunately, I didn’t get into it until recently. I’m having tons of trouble locating episodes too.

I found 19 episodes of season 1
1 epidode of season 2 (RAW)
0 from season 3
I can find most of season 4, but they are all RAWS
I found somebody currently subbing Naisho so I will get to see all of it.

Well I won’t quit searching, good luck to you too.

Posted By: Harry On: December 13, 2006 At: 11:21 pm

To ayesha
The girl’s named Fuami-chan. She appears in Naisho episode 13 (the last one made, of course). I don’t want to spoil you by telling her background, though.

Posted By: Izzy On: January 16, 2007 At: 9:43 am

The episode I want to see is the very last episode but I can’t find it subbed! there hasn’t been one on youtube or yahoo! Please tell me were I can see that episode with subbs!

Posted By: Jeanine On: November 08, 2007 At: 7:58 am

Ijustlove Naisho Doremi I love all ofthen Naisho is my new favorite word. Naisho! Naisho! Naisho!*says Naisho over 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000*

Posted By: Hyperion Lutz Amulet On: July 10, 2009 At: 11:14 pm

For Fami Harukaze she is a ‘Girl of Destiny’ for Doremi Harukaze but only shown in Naisho.

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