It’s time for another staff treat for the members!

I didn’t make much research on this on purpose so that I wouldn’t get influenced by other points of view. Enjoy the post :). Please don’t make a fuss about it even though I thank you if you kindly mention it in the comments below. Disclaimer: Everything I mention here about authors, writers, etc… Are result of my view from my experience. It may or may not represent the reality.

Freeleech is on! Have fun!

Freeleech ending! more info below!

For a while now I was interested in making my very own staff pick and now I was given a chance and I… Hey? Why not!?!?

Da rules

So I came up with these 3 simple rules: I wanted to make something… different… Most of the picks are related to variable reasons but none is really about nostalgia. For such event as this, I wanted to make something that is of value for me and could be of value to you.

  1. It must be something from, or partly from, my youth (before 2004, or so) that I can recall.
  2. It must be a series I liked when I first saw it
  3. It must be a series I’d still like even if it’s just for the nostalgia value.

After filtering the 1st and 2nd elements I came up with my list of anime I liked (and knew that existed) in my young youth:

Note: My native language is portuguese Portugal (pt-pt).

Hey! why not…

“Did you forget about pokemon, digimon, [insert name here]mon or even dragonball… or sailor moon?”
Nope, I didn’t forget those but they were not anime I ever got to like.
I quickly came to dislike the “monster of the week”-based anime that all those rely on and I also wasn’t keen about displays of dominance or fighting without understanding the actual “why”.

I learned about the anime about him when I came to BakaBT later, so not a candidate. He has some time.”
I only knew him from name at that time. “How about the 80’s Tetsuwan Atom (en: astro boy)?

“Hey! That’s (checks calculator) 10 anime! How do you select one?”

True. Thankfully some are easy to remove:
These are easy out:

  • Captain Tsubasa -> Too much “anything can be awsome”. There’s no real value here
  • Kaitou Saint Tail -> Interesting story (check it out) but not something that brings me nostalgia.
  • Kochikame -> Loads of episodes… I have good laughs on this one but… Rewatching episodes is not that fun. Anyway, if you like comedy try it! It’s always a good way to get good laughs! The series is not fully subbed, btw
  • Doraemon -> Loads of episodes… Not really re-watchable even though it is quite interesting series (IMO). Besides, the series is not fully subbed.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura -> Monster of the week well made story (CLAMP is good!) but no real re-watch value… I never felt like watching it again even with it on BakaBT. Good watch… But only for the 1st time.
  • Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan -> The main value lies on not knowing information and trying to guess. Also the content is better suited to whom is starting to think for an investigation (Oh man! that School is huge!). It is somewhat like Detective Conan for kids. Great watch, only for the 1st time.
  • Versailles no Bara -> Most of my interest on it was the France feel. The French dub really bumped up with not knowing what was coming next, with a mix of loads of history facts taken into account. No real re-watch value even though it is a good anime and I recommend giving a try.
  • Mach Go Go Go (Speed racer) -> Recently “freeleeched” and I failed to stay interested when I tried to re-watch it.

And so we’re left with:
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Yume o Dakishimete, Ojamajo Doremi, Mahou no Stage Fancy Lala, Ashita no Nadja.

I’m a guy! I really am!! Trust me!!!
K’ay, now that I made my point, And I’m left with a very interesting fact (YMMV)! They are all shoujo anime (what ya know…), also, except for Ashita no Nadja, all others are majokko anime!

There are some interesting facts in common in all these anime:

They didn’t start from ground 0, they used the tools that were available that were made before to come up with a completely different way of developing a long lasting story even with the risk of it being a huge flop. That risk has given us a show that is pretty much unique in its own way. These went new. There’s no such thing as good and evil. Just so you know, making anything good relying on that premise is hard and risky but when you get it… Man!
There’s no conquer the world, control everything, monster of the week or any formula like that.

Another disqualification

Now that I made my point… Here’s the next disqualified anime:
Ashita no Nadja: Even though it has a great start good plot elements (man that 24/25/26!) and ends also really well, the anime is 50 episodes long… For the story they wanted to develop, it had boring episodes or episodes that were too focused on the girl (Nadja) after the guy (sorry, I can’t remember the character’s name… I think it was Francis… Well it was Francis or Keith!). Good for 1st watch (I mean it WATCH IT!) but it’s not something that brings me nostalgia (except for the songs).
To end this mention, this anime was the 2nd anime whose OP and ED I liked to listen and always tried singing along (and failing hard >_>).

Alright so we are left with the 3 majokko anime as we keep on the countdown for this freeleech selection!

With the end of the countdown, the 3 anime that are left are anime that is working around the exact same premise which I value a lot.
Show us the “hidden” real world in a different perspective. Being a majokko is not a plot point, it’s a tool that the writers came up with (and an excuse) to open horizons, allowing writers to explore from different perspectives what they wanted to show their viewers.

Minky Momo is about professions and showing what they are about.
Fancy Lala is about being an actress and getting into show business.
Ojamajo Doremi, without making an extensive list, is about people.

The good content is all about the filler… And that’s where the real “juice” is! It is bad bad!! … bad!!! Yes I mean it! In all these stories, the main story is bad.

Final disqualification

In all these shows there can be only a winner so, without further ado, here’s the next disqualification.

Minky Momo. There are two reasons here:

  1. It has never been completely subbed or english dubbed so it is not on BakaBT (unfortunately).
  2. Sometimes (i.e. in some episodes) it fails to deliver that episode’s message by not representing well the profession that the protagonist is trying to display. It is not serious but it is enough such that the girly stuff overwhelms my will to re-watch it.

Final decision

Ok, it all comes down to the last decision between Fancy Lala and ojamajo doremi.

And the winner is…. Eh… wait wait… Let me talk a bit about those two first. I believe you already know the answer if you know how I am but just stick for a bit while I convince you why these shows are good.

Starting with Fancy Lala:

This show is great in many levels (not in the girly level, may I say). This was the first anime I ever liked and craved for the songs!!!! A full episode fully dedicated to the ending itself and the “return to normal”.
In total, his series has 3 main identifiable songs (besides the BG music). “LaLaLa: Kuchibiru ni Onegai o Komete” (OP song), “Shiawase Kibun” (ED song) and “Transparence” (insert/audition song) and another well identifiable song “Haru Iro Photograph” (insert/audition song). It explores all sides of stardom, the good, the bad and the ugly. I never lost an OP or ED on this anime and that’s good(!) considering I almost never watched TV live (I always recorded on VHS). It also has one of the best endings. I shows how a talent is found, the casting, how anyone can be nervous, and so on and so forth, until the phase where you become the peak (ep24) and only a tragedy can take out of the stardom.

Ending with Ojamajo Doremi:

Even more! Each and every character is unique in their very own way! Many display the clichéd personalities, like the ojo or the class president/representative, the book worm, the “cool” guy, there are also rarer but still existing ones like the Hikikomori, the idol (when it’s Onpu’s turn), the foreigner (Momoko in Motto) and the list goes on to about 100 different personalities that are explored at some time in the series.
These are about children, adults and elders. There’s no formula, besides its own unique one, leaving not much to point the finger to…
This fantasy anime explores the real world like no other anime has ever explored: The people.
It’s one of the super rare anime where in each episode, besides the main protagonists, there’s always a guest protagonist to develop the episode’s story. Man… Where do I start… Ojamajo Doremi is way different from anything I’ve watched so far. Heck, there’s even one that is all about adult’s nostalgia feeling!
One main thing one can take home from this is that everyone’s facade to the outside isn’t really what they are but a result of their life outside your knowledge As some examples, there’s an episode that tackles serious business related to growth like the one that 4kids (and the pt dub one) has fully cut (Boooooo!!!!) others go and talks about the adults problems (there’s one that shows the other side of a mother that has to work late and is forced leave his son at home).

If this is not a mature anime… I don’t know what this is, no childish anime ever cares about taking serious matters serious and many adult anime don’t care about them at all! Note that I don’t say that this anime is “adult”, it is mature, not adult; for some reason it is a shoujo demographic and not josei.

OP songs are happy high beat songs and the best ones are the ED ballades… Calm and really enjoyable… Did you ever try to hear the insert song “Kotori no kimochi”? This anime has a lot of care behind it. Seki (the teacher) also speaks in english. What? Yes, she has an accent, nevertheless, she is Japanese AND IT IS accented ENGLISH!. They are REALLY that good, specially if you pay attention to the lyrics (except ones like “We can do” that I advice you not trying to read them). You don’t believe me? Check it yourself (along with one of my favorite jokes of the 1st episode of motto)!
…and the songs… oh man the songs….
I just checked my list and, in total, there are only 6 I don’t like in which one of them is one of the ED from the Dokkan season. No? Then give it a try!
AH! Get a bag of tissues. Besides, Momoko is Japanese so it’s perfectly normal that she retains some japanese accent (making it even more genuine looking). All the crew was really interested in making quality content!
The easiest thing to point my finger on is towards Momoko. One last thing. She speaks english, no, not engrish, english with Japanese accent but it IS english (I can’t say the same about the non-main characters, though…). There’s disco(ish), rock, waltz, etc… Many styles each one for each situation. You’ll need some for the most emotional episodes.

I know there are many negative things you can point your finger on. But that’s for all the works, you have to judge yourself here.

I do know that if I had encountered such dub when I was young I would have dropped this series right on ep2! Side note: Out of curiosity, I checked out some clips from the english dub (and the “new” portuguese dub).
Seriously, believe me! They made a good work a waste of potential. The old portuguese dub was good ok but the new one went straight to where the english dub already was. In fact, I really believe that why it had so low popularity in the US!
If that’s also your stereotypical mindset about this anime you better clear it, otherwise you will fail to see beyond the superficial view that the dub makers had seen at the time. You have been warned The trash can of forgotten-ness.
They were superficial and failed to identify why it was good and they just saw the sign that “said”: “This is animation for young girls about girls that transform into witches and do whatever”.

Now… The main downsides… In fact, these are quite easy and they probably are not considered downsides if you are a girly girl or someone that just isn’t affected by them ;). Which are:

  • The transformation scenes (and cloths change in Motto)
  • The scene re-use when going to witch world (different for each season but still… repeated loads of times)
  • The ad breakers
  • There’s a small number of episodes that can create a: “what did I just watch?” feel

Final decision (this time for real!)

And the winner is…. Ojamajo Doremi! YaY! *patchi* *patchi* *patchi*…

So, in the next X days (actual value will vary, I’ll warn here with, at least, 2 days in advance), starting April 2nd at around 8am GMT, the full Ojamajo Doremi series:

Show me your will! Will be freeleech. I may also freeleech the OST and the movies. If enough popularity shows up.

Freeleech changes!

Due to some PM’s I got and the popularity of the mp3 version of ojamajo doremi MEMORIAL, the CD boxes are now also freeleech! Enjoy.

Freeleech ending! All good things must come to an end

If you still want ojamajo doremi, get some space and download it before freeleech ends. It is now scheduled to end around May 28th. Yep… All good things must come to an end, this time, for ojamajo doremi freeleech.

Recommendations

Even though ojamajo doremi is a very good anime, like any other very good media, it is not for everyone.
Because of that, I tried to gather some episodes that could be used as crash test for ojamajo doremi.
Note that these episodes are not, by all means, the best episodes of the franchise. Instead, they are only episodes that I believe that show more about what ojamajo doremi is in less time while requiring knowing as little as possible on the series’ background.

It also explores a bit on how one’s memory changes with time.
There are much better episodes inside the series but you need to watch the episodes that matter the most first so that you can learn and understand the protagonists’ personalities and why they act the way they do.
I think these also display what I mean as magic as a plot tool that enables many different things instead of magic “because”.
I accept if you don’t like ojamajo doremi. motto ojamajo doremi ep 15 -> Do I Love My Pretty Mother? The best parts is how she works in order to compensate the mistake she made in that same episode.
ojamajo doremi ep 44 -> I want to become a female pro wrestler! -> This one explores Fanaticism and the professionals’ dedication in their dream.
motto ojamajo doremi ep 34 -> Remember! but still) This one explores the nostalgia feel of adults and elders when someone wants to re-remember something long before nearly forgotten. This explores what many kids feel about their mothers when this happens.
ojamajo doremi sharp ep 4 -> Doremi is a Failure as a Mama!? -> This shows how much dedication Doremi has for others. The Legendary Sweet -> (I have doubts on this one, though. If it is for being “for baby girls”, then you are the one on the loss; shame on you. Hate? -> A story about the boy whose mother works late at a bar.

An artist is working on a spinoff manga from Fami’s perspective (for required background info you need to view and know what the ojamajos did in the main series and the last episode of the na-i-sho season.). I only read a bit (only the synopses and a little more. As it is ojamajo doremi, we already know the main thing that is coming out, right?
http://ojamajowitchling.wikia.com/wiki/Ojamajo_Doremi_16
http://ojamajothetranslation.wordpress.com/ If you liked the series, check it out:
http://magicalfami.net/
The makers on ojamajo doremi are making a spinoff with the girls as 16 y-o (and they are now working on one as 17 y-o). I hate to wait for more stuff) but it still sounds like it gives the same look&feel as the original ones except with a new setting, because they are older now. Want more ojamajo doremi? You are not alone.

Let’s see how influential this is

Just as some side-thingy. I’ll record here the number of downloads (and downloads per day) since they went freeleech and until the end of the freeleech era, I’ll update the numbers here.

torrent March 31st April 2nd April 5th April 9th April 12th April 21st April 30th March 20th
Ojamajo Doremi 2998(~1.9) 2999 3016 3022 3024 3048 3055 3086
Ojamajo Doremi # 1928(~1.2) 1931 1945 1946 1948 1958 1971 1988
Motto! Ojamajo Doremi 2144(~2.2) 2149 2158 2161 2162 2176 2180 2194
Ojamajo Doremi Dokkaan! 252(~2.1) 256 263 267 269 274 285 303
Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho 1551(~0.6) 1552 1562 1567 1569 1578 1583 1598

(ojamajo doremi stats before replacing: http://puu.sh/gFGp1/23f61316fb.png )


tl;dr: Look up

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6 Responses to It’s time for another staff treat for the members!

  1. Schiejeve says:

    Hi brunoais, you shure did go some years back!
    Not all my cup of tea but still some fine shows you mention.
    Does bring back niece memories!
    Some I’ve seen and some not, a few I’m gonna take a look closer.
    Thanks.
    btw: the link on the mainpage to redirect to this blog doesn’t work, at least not for me.

  2. brunoais says:

    Thanks for the recognition 🙂

  3. Belove says:

    Thanks for putting all this thought into your recommendations, brunoais! especially for an older audience: Tsubasa Chronicles, xxxHolic,… I also loved Magic Knight Rayearth, especially once it got past the dismal part. I also would probably not re-watch it — though I don’t re-watch ANYTHING. Of your favorites, I’ve only seen Cardcaptor Sakura. Which I loved and would heartily recommend.. Of course, the xxxHolic enterprise (especially with the production value of some of the OVAs) is top-notch. Life is too short. One of those series that I found to be a great happy sleep lullaby :). Unless to share with a friend or something. Some of the related series are incredible, and even better..

    I have such random taste, and none of your recommendations are incompatible with it… so I will begin by taking your word for it that Ojamajo Doremi is worth a look-see, and have a look-see!

    Thanks 🙂

  4. brunoais says:

    Ojamajo doremi is definitely worth-see. Thanks. It is not for everyone, just like every media that exists but, if you like Cardcaptor Sakura, I see no reason for not liking Ojamajo Doremi, specially when it picks up the pace :D.

    Tsubasa Chronicles, xxxHolic, etc… All those are in my list to watch… at some time. But first, I want to get some things around it; both manga and anime (even though they are not required to understand the story).

    • Belove says:

      OK, have watched some of the first and 44th episode of Doremi… Definitely have a good feeling about the series. 🙂

      But story is probably the main reason to read/view originals of anything before their adaptations. I never owned a comic book or manga in my life… And I don’t like reading on a computer — especially for pleasure — and don’t have an eBook reader or anything… But I know that, just as with novel–> film adaptations, manga–> film/video adaptations usually suffer in many departments… A movie script is like a short story in comparison to a novel, and often essential elements are dropped (sometimes completely changing the whole point of a story)… and mangas, being graphic art, also almost always have better art in the mangas, which is a shame to miss (a lot fewer “frames” to paint..) Having glanced at some of the xxxHolic mangas, I know the art I saw is stunning compared to the animes, even though the art in the animes is well above average too. Re: Mangas. You’re probably wise. I have this personal issue where I’m lazy with mangas..

      I have read a few one-shots, used manga art for desktop backgrounds, etc., but never spent much time with mangas yet. My loss… so far in life!

      The series — curiously enough for an anime — seems to be set in France. It has a very romantic feel (innocence/happiness, breathtaking landscapes, theme music) although there are always challenges to overcome. A current favorite for when I really want to relax 🙂 Memoru is a young (and miniscule) alien girl. The teen friends are well-off young artists (the main one a pianist). After my Doremi preview, I’m thinking you might appreciate Tongari Boushi no Memoru (Little Memoru) (1984-1985). She grows up through friendships with some humans (teens) that offer her life lessons. Great feel-good escapism and engaging stories, albeit sans magically-equipped girls.

      Downside: only one season. Loaded with references, it helps if you’ve seen a lot of mahou shoujo before, but I don’t think it can readily go unappreciated regardless. Best modern mahou shoujo I’ve enjoyed is probably the delightful romp Puella Magi Madoka☆Magica… I think almost anyone can appreciate it — it’s a brilliant farce.

      • brunoais says:

        Sorry about that. I thought I had answered you. Oops!

        Definitely have a good feeling about the series. ;-).

        The anime has it but… It’s disappointing. The anime focus much more on the immature violence and the fight for power (that appear in the manga, btw). Most characters also become very meaningful. Much more the latter! The manga includes those but it also includes the purpose and the reason of why it is like that. I’ve seen those too much. The best examples I can remember now are “chokotto sister” and “Elfen Lied”. The fight between Nyu and Lucy is much better explored and explained in the manga. About manga-> anime.

        It may be hard to find a book I like to read but when I get it… I just devour it! The books I like to read are a really super tiny subset of the available ones, btw ;).

        About, “Tongari Boushi no Memoru”… It’s kinda old… I’ll try it! My personal favorite to relax is “kamichu!”, followed by “Aria”. They are both sooo calmm….

        I liked it. No doubt that it really was a good watch! I still wonder if 1 season was bad. “Puella Magi Madoka☆Magica”… Eh… Guilty :)? Good stuff and not too much horror that would make me not like it.