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Cover of the first volume
(Red Riding Hood Chacha)
|Genre||Comedy, Magical girl, romance|
|Written by||Min Ayahana|
|Original run||1991 – 2000|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hatsuki Tsuji|
|Original run||7 January 1994 – 30 June 1995|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Hatsuki Tsuji|
|Released||6 December 1995|
Akazukin Chacha (赤ずきんチャチャ, or "Red Riding Hood Chacha") is a shōjo manga series by Min Ayahana. It was serialized by Shueisha in the manga magazine Ribon from 1991 and 2000 and collected in 13 bound volumes. The series follows the adventures of a fumbling student magician named Chacha, who habitually wears a red hooded cloak, as she seeks the truth about her family and defend the kingdom against its enemies.
Akazukin Chacha was adapted into an anime television series by Nihon Ad Systems and Studio Gallop, first broadcast on TV Tokyo in 74 episodes from 7 January 1994 to 30 June 1995. This was followed by a sequel OVA series of three episodes released between 6 December 1995 and 6 March 1996. In 1998, Cartoon Network aired an English dub of the Akazukin Chacha anime in Southeast Asia and Mandarin-speaking countries. This version has been criticized for mispronunciations.
In 2011, two new one-shot manga titled Akazukin Chacha N were published in May 2011 and January 2012 issue of Cookie. Akazukin Chacha N became a monthly series in 2012. This version of the story takes place in modern-day Tokyo.
Akazukin Chacha is the story of a young magical girl named Chacha. She lives in a cottage on Mochi-mochi Mountain with Seravy, her guardian and teacher, who is the fictional world's greatest magician. Chacha is clumsy in casting her spells, frequently mistaking homonyms, she summons spiders (kumo (蜘蛛) in Japanese) instead of a cloud (also kumo (雲)). When she and her friends are in trouble, however, her spells do work. Living on the same mountain is a boy named Riiya, gifted with enormous strength, who comes from a family of werewolves. Far away from Mochi-mochi Mountain is Urizuri Mountain where Dorothy, a well known magician, lives in a castle with her student Shiine. Shiine is a young wizard, who is adept at casting spells and barriers, as well as transformations.
The storylines of the manga and the anime adaptation are markedly different: while the anime uses most of the same characters, the story of the first two seasons were invented for the television show. Most of the stories in the third season are based on the manga.
Story of the manga 
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Story of the anime 
At the beginning of the anime, when Chacha is about to begin school, Seravy gave her a pendant called the Princess Medallion, and a magical bracelet and ring to Riiya and Shiine respectively. The Princess Medallion enables Chacha to transform into the Magical Princess, who can defeat Daimaō's minions, when she shouts the phrase "Let Love, Courage and Hope -- Magical Princess Holy Up!". However, the transformation works only if the three of them get together.
In season one, Chacha, Shiine, and Riiya attend Urara School, named after their principal Urara. The three are in Banana Class with their teacher named Rascal-sensei who wields a whip and looks strict, but is actually very kind. On the same class is Kurozukin ("black-hooded") Yakko and Orin. Yakko admires Seravy deeply and even calls him Seravy-sama. Orin is a ninja of the Momonga Clan, and good at concealing herself. Orin is probably the most truthful character in the story, she develops a crush on Shiine when they first met. Later a selfish mermaid called Marine tags along because she is interested in Riiya.
In the second season, after Chacha's weapon, the Beauty Serene Arrow, is unable to beat one of Daimaō's minions, Access, the trio began to search for another, more powerful weapon called the Phoenix Sword or Wing Kris. As they do so, Chacha discovers that her parents are the King and Queen of their land. After encountering many obstacles, they find Phoenix Sword. They then begin their quest for the Bird Shield, the third weapon that the Magical Princess must acquire to defeat Daimaō's minions. At the end of this story arc, Chacha, Shiine, Riiya, Orin, Yakko, Marine, Dorothy, and Seravy together, as the eight Holy Warriors of Love, Courage, and Hope, get inside Daimaō's castle. They defeat Daimaō, after which the castle and the kingdom changes back to its original shape and color.
In season three, the King's Crest, which is a magical artifact called the Holy Bird, is stolen by one of Daimaō's minions, Soprano. Whoever possesses the King's Crest can make the world good or evil. When Chacha as the Magical Princess fights Soprano, by accident they break the seal, allowing demons to enter their world and start devastating their land. Seravy tells them that to close the seal again, they must use things that are from gods or goddess. Because the Pendant, Bracelet, and Ring were given to them by Queen Joan, now a goddess, they sacrifice the three items to save the world. As a result, Chacha can no longer change into the Magical Princess, but her family gives her three more magical items, a magical brooch, compact, and Crescent Aurora Bracelet, which she can use to call up a boomerang which in turn brings her the items that can solve her problems. The rest of the series are based on the first 5 volumes of the manga. At the end of the series, Seravy settles down, engaged to be married to his former classmate, Dorothy.
Main characters 
All main characters appear in both the manga and anime versions.
- Chacha (チャチャ) - A young blonde girl with the red riding hood practicing magic under the care of her teacher, Seravy. She is often referred to as cute when she fumbles up her magic tricks which is basically always. She is best friends with Riiya and Shiine. In the manga version, she ends up with Riiya. Voiced by: Masami Suzuki
- Riiya (リーヤ) - A young boy with great strength and an equally great appetite who has the ability to transform into a young white wolf at will, but is often mistaken as a dog. He is constantly fighting with Shiine over Chacha's affections and he dislikes Seravy on occasion. He ends up with Chacha in the manga. Voiced by: Shingo Katori
- Shiine (しいね) - Left to Dorothy as a baby by Access (revealed to be his father), he was raised as a wizard and he also enjoys housework. With Chacha and Riiya's help, he is reunited with his parents. His magic powers are better than Chacha's and is the most sensible and reasonable among the group. He is very loyal to his Master Dorothy. Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka
- Seravy (セラヴィー) - Chacha's magic teacher, guardian, and the greatest wizard in the world. He was formerly captain of the royal guards and escaped with Chacha when Daimaō attacked the castle. His first and only love was Dorothy, before she changed her curly blonde hair to straight red-pink hair which Seravy detests. Voiced by: Toru Senrui
- Dorothy (どろしー) - Shiine's magic teacher who dreamed of becoming the greatest magician in the world. She defeated Piikapon, thus earning the title of greatest magician for only a few minutes because Seravy accidentally hit Dorothy over the head with a huge bouquet of flowers he conjured (to congratulate her), thus earning him the title of greatest magician of the world. Dorothy angrily turned her curly blond hair red-pink and straight as retaliation because Seravy wouldn't fight with his "beloved Dorothy". Voiced by: Junko Otsubo, later Miina Tominaga
- Elizabeth (エリザベス) - Seravy's favorite doll. She is the image of Dorothy when she was younger. Seravy often talks to Elizabeth and Elizabeth often is the one who pokes fun at Dorothy, often in reference to her hair, temper and habit of making Shiine do housework for her. Voiced by: Junko Otsubo, later Miina Tominaga
- Yakko (やっこ) - A black-hooded girl in Chacha's class who is in love with Seravy. She specializes in potions and dislikes Chacha as well because she wishes to be Seravy's only student, in the hopes of him falling in love with her. Yakko is closest with Orin but is often seen with Marin. Voiced by: Mayumi Akado
- Marin (マリン) - A selfish mermaid who can change into a human when her tail dries out. She is in love with Riiya, but she is totally oblivious to the fact that he's a werewolf. She dislikes Chacha and on occasion hangs out with Yakko and Orin. She constantly appears with the Banana students with Riiya, despite being in the Apple class under Teacher Barabaraman. Voiced by: Tomo Sakurai
- Orin (お鈴) - Known in the English dub as "Suzu". She is a small but nimble ninja and excellent swords-girl. She is often the voice of reason of Yakko and on occasion hangs out with Marin, too. She has a crush on Shiine, and turns pink whenever he speaks to her. She is the most truthful with regards to character and shows no hatred towards anyone. Voiced by: Noriko Namiki
- Principal Urara (ウララ) - Principal of Urara School. She wears a pink dress and her eyes are very big. She is also quite absent-minded at times. Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto
- Teacher Rascal (ラスカル) - Teacher of Banana class. He has long hair which he ties with a yellow bow on some episodes. He loves to whip his students into shape but has a soft side. Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno
- Riiya's Grandfather - A werewolf giant who raised Riiya and his brothers. He served for the King and help Seravy escape the castle with Chacha during the takeover of the Dark Lord.
- Teacher Oyuki (おゆき) - A substitute teacher who can make snow appear due to being a yuki-onna. Voiced by: Miina Tominaga
- Teacher Barabaraman (バラバラマン) - Teacher of the Apple class. He can grow roses on his hair when he is excited and has thorns growing all over his body. Chacha and Teacher Barabaraman won a three legged race using a combination of Seravy's potion and Chacha's Assistance Boomarang. Voiced by: Tsutomu Kashiwakura
- Teacher Mayachon (まやちょん) - Teacher of Orange class. She was classmates and rivals with Rascal when they were younger. She actually likes Mr. Rascal very much and hates it that he's nice to everyone but her. Voiced by: Chieko Honda
- Access (アクセス) - Shiine's father. An anime, he works for the Dark Lord at the beginning (due to the fact that the Dark Lord imprisoned his wife) but is defeated by the Phoenix Sword. He is charged with finding the King's Crest. Later in the series, he is reunited with Shiine and Shiine's mother and lives in the castle with them.
- Doris (ドリス) - Dorothy's younger brother, but he usually dressed as a woman and is in love with Seravy. He is jealous of Dorothy for being the love of Seravy.
- Dr. Mikeneko (ミケネコ博士) - Mad scientist, creator of Nyandaber. Resembles a cat, so his inventions resemble that of a cat, as well, namely Nyandaber.
- Piikapon (ピカポン) - A bald wizard constantly mocked and wants to beat Seravy in a magical duel ever since Seravy beat him. Chacha, Riiya, and Shiine-chan call him "Tono" because of the hairstyle Seravy gave him.
Manga-only characters 
- Yajirobe (やじろべー) - Yakko's grandfather. His rescue by Seravy years ago serves as the main reason for Yakko's crush on the latter.
- Katan (カータン) - King of Karuta.
- Sanae (サナエ) - Riiya's elder brother.
- Dolphinga (ドルフィンガー)
- Yanta (やん太) - Yakko's younger brother.
- Rinnosuke (りんのすけ) - Orin's younger brother.
- Nami (ナミ) - Marin's younger sister.
- Chuchu (チュチュ) - Chacha's younger sister.
- Ichimatsu (市松) - A robot who was sent to kill Popi, but later becomes his ally.
- Lizard (リザード) - Seravy's adopted father, who mostly appears as a beautiful green-haired woman but is in truth a 250 year old bipedal lizard.
- Hohoemi Senshi Egaon (ほほえみ戦士エガオン)
- Heihachi (平八) - A young demon from the Demon World who was sent to conquer the Magic Kingdom, but perfers to collect video games instead. He is later revealed to be the youngest son of Daimaō and youngest brother of Seravy.
- Naruto (なると) - Popy's younger brother.
- Daimaō (大魔王) - Unlike the Daimaō from the anime series, the manga's Daimaō is an agreeable magician with the appearance of a rock-and-roll singer and is a great manga fan. He is the father of Heihachi and is later revealed to be the birth father of Seravy. In the concluding chapters of the manga, he takes in a despondent Riiya and teaches Riiya seduction techniques he can use to win Chacha back.
- Amedeo (アメデオ) - Son of Rascal and Mayachon, best friend of Naruto.
- Yuurin and Riiran (ユーリン+リーラン) - Seravi and Dorothy's twins.
Anime-only characters 
- Magical Princess (マジカルプリンセス) - The magical girl alter-ego of Chacha. Voiced by: Masami Suzuki
- Daimaō (大魔王) - Daimaō in the anime is not the same character as Daimaō in the manga. As the story's main antagonist, Daimaō is a demon who wishes to conquer the land and devastate it. A long time ago, Daimaō turned the King and Queen to stone statues. The father of the King, Grand King Genius, sacrificed himself to trap Daimaō inside the castle using a barrier of crystals that formed a spirit shield. As a result, Daimaō has to send his minions to do his nasty works for him. He is finally destroyed when eight of the main protagonists (ChaCha, Riiya, Shiine, Seravy, Dorothy, Marin, Yakko, Orin) combined their powers on him.
- Sorges (ソーゲス) - Daimaō's head henchman, later becomes friends with ChaCha and the gang.
- Yordas (ヨーダス) - One of Sorges' henchmen.
- Haideyansu (ハイデヤンス) - One of Sorges' henchmen.
- Shironeko (シロネコ) - Dr. Mikeneko's sister. She once tried to switch Chacha's Princess Medallion with a fake, but end up falling in love with Seravy on the process. Torn between her duty and her love, she eventually found peace when she and her brothers learn that they did not have to fight anymore.
- Piisuke (ピー助) - The phoenix chick Chacha protected from Yordas. Piisuke becomes the Phoenix Sword, but reverts back to being a chick when the three magic items are sacrificed. He is later often seen with Principal Urara.
- Grand King Genius (ジーニアス) - Chacha's grandfather and Seravy's teacher.
Anime adaption 
The original manga is light-hearted, comedic story. The anime adaptation is darker, and while it uses most of the same characters, it introduced a number of changes. The Magical Princess and her story of the first two seasons are only in the anime, and Daimaō was recast as the main villain. Access was also changed, from a bumbling antagonist to a more omninous villain. How Seravy came to be Chacha's guardian changed from, in the manga, a chance finding her wrapped in a cocoon on a tree to his actively saving her from the castle just before it falls.
See the list of Akazukin Chacha episodes for details on individual episodes.
Reception and influence 
In the novel Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, Akazukin Chacha is mentioned several times. Rue Ryuzaki mentions that he loves Akazukin Chacha (Shiine in particular) and notices that volumes four and nine are missing from a collection, which is a vital clue to the case.
In the manga City of Dead Sorcerer detective Kim calls the elusive murderer Crimson Robe several times Chacha, while stating that he's a fan of Akazukin Chacha.
The English dub of the anime aired on Cartoon Network Asia in 1998 has been criticized[who?] for its transliterations. For example, the Magical Princess's "Beauty Serene Arrow" was rendered as "Magical Sylene Arrow" and her "Bird Shield" as "Band Shield".
Akazukin Chacha was written and illustrated by Min Ayahana. It was serialized in 94 chapters by Shueisha in the manga magazine Ribon from 1991 and 2000 and collected in 13 bound volumes. The series was reissued in 2006 in a nine-volume "library edition" with new covers. The mange was re-serialized in 2012 under a new title, "Akazukin Chachan N", which is set in modern day Tokyo, Japan.
|1||February 1993||ISBN 4-08-853650-9|
|2||October 1993||ISBN 4-08-853694-0|
|3||May 1994||ISBN 4-08-853732-7|
|4||October 1994||ISBN 4-08-853759-9|
|5||March 1995||ISBN 4-08-853786-6|
|6||August 1996||ISBN 4-08-853810-2|
|7||March 1996||ISBN 4-08-853846-3|
|8||January 1997||ISBN 4-08-853897-8|
|9||January 1998||ISBN 4-08-856059-0|
|10||December 1998||ISBN 4-08-856115-5|
|11||November 1999||ISBN 4-08-856174-0|
|12||May 2000||ISBN 4-08-856205-4|
|13||September 2000||ISBN 4-08-856226-7|
The series was adapted as an anime television series by Nihon Ad Systems and Studio Gallop. The series was direct by Shoki Tsuji with music by Osamu Tezuka and Toshihiko Sahashi and character designs by Hajime Watanabe. The opening theme was "Kimi-iro Omoi" (君色思い), performed by SMAP during the original broadcast and Shoko Sawada on the DVD release. There were three ending themes: "Egao ga Sukidakara" (笑顔が好きだから) by Shoko Sawada for episodes 1–31, "Chacha ni Omakase " (チャチャにおまかせ) by Masami Suzuki, Tomo Sakurai, and Mayumi Akado for episodes 32–56, and "Welcome to the Magical School" (ようこそマジカル·スクールへ Youkoso Majikaru Sukuuru e ) by Masami Suzuki and Magical Study for episodes 57–74.
The series was first broadcast on TV Tokyo in 74 episodes from 7 January 1994 to 30 June 1995. In 1998, Cartoon Network aired an English dub of the Akazukin Chacha anime in Southeast Asia and Mandarin-speaking countries.
The television series was followed by a three-episode sequel OVA series, also produced by Nihon Ad Systems and Studio Gallop. These were released between 6 December 1995 and 6 March 1996. The opening theme for all three episodes was "Make Me Smile" by Yuki Matsuura and the ending theme was "Negai wa Hitotsu" (願いはひとつ) also by Yuki Matsuura.
The OVA series depicts the efforts of the elite Momiji School as they try to find out why the greatest witches and wizards in the world come from Urara School. A psionic named Popy-kun is sent to infiltrate the school, but things will not prove too easy when Chacha and friends try to befriend Popy-kun instead.
Stage musical 
A musical version of Akazukin Chacha was performed in Hakuhinkan Theater in Tokyo from December 1994 to August 1995, during the broadcast of the anime.
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Akazukin Chacha was adapted as a series of video games:
- Akazukin Chacha (Game Boy, Tomy, 1995)
- Akazukin Chacha (Super Famicom, Tomy, 1996)
- Akazukin Chacha: Osawagase! Panic Race! (PC-FX, NEC Home Electronics, 1996)
- Akazukin Chacha (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia (TV series)
- Akazukin Chacha (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia (OAV)
- Akazukin Chacha (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Akazukin Chacha Online Encyclopedia at the Wayback Machine
- The Akazukin Chacha Archive - A fansite formerly known as "Kayin's Akazukin Chacha Archive & Fan Fiction Library"