Mahōtsukai Chappy

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Mahou Tsukai Chappy
Chappy and friends
Genre Magical girl
Anime television series
Directed by Yugo Serikawa
Hiroshi Ikeda (2 episodes), etc.
Written by Shun'ichi Yukimuro (1 episode)
Masaki Tsuji (head writer)
Studio Toei Animation
Original network Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (then NET)
Original run 3 April 19722 December 1972
Episodes 39
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Mahōtsukai Chappy or Chappy the Witch (魔法使いチャッピー?) is an anime series that debuted in Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (then known as NET, or Nihon Educational Television) in 1972. It is the fifth magical girl anime in history (the sixth if one counts Osamu Tezuka's Marvelous Melmo), and the fifth produced by the Toei Animation studio.[1] While the show was fairly popular, it was not as popular as Toei's earlier magical-girl series, and is relatively obscure 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 in various Latin American nations such as Mexico, Peru, or Chile. A manga adaptation of the story was drawn by Hideo Azuma, who later became more famous for his manga-turned-anime works, Little Pollon and Nanako SOS.

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 Sony PlayStation game Majokko Daisakusen: Little Witching Mischiefs.

The series was released on DVD in Japan in a box set in December 2005.


Chappy's story is much like Sally's of Sally the Witch. Chappy, becoming sick of the old customs of her people, left the Land of Magic for the human world. Soon her family sees how much she has in the other realm that they decide to join her in new home.[2] Chappy is known for being the first witch to use a wand (actually a magical baton, given to her by her grandfather). Her special chant is "Abura Mahariku Maharita Kabura". Chappy's closest human friends are tomboy Michiko and girly-girl Shizuko, much like her predecessor Sally's friends Yotchan and Sumire.

In a nod to the ecological concerns of the early 1970s, the series featured one noteworthy episode late in the show's run, written by Shukei Nagasaka, which dealt with issues such as pollution and use of natural resources. The show is also notable for featuring several Disney references, including a reference to the 1959 film Sleeping Beauty in one episode, and for the panda mascot character, Don-chan, introduced to cash in on a panda mini-craze in 1972 Japan (which also informed Hayao Miyazaki's Panda! Go Panda!).



  • Chappy: A little witch who becomes bored of the Magic World, and escapes to Earth. She uses magic with her grandfather's baton.
  • Jun: Chappy's little brother. He is able to transform into different animals. He always wants to ride Don-chan's magical car.
  • Don-chan: A talking panda who rides around in a magical car.
  • Papa and Mama: Chappy and Jun's parents. They decide to live in the human world.
  • Grandpa: Chappy and Jun's grandfather. He is constantly yelling at his son. He cares deeply for Chappy.
  • Obaba: The oldest witch. She is a type of guardian to Chappy's family, but has no blood relation to them.
  • Michiko: Chappy's first friend on Earth. A hot-headed tomboy, she keeps her two little brothers in line. Her father owns a dry cleaning business.
  • Ipei and Nihei: Michiko's two little brothers. They are both trouble makers, and are close with Jun.
  • Shizuko: The local girly-girl. She is one of Chappy's classmates, and close friends.

Episode list[edit]

Episode Title
1 The Magical Family Is Here
2 My Friend Is a Monster
3 What Is Papa?
4 Comparing the Nature of Man
5 Don-chan's Sister
6 Reclaim Mama
7 500m to Glory
8 Cannot Return to the Magical World
9 The Targeted Baton
10 Phantom D51
11 Three Wishes
12 Compare the Wishes of Grandma
13 Papa's Diary
14 Ghost Disturbance in the Hostel
15 My Favorite Principal for the Day
16 Girl from the Magical Hill
17 Thank you, Papa
18 Adventure on the Isolated Island
19 Baby-napper
20 Hello, Phoenix
21 Homerun Leader
22 The Dolphin Paradise
23 The Festival
24 The Demon that Run Away
25 Don-chan's Rainbow
26 The Bicycle that Flies into the Sky
27 Don-chan Flood
28 Independence! Waste Park
29 Prince of the Animals
30 Please Wait, Otamgetter!
31 The Distinguished Granny
32 Yearning of Kyoto
33 Apple Village, Apple Apple Showdown
34 Come Out for the Sword Fight
35 Money and Friendship
36 Jump! The Ultra Revolution
37 Farewell, Yukinko
38 Thinking of Christmas
39 Where Are You Going Chappy?


Japanese Title English Title Artist Description
Mahôu Tsukai Chappy Chappy the Witch Shingazu Suri Opening Theme
Don-chan no Uta Don's Song[3] Kousei Tomita Ending Theme
Mahou no Warutsu Magical Waltz Kumiko Onoki Insert Song (Final Episode)

Theme written by Keiko Osonoe and music composed by Hiroshi Tsutsui[4]

Anime staff[edit]

  • Planning: Takashi Iijima, Shinichi Miyazaki (NET)
  • Production Supervisor: Masaharu Eto
  • Episode Direction: Yugo Serikawa, Mineo Kachita, Hiroshi Ikeda, Katsutoshi Sasaki, Masayuki Akihi, Osamu Kasai, Yoshihiro Kaneko, Tsunekiyo Otani, Takashi Kuoka, Hiromi Yamamoto, Tomoharu Katsumata, Kiyoshi Tanaka, Bondo Eiju, Minoru Okazaki, Nobuo Onuki, Hideo Furusawa, Kazuya Miyazaki
  • Script: Masaki Tsuji, Saburo Taki, Shunichi Yukimuro, Noboru Shiroyama, Jiro Yoshino, Kuniaki Oshikawa, Koji Natsume, Shukei Nagasaka
  • Animation Direction: Shinya Takahashi, Takao Hanata, Bondo Eiju, Shingo Araki, Katsuya Oda, Teruo Hosoda, Takashi Abe, Teruo Kogure, Takao Kozai, Eiji Uemura, Minoru Tajima, Hideo Furusawa, Fumio Eto
  • Art Director: Makoto Yamazaki, Saburo Yokoi, Eiji Ito, Mataharu Urata, Shigeyoshi Endo
  • Music: Hiroshi Tsutsui


  1. ^ Estrada, Cecil (2002), "Which Witch is Which?", Questor Magazine, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines: LC Worldwide Questor Corp. (published December 2002), 3 (11), p. 6 
  2. ^ IMDB
  3. ^ Anime Lyrics
  4. ^ Mahou Tsukai Chappy Soundtrack

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