|Mahou Tsukai Chappy|
Chappy and friends
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Yugo Serikawa
Hiroshi Ikeda (2 episodes), etc.
|Written by||Shun'ichi Yukimuro (1 episode)
Masaki Tsuji (head writer)
|Network||Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (then NET)|
|Original run||3 April 1972 – 2 December 1972|
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. 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. 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!).
- Eiko Masuyama as Chappy Hans Charles Grimm and Aesop Et Cetera
- Sachiko Chijimatsu as Jun
- Kouji Yada as Papa
- Noriko Watanabe as Mama, Shizuko
- Kousei Tomita as Don-chan, Grandpa
- Nobuyo Tsuda as Obaba
- Ogushi Yoko as Michiko
- Masako Nozawa as Ipei
- Sumiko Shirakawa as Nihei
- 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.
|1||The Magical Family Is Here|
|2||My Friend Is a Monster|
|3||What Is Papa?|
|4||Comparing the Nature of Man|
|7||500m to Glory|
|8||Cannot Return to the Magical World|
|9||The Targeted Baton|
|12||Compare the Wishes of Grandma|
|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|
|22||The Dolphin Paradise|
|24||The Demon that Run Away|
|26||The Bicycle that Flies into the Sky|
|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|
|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||Kousei Tomita||Ending Theme|
|Mahou no Warutsu||Magical Waltz||Kumiko Onoki||Insert Song (Final Episode)|
- 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