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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
As we know, the last A-side to ANGERME was unveiled a while ago. However, while this was intended to be part of it, I enjoyed the PV and song too much (and had to much to share about it) to put it in one post.
Plus, I’d like to provide further context regarding the song, along with my unique perspective.
About the Series
The series was the product of Mitsuteru Yokohama, famed for Tetsujin 28-go (better known to Westerners as “Gigantor”). It was the result of the success of Bewitched in Japan. Debuting in 1966 and running for 109 episodes, Mahoutsukai Sally is considered the first magical girl anime, establishing the Cute Witch subtype. While it never was released in the US, the series was released in Italy, French-speaking Canada, Poland, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru. The genre would be further expanded decades down the line, but that’s for another time.
As this began in the 60s, the early episodes were in black and white. Later on, the episodes were produced in color.
I came across it in my search for Magical Girl series to absorb. For years, I was aware, but limitations meant I was confined to a cover done for the Pop’n Music series. Years later, I’d discover a few episodes and my love grew (once I got over the fact that the early eps were in black and white. I’m no stranger to old shows, but I’ve been spoiled on color).
Needless to say, when this was announced, I was ecstatic. Idols and Magical Girls have a long history, but that might be for another post. (#MagicalGirlMarch 2016 perhaps?)
Little Witch ANGERMEmia
A big ball of cuteness, so cute that I was initially unable to think of anything critical to say about it. (This was one reason I made this a separate post.)
The playfulness reminded me a bit of “Idolulu” (which oddly enough is also a song associated with the MG genre and features members of the group).
Featuring shenanigans such as turning members into teddy bears, turning on lights and pages, and making sweets float (complete with campy strings), the PV delights in its charm. It can be a little kitschy and campy for some, but I’m a sucker for those things.
Mahoutsukai Sally is the perfect blend of cuteness and playfulness. It may have been an ambassador song, but it was the perfect song for ANGERME to show themselves off. I might be saying this due to my high bias (as it is my favorite A-side), but I mean it. When placed alongside the other A-sides, it provides a nice bit of spice to an already good single. (This is especially so since the other A-sides were quickly compared to the previous double A-side single.)
I’ll end it with a magical mambo because a land of magic is nice~!
Asukki! Asukki! Asukki-chan!
…Wait… oops, wrong name!
Stay magical, friends!