I keep seeing people recommending this show, but is really that good and "essential"? How so?
Who said it was essential, and in what context?
Doremi has a superb cast of characters, and very good writing/direction, but average everything else really. I personally really enjoyed Chiba Chiemi's performance as Doremi for her ability to shift tones so well, like Hime or Nozomi from precure for example. Very dynamic performance. The artwork is pretty plain and the animation is almost never remarkable, but the later seasons feature updated Umakoshi character designs that are very nice and the final OVAs actually do throw some money at some nicer animation here and there. What shines is definitely the writing and the characters though.
and the music !
and the great watercolor backgrounds !
and for actually not taking kids for idiots
It's not really essential for anything, but it's one of the best magical girl shows ever made if you like that sort of thing. Just remember it's made for children, it won't be anything like the typical shows Sup Forums watches.
mostly covers it. Great voiceacting, animation (Umakoshi), and direction (Sato, Yamauchi, Igarashi), writing (Takahashi) and touches on heavy themes more than you'd expect. Except he posted the wrong best girl.
What was her fucking problem?
and for actually not taking kids for idiots
Yeah, that. I just said the writing and direction, because getting more into specifics would open the door to spoilers and that whole "Doremi is super sad" thing that people do sometimes. Doremi isn't super sad. Some episodes are particularly poignant is all. The writers and directors made a really great series for kids growing up and learning stuff about life I would say. How the world works, how relationships with friends/family/romance works. Lots of really good stuff in there.
They almost failed their timed magic exam this one time, just to help a lost baby duckling find it's mom. Stuff like that happens a lot. They're very selfless, mostly. Such good kids, it's so heartwarming.
wrong best girl
posting a mind rapist
Life of a child idol is hard.
Watch it, it's totally worth it, you'll see why
Also maybe in a future we can get another season
based on the light novels, but the chances are really low, unless people support the studio to make it happen. Also it seems that recently the series had a BD box (according to someone in other thread). Also fuck Doremi-fansubs
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For me the show reminds me of childhood and what it means to grow up.
Basically it's a pretty good feelgood show with some pretty good drama, lore, and characters in it.
It's really something that's hard to explain, you have to watch it to understand.
It's essential to my dick.
My favorite porn artist, Hoshino Fuuta, has done a few pretty good Ojamajo books. I don't want to link; it feels inappropriate. Search that artist up though, crazy shit. Some of them are really funny or weird too.
will never amount to anything more than a lousy taxi driver
divorces his wife when she dreams of being more than a stay-at-home mom
intentionally hides his divorced wife's letters to Aiko so he can keep Aiko all to himself
Fuck man, is Aiko's dad the Worst Anime Dad of All Time™? Just finished season 1, please tell me he gets cucked in the end.
They're written like real people, I'd say. Lots of characters in the series are flawed, and they grow/change. That's what makes it so good. Enjoy it. Next is Sharp which was my favorite season.
He's actually the best anime dad, You'll see why as you go on
The artwork is pretty plain and the animation is almost never remarkable
The most appealing and most crucial thing in Doremi are the Umakoshi designs and the funny faces. Without that it'd be unwatchable no matter the writing.
Yeah, I said I liked those, or meant to anyway. Great artist. His stuff for the novels looks spectacular too. I'd love to see it in motion. But anyway, those don't kick in for about hundred episodes and there's mostly nothing that stands out visually before then, mostly. And the animation itself is still plain then, mostly.The animation for all these Toei little kids shows is usually pretty unremarkable. They reserve the A team for other projects mostly it seems. But it can be randomly cool sometimes. Even in the first two seasons, there are some small parts here and there that are animated nicely. The movies look really nice too. It's just not the norm.
the funny faces
This is the norm though. There are a lot of reaction shots, face faults, etc. Lots of cartoony effects. I love the squiggly arm thing they do. I think it's a fun style actually, it's just also pretty plain.
I also think I might prefer the inital designs the the Umakoshi designs now that I'm looking closely at both so you know, my opinions are probably shit.
Dude, the initial designs ARE the Umakoshi designs. He's the designer and chief Animation Director on all seasons.
Motto onwards just looks better because the staff got better at handling them.
I thought they mostly changed to reflect that they were growing older as the show went on, since each season is roughly a year of time passing.
Are you sure that's right? The designs look markedly different, especially in the shape of the head, and MAL doesn't list him for the first two seasons. Lists some other people for designs and animation direction actually.
They don't change gradually. They look the same for the first two seasons, and they look different for the second two and the OVAs. I'm reasonably sure Umakoshi didn't start working on the series until Motto.
Don't use MAL for staff checks.
You can also check here the episodes where Umakoshi did KA and AD work (1, 30 and 45 for the first season):
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So they don't just read the credits then? That's disappointing. I assumed they had a weeb that read the credits. Is there a site that has a weeb that reads the credits and lists these things in English for o-baka-san-tachis like me? The only reason I ever use MAL is to check VAs and staff.
Anidb seems the best one but I've never used it for currently airing shows, only older ones where their database is much more complete than most.
ANN is pretty decent too, but really slow to update.
If you're really interested in knowing the minutiae of staff though, google translate, sakuga wiki and the actual credits are your best tools.
Hey, thanks for clearing that up for me. I really hate being wrong, but it's nice to be corrected -anonymously anyway- so I won't be wrong anymore.
I'm going to have to watch those episodes since they're probably most of the cool looking stuff I remember being here and there.
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