My favorite side characters! Creamy Mami's rival Megumi and producer (and sometime unwanted admirer) Tachibana are some of the series' strongest comedic characters and a memorable part of the show. Interestingly, the characters' voice actors, Kazuhiko Inoue and Saeko Shimazu, went on to contribute performances as characters in later Pierrot magical girl series like Persia and Magical Emi. While much of Creamy Mami's cast was recycled for these later shows, oftentimes they were typecast into roles similar to their parts in Mami: Yuu Mizushima plays a love interest in all four of the Pierrot magical girl TV series, while Sukekiyo Kameyama is always a goofy executive type. Shimazu and Inoue’s roles vary a little more. In Persia, Shimazu plays the wholesome but no-nonsense girlfriend of one of Persia’s mullet-headed crushes (played by Toshio’s Mizushima)— her spunk may offer echoes of Megumi, but she lacks all her predecessor’s malice. In the same series, Inoue plays Kenji, a serious character with ties to Persia’s magic, a far cry from the silly and sleazy Tachibana. The actor’s versatility continues as he plays the main male character in the Pierrot OVA Fashion Lala, the violently bitter ruffian Kid. It is interesting to see how the directors of these series weild their cast of regulars, typecasting some and experimenting with others. Drawing connections between these characters is also worthwhile— are there elements of Kenji’s devotion to his “idol” in Tachibana, or hints of Kid’s inability to let go of the past in Kenji? I’d like to imagine that these connections were built on purpose!
Bodacious and bad-to-the-bone poster for the totally rad Majokko Club Yoningumi A-Kukan Kara no Alien X, an OVA crossover of Pierrot’s magical girl series. From 1983 to 1986, these “magical idol” TV serials were broadcast in NTV (Nippon Television)’s 18:00 (6 PM) Friday evening timeslot. This timeslot is usually occupied by news programs; previously it had hosted boys’ sci-fi anime like Godmars and Tetsujin 28. In a similar way, all of Toei’s 70s-80s magical girl series (minus outlier Cutie Honey) aired in the coveted NET TV (now TV Asahi) 7 PM Monday slot. This sort of timeslot loyalty still persists to some extent today; Toei’s magical girls can still be found on TV Asahi networks, with Sailor Moon, Cutie Honey and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne running Saturday evenings, while Ojamajo Doremi and Pretty Cure franchises broadcast in the mornings.
Where Pierrot’s Friday-evening girls share this OVA outing, Toei frequently crosses over their NET TV magical girls of the 70s in their merchandise, including the RPG Majokko Daisakusen: Little Witching Mischiefs. These crossovers are not so popular anymore; I wonder why?
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