posted on 2020-11-10 21:08 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film commemorating Ojamajo Doremi anime's 20th anniversary opens Friday
Toei began streaming three special videos on Wednesday for Looking for Magical DoReMi (Majo Minarai o Sagashite), the brand-new anime film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Ojamajo Doremi magical girl anime franchise. Each video highlights one of the film's three heroines: Sora, Mire, and Reika (in that order from top to bottom in the videos below).
The film will open on Friday after a COVID-19 delay. It premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Tuesday. Toei and Toei Animation announced in March that they were postponing the May 15 opening of the movie due to production issues, and later rescheduled the anime for fall.
The story follows 27-year-old Tokyo office worker Mire Yoshizuki who just returned to Japan, 22-year-old fourth-year college student Sora Nagase who aspires to be a teacher, and 20-year-old boyish, part-time Hiroshima okonomiyaki shop worker and freelancer Reika Kawatani. What draws together these three women from completely different walks of life are Magic Spheres. A "New Magical Story" begins when they are mysteriously brought together by chance and embark on a journey.Aoi Morikawa as Sora Nagase Rena Matsui as Mire Yoshizuki Kanako Momota as Reika Kawatani Kenta Hamano as Seiya Kubo, Reika's no-good boyfriend Shohei Miura as Ryūichi Oomiya, a college student who travels with the three heroines and likes Ojamajo Doremi Akira Ishida as Hayato Yabe, Mire's junior at work
Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Aria, Princess Tutu), the director of the original Ojamajo Doremi anime, is directing the new film alongside Yū Kamatani (Precure franchise episode director) at Toei Animation. Midori Kuriyama (episode scriptwriter for Lovely Complex, Heartcatch Precure!) and Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Boys Over Flowers, Mushi-Shi) are also returning from Ojamajo Doremi as scriptwriter and character designer, respectively, and Umakoshi is also credited as chief animation director. Shōko Nakamura (Doukyusei -Classmates-) is also credited as animation director for the film, and Hiromi Seki is leading her team as producer.
The first Ojamajo Doremi anime series originally premiered in Japan in 1999, and 4Kids began broadcasting a heavily edited version of the series in the United States in 2005 under the title Magical DoReMi.
Source: Press release