LOOKING FOR MAGICAL DOREMI Info and Pics From Toei
Source: Toei Co., Ltd.
Official Site: lookingfor-magical-doremi.com (Japan)
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Toei has provided information and high-res images from their new anime film LOOKING FOR MAGICAL DOREMI (魔女見習いをさがして, Majo Minarai o Sagashite), which celebrates the 20th anniversary of MAGICAL DOREMI (おジャ魔女どれみ, Ojamajo Doremi), the anime series about a young witch that has spawned multiple sequels and feature films. The first season of MAGICAL DOREMI was broadcast on the Asahi Broadcasting networks in 1999-2000 and was overwhelmingly popular, particularly with girls. The main characters of the new movie are three women in their 20s who are part of that generation who watched the anime as children.
LOOKING FOR MAGICAL DOREMI reunites several members of the original MAGICAL DOREMI creative team, including the voice cast, co-directors unichi Sato and Yū Kamatani, screenwriter Midori Kuriyama, character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi, art director Kenichi Tajiri and color designer Kunio Tsujita.
The movie was originally planned for a Japanese release this past May 15, 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic and is now scheduled to open on November 13. A special screening was held November 3 during the Tokyo International Film Festival.
“Hey, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
Sora Nagase (Aoi Morikawa), Mire Yoshizuki (Rena Matsui) and Reika Kawatani (Kanako Momota of the J-idol group,Momoiro Clover Z) differ in terms of age, personality and background. Sora is a 22-year-old university student in Nagoya who wants to be a teacher but lacks confidence. 27-year-old Mire got the job she wanted but has struggled to get used to the trading company position in Tokyo. Reika is a 20-year-old freelancer in Onomichi with a dishonest boyfriend.
As children, each of these women were fans of MAGICAL DOREMI. As a break from the grind of their daily lives, each decides to travel to one of the locations depicted on the show. Sora, Mire and Reika meet along the way, and the three strangers quickly become friends as they bond over laughter, tears and mutual support… as if they had known each other all of their lives.
It was MAGICAL DOREMI that brought them together!
Japanese Theatrical Release: November 13, 2020 (Roadshow)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Sora Nagase: Aoi Morikawa
Doremi Harukaze: Chiemi Chiba
Reika Kawatani: Kanako Momota
Hazuki Fujiwara: Tomoko Akiya
Aiko Senoo: Yuki Matsuoka
Onpu Segawa: Rumi Shishido
Momoko Asuka: Nami Miyahara
Mire Yoshizuki: Rena Matsui
Pop Harukaze: Sawa Ishige
Hayato Yabe: Akira Ishida
Seiya Kubo: Kenta Hamano
Ryūichi Oomiya: Shohei Miura
Directors: Junichi Sato, Yū Kamatani
Original Story: Izumi Todo
Screenplay: Midori Kuriyama
Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Yoshihiko Umakoshi
Animation Directors: Shoko Nakamura, Masayuki Sato, Mitsuko Baba, Satoshi Ishino
Storyboards: Junichi Sato, Yu Kamaya, Takuya Igarashi, Tani Azuma
Producers: Masahiro Murakami, Hiromi Seki
Editeor: Shigeru Nishiyama
Sound Recording: Kimitaka Kawasaki
Sound effect: Takahisa Ishino
Art Director: Kenichi Tajiri
MAHO Hall Design: Shinzo Yuki, Yukie Yuki
Color Design: Kunio Tsujita
Cinematographer: Tomokazu Shiratori
Music Composition: Sayaka Mizuno
Music: Keiichi Oku
Theme Song: “Ojamajo Carnival !! (LOOKING FOR MAGICAL DOREMI Version)” by Shoko Omori (Lyrics), Takeshi Ike (Composition), MAHO-do (Vocals)
Animation Production: Toei Animation
Distributor (Japan): Toei
About Toei Company, Ltd.
Established in 1951, Toei Company is not only producing and distributing films, but is also one of the major exhibitors in Japan. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. The films produced cover wide range of genres, exceeding 20,000 titles.
About Toei Animation Company, Ltd.
With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Paris, Toei Animation ranks among the world’s most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation’s operations include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and program licensing with flagship titles such as DRAGON BALL, SAINT SEIYA, SAILOR MOON, CAPTAIN HARLOCK and ONE PIECE.