Ojamajo Doremi is a fantastic anime series from the early to mid-2000s, but one that can be hard to get into for English-speaking fans. On top of being quite old at this point, it’s also extremely lengthy,, with four yearlong seasons + extra material. poor English dub from the infamous 4Kids presented Doremi in a less stellar light. The fact that it’s an unabashed kids’ show, with a less direct appeal to the teens and college-age viewers that make up much of anime’s fanbase, also hampers its popularity. However, I think that there is actually a show more readily accessible to fans, which still captures a lot of the appeal of Doremi, and that’s the Little Witch Academia TV series.
Episode 25 of Kira Kira Precure a la Mode is a game changer in the world of children’s anime. Introducing for the first time a virtually unambiguous lesbian couple into the popular magical girl franchise, Precure, it marks the crossing into a new realm that was previously explored only in the fandom. Precure has always had a loyal yuri fan base, but with the burgeoning love story of Akira Kenjou (Cure Chocolat) and Yukari Kotozume (Cure Macaron) spotlighted, it calls to mind famous yuri romances such as Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon, or Utena and Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena.
With its action-packed fighting and positive, powerful heroines, the titanic Precure franchise has stood at the top of all shoujo anime for the past 14 years. The series has featured themes including music and badass princesses, and now “baking” can be added to that list. Toei Animation, the studio behind Precure, recently announced the 14th and latest iteration: Kira Kira Precure A La Mode. The official slogan is “Cook ! Eat! Fight!” The show intends to appeal to a primarily young female audience by targeting their love of sweets and pastries.