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Magical Witch Punie-chan

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Magical Witch Punie-chan is an eight episode anime OVA series based on the manga series by Hideki Ohwada.

Punie Tanaka is the main character of the series, and she is a young princess of Magical Land. In order to become the queen, Punie must go to Earth and become a transfer student in a Japanese high school. During the series, there are several enemies who follow Punie and try to assassinate her. Unfortunately for the assassins, Punie not only has magical powers, but she is also skilled in martial arts. Punie has a magic rod that looks a lot like a candy cane. While looking sweet and innocent, she uses the following incantation to activate her rod: "Lyrical Tokarev, Kill Them All."

Paya-Tan is Punie's companion from Magical Land. Paya-Tan kind of looks like a dog, except for the fact that he has a single horn coming out of his head. He became Punie's mascot after she defeated him in combat with her Princess Head Lock. However, after that defeat, Paya-Tan swore that he would try to kill her. During the series, he will act cute one minute, and then turn around make an attempt to assassinate her.

Magical Witch Punie-chan is a parody of magical princess anime, and the series often uses a juxtaposition of cute characters with brutal violence. With these qualities, it goes without saying that there are shots with blood included. There are also some panty shots, especially in the re-used footage when Punie casts her incantation for her magic rod.

I have to say that while I understand that Magical Witch Punie-chan is meant to be a parody, I found it to be over the top. I especially found the talking vegetables being willing to sacrifice themselves to be added to a curry to be a little disturbing.

I also noticed some in jokes in the first couple of stories. In the first story, when Punie helps with improving a curry at the school festival, characters who resemble the father and son from Oishinbo are tasting the curry and commenting on it. In the second story, when Punie tells a friend about getting Paya-Tun at a mascot town, the friend imagines famous Japanese mascots, such as Doraemon; however, the faces are blurred.

Between the humor, in jokes, and violence, Magical Witch Punie-chan is an anime that's not being aimed at younger viewers. Personally, I would recommend this series to anime viewers who are 14 or 15 years of age and older.


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Magical Witch Punie-chan82006-2008Tsutomu MizushimaStudio BarcelonaN/A
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