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Princess of Magic
MINKY MOMO
The First Part ("Mahou no Princess Minky Momo"): 63 eps
The Second Part ("Mahou no Princess Minky Momo (Cherish the dreams)"): 62 eps

About Minky Momo

"Minky Momo series" consists of two parts: the first part "Mahou no Princess Minky Momo", which is set in Fenarinaasa, a floating castle in the sky, and the second part "Mahou no Princess Minky Momo (Cherish the dreams)", which is set in Marinnaasa, a castle under the sea.

These two parts have the following structure in common: Minky Momo, a princess of a magical world, comes to the earth with her three pets, a dog, a little bird, and a monkey, in order to bring hopes and dreams to the people. She uses a magic to become a child of a couple without children.

The First Part

Title: "Mahou no Princess Minky Momo"
Period of broadcasting: From March 18, 1982 to May 26, 1983
Number of episodes: 63 episodes
Broadcasting station: Television Tokyo Channel 12 Ltd.

The Second Part

Title: "Mahou no Princess Minky Momo (Cherish the dreams)"
Period of broadcasting: From October 2, 1991 to December 23, 1992
Number of episodes: 62 episodes (+3 episodes which were not broadcasted)
Broadcasting station: Nippon Television Network Corporation

Appeal

"Mahou no Princess Minky Momo" series were highly regarded as they created the new world that had never been depicted in girls' comics. The series express the admiration for dreams and hopes and the pursuit of them, which are the consistent theme of the traditional magic comics for the girls. In addition, the series adopt the "couple", costume play, that is very popular in recent years, and depict the advance of women into the business world on the scenes of Momo changing into various career women by using magic.

As a result, the series came to be supported by not only targeted girls in the lower grades but also men and women in wide range of age groups.

The tragedy seizes Momo in the climax when Momo is about to fulfill the mission. Finally, however, she overcomes the tragedy and decides to take back her dreams. Such ending of the first part of "Mahou no Princess Minky Momo" made a great impression on many people regardless of age, and it became famous enough to leave the reputation behind on the history of television animation.

As mentioned above, the series aroused enormous sympathy in many people, especially in the ending. Therefore, the second part of "Mahou no Princess, Minky Momo (Cherish the dreams)" was produced in order to come up to the people's expectation of seeing Momo's activity again. The second series took over the establishment and the theme of the first series. Moreover, the series pursued the theme of this story and Momo's further activity by adopting the original direction and new individual characteristic. Thus, the series caught more people's hearts.

The popularity of these series lasted even after the completion of the TV broadcasting. Thus, they were rerun on several TV networks. Besides, "Yume no Naka no Rondo" was produced as OVA and showed at theatres. Moreover, these series are exported to many countries because the animation and the story line were of good qualities and the story setting was unique and worldwide. "Minky Momo" series are truly the immortal masterpieces as they continuously bring dreams and hopes to the children all over the world.

Story Synopsis

The First Part : "Mahou no Princess Minky Momo"

Long ago, but it was just about a week ago, there was a pet shop owned by a couple without children in some town in some country. One moonlit night, one pretty girl came down to this town from the sky, and she posed as the couple's daughter by using magic. The girl's name was Minky Momo. She was a princess of the floating land of dreams Fenarinaasa, which used to be in the earth.

Fenarinaasa has gradually come apart from the earth as people on the earth came not to believe dreams, hopes, and happiness. To put Fenarinaasa back to the earth, someone who descends from a royal family has to go to the earth and bring dreams and hopes to the people there. As the mission progresses, the jewels appear one by one on a crown which is at the hall of the palace. When the number of the jewels reaches twelve, Fenarinaasa will be able to return to the earth. Thus, the King has sent her only daughter, Momo, to the earth with her three pets: a monkey named Mocha, a little bird named Pipiru, and a dog named Shindobook.

Momo grants people's dreams and hopes by changing herself into an expert in various occupations with the help of magic. For Momo, who has only known the world of dreams, the world on earth is totally different, so she sometimes gets hurt and sometimes gets upset. Through such experiences, however, Momo grants people's wonderful dreams and hopes, and she gradually grows up. Thanks to her activity, the number of the jewels on the crown increases.

Finally, the number of the jewels reaches eleven, and Momo's mission is about to complete with one more jewel. However, one day when Momo tries to rescue captured Mocha from villain, her magic pendant is broken. After that, Momo starts an ordinary life as an ordinary girl, but a tragedy fell upon her suddenly, and she loses her life.

When King and Queen are overwhelmed with grief, Momo appears in the shape of constellation. Momo tells them that she wants to make her real dream comes true, and then, she reincarnates as the real daughter of the pet shop couple.

The second part : "Mahou no Princess Minky Momo (Cherish the dreams)"

After a decade, the King of Fenarinaasa tells his distant relatives, the King of Marinnaasa, a land of the dreams under the sea, that he wants to keep the dreamland on earth.

The King of Marinnaasa hears that his kingdom will be able to return to the earth if it is possible to bring dreams and hopes to the people on the earth from Fenarinaasa. Therefore, the King gives his daughter a name "Minky Momo", and sends her to the earth with three pets: a monkey named Chamo, a little bird named Rupipi, and a dog named Cookbook.

With the help of magic, Momo becomes a daughter of one childless couple who owns a hotel. She brings dreams and hopes to the people on the earth by using the same magic that the former Momo used to command.

However, Momo and her parents on earth have to move out from the hotel since the war broke out. Momo realizes that people on the earth become too dreamless and hopeless. Desperately, she goes to meet the former Momo with the help of magic and is encouraged by her who has never given up her dreams. Momo picks up her spirit again. On the other hand, people in Marinnaasa are forced to escape to space because Marinnaasa cannot bare the water pressure anymore. Momo decides to stay in the earth and to believe that people will regain dreams and hopes.

Now that Marinnaasa has gone, there is no land of dreams left on the earth. However, Momo grows up with the hope that the land of dreams will come back to the earth someday.

Key Creators

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
  • Born in 1952
  • Director on "Sengokumajin Goshogun" and "New Kimagure Orange Road", Picture continuity on "New Kimagure Orange Road", and etc.
Original plan, scenario: Takeshi Sudo
  • Born in 1942
  • Series composition on "Sengokumajin Goshogun" and "Angelic idol Yokoso Yoko", and etc.
Character design: Toyoo Ashida
  • Born in 1944
  • Director of picture painting on "Moomin" and "Majineiyuden Wataru", Character design on "Majineiyuden Wataru" and "Galaxy Drift Vifam"

Main Characters

MINKY MOMO

She is a princess of the land of dreams. She came to the earth to bring dreams and hopes to the people. She is an ordinary girl who is full of curiosity and always asks "Why? Please tell me." However, when she turns into an eighteen year-old girl with high skills in various occupations by using magic, she knows everything enough to be called a super girl. On the other hand, she is lack of experience in love. In the story, she will experience a faint love.

モモについて、地上にやってきた3匹のお供
SHINDBOOK (OLD) / COOKBOOK (NEW)

It is an old dog. It is composed and lazy. It is well-informed and thinks himself that it knows everything about the world.

MOCHA / CHAMO

It is a fussy little monkey. It has a strong sense of justice and tries things with enthusiasm. On the other hand, it is hasty and careless.

PIPIRU / RUPIPI

It is a precocious little bird which always dreams of love. It often falls in love in a first sight and breaks her heat.


Momo became a child of a couple
without children by using magic
PAPA

He is Momo's father in Earth. He is an archeologist and is quite famous in the field. He is always traveling around the world. He is a broad-minded generous man with young boy's mind.

MAMA

She is Momo's mother in Earth. Her hobby is to write unpopular novels.

To bring dreams and hopes to the people, they sent their only daughter to the earth with three pets
KING

He is a King of the dreamland and is Momo's real father. He is extremely easygoing, and his optimistic nature is incomparable.

QUEEN

She is a Queen of the dreamland and Momo's real mother. She is beautiful, generous, and always calm. Although she sometimes gets disgusted at King's carelessness, she always supports and helps King.

As people are losing their dreams and hopes, dreamlands on earth are getting apart from the earth
FENARINAASA

It is a land of dreams which floats in the sky, and it is the first Momo's motherland. Although it barely remains as the part of the earth, it would leave the earth far behind unless people take back their dreams and hopes.

MARINNAASA

Marinnaasa is a land of dreams which was used to be on the sea. It was the last dreamland remained on earth, but sank deep into the sea as people forgot to dream and to hope. It cannot come to the surface unless people take back their dreams and hopes.

Magical Outfit

Minky Stick

When Momo swings this stick uttering an incantation, she turns into an eighteen year-old woman. This stick can be used for magic, too.

New Minky Stick

This is an improved stick. Parts of the pendant can be united, and the hart-shaped tip of the stick can be rotated.

Pendant

A magical stick is stored inside of this pendant. This pendant can be used for fortune-telling.

Bracelet-Cum-Watch

It is a bracelet-cum-digital watch. It is also utilized for a transceiver when Momo wants to talk to Papa in the dreamland or her pet animals.

Dresser

It is a dresser with a mirror and a drawer. Momo can put up makeup perfectly on this dresser.

Red Music Box

The gems on the music box shine one by one each time Momo lavishes happiness to people. When every gem shines, the dreamland will return to the earth.

Gourmet Poppo

Gourmet Poppo is the first Momo's main transportation. It is utilized for going shopping, traveling around the world, and so on. Later on, the king of Marinnaasa presents it to the second Momo, but it is not utilized as often as before. The reason is because the more it is utilized, the more it gets falling down. The fuel of this vehicle is the dreams.

© 1991 ASHI PRODUCTION. Licensed by Animation Int'l.

 
 
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