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Sally is a trainee witch sent to Earth to study humans and learn how to blend in among them, though she does not always succeed. She befriends Earth children Yotchan and Sumire and fights the corrupt Kabu, who steals from department stores. This was the first of the "magical girl" genre that would extend to the present day through look-alike titles such as Creamy Mami, Gigi, and Secret Akko-chan. Originating in a 1966 manga for Ribbon magazine by Giant Robo-creator Mitsuteru Yokoyama, the character was originally called Sunny but had her name changed to avoid protests from the car manufacturer Nissan.
Sally returned for a new series in 1989 on TV Asahi, directed by Osamu Kasai, with character designs by Yasuhiro Yamaguchi. In 1990, the new incarnation also appeared in a short 1990 movie and a TV special, LWS: Mother's Love is Eternal, which ended the series with Sally's dream that she is to become the new queen of the magical land of Astria and must bid farewell to her friends. Yokoyama's witch, like Tezuka's Astro Boy, was one of the defining archetypes of anime, and it is still much imitated to this day-see also his less successful follow-up, Comet-san.