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Add Another Anime to the Kids TV List: Magical DoReMi

4Kids returns the magical girl comedy to the air waves.

Just caught word via AICN Anime, and confirmed on 4Kids' own website, that Magical DoReMi will return to television starting tomorrow morning at 7am on the CW4Kids Saturday morning cartoon block-- meaning yet another potential anime gateway for the young'uns!

Back when 4Kids TV was shown on Fox, 4Kids launched Magical DoReMi, also known as Ojamajo Doremi, in 2005-2006. The series was pulled from TV, but continued to stream online from '07-'08, with all 51 episodes currently available to stream on the site.

 CW4Kids Saturday Morning Block
 CW4Kids Saturday Morning Block
It's an interesting move, considering the show is a bit older; on the other hand it has the first block of the morning at 7am and was already dubbed, so it might have just been an easy filler for the time slot. It's on right before the Winx Club, which is about it for specifically girl-focused shows; 8am on is Dinosaur King, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sonic X, and Yu-Gi-Oh!.

I have an e-mail out to a 4Kids contact to see if this means we might see more DoReMi stuff-- there are several seasons that were made in Japan that 4Kids has yet to touch --and the answer to that, if we get one, may give a few hints as to whether the show is being used as a filler or whether they're hoping for it to really draw in new viewers.

I've never actually watched DoReMi, but I understand that the 4Kids version is, true to form, heavily edited for localization. Have any of you watched it? Do you think it has a shot at picking up some new fans?
hitsusatsu11on April 23, 2010 at 1:44 p.m.
Im Glad 4kids is doing it, hopefully they capitalize on on the merchandise potential. 
megaplushieon April 23, 2010 at 1:55 p.m.
I remember watching a few episodes of Magical DoReMi when it first aired, but I forget how well I liked it. Now I get to wake up at 5am to watch it since my local CW affiliate blows chunks.
giaon April 23, 2010 at 2:01 p.m.
@megaplushie: Youch. Maybe time to invest in a DVR :)
megaplushieon April 23, 2010 at 2:03 p.m.
@gia:  Who needs a DVR when you have a VHS contraption that might still function?
Sigueon April 23, 2010 at 3:29 p.m.
@megaplushie said:
" @gia:  Who needs a DVR when you have a VHS contraption that might still function? "
I use a VCR regularly. You don't want to do that. Trust me.
megaplushieon April 23, 2010 at 3:36 p.m.
@Sigue:  ORLY
Quarkboyon April 23, 2010 at 3:51 p.m.
I watched a bunch of it when it aired on 4kids the first time. 
The localization is heavy, but doesn't change the nature of the characters. Majo-Rikka is still herself, so is Doremi,  Pop is still precocious.  It ups the amount of jokes in the dialog and westernizes everything, and there are subtle edits like removing anything hinting at domestic arguments etc...  I believe an entire episode focused on a kidnapping is rewritten to not place any character in any real danger. 
 
For a 4kids dub job, it succeeds in keeping the heart of the show pretty much intact, even while still editing a lot.  So I suppose that I'd call it a success.
giaon April 23, 2010 at 4:54 p.m.
@Quarkboy: I think there was also an episode that wasn't brought out at all, but I'm glad to hear it gives the original series a fair shake. I'll have to set it up to record on my new-fangled DVR thingie. :)

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