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"If I were a witch, I could use magic to confess."


I'm Doremi! Becoming a Witch Apprentice! is episode 1 of the first season of Ojamajo Doremi. It is also the 1st episode of the entire series.


Opening Clip

As the intro to the series, Doremi appears to cast a spell that shows various clips from the series. She says to the audience: "New TV Program I summon you! I'm Harukaze Doremi, I've just started learning magic. I'm still not very good... but thanks to it, every day is full of surprises. Everyone will cheer me on, right? I'll be the shining heroine in this ultra-hyper new TV Program: Ojamajo Doremi! Look forward to it! Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do...Arrre?"

Synopsis

After a rough morning, clumsy girl Doremi Harukaze comes across a strange and unusual shop. Inside, she is offered a chance to fulfill her magical dream. 

Summary

Within an eery magic shop is a young school girl observing a row of magic charms made by the owner. The old woman watches her with amusement and warns her that while her wish will be granted, it is unknown what may happen to her.

Meanwhile, at the Harukaze house, Doremi has just finished reciting a spell to give herself courage and takes a moment to observe the book before preparing to leave for school. She desperately attempts to avoid her annoying little sister, Pop, who steps out of her bedroom to question her motivation for leaving so early. She sees through Doremi's lie and tells her not to bother- but before Doremi can make a good comeback she is startled by their feuding parents. She listens as Haruka chews out Keisuke for trying to get out of his chores and yanks him into another room, giving Doremi the perfect opportunity to take off.

On her way to school, Doremi takes the time to introduce herself formally to the audience and hides upon arrival. She observes the handsome Igarashi-Senpai as Maki -the girl from earlier- approaches to speak with him. She asks that he makes a promise in that if he wins his upcoming match then she will tell him a secret. While confused by this, he agrees and they leave for class. He walks right past Doremi, who feels sullen for missing her chance to confess her feelings and she scolds herself before heading to class.

During class, Doremi tries to read over her witch book again in hopes of finding what she did wrong when she is interrupted by her friend and classmate, Hazuki. Hazuki tries to inform Doremi that it is her turn to read, but unfortunately, she didn't pay attention to the book she grabbed and starts to read out of her witch book; stopping the second it dons on her. She is teased by Kotake Tetsuya as everyone laughs, but when she angrily bickers with him their Teacher sends both of them into the hallway.

After school, Hazuki asks Doremi if she will be attending soccer practice to watch Igarashi. Doremi sadly shakes her head and asks Hazuki to take her place, then in her hurry to leave, she accidentally puts her backpack on upside down and the contents spill out. 

On her way home, Doremi contemplates why everyone thinks magic is weird but after becoming distracted, she pauses after realizing she is on a road she's never been on before. She spots a creepy, old-looking shop nearby and she decides to go in for a closer look. She greets the old woman and observes the various items surrounding her, but while doing so she notices how much the woman has in common with the witch description in her book. She brings this up and as the woman worriedly tries to stop her, Doremi panics and yells "witch!", and in a puff of smoke, the woman has deflated into a small, gooey green Witch Frog.

As Doremi stares in shock, the cat the woman held on her lap transforms into a fairy to explain that Majorika -the woman- is being punished now. Frightened, Doremi tries to leave but Majorika has other plans and stops her, deciding that Doremi will need to become an Apprentice Witch to restore her to normal. At first, Doremi is scared out of her mind until she thinks it over and realizes that this is a good thing because she likes witches and magic. She eagerly accepts and Majorika asks Lala to grab a box from the other room and they go outside, where she has Doremi reach inside to pull out a tap. She tries to explain how they work but Doremi begins to press the buttons causing the witch uniform to appear. Majorika scolds her for this impulsive decision and warns Doremi that the outfit will vanish if the Apprentice doesn't put it on in time. It disappears but Doremi tries again, leading Majorika to wonder if a troublesome girl like her is capable of handling this.

Doremi attempts to cast her first magic spell and a steak appears, but it vanishes before she can eat it. Majorika warns her that because she is new to using magic her spells won't last long, so she shouldn't waste magic spheres. Lala refills the wand for her but before they can get in another word Doremi quickly rises into the air on her broom. Exasperated, Majorika sends Lala to keep an eye on Doremi. As Lala locates her and helps her steady her broom, she tries to convince her to return to the shop but Doremi recalls the soccer game is going on right now and she heads off to see how things are going.

Meanwhile, Hazuki wonders why Doremi didn't want to come when suddenly, the soccer ball is kicked at high speed right for Igarashi.

As she arrives to see this, Doremi panics and uses her magic to protect him by stopping time. She roughly lands on the ground and gets up to move Igarashi aside, then she quickly tries to hide. But in the process she gets distracted as she notices Maki donning a charm she saw in the magic shop, and the two girls exchange glances after time resumes. Doremi runs into the nearest bush and she points this oddity out to Lala as the rival team scores a point due to her interference. Lala lectures her for not thinking clearly and brings up Forbidden Magic to make sure she doesn't try to do something bad; only to realize Doremi isn't listening to her.

From their hiding spot, they watch as a worried Maki unknowingly wishes to help Igarashi seeing that he's been hurt, and the charm she is wearing shatters as the injury transfers to her. She suddenly feels weakened as Lala and Doremi watch -Lala teasing Doremi for her crush- and Doremi feels heavy remorse. She freezes time again to try to help the team score the point they should have gotten, but when time unfreezes the ball beams her in the face and she falls unconscious. Majorika shows up to use magic seeing the predicament Doremi is in, and she takes off after changing Doremi out of her witch apprentice uniform. She and Lala take off.

Eventually, Doremi wakes up to find herself in the nurses office with Hazuki nearby to make sure she is okay. They silence themselves hearing Maki and Igarashi nearby and head outside to spy on them, where Doremi is crushed as they confess their feelings to one-another and Igarashi requests that Maki goes out with him. She accepts and Doremi begins to lament over her unrequited feelings, although she claims to be fine a moment later.

As this is going on, Lala and Majorika curiously watch the display and remark that Doremi will be a pain to deal with. But Lala points out this could also be really fun.

It's then Doremi comments on how nice of a couple they make and she appears to be over it- until Hazuki points out that Doremi has given up on Igarashi. As it dons on her that she never had a chance to begin with, Doremi bursts into tears as the episode ends.

Spells

  • Big Steak Appear!
  • Make the steak bigger!
  • Time, Stop turning! (twice)

Major Events

  • Introduced: Doremi, Pop, Majorika, Maki, Igarashi, Hazuki, Seki-sensei, Kotake, Lala, Yuki-sensei
  • Majorika is transformed into a Witch Frog after Doremi discovers her.
  • Doremi becomes a witch apprentice
  • Doremi learns how to cast spells, change outfits, summon her broom, fly, and how Magic Spheres work.
  • Maki and Igarashi become an official couple. 

Quotes

  • Majorika: But when it grants your wish, you never know what will happen to you.

  • Pop: You're sure up early, must be in love with another boy...
  • Doremi: That's not true! I just have to do something at school this morning!
  • Pop: What a dirty liar...
  • Doremi: It's none of your business anyway!
  • Pop: It's no use but you're still gonna try again?

  • Doremi: My name is Harukaze Doremi. My parents are always fighting every day. My sister is only in Kindergarten but she thinks she knows everything! I'm the world's most miserable pretty girl. But today, I'm going to become the world's most happiest pretty girl!

  • Doremi: Pretty Witch Doremi chi!
  • Majorika: ...What the hell was that?

  • Doremi: Hey, hey. I can do magic with this stick, right? What are the words, hurry and tell me! There's a spell, right? Right? Please hurry, hurry, hurry and tell it to me! Spell! Hurry! Tell Me!
  • Majorika: Shut the hell up!

  • Doremi: That's right... another sad chapter in my life!

Dub Changes

Dub Changes

Errors

  • Nanako Okada appears with dark purple hair and a gold blouse while in class. However, she normally has light orange hair and wears a pale yellow blouse.
  • As everyone laughs at Doremi and Kotake, Kimura has black hair instead of brown.
  • For a split second, after Majorika starts laughing, the collar of Doremi's top is purple when it should be pink.
  • When Doremi first summons her wand it appears full of beads. But when she asks what to do with it, it's empty.
  • As Doremi holds her wand for the first time, it vanishes right after she poses. In the scene right after, she is shown holding it again. 
  • For a split second when Doremi falls down, the bottom part of her broom vanishes.
  • When Doremi holds up her recently filled wand, her hand is glove-less.
  • When Doremi is hiding and watching Igarashi, part of her shirt strap is missing.
  • After casting her first spell, Doremi's hat looks red as she questions why her steak is missing.
  • The Magic Spheres keep changing color as Majorika and Lala explain them to Doremi. 
  • Doremi's musical notes when casting magic are pink or dark pink. When she casts magic at the soccer field, one of them is green.
  • When Doremi lowers her wand to check the soccer ball's location, the rod is neon pink.
  • Near the end of the episode, the formation of the guys doesn't remain consistent. Six in total are shown when time freezes but note that their order is different than the one shown prior. Then as Doremi moves them, there are suddenly seven boys.
  • Doremi was never told what buttons to press in order to gain her wand and broom, as well as her dress. Normally an apprentice needs to be told her specific pattern or else it doesn't work.

Trivia

  • The English dub of this episode aired 9 months after the Naisho season ended.
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