Toei Confirms Ojamajo Doremi Team’s Majo Minarai o Sagashite Magical Girl Anime Film

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Toei Animation confirmed during its "Ojamajo Doremi 20th Anniversary Magical Stage" event at AnimeJapan 2019 on Saturday that the film that it teased earlier is an all-new film titled Majo Minarai o Sagashite (Searching for Witch Apprentices). The film will be handled by main staff members from the Ojamajo Doremi anime. The film is slated to open in Japan in 2020. The announcement does not specifically state that the work is a Doremi project, but also does not specifically state that the project is an original film.

Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Aria, Princess Tutu), the director of the original Ojamajo Doremi anime, is directing the film alongside Yū Kamatani (Precure franchise episode director) at Toei Animation. Midori Kuriyama (episode scriptwriter for Lovely Complex, Heartcatch Precure!) and Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Boys Over Flowers, Mushi-Shi) are also returning from Ojamajo Doremi as scriptwriter and character designer, respectively, and Umakoshi is also credited as chief animation director. Shouko Nakamura (Doukyusei -Classmates-) is also credited as animation director for the film, and Hiromi Seki is leading her team as producer.

The Ojamajo Doremi anime is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. <!–Ojamajo Doremi producer Hiromi Seki once stated her desire to make an adaptation of the novel series that features the girls in high school in 2015.–>

The first Ojamajo Doremi anime series originally premiered in Japan in 1999, and 4Kids began broadcasting a heavily edited version of the series in the United States in 2005 under the title Magical DoReMi.

<!–The Ojamajo Doremi novel series that began in 2011 takes place during the heroines’ high school days. The series has 19 books. Kuriyama wrote the novels, and Umakoshi illustrated them.–>

Source: "Ojamajo Doremi 20th Anniversary Magical Stage" event at AnimeJapan 20199

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