Marvelous Melmo (TV)

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©Tezuka Productions

Alternative title:
Fushigi na Melmo (Japanese)
I bon bon magici di Lilly (Italian)
ふしぎなメルモ (Japanese)
Themes: magical girl
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: After nine year-old Melmo loses her mother in a car accident, she is left to care for her two younger brothers, a task far beyond her age or means. However, in the midst of her grieving, Melmo is visited by the ghost of her deceased mother who gives her a bottle of miraculous candy, capable of transforming her into either an adult (blue candy) or an infant (red candy). A combination of the two can reduce her to a fetus and then change her into any animal she imagines. Drawing on a seemingly inexhaustable supply, Melmo uses her candies to solve the various problems thrown her way, aided by her younger brother Toto (who accidentally morphs into a frog in episode 7) and her cantankerous mentor, Dr Nosehairs.
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Episode titles: We have 26
1971-10-03 to 1972-03-26
1982 (Italy)
Opening Theme:
"Fushigi na Melmo" by Yūki Mashima
Ending Theme:
"Shiawase o Hakobu Melmo" by Junko Miyazaki
Links: We have 2
Trivia: We have 1
A "renewal" version with touched-up animation and a completely different cast was broadcasted by WOWOW and Tokyo MX TV in 1998 and 2006, respectively.
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Chief Director: Bonjin Nagaki
Bonjin Nagaki (eps 8, 12)
Katsukazu Nishitani (eps 3, 6)
Kozo Masanobu (ep 7)
Morimasa Matsumoto (8 episodes
eps 14-18, 20, 23-24

Motoo Honda (ep 2)
Nobuo Onuki (eps 9-10)
Osamu Tezuka (eps 1, 11)
Tatsuo Shibayama (eps 21, 25)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (eps 4, 22)
Bonjin Nagaki (eps 8, 12)
Hideo Furusawa (ep 19)
Katsukazu Nishitani (5 episodes
eps 3, 6, 18, 23, 25

Kozo Masanobu (eps 7, 20)
Motoo Honda (ep 2)
Nobuo Onuki (6 episodes
eps 9-10, 15, 17, 21, 26

Osamu Tezuka (eps 1, 11)
Shigetoshi Ikehara (ep 24)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (4 episodes
eps 4, 14, 16, 22

Episode Director:
Bonjin Nagaki (eps 8, 12)
Hideo Furusawa (ep 19)
Katsukazu Nishitani (eps 4, 6, 23)
Kozo Masanobu (eps 7, 20)
Motoo Honda (eps 2, 25)
Nobuo Onuki (6 episodes
eps 9-10, 15, 17, 21, 26

Osamu Tezuka (eps 1, 11)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (4 episodes
eps 4, 14, 16, 22

Original creator: Osamu Tezuka
Animation Director:
Kozo Masanobu (13 episodes
eps 2, 4-5, 7, 9, 12-13, 17-18, 20-26 even

Osamu Tezuka (ep 1)
Shigeru Yamamoto (13 episodes
eps 3, 6, 8, 10-12, 14-16, 19-25 odd

Producer: Norio Suzuki

Camera: Masaaki Sugaya
Editing: Eiko Nishide
Finishing: Michiko Ikeda
Planning: Yoshihiro Shimizu
Production Chief: Jun Shimozaki
Production manager: Jun Masami
Reiko Mutoh as Merumo

Akira Kimura as Gojuro Yanagida (ep 25)
Eiko Masuyama as dog mother (ep 9)
Haruko Kitahama as Mama
Junko Hori as Naname (ep 5)
Kazuko Sawada as Touch
Kazuko Sugiyama as Naname (eps 8, 13)
Kei Tomiyama as
Shikaku (ep 5)
transformed Biriken (ep 9)
Kōichi Kitamura as Waregarasu
Masako Nozawa as Hayato (ep 12)
Miyoko Asou as Melmo's aunt (first version) (eps 1, 21)
Narumi Tsunoda as
Merumo's Aunt
Third Man
Ryusei Nakao as
Shougo Chikaishi (ep 22)
young man (ep 1)
Yoshiko Ohta as Nitako (ep 6)
Yoshiko Yamamoto as Biriken (ep 9)
Japanese companies
English staff
English companies
Internet Streaming: Viki
English cast
Italian staff
Italian cast

Leo Valeriano as Dottore
Italian companies
Rete 4 (from 1982)
Super 3

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