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, also known as Magical Princess Gigi or Gigi (France) or Benvenuta Gigi (Welcome Gigi, first anime) and Tanto tempo fa...Gigi (Once upon a time...Gigi, second anime) in Italy, is the title of two different magical-girl
Magical girl
belong to a sub-genre of Japanese fantasy anime and manga. Magical girl stories feature young girls with superhuman abilities, forced to fight evil and to protect the Earth. They often possess a secret identity, although the name can just refer to young girls who follow a plotline involving magic...

is the Japanese abbreviated pronunciation of "animation". The definition sometimes changes depending on the context. In English-speaking countries, the term most commonly refers to Japanese animated cartoons....

. The first Momo, often called Sora Momo ("Sky Momo"), aired from 1982. The second Momo, often called Umi Momo ("Sea Momo"), aired from 1991. They are the first and the third magical-girl anime created by Ashi Productions
Ashi Productions
is a Japanese anime studio, located in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan, known for its four magical-girl anime, especially Magical Princess Minky Momo. It was established by Toshihiko Sato and other artists on December 24, 1975 as...

, respectively. Each of the two Momos consists of two parts.

Two Momos share the same title, except that the official title of the second part of the second Momo is .

The protagonist is a magical girl called Minky Momo in both Momos, but they are different persons. (Umi Momo is not a sequel of Sora Momo in an ordinary sense.)

Four OVAs have been released so far: Magical Princess Minky Momo: Yume no naka no Rondo (1985), Magical Princess Minky Momo: Hitomi no Seiza (1987), Minky Momo: Yume ni Kakeru Hashi (1993) and Minky Momo: Tabidachi no Eki (1994). The latter two were not called Magical Princess Minky Momo: ... but just called Minky Momo: ... (She is not a magical girl anymore in those stories.)

Currently the third Momo exists only as manga (Miracle Dream Minky Momo). It is not yet decided but it is possible that there will be the third Momo anime. Takeshi Shudo himself is already talking about how the third Momo should be.

Despite the series' popularity in Japan, in Europe and in Latin America, only the 1985 OVA Yume no naka no Rondo has been released in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, in an English
English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

Dubbing (filmmaking)
Dubbing is the post-production process of recording and replacing voices on a motion picture or television soundtrack subsequent to the original shooting. The term most commonly refers to the substitution of the voices of the actors shown on the screen by those of different performers, who may be...

 produced by Harmony Gold
Harmony Gold
Harmony Gold may refer to:* Harmony Gold , a South African gold mining company* Harmony Gold USA, an American television producer and distributor...

 and released by Celebrity Home Entertainment
Celebrity Home Entertainment
Celebrity Home Entertainment , founded by Noel C. Bloom , was a home video distributor specializing in mostly obscure material from around the world, as well as B-grade action films and soft-core adult fare, although they also released some material that...

, titled Gigi and the Fountain of Youth. Rebecca Forstadt
Rebecca Forstadt
Rebecca Lynn Olkowski , better known by her maiden name, Rebecca Forstadt, is an American voice actor who is best known for playing anime girls with sweet voices. She is also known as Reba West and Becky Olkowski.After studying theater at Orange Coast College, in Costa Mesa, California, Ms...

 (under the pseudonym Reba West) played Gigi (Momo) in this dub. Like most English language anime during its time, the dub version was heavily edited, with an altered plot, rewritten dialogue, and a changed soundtrack (all of the original Japanese vocal songs were replaced with new English songs).

While it would be a stretch to compare Minky Momo to the Momotarō
is a popular hero from Japanese folklore. His name literally means Peach Tarō; as Tarō is a common Japanese boy's name, it is often translated as Peach Boy...

 of Japanese folklore, it is interesting to note that Momotarō also had, as companions, a bird, a monkey and a dog. The choice of name and companions was almost undoubtably a deliberate reference to Momotarō. "Momo", incidentally, means "Peach".

Plot summary

Momo is a princess of , "the land of dreams in the sky". Fenarinarsa is the dwelling place for fairy tale
Fairy tale
A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features such folkloric characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments. However, only a small number of the stories refer to fairies...

 characters. But it was in danger of leaving Earth's orbit and disappearing, because people in the earth lost their dreams and hopes. The king and queen of Fenarinarsa sent their daughter Momo to Earth to help them regain their dreams. Momo became the daughter of a young childless couple in the earth, accompanied by three followers with the appearance of a dog (Sindbook), a monkey (Mocha) and a bird (Pipil). On Earth, Momo takes the appearance of a teenaged girl. To help the planet regain its hopes and dreams, Momo transforms into an adult form of herself, with an occupation tailored to fit the situation (Airline stewardess
Flight attendant
Flight attendants or cabin crew are members of an aircrew employed by airlines primarily to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard commercial flights, on select business jet aircraft, and on some military aircraft.-History:The role of a flight attendant derives from that of similar...

, police officer
Police officer
A police officer is a warranted employee of a police force...

, football manager
Football Manager
Football Manager is a series of football management simulation games developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. The game began its life in 1992 as Championship Manager; however, following the break-up of their partnership with original publishers Eidos Interactive, Sports Interactive...

, veterinarian
A veterinary physician, colloquially called a vet, shortened from veterinarian or veterinary surgeon , is a professional who treats disease, disorder and injury in animals....

). Each time Momo succeeds in bringing happiness to the person affected, a jewel appears in the Fenarinarsa crown. Once 12 jewels appear, Fenarinarsa will return to Earth's surface.

Later in the series, however, the task is left incomplete as she loses her magical powers and then her own life. She is reincarnated as a baby, the real daughter of the couple in the Earth, not the daydreamed. Now she has her own dream to realize. And she has a pink lizard named Kadzilla who helps her and her pets defeat once and for all an evil shadow who had been the source of the troubles of the people she had helped.

The second series has a similar plot, however this Momo came from , the "land of dreams in the bottom of the sea". In this series, she was accompanied by Cookbook (dog), Lupipi (bird), and Charmo (monkey). She enjoyed a happy life on the Ground. Similarly to the previous series, she is adopted by a young childless couple became her parents on the Ground and she used her magic to bring happiness to many people.

Later in the second series, Momo and her family become refugees. She understand that people has few hopes and dreams now. She eventually meets the Momo character from the first series, and ultimately decides to save all the remaining hopes and dreams, using her magic against many social issues
Social issues
Social issues are controversial issues which relate to people's personal lives and interactions. Social issues are distinguished from economic issues...

. Despite her efforts however, all magic and fairy tale characters begin to disappear. The King and Queen of Marināsa decide to escape from the Earth, but Momo elects to stay behind in order to fulfill her parents' dream of having a child, believing that hopes and dreams are never really lost.


Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Yume no Naka no Rondo (1985)
sung by Mariko Shiga
Mariko Shiga
was an idol star and voice actress born in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture. She attended and graduated from Funabashi Municipal High School before enrolling in the University of California, Riverside in 1989...

, EP
Extended play
An EP is a musical recording which contains more music than a single, but is too short to qualify as a full album or LP. The term EP originally referred only to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play records and LP records, but it is now applied to mid-length Compact...

, Victor Entertainment, KV-3068

Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Yumemiru Heart (1991) STAR CHILD, KIDA 31
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Yume wo Dakishimete (1992) STAR CHILD, KIDA 42
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: LOVE CALL (1993) STAR CHILD, 8SSX 69


Magical Princess Minky Momo: Yume no Naka no Rondo Ongakuhen (1985) Victor Entertainment
Victor Entertainment
is a subsidiary of Japan Victor Company that produces and distributes music, movies and other entertainment products such as anime and television shows in Japan. It was formerly known as...

, JBX-25066 Victor Entertainment, VDR-1073
Magical Princess Minky Momo: Fenarinarsa Song Festival (1985) Victor Entertainment, VDR-1085
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: DaBaDaBa DaBaDa (1992) King Records KICA-79
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Yuki ga Yandara (1992) King Records, KICA-109
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Utau Fairy Tale! (1992) King Records, KICA-120
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: LOVE STAGE (1993) King Records, KICA-131
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Yume ni Kakeru Hashi (1993) King Records, KICA-146
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Someday My Prince Will Come (1994) Victor Entertainment, VICL-23060 (also released on LP)
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Tabidachi no Eki (1994) King Records, KICA-196
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Someday My Prince Will Come TV/OVA (1994) Victor Entertainment, VICL-23060
Dendō Twin Series Magical Princess Minky Momo TV-ban OVA-ban (1999) Victor Entertainment, VICL-60419/20


These albums have songs from multiple shows. The applicable tracks are in bold.
Emotion 20th Anniversary Theme Collection - OVA & Movie Victor Entertainment, VICL-60938
Disc 1
  1. Dallos no Theme (Horn Spectrum, from Dallos
    is a Japanese science fiction OVA released in 1983, directed by Mamoru Oshii and created by Oshii and Hisayuki Toriumi . It is widely considered the first OVA ever released. The storyline focuses on Moon pioneers and the evolution of mankind.- Story :In a near future, mankind has moved from a...

  2. Yume no Naka no Rondo (Mariko Shiga, from La Ronde in My Dream)
  3. Active Heart (Noriko Sakai
    Noriko Sakai
    is a Japanese pop singer and actress. She was born in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. She married in 1998, and divorced on July 31, 2010. She and Yūichi have one son, born in 1999. She is particularly popular in Hong Kong and Taiwan...

    , from Gunbuster
    Gunbuster, known in Japan as is a six episode anime OVA series created by Gainax in 1988. It was the directorial debut of Hideaki Anno, best known as the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion. The title is a combination of the titles of classic tennis anime Aim for the Ace!, whose plot inspired...

  4. Try Again... (Noriko Sakai, from Gunbuster)
  5. The Winner (Miki Matsubara
    Miki Matsubara
    was a Japanese singer, lyricist and composer from Nishi-ku, Sakai, Japan.She is known mainly as a pop singer by some hit songs like "Mayonaka no door", "Neat na gogo san-ji", "The Winner", among others. During her career, she has released 16 singles, 9 albums. Despite her work being mainly...

    , from Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
    Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
    is a 13-episode anime OVA series set in the Gundam universe. The first volume containing two 30-minute episodes was released in Japan on May 23, 1991. Subsequent volumes, containing one 30-minute episode each, followed every one or two months; the final volume went on sale on September 24, 1992...

  6. Magic (Jacob Wheeler, from Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory)
  7. Just Fallin' Love: Ikustu mo no Setsunai Yoru no Naka de (Ayako Udagawa, from Dominion: Tank Police
    Dominion: Tank Police
    is a two volume manga series written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. Set in the fictional city of Newport, Japan, in a future in which bacterial air pollution has become so severe that people must wear gas masks when outdoors, the series follows a police squadron that uses tanks.Dominion has...

  8. Kaze no Tsubasa (Hitomi Mieno, from Haou Taikei Ryuu Knight: Adeu's Legend
    Haou Taikei Ryuu Knight
    is a manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Itō. It was originally serialized monthly in the Shueisha magazine V-Jump starting in 1993. A 52-episode anime television adaptation of the series was produced by Sunrise, directed by Toshifumi Kawase, and aired in Japan from April 5, 1994, to...

  9. Point 1 (Yumiko Takahashi, from Haou Taikei Ryuu Knight: Adeu's Legend)
  10. Toketeiku Yume no Hate ni (Yayoi Gotō, from Iria: Zeiram the Animation)
  11. 100mph no Yūki (Sakiko Tamagawa
    Sakiko Tamagawa
    is a Japanese voice actress from Tokyo. She works at Sigma Seven and is married to fellow voice actor Shūichi Ikeda.-Anime:*Akihabara Dennou Gumi as Miyama Soshigaya/Death Crow*Atashinchi as Mrs...

     and Akiko Hiramatsu
    Akiko Hiramatsu
    is a Japanese voice actress. Hiramatsu works at Ken Production.-Notable voice roles:*.hack//Roots *.hack//SIGN *A Tree of Palme *Ai Yori Aoshi *Azumanga Daioh...

    , from You're Under Arrest)
  12. Arittake no Jōnetsu de (Sakiko Tamagawa and Akiko Hiramatsu, from You're Under Arrest)
  13. After, in the Dark: Torch Song (Mai Yamane
    Mai Yamane
    is a Japanese singer, well known for her work on the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack with Yoko Kanno. Her career started at the very beginning of the 1980s when she participated in a young singer's contest in Japan. Six months, later she finished her first album...

     and Gabriela Robin
    Gabriela Robin
    Gabriela Robin is a singer and lyricist, credited for lyrics and vocals on many songs composed and arranged by Yoko Kanno.She has long been rumored to be Kanno's pseudonym. Robin stated in a print interview that she was going to sing in front of an audience for the first time at Kanno's...

    , from Macross Plus
    Macross Plus
    is a four-episode anime OVA and theatrical movie in the Macross series. It was the first sequel to the original Macross television series that took place in the official timeline...

  14. Inori no Asa (Miwako Saitō, from Shamanic Princess
    Shamanic Princess
    is a Japanese anime consisting of 6 OVA episodes. It chronicles the exploits of Tiara, an agent from the Guardian World, who has been sent to Earth to recover the Throne of Yord, a mystical object which is the source of magical energy in the Guardian World....

  15. Omoide no Mori (Miwako Saitō, from Shamanic Princess)
  16. Future Shock (cherry, from Birdy the Mighty
    Birdy the Mighty
    is a manga by Masami Yuki, who is best known for producing the long-running series Patlabor. His initial work on the series was quickly abandoned, but it was made into an anime, which was produced and, on the last episode, scripted by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who is known for anime titles such as Vampire...


Disc 2
  1. Ai, Oboete Imasu ka (long version) (Mari Iijima
    Mari Iijima
    is a Japanese singer-songwriter who has released over 20 original albums to date. She writes and produces most of her own music, is a multi-instrumentalist, and is an accomplished piano player. After being signed to JVC Victor in 1982, Mari first became known for her voice-acting role as Lynn...

    , from The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?
    The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?
    , also known as The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? or Super Spacefortress Macross , is a 1984 Japanese animated movie based around the Macross television series.The movie is a film adaptation of the original Macross series, with new animation...

  2. Tenshi no Enogu (Mari Iijima, from The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?)
  3. Akira no Theme (Geinoh Yamashirogumi
    Geinoh Yamashirogumi
    Geinoh Yamashirogumi is a Japanese musical collective founded on January 19, 1974 by Tsutomu Ōhashi, consisting of hundreds of people from all walks of life: journalists, doctors, engineers, students, businessmen, etc....

    , from Akira
    Akira (film)
    is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk science fiction film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and starring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama and Taro Ishida. The screenplay is based on Otomo's manga Akira....

  4. Voices (Akino Arai
    Akino Arai
    is a Japanese singer, song-writer, and lyricist, best known for her works in anime such as Outlaw Star, Noir, Macross Plus, and many others....

    , from Macross Plus (movie eidtion))
  5. Heart & Soul (Emilia with Basara Nekki, from Macross 7: The Galaxy Is Calling Me!
    Macross 7
    is an anime television series. It is a sequel to the show The Super Dimension Fortress Macross that takes place many years after the events of the first series following a cast of mostly new characters. The show ran from October 16, 1994 to September 24, 1995 at 11:00 AM, and 49 episodes were aired...

  6. In Yer Memory (Takkyū Ishino
    Takkyu Ishino
    , born December 26, 1967 in Shizuoka, Japan, is a Japanese composer and music producer. He is a member of the technopop group Denki Groove.- Singles :* anna - letmein letmeout (1999)* Stereo Nights (2001)* Takbam (2001)...

    , from Memories
    Memories (film)
    Memories is an anime produced in 1995 by artist/director Katsuhiro Otomo which were based on three of his manga short stories. The film is composed of three episodes: , and...

  7. Calling (Nitro, from You're Under Arrest: The Movie)
  8. Tōi Kono Machi de (Naomi Kaitani, from Cardcaptor Sakura
    Cardcaptor Sakura
    , abbreviated as CCS and also known as Cardcaptors, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by the manga artist group Clamp. The manga was originally serialized monthly in Nakayoshi from the May 1996 until the June 2000 issue, and later published in 12 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha...

  9. Ashita e no Melody (Chaka
    PSY S
    Psy・S [sáiz] was a popular Japanese progressive pop/rock band, formed in 1983 by Masaya Matsuura alongside female vocal powerhouse Chaka...

    , from Cardcaptor Sakura)
  10. Yubiwa (single version) (Maaya Sakamoto
    Maaya Sakamoto
    is a Japanese singer-songwriter, actress, and voice actress. She made her debut as a voice actress in 1992 as the voice of Chifuru in the anime series Little Twins, but is more well known for her role as Hitomi Kanzaki in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne...

    , from The Vision of Escaflowne
    The Vision of Escaflowne
    is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced by Sunrise Studios and directed by Kazuki Akane. It premiered in Japan on April 2, 1996 on TV Tokyo, with the final episode airing on September 24, 1996. Sony's anime satellite channel, Animax also aired the series, both in Japan and on its...

  11. Grace - Jinroh Main Theme - Omega (Hajime Mizoguchi
    Hajime Mizoguchi
    is a cellist and composer.Mizoguchi started playing piano in 1963, at the age of 3, and the cello in 1971. From 1978–1985 he attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where he majored in violoncello...

    , from Jin-Roh
    is a 1999 Japanese animated feature film directed by Hiroyuki Okiura. The film is the third adaptation of Mamoru Oshii's Kerberos saga manga, Ken-Roh Densetsu, after The Red Spectacles released in 1987 and StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops released in 1991 in Japanese theaters.The film takes place in...

  12. Ask DNA (The Seatbelts
    The Seatbelts
    was a Japanese blues/jazz band led by composer and instrumentalist Yoko Kanno.-Band history:The name of the band, according to the fictional description given in the anime series Cowboy Bebop, derives from how the performers wear seatbelts to be safe while they play hardcore jam sessions.The band...

    , from Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
    , known internationally as Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, is a 2001 animated film directed by Shinichirō Watanabe. The screenplay was written by Keiko Nobumoto, based on the Cowboy Bebop television series created by Sunrise. The plot centers on Spike Spiegel and his crew as they find a criminal who is...


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