Magical Girl Pretty Sammy (魔法少女プリティサミー, Mahō Shōjo Puriti Samī) is a three-episode OVA series produced by AIC and directed by Kazuyuki Hirokawa, Yasuhito Kukuchi, and Takeshi Aoki. It is a spin-off of the Tenchi Muyo! series featuring the character "Pretty Sammy", Sasami's magical girl alter-ego.
In this series, Sasami Kawai, a young Japanese schoolgirl, is asked by the magical queen-to-be Tsunami to become "Magical Girl Pretty Sammy", a champion of justice. She is constantly harassed by Pixy Misa, an evil magical girl, created by Ramia, a rival candidate for queen of the magical world. However, Sasami is unaware that Pixy Misa's real identity is her best friend, Misao Amano, who herself in unaware of the transformations forced upon her via the hypnosis of Ramia's brother, Rumiya.
Magical Girl Pretty Sammy should not be confused with the 26-episode television series Magical Project S, which aired between the release of the second and third OVA episodes. These two series take place in different continuities, though they have many similarities, including a similar premise, the same cast of main characters, recasting major Tenchi Muyo! characters in new roles, the quality of their musical tracks- as many of the them are parodies of popular karaoke tunes, and serving as a parody of contemporary magical girl anime, particularly Sailor Moon.
Magical Girl Pretty Sammy originated not in animation, but in voice drama, beginning in 1993 with the release of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki CD Special 1 (Creation of the Universe Journey Across Space-Time). Here, Washu's newest invention, the Dimensional Controller, is glitched by the girls, creating several parallel Tenchi! worlds. Stories from the drama would later be adapted for Tenchi Universe' "Time and Space Adventures" arc (episodes 11-13). A second CD release, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki's Christmas, incorporated ideas revisited again in the series, drawing on Tsunami as the source of Pretty Sammy's magical powers.
The music video for "Pretty Sammy, the Magical Girl", originally part of the Tenchi Muyo! Sound file, marked Pretty Sammy's anime debut. After having a kiss between her and Tenchi interrupted by the villainous Kiyone, Sasami must transform into her magical alter-ego to save her love and teach his kidnappers a lesson. Though the Sound file was never released officially in the U.S., this short can be seen during the end credits of the Mihoshi Special.
The Mihoshi Special was the first time Sammy was ever featured as a full-fledged character in the animated medium, and after her appearance in Episode 12 of Tenchi Universe (Tenchi Muyo! TV: Time and Space Adventures Part 2) in a costume that more resembles Sailor Moon's than her original outfit, the magical girl would go on to star in OVA specials and television series of her own.
Parody of "Magical Girl" Anime
Collectively, the various Pretty Sammy vehicles spoof the magical girl (mahō shōjo) genre of anime (particularly Sailor Moon, with the "bishōjo senshi"/"champion of justice" theme), using the characters from AIC's popular Tenchi Muyo! series (where Sasami is known as Sasami Masaki Jurai). Ryo-Ohki (who is a male in both of the Pretty Sammy series) is Pretty Sammy's assistant and plays the same role that Luna (of the Sailor Moon series) had done, including keeping the fact he could talk a secret.
Magical Project S' three 45-minute episodes in Japan on August 25, 1995, June 25, 1996, and August 24, 1997.
The series was dubbed into English by Pioneer Entertainment and the three episodes were released individually on October 24, 1995, March, 25, 1997, and April 28, 1998. It was also bundled with the Mihoshi Special for a DVD release in 2002.
- Opening: Chanto Yume o Mimasho! ("Dream Away"; Japanese version performed by Chisa Yokoyama, English version performed by Sharyn Scott)
- Ending 1 (episode 1): Baka ("Idiot") [Money No More] (Japanese version performed by Chisa Yokoyama, English version performed by Sharyn Scott)
- Ending 2 (episode 2) and Insert Song (episode 1): Ai no Makeikusa ("Losing the Fight of Love"; performed by Rika Matsumoto); substituted in English version with Your Hiroshi (performed by Diane Michelle)
- Ending 3 (episode 3): Mahô no Tobira ("Magical Door"; Japanese version performed by Chisa Yokoyama, English version performed by Sharyn Scott)
- 1. Magical Girl Pretty Sammy (魔法少女プリティサミー, Mahō Shōjo Puriti Samī") (August 25, 1995)
- 2. Revenge of the Imperial Electronic Brain (電脳帝国の逆襲, "Dennō Teikoku no Gyakushū [Counterattack of the Cyber Empire]") (June 25, 1996)
- 3. Super Kiss (スーパーキッス, Supā Kissu) (August 24, 1997)