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Nurse Witch Komugi is an OVA series produced by studios Tatsunoko Productions, Telecom Animation Film and Kyoto Animation (The latter two for the first two episodes only), spanning six episodes. Five episodes were produced in 2002 with a supplementary episode chronologically located between episodes 2 and 3 later created in 2003.
The OVA was later adapted to an Manga under the same title illustrated by Rei Nakajima and published by Hakusensha in their magazine Young Animal Arashi. The Manga spanned two volumes produced between September 29th, 2003 and August 27th, 2003.
A sequel OVA was also produced by studio Tatsunoko under director Kou Matsuzono with the title of Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magicarte Z. Spanning two episodes the sequel OVA was released September 10th, 2004.
All versions of the work follow the same basic premise, a parody of Magical Girl Anime and more specifically SoulTaker. The plot follows Komugi Nakahara, a cosplay idol who turns into the Magical Nurse Witch Komugi when trouble is around.
Tropes associated with this work:
- A-Cup Angst: Komugi, as repeatedly pointed out by the rest of the cast.
- Bland-Name Product: Often averted, given that it takes place in Akihabara.
- Blush Sticker: Komugi at all times.
- Clark Kenting: Komugi and Koyori, they even use their actual names. Though, once Komugi came pretty close to deducing that Koyori was Magical Maid Koyori.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: Komugi
- Cute Little Fangs: Both Komugi and Koyori.
- Deadly Doctor: As a magical nurse, Komugi occasionally wields oversized medical equipment such as scalpels.
- Ear Worm: The ending song, Otome no Mahou de Ponde Ke wa.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Komugi's street outfits often contain a Sweet Lolita influence.
- Furo Scene: Once per episode.
- Gag Boobs: Magical Teacher Komachi but it's just a disguise.
- Gag Series
- Gainaxing: Koyori and Megumi.
- Genki Girl: Komugi
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Lan Hikari is Kyousuke Date.
- Lighter and Softer: In stark contrast to its predcessor anime, The Soultaker. Justified, in that the contrast in tones between the shows makes it hillarious.
- Look Both Ways: Komugi is hit by a truck and dies right at the start of episode 3. After spending some time as a vengeful ghost, she comes Back From the Dead repeatedly only to be run over again and again.
- Magical Girl Warrior: Parodied.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Koyori. On the DVD Commentary for the dub, her voice actor notes that performing the laugh is like being punched in the stomach.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Komugi has Mugimaru, Koyori has Posokichi and Komachi has Kuribei. They are Magical Girls, after all.
- The Other Darrin: Averted. When ADV got the licence for Nurse Witch Komugi, they knew that it was a spin-off/self-parodying sequel to SoulTaker, which they didn't dub (Geneon/The Ocean Group got that job). So to keep consistency, ADV got the Soultaker dub actors to reprise their roles.
- Overly Long Name: Kim Nicholas Fidel Muammar Tikriti Adolf de Komachi
- Petting Zoo People: Koyori, who is a raccoon girl.
- Rose-Haired Girl: Komugi.
- Shinichi Watanabe: While he had nothing to do with the making of the show, Nabeshin cameos up as an unnamed anime director in episode 4.
- Shout-Out: Tons of them. In particular, Komugi often ends up cosplaying as other Tatsunoko characters, such as Speed Racer or the heroes of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Including a theme tune that is a cross between Gatchaman and Godannar. Not surprising since the anime was made by Tatsunoko.
- Even Koyori cosplayed as the 1st Tekkaman!
- Spin-Off: To SoulTaker, making it a self-parodying sequel.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Koyori's Magical Maid persona.
- Transformation Sequence
- Transforming Mecha: Many of Japan's famous buildings are transformed into mecha by Koyori, starting with the Tokyo Big Sight.
- Verbal Tic: Komugi's flying rabbit partner, Mugimaru, always ends its sentences with "-mugi". In Japanese, Koyori also ends sentences with "de gozaimasu wa" when she's in Magical Maid form.