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In Mari Land, a picturesque world entirely populated by Ridiculously Cute Critters, two miscreants named Kuromi and Baku are imprisoned in a dungeon. One day, they obtain the Melody Key, a magical instrument with dark powers, and escape from the prison. They head to the human world in order to collect Black Notes by making people's dreams come true in horrible ways, with the eventual goal of resurrecting the Spirit of Dark Power. Meanwhile, an acquaintance of Kuromi named My Melody is suspected of helping the two fugitives escape. She is ordered to go to the human world to arrest them and save people's dreams. My Melody arrives in Yumemigaoka City and helps a junior high school student named Uta Yumeno when she falls victim to Kuromi's Melody Key. The two become friends, and My Melody starts living with Uta. After that, My Melody and Uta are involved in various troubles caused by Kuromi, but they solve them using My Melody's Melody Takt, a magical conductor's baton.

As each season of the series progresses, newer tasks fall to My Melody and her friends. In ~Kuru Kuru Shuffle!~, My Melody must collect Pink Notes while Kuromi must collect the Black Notes so they can fulfill their wishes. In Sukkiri♪, both My Melody and Kuromi are candidates to become the new Princess of Mary Land. Kirara★ however is a prequel story, taking place before the events of the three anime series. This series revolves around Kirara collecting the missing pieces of the Wishing Star so that she can return to the human world.


The irreverent, genre-deconstructing humor saves the show from tasting like diabetes. Much, much Better Than It Sounds.


This show has examples of:

 My Melo: Where is your mommy, Uta-chan?

Uta: She became a star in the heavens.

My Melo: ... AWESOME!

 "Ahh... This tea tastes so good."

  • Missing Mom -- Uta's mother died long enough ago that Koto can't remember her, thus supplying an episode's worth of plot.
  • Monster of the Week -- Kuromi's Melody Key turns people into these.
  • Muggle Best Friend -- Uta to My Melo.
  • My God, What Have I Done? -- Kuromi does not realize her nightmare magic is bringing about the end of the world until late in the series.
    • In Shuffle, she was unaware her new Melody Key had any connection to the Dark Power because two pages in the manual were stuck together.
  • Nobody Poops -- Aversion: Kuromi has to go to the bathroom in episode 9 and has a hard time going poop.
  • No Sell -- Keiichi is resistant to Kuromi's magic through sheer willpower -- and through visualizing himself being kissed by Baku.
    • In Shuffle, immunity to nightmare magic comes automatically packaged with being Bunny-Eared Mask.
  • Odd Job Gods -- The God of Eggplants. He's an amazingly local god.
  • The One Guy -- Kakeru Kogure, if you count just the main hero cast
  • One-Winged Angel Hiiragi Keichi gets one of these after he is possessed by the spirit of Dark Power near the end of the first series.
  • Origin Story -- The fourth series Kirara★ is set before the events of the three animes itself, explaining more about Kuromi's hatred to My Melody and the origins of the spirit of Dark Power.
  • Parasol Parachute -- Trasportation in Mary Land.
  • Parental Abandonment -- "Our mother left us long ago, and our father's on a business trip," Uta's younger sister tells My Melody.
  • Potty Failure: Kirara and Kuromi both wet their beds thanks to a roaming monster in episode 10 of the Kirara season
  • The Power of Friendship
  • Prima Donna Director -- an obvious target for Kuromi.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad -- The wicked, hard-edged tricycle gang Kuromi's 5.
  • Red String of Fate -- Uta is linked to My Melody by one of these, non-romantically of course.
  • Redundant Romance Attempt -- Jun Hiiragi to Uta
  • Refusal of the Call -- This is Keiichi Hiiragi's whole shtick in the second series, being forced to become a super hero as penance for his actions in the first.
  • Revenge Before Reason -- Kuromi is motivated by the imagined slights and grievances, often very minor, she has suffered thanks to My Melody - she keeps a thick notebook on these. Given Melody is such a clueless Ditz, most of the grievances are better off laughed away.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter -- My Melody and all the inhabitants of Mary Land. Not surprising since My Melody was created by Sanrio.
  • Running Gag -- Baku's resemblance to an eggplant is commented on by several characters, much to his indignation.
  • Shapeshifting Lover -- Kuromi assumes human form to romance Keiichi Hiiragi.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend -- Kakeru to Uta
  • Shipper on Deck -- basically every friend of Uta and Kakeru wants to ship them, including Jun Hiiragi, who has the hots for Uta himself.
  • Shirtless Scene -- Whenever Kuromi opens a Dream Door in the first series, we see shots of Keiichi playing the violin while shirtless.
    • When he's about to begin playing the Song of the Dark Power in the series 1 finale, Keiichi just takes his shirt off first for no reason.
  • Shout-Out -- When the King is sending My Melo off on her quest, he refers to her as "Pretty Bunny Soldier My Melo" and "Earth Defense Bunny My Melo." My Melo later remarks that the King had been watching a lot of Earth TV shows at the time.
  • Sibling Rivalry -- among Keiichi and Jun Hiiragi, and among their respective valets.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts -- one downright creepy, unnamed pair appear occasionally in the series. They always fall victim to Kuromi's mischief.
  • Tarot Motifs -- The cards in the Melody Compact in Shuffle feature the summonable residents of Mari Land in different tarot poses. Notable is Rhythm as "The Fool," the King as "The Hanged Man," and My Melo herself as "The Magician." A few are even minor arcana - Bako is the "Four of Swords" and Santa Claus the "Ace of Pentacles."
  • Title Theme Tune
  • Toilet Humor -- Kuromi is a big fan of it.
    • My Melo and Kuromi have both been farted upon more than once.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth -- Dar-chan can't possess My Melody.

 Dar-chan: GYAHHH! W-what is the inside of this creature's heart MADE of?!

  • Two-Teacher School -- the only teachers who appear with any regularity are Uta's class teacher, the female teacher he has a secret crush on, and the flamboyantly fruity music tutor.
  • Underdogs Never Lose -- In at least four instances, a bottom-tier athlete/team wins against all the odds (The "Tiger" baseball team; a girl soccer team; a pro wrestler; and Kakeru)
  • Undying Loyalty -- Baku and Kuromi's 5, both to Kuromi.
  • The Unintelligible -- the lamb Piano, said to be the greatest poet ever.
  • Unwitting Pawn -- Kuromi, Jun in season 2.
  • Urine Trouble -- Baku's baby sister Bako pees on Kuromi in one episode.
  • Verbal Tic -- Baku adds "zona" to the ends of all his sentences. The Monsters Of The Week also sometimes have a Verbal Tic relating to whatever their theme is.
    • Why the Spirit of the Dark Power is known as "Dar-chan."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds -- Mana to My Melody
  • The White Prince -- Keiichi behaves awkwardly when Uta brings him to a greasy spoon; he even tries to pay the bill with a Black American Express Card.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Cute Things? -- Mana has a severe phobia to cute things, which puts her in some unpleasant situations with My Melody.
  • Yandere -- Kuromi, for both Keiichi and quite possibly My Melody. In almost every episode, she says she will gather Black Notes for Keiichi, something that involves turning the dreams of the depressed, the hopeful, and the occasional kindergartner into horrific nightmares, and at the end of season 1 seems quite willing to let the world be destroyed if it means Keiichi will like her. The only reason she joins up with My Melo is to save him. As for My Melo, she apparently wanted to be friends with her when they where little, then made it her life's mission to destroy her. The judge of Mari Land even states that her obsession is one of the main reasons she's being locked up.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside -- Invoked in Season 1 finale, when My Melody needs a whole year of training to avert The End of the World as We Know It.
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