Fancy Lala, the Magic Stage




Fancy Lala

Anime Cartoon Series: Season 01?; Episode #14: "Omocha no Kuni no Miho (Miho of the Land of Toys)" (1998)

(dream sequences AR) Pigu and Mogu tell 9 year old Miho to transform, as Lala has to go to work. After changing into Lala's clothes, Miho transforms herself to 15 years old. But then she suddenly faints. As Lala falls to the floor, she automatically transforms back to Miho (as well as the clothes disappearing). Chista opens the door just when Miho (probably naked) crashes to the ground. In the following fever sequences Miho is around 3 years old.

-- Visible Time


Fancy Lala

Movie: Vol. 01: "A Star Is Born!"

Miho Shinohara is an ordinary third grader who dreams of bEcoming a famous cartoonist--until she meets a mysterious man from the future and two cute dinosaur-fairies, Pigu and Mogu. The fairies give Miho the magic to transform into a lovely 15-year-old version of herself: Fancy Lala.

-- Charles Solomon


Fancy Lala

Movie: Vol. 02: "Sharing the Spotlight"

From Studio Pierrot (Kimagure Orange Road, Fushigi Yuugi, and I Wanna Be an Angel) and character designs by famed illustrator, Akemi Takada (Kimagure Orange Road, Patlabor) - Fancy Lala is a fun filled adventure for girls who just want to grow up and have fun! When junior high school girl Miho is given the power to transform herself into the pop star, Lala - the world had better watch out! Life can be pretty scary as a star, but Miho can handle it - boys, concerts, and shopping! What more can a girl ask for?!

-- Jeffr_2bya


Fancy Lala

Movie: Vol. 03: "Taking Center Stage"

The boundaries of reality grow increasingly tenuous in the adventures of Miho Shinohara, the third-grader with the magical power to transform herself into glamorous 15-year-old Fancy Lala. In "Who Are You," Miho stumbles into an eerie alternate world distorted by "the Memories of Time," where her family doesn't rEcognize her. A discarded teddy bear triggers an elaborate dream that combines elements of The Wizard of Oz, Babes in Toyland, and The Nutcracker in "Miho in Toyland." Lala is hounded by the press when a tabloid suggests that she and pop star Hiroya are lovers (and Japanese tabloids are apparently much tamer than their Western counterparts). When Lala learns about baseball from handsome athlete Hoshizawa, Miho tests the knowledge to help Taro and the school team end a losing streak. Fancy Lala offers girls a fantasy-adventure that's wholesome without being sarcastic or smart. (Rated 7 and older: suitable for all Ages)

-- Charles Solomon


Fancy Lala

Movie: Vol. 04: "Double Duty"

Third-grader Miho Shinohara has some problems with the trains when she visits her grandparent's in the country. She finally reaches their village and discovers that Soichiro, the boy who teased her three years earlier, has grown into a polite and handsome junior high school athlete. Her "dinosaur-fairies" Pigu and Mogu cause a their usual ruckus in the countryside. Miho transforms into 15-year-old Fancy Lala and co-anchors a TV show about the local "water imp" (actually a kappa, a dangerous water spirit in Japanese folklore) with heartthrob Hiroya. As Lala, Miho learns that Shoichiro's girlfriend Haruka lives next door to him and that he used to be as obnoxious as Taro, the boy who lives next door to Miho. These parallels offer the heroine a possible vision of her own future, and suggests that Lala is helping her grow up. (Rated 7 and older: suitable for all Ages)

-- Charles Solomon


Fancy Lala

Movie: Vol. 05: "Rise to Stardom"

The first two episodes in this collection focus on third-grader Miho's relationships with her family. Continuing the time-travel theme from episode #16, Miho watches the way her older sister Chista treated her years ago. Emotional complications arise when 15-year-old Fancy Lala is booked on a TV show produced by her mother. As Lala, Miho learns that her mother's perfectionism has earned her the nickname of "she-devil." Switching identities enables Miho to resolve her feelings about her mother's career and improve their relationship. In the weakest story, a pair of obnoxious twins spy on Miho and almost discover Lala's true identity. Miho outwits them with some help from the "dinosaur-fairies" Pigu and Mogu, but Sayaka and Asuka Futasugi sound like Team Rocket in Pokémon when they speak in unison. (Rated 7 and older: suitable for all Ages)

-- Charles Solomon


Fancy Lala

Movie: Vol. 06: "A Passing Dream"

Just when Miho thought she’s experienced it all, she finds out that her pretty sister might cheat on her boyfriend, and Lyrical Production informs her that Lala will be having her first concert! There’s also a rumor that having the first concert too early in one’s career can have a negative influence on the star. Will she survive the negative criticisms - not to mention the tough dance training? And what would happen if she lost her magic sketchbook and pen? Expect the unexpected until the very end!

-- Charles Solomon





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