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"But with these magic spheres, we can disable Majoruka's Magic Goods."

Big Change! The Ojamajo's Test
Witch Magic
Japanese Title 大逆転!? おジャ魔女の試練

Ōsagakō!? Ojamajo no Shiken

Dub Title Mirabelle's Blues
Description
Season Season 1
Episode No. 23
Air Date July 11, 1999 (JP)

March 4, 2006 (US)

Navigation
Next Episode Majoruka versus level 6 ojamajo!
Previous Episode The Road to being a level 6 Witch is Hard


Opening

Using their magic, Mota and Motamota use their magic to upgrade the Ojamajo's porons. Fusing them with their treasured childhood instruments as the ojamajo take them.

Premise

Aiko struggles with personal issues regarding her dad as the Ojamajo attempt to become level six apprentice.

Summary

Poppu is drawing when Doremi gets home, just as Haruka announces that since she won the lottery, they could
Cake~!

Dodo's cute wittle mouth~

have steak for dinner. Doremi is very happy but she immediately becomes suspicious and asks her mother if she really threw away the charm like she asked her a few days ago. Haruka claims she did, but Doremi doesn't believe her and Haruka dares her to go and look for it. So Doremi drops it for now.

Pop discovers the cake she saved from earlier is gone and immediately blames Doremi for it before going to find evidence to support her theory. Meanwhile, Majorika is shown eating the cake with Dodo until they hear Pop coming inside, in which they run to hide. As expected, Pop happens to find this and threatens to tell their Mom, so Doremi, noticing the icing on the nearby drawer from where Majorika hid, and yanks her out of it. She offers Majorika to Pop, who is delighted to see her again and grabs her before running off.

Later during the day, Hazuki is preparing to leave the bus Maho-do as Lala apologizes for keeping her there so long. Hazuki claims not to mind and asks what they have to do for now.  Lala mentions they'd stand a better chance if they can pass the next exam when Hazuki reveals that they had to use all of their Magic Spheres to help Baya. Lala tells her not to feel bad because she believes with everyone's effort they can find a way to solve the problem. Hazuki agrees and she leaves for home, stopping for a moment to ask Yada for advice.

That night at the Senoo household, Aiko is trying to play her harmonica but notices the FA sound acting up. She grows worried over how late her dad is, but the concerns are put to rest when she hears noise from outside. Kouji explains that he's just been sleepy, causing her to ask if he actually threw away the bad luck doll yet. He claims he did, then shows her the present he got for her when she goes to look. At first Aiko is suspicious and even tells him it's not the holiday or her birthday, so she doesn't know why he would have done this. But she accepts the gift anyway to see a gold harmonica inside.

A confused Aiko asks how he could afford this expensive gift, but when he mentions how bad her harmonica is getting he just thought it would be a nice idea. It sounds like a nice gesture, but when he suggests discarding her previous harmonica, Aiko blows a fuse and yells at him until he slaps her. This shocks them both and as he tries to apologize, Aiko sadly storms off and leaves their household while noticing he still has the cursed charm in his car.

At the Harukaze's, Keisuke has just returned home but with an injured leg that he aquired after falling off a small cliff. It is very small and it isn't broken, but he needs time to heal. Majorika casually points out that Doremi's father has one of Majoruka's charms on him, the one their mom claimed to have thrown away days prior. Doremi makes an attempt to rid of it, but her parents refuse to throw it away, calling it wasteful. Before she can argue though, they get a phone call from Hazuki. She explains what happened with Aiko, so Doremi tells her parents before leaving for the Fujiwara's.

Aiko Little
Aiko explains to Hazuki and Doremi what happened but they don't really understand the big deal until Aiko tells them how precious her harmonica is. It had been a special present she got before her parents divorced years back. They had been out walking when she noticed a little boy with one. She watched him play, which Kouji seemed to pick up on and asked Aiko if she would like to get one. She claims she didn't want it, but they go to the shop and offer to get her one anyway.

But when they fight over who'll pay for it, Aiko claims not to want it anymore. That is, until they just decide to split the cost instead of arguing. When her mother left, her harmonica had been the only thing left to comfort her and on the night of the divorce, she caught her dad still awake and asked him to play it for her. With that the memory comes to an end. Aiko claims to be alright after seeing how upset the story made Doremi and Hazuki. But when Baaya comes by to inform her that her dad came to get her, she demands that her dad throws the charm away first, and tells Baaya to give him a very angry message. She refuses to leave until he listens to her.

As Doremi wonders about things, everyone realizes that without magic they can't disable the bad magic in the charms. Hazuki informs them of the advice she got from Yada-kun, pointing out that just sitting around wont get anything done. They need to think of a way to get more magic spheres, so Aiko suggests that they just try to get a temporary job at the magic world, but they don't know how to get inside without being thrown out again.

All of the sudden, Dodo and the other yousei come back into the room, where they see Dodo balancing on a little shiny ball. They realize it's a stray magic sphere that Hazuki had accidentally dropped sometime back. Doremi compliments Dodo for the help and they now stand a chance to get to the Magical World.

Meanwhile, Baaya has just delivered Aiko's angry message before she returns to normal. Kouji is very confused by this and Aiko seems pretty happy by the turn of events before they fly away. Doremi uses the magic to transform them into cockroaches, allowing them to quickly sneak in as Hehe lectures the workers to make sure the Ojamajo do not get in. Unknown to her, they already did, which Doremi mocks as they flee into the magical world.

The ojamajo asks Mota and Motamota for help, but they refuse to help as they can't just hand over the magic spheres. But they do suggest trying to get part-time jobs at the Queens' castle since there's always a lot of work to be done there. She gives her permission to let the Ojamajo do some work for Magic Spheres and they are taken to a huge storage shed piled with logs! The witch queen asks them to chop all of it and Aiko offers to do the chopping as Hazuki brings the logs and Doremi sets them up and then puts all of the chopped logs away. To help give her enough energy and strength, Aiko begins insulting her dad as she chops the wood.

This is fine until suddenly she drops the axe, feeling a sharp pain in her hand. Aiko removes her glove to see how bloody her hands are and Doremi switches with her. And so, the Ojamajo work together to finish chopping all of the wood, switching with each other when their hands begin to get bloody and worn out until they eventually finish. They are only given one magic sphere each, but Mota and Motamota reveal they only needed just the one sphere anyway. They pass their exam.

At first, the ojamajo can't make any sense of this until they reveal what the exam was. The ojamajo were to try to find a way to get magic spheres after running out. They are then asked to hand over their most precious instruments but the Ojamajo were not told about this.
Cheering

Later, the ojamajo return with the instruments. Aiko with her childhood harmonica, Doremi with her toy piano, and Hazuki with her very first violin. And so, they are given the new porons, along with the upgraded magic spheres. Doremi comments on how low her magic spheres are in comparison to Hazuki and Aiko's, but they reveal that it depends on the care and dedication, to which Doremi admits she had just put her toy piano in the closet after she couldn't play it anymore. But at any rate, the ojamajo can now take back the Maho-do.

Major Events

  • The ojamajo pass their 6st witch apprentice exam and become level 6 apprentice. 
  • The ojamajo gain their poron upgrades and a brand new type of Magic Sphere. 

Dub Changes

Dub Changes

Errors

  • When Lala tells Hazuki not to feel down, the upper part of her left shoulder is the same color as the shading used in her hair. It should be the color of the shading on her arms.
  • In the previous episode, Aiko was shown crushing the bad charm her dad had. It was established to be the very same charm from before, but it shows no signs of being repaired. 
  • In the flashback when Aiko sits with her father to listen to him play her harmonica, her right eye's white part is light blue.

Trivia

  • In this episode, it is revealed that the amount of magic spheres a witch/apprentice gains after their poron's upgrade depends on how cherished and well-tended the instrument was. Hazuki and Aiko took good care of theirs, while Doremi did not. 
  • Dodo is shown with a mouth when she eats cake with Majorika. 

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