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Marvelous Melmo

Japan, 1971 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures - Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

If Princess Knight sounds wiid, Marvelous Melmo is all the more so because Tezuka's intentions were that this TV series function as sex educa­tion for young children. Never released in the west-not surpnsingly-the series follows the exploits of Melmo who is given a bottle of trans­formative growth pills by the spirit of her recent­ly deceased mother. These pills allow Melmo to do things like grow a human embryo of her brother in a bowl of water and transform herself to a sexy teenager who spends most of her stop-and-start teenagerhood wearing her kiddie clothes—now a very short dress and absurdly tight top. Morals, ethics and sex advice abound in this marvelously crazy series.

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