This popular anime series is based on the manga by Izumi Matsumoto, developed by Toho Co. and Studio Pierrot (currently Pierrot Company, since 2002). The franchise includes the manga, a TV anime series, original video anime (OVA), and theatrically released films. Akemi Takada was the character designer.
The story begins with a family moving to a new town to avoid being discovered that they have supernatural powers. The eldest son Kyosuke Kasuga meets a girl with a refreshing smile, wearing a bright red straw hat. Kyosuke runs into her again as he starts school in the new town. She is Madoka Ayukawa who is surprisingly a loner and the problem student at the school.