Top 9 Magical Girls of Anime and Manga

first_imgYou can watch all of these series and more on Amazon, Crunchyroll, and Netflix. <> Have you been approached by a talking cat?Did a magical contract get offered to you lately?Is your hair pastel colored?Did a mysterious book appear lately that says “do not open?”Did a cute pink pen with a star and angel wings appear suddenly in your hand?Well, you’re in luck, because you just might be a magical girl! Mahou shoujo, or magic girl, is a distinct genre of anime and manga that typically brings a young school-aged girl into the realm of magic. Her duties generally include defeating evil with her friends, while wearing cute clothes and wielding magical items to help defend the world/find the crystal/rescue her pals.Do you think you got what it takes to battle the forces of evil in a short skirt? Check out our list of the top magical girl anime below!center_img 1/9Sailor MoonThe meatball head that started the magical girl craze in the West, every anime fan worth their salt has at least heard of the illustrious Sailor Moon and her Sailor Scouts. A tale as old as time, normal school girl Usagi is approached by a talking cat named Luna, who gives her items and reveals that she is Sailor Moon! She must battle evil, and find her other Sailor Scout friends, as well as uncover her forgotten past. Throw in a splash of romance with Tuxedo Mask, and you’ve got the makings of the most memorable magical girl story of all time! 1/9Sally the WitchThe magical manga that started the whole genre back in 1966 stars Sally, a witch from the magic kingdom who visits the human world. She helps to defend her two school girl friends with her magic and decides to stay on Earth in the disguise of a mortal girl. 1/9Creamy MamiA vintage classic from the ’80s, Creamy Mami is a pastel nostalgic dream of the magical girl genre. In the show, 10-year-old Yu Morisawa sees a spaceship and is carried up into it, resulting in her acquiring a magic wand that lets her take on the appearance of a 16-year-old teen. She also discovers that her new appearance grants her musical talents, and she becomes a pop star sensation. Her main rival? The competing musical talent agency. The pop idol aspect wasn’t just a random choice of the creators. The anime was launched with the purpose of launching real-life idol singer Takako Ohta’s career by featuring her songs in the show. This media mix strategy worked wonders for her, and is still often employed today by anime studios. 1/9Cardcaptor SakuraThis nostalgic series introduces us to Sakura Kinomoto, who one day opens an old book in her basement and accidentally releases the magical Clow Cards. With the help of Cerberus, the guardian of the cards, and her newfound powers, Sakura must collect the cards in order to restore peace to her town. This series was the introduction of many fans to the all-female manga producing team known as CLAMP. The beautiful art style, and adorable outfits made this a series to really remember. 1/9Magic Knight RayearthThese knights had magic, sure, but wow did they have some kickass armor and weaponry, too. This series, also produced by CLAMP, follows three school girls who get sucked into a parallel world and find that they must rescue the Princess Emeraude in order to return to their own world. This series actually mashes up elements of the magical girl genre with the mecha genre, as eventually, they are able to summon giant robots called the Rune Gods to help fight their battles. With beautiful artwork, and a memorable as hell intro song, this series is a must-see for all fans of magical girls. 1/9Tokyo Mew MewWhat a great twist on an old classic. School girls imbued with the magical powers of… animals. Yes, the leading ladies of this series find that they have been merged with the DNA of various beasts after being bathed in a strange light, and are called the Mew Mews. They must battle other dangerous Mew Mews to save their world. The combination of magic and felines is an adorable addition to the magical girl genre. 1/9Puella Magi Madoka MagicaAt first glance, this series appears to be a standard account of girls in frilly dresses with magical powers, but this 2011 series was actually the start of something much darker. The story centers on Madoka Kaname, as she is approached by a cat-like creature named Kyubey who offers her a chance at granting a wish of hers, with the exchange making her into a magical girl that must fight witches. The motivation behind Kyubey’s offer turns out to be much more sinister, and the girls must fight the very system itself in order to be free. Watch out, magical girl lover, this anime turns the cheery, cute genre upside down. 1/9Pretty CureAlso known as PreCure, this series shows the adventures of a group of magical girls known as the Pretty Cures. This is one of the most successful magical girl series ever to come out of Japan, with over 600 episodes to date, as well as movies, toys, manga, and video games. The most current season is called Smile Pretty Cure! in Japan, and was released outside of Asia on Netflix as Glitter Force. Grab your magical item and hop on for this colorful ride into friendship! 1/9Well, we did technically say that magical girl anime should be about girls, but this is a great exception to the rule. Cute High Earth Defense Club keeps all the tropes of the magical girl genre intact: the lead characters are friends who all are imbued with magical powers from a talking animal and fight to save Earth. The only thing is, they happen to be boys, the powers are girly in nature, and the magical animal is a pink wombat. Clearly meant to be a parody of the magical girl genre, this show is actually pretty hilarious and sweet.last_img

first_imgYou can watch all of these series and more on Amazon, Crunchyroll, and Netflix. <> Have you been approached by a talking cat?Did a magical contract get offered to you lately?Is your hair pastel colored?Did a mysterious book appear lately that says “do not open?”Did a cute pink pen with a star and angel wings appear suddenly in your hand?Well, you’re in luck, because you just might be a magical girl! Mahou shoujo, or magic girl, is a distinct genre of anime and manga that typically brings a young school-aged girl into the realm of magic. Her duties generally include defeating evil with her friends, while wearing cute clothes and wielding magical items to help defend the world/find the crystal/rescue her pals.Do you think you got what it takes to battle the forces of evil in a short skirt? Check out our list of the top magical girl anime below!center_img 1/9Sailor MoonThe meatball head that started the magical girl craze in the West, every anime fan worth their salt has at least heard of the illustrious Sailor Moon and her Sailor Scouts. A tale as old as time, normal school girl Usagi is approached by a talking cat named Luna, who gives her items and reveals that she is Sailor Moon! She must battle evil, and find her other Sailor Scout friends, as well as uncover her forgotten past. Throw in a splash of romance with Tuxedo Mask, and you’ve got the makings of the most memorable magical girl story of all time! 1/9Sally the WitchThe magical manga that started the whole genre back in 1966 stars Sally, a witch from the magic kingdom who visits the human world. She helps to defend her two school girl friends with her magic and decides to stay on Earth in the disguise of a mortal girl. 1/9Creamy MamiA vintage classic from the ’80s, Creamy Mami is a pastel nostalgic dream of the magical girl genre. In the show, 10-year-old Yu Morisawa sees a spaceship and is carried up into it, resulting in her acquiring a magic wand that lets her take on the appearance of a 16-year-old teen. She also discovers that her new appearance grants her musical talents, and she becomes a pop star sensation. Her main rival? The competing musical talent agency. The pop idol aspect wasn’t just a random choice of the creators. The anime was launched with the purpose of launching real-life idol singer Takako Ohta’s career by featuring her songs in the show. This media mix strategy worked wonders for her, and is still often employed today by anime studios. 1/9Cardcaptor SakuraThis nostalgic series introduces us to Sakura Kinomoto, who one day opens an old book in her basement and accidentally releases the magical Clow Cards. With the help of Cerberus, the guardian of the cards, and her newfound powers, Sakura must collect the cards in order to restore peace to her town. This series was the introduction of many fans to the all-female manga producing team known as CLAMP. The beautiful art style, and adorable outfits made this a series to really remember. 1/9Magic Knight RayearthThese knights had magic, sure, but wow did they have some kickass armor and weaponry, too. This series, also produced by CLAMP, follows three school girls who get sucked into a parallel world and find that they must rescue the Princess Emeraude in order to return to their own world. This series actually mashes up elements of the magical girl genre with the mecha genre, as eventually, they are able to summon giant robots called the Rune Gods to help fight their battles. With beautiful artwork, and a memorable as hell intro song, this series is a must-see for all fans of magical girls. 1/9Tokyo Mew MewWhat a great twist on an old classic. School girls imbued with the magical powers of… animals. Yes, the leading ladies of this series find that they have been merged with the DNA of various beasts after being bathed in a strange light, and are called the Mew Mews. They must battle other dangerous Mew Mews to save their world. The combination of magic and felines is an adorable addition to the magical girl genre. 1/9Puella Magi Madoka MagicaAt first glance, this series appears to be a standard account of girls in frilly dresses with magical powers, but this 2011 series was actually the start of something much darker. The story centers on Madoka Kaname, as she is approached by a cat-like creature named Kyubey who offers her a chance at granting a wish of hers, with the exchange making her into a magical girl that must fight witches. The motivation behind Kyubey’s offer turns out to be much more sinister, and the girls must fight the very system itself in order to be free. Watch out, magical girl lover, this anime turns the cheery, cute genre upside down. 1/9Pretty CureAlso known as PreCure, this series shows the adventures of a group of magical girls known as the Pretty Cures. This is one of the most successful magical girl series ever to come out of Japan, with over 600 episodes to date, as well as movies, toys, manga, and video games. The most current season is called Smile Pretty Cure! in Japan, and was released outside of Asia on Netflix as Glitter Force. Grab your magical item and hop on for this colorful ride into friendship! 1/9Well, we did technically say that magical girl anime should be about girls, but this is a great exception to the rule. Cute High Earth Defense Club keeps all the tropes of the magical girl genre intact: the lead characters are friends who all are imbued with magical powers from a talking animal and fight to save Earth. The only thing is, they happen to be boys, the powers are girly in nature, and the magical animal is a pink wombat. Clearly meant to be a parody of the magical girl genre, this show is actually pretty hilarious and sweet.last_img

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