What are the best magical girl anime?

Everyone loves watching a strong female character fight using magic. But don't let the glitter and sparkle fool you! these badass anime characters can knock your lights out easily! Love the genre? Go ahead and check out more on our list of recommendations below!

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    #1Shugo Chara!

    Shugo Chara!

    Shugo Chara! is a magical girl anime directed by Kenji Yasuda and written by Hiroshi Onogi. It has 51 episodes and aired from October 4, 2008 to September 26, 2009.

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    Virginia Davis
    Written on March 25, 2019
    "I personally love this anime. It's a nice surprise and twist on the mahou shoujo genre that was mucg needed. I also really loved the story progression of this one."
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    #2Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    A creature named Kyubey offers to grant Madoka a wish if she becomes a 'magical girl' and fights grotesque witches. A magical girl named Homura tries to stop this agreement, and the true nature of the contract with Kyubey is revealed.

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    Stephanie Boyd
    Written on March 25, 2019
    "Probably one of the best magical girl anime that I have seen. I definitely love the dark magical girl anime vibes and the character development is also top quality."
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    #3Princess Tutu

    Princess Tutu

    Princess Tutu is a Japanese magical girl anime directed by Junichi Sato and Shogo Koumoto. It is written by Michiko Yokote and has 26 episodes. It aired from August 16, 2002 to May 23, 2003.

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    April Qin
    Written on March 25, 2019
    "Honestly, the only thing that I didn't like about this anime is its title. But I reallyyyyyy love the story, the characters are well written and the character development is really nice as well."


They say that the best female anime characters are the ones who wield magic. Besides, what good is anime anyway if everyone was just plain and ordinary? Most of the savvy long-time anime fans think that Sailor Moon jump-started the whole magical girl anime genre. Well, even though Sailor Moon is almost synonymous to the mystical girl genre, it wasn't the initial series to introduce it. Did you know that the first magical girl on television history was Sally the Witch?

The Japanese anime Sally the Witch, a.k.a Mahoutsukai Sally, was actually the pioneer when it comes to serializing the magical girl concept. Some even claim that this anime was also the first one to show elements of the Sh?jo genre. Sh?jo is a Japanese genre focused on personal and romantic relationships. Created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, the anime series aired from 1966 to 1968 with a total of 109 episodes. The inspiration behind the anime was ABC's 1964 sitcom Bewitched. It was when the U.S. pop culture is starting to spread in Japan. Sally the Witch may be unknown to many, but it is notable for being the inspiration for the best anime series we know and love today!

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    #4Cardcaptor Sakura

    Cardcaptor Sakura

    Cardcaptor Sakura is an action fantasy adventure magic anime TV series based on a manga written by Clamp. Aired from 1998 to 2000, this anime was written by Nanase Ohkawa and directed by Morio Asaka.

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    Edith Hernández
    Written on March 25, 2019
    "Cardcaptor Sakura is perhaps the best mahou shoujo anime produced. It's more than just a classic or a title that's influential. The story is great, animation too. The costumes are real cute as well."
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    #5Sailor Moon

    Sailor Moon

    Sailor Moon is a magical girl anime directed by Junichi Sato. It has 46 episodes and is written by Sukehiro Tomita and produced by Iriya Azuma and Kenji Ota. It aired from March 7, 1992 to February 27, 1993.

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    Betty Su
    Written on March 25, 2019
    "Sailor Moon and her scouts are fantastic role models for young girls. They use there magical powers to defeat monsters and protect love and justice. I let my daughters watch this."
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    #6Yuki Yuna is a Hero

    Yuki Yuna is a Hero

    Yuki Yuna is a Hero is a magical girl anime directed by Seiji Kishi. It has 12 episodes written by Makoto Uezu and Takahiro. It aired from October 16, 2014 to December 25, 2014.

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    Magdalena Mora
    Written on March 25, 2019
    "The thing that I love the most about YuYuYu is its animation, the art is beautiful and the character designs are really nice. The characters are also well-developed and connected."
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    #7Pretty Cure

    Pretty Cure

    Pretty Cure is a magical girl anime directed by Daisuke Nishio. It has 49 episodes and is produced by Moegi Nishizawa, Rika Tsuruzaki, Shigehaki Dohi, Takashi Washio and Tomoko Takahasi. It aired from February 1, 2004 to January 30, 2005.

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    Jessica Qiu
    Written on March 25, 2019
    "Best magical girl anime with romance that I've seen!! The series is really a strong one, the emotional depth is really nice. It is fun and a lot of the characters are really well developed."
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    #8Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is a magical girl anime directed by Akiyuki Shinbo. It has thirteen episodes and was written by Masaki Tsuzuki. It aired from October 1, 2004 to December 24, 2004.

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    Jane Hou
    Written on March 25, 2019
    "Sadly, I wasn't able to enjoy this magical girl anime, the art wasn't that special and most of the characters are boring and plain."


Best What are the best magical girl anime
1Shugo Chara!TV Shows 19 Free
2Puella Magi Madoka MagicaTV Shows 10 Free
3Princess TutuTV Shows 10 Free
4Cardcaptor SakuraTV Shows 5 Paid
5Sailor MoonTV Shows 4 Free
6Yuki Yuna is a HeroTV Shows 4 Free
7Pretty CureTV Shows 3 Free
8Magical Girl Lyrical NanohaTV Shows 2 Paid

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