Magical girl is a popular subgenre of Japanese fantasy light novels, manga, video games, and anime. They commonly feature girls who use magic or have magical powers. These magical girls transform to unlock their powers to fight monsters and the forces of evil. They use scepters and wands for weapons and are often accompanied by an animal mascot/sidekick. How did this subgenre even begin, you may ask. The concept for the magical girl genre has existed as early as the 1950s with the manga, Princess Knight. Then, the earliest magical girl manga came in 1962 and it was called Himitsu no Akko-chan. This was followed a few years later by the first-ever magical girl anime show, Sally the Witch. In fact, Sally the Witch was actually inspired by the Japanese dub of the American TV show, Bewitched.
Mahotsukai Chappy and Majokko Megu-chan popularized the term "majokko" -little witch or witch girl- as a name for the genre as we know it today. The popularity of the genre faded a little but the Sailor Moon manga and anime series are widely considered to have helped revitalize the genre. It helped pave the way for the success of other series that came later. Some were Cardcaptor Sakura and the unconventional but equally good, Puella Magi Madoka Magica. If you're new to the genre, now is a great time to get into it with many titles to choose from. Have a look at our list of some of the best magical girl anime below to help you get started.
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!
|1||Shugo Chara!||TV Shows||19||Paid|
|2||Princess Tutu||TV Shows||10||Paid|
|3||Puella Magi Madoka Magica||TV Shows||8||Paid|
|4||Pretty Cure||TV Shows||7||Free|
|5||Cardcaptor Sakura||TV Shows||6||Paid|
|6||Sailor Moon||TV Shows||5||Paid|
|7||Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha||TV Shows||4||Paid|
|8||Revolutionary Girl Utena||TV Shows||3||Paid|
|9||Yuki Yuna is a Hero||TV Shows||2||Paid|
|10||Magic Knight Rayearth||TV Shows||1||Paid|
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