DID YOU KNOW?
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!