Magical Girls

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The Magical Girl genre is a subgenre of Anime which centers both around the concepts of girls coming of age and possessing power through their femininity rather than by rejecting it. It is a common theme for the protagonists to need to balance their school lives, personal lives, and their responsibilities of saving the world as a Magical Girl. The aesthetic is often hyper feminine and very in touch with expressing emotion freely, both positive and negative.

Magical Girls are often in a team of young girls, destined to save the world. These characters often have their own designated color, weapon, and power assigned to them, although which colors, weapons, and powers can vary. Alongside these color coded costumes, a very iconic part of what makes a Magical Girl a Magical Girl visually is the animated transformation from a normal young girl into her Magical Girl identity.

Sally the Witch by Mitsuteru Yokoyama was the first Magical Girl anime to air in 1966, whilst Himitsu no Akko-chan was the first Magical Girl manga (first printed in 1962), but the most well known and influential Magical Girl anime in pop culture is, for now, Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (often shortened to Sailor Moon) by Naoko Takeuchi.

Although the genre and aesthetic is more geared towards girls, there are various examples of Magical Boys existing as well.


  • Transformations
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Stars, hearts
  • Soft colors, often pink
  • 90's anime
  • Wands, lockets, brooches
  • Brightly Colored Hair
  • Animal companions


  • Sailor uniforms
  • Pleated skirts
  • Some sort of costume, often color coded dresses
  • Details and accessories such as gloves, boots, ribbons, frills, headpieces, etc.
  • Merchandise from related anime



  • Sally the Witch
  • Magical Princess Minky Momo
  • Sailor Moon
  • Card Captor Sakura
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure
  • Black Rock Shooter
  • Tokyo Mew Mew
  • Magic Knight Rayearth
  • Miraculous Ladybug
  • W.I.T.C.H.
  • Winx Club
  • Lolirock

Animations/Other Media




  • Many Magical Girl shows and movies have either manga or graphic novel equivalents.


  • League of Legends - Star Guardians (Skinline)
  • Paladins: Champions of the Realm - Radiant Stars (Skinline)
  • Pathfinder first edition
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