In this new segment of Bakers vs Bakers, we [tried to] pick our favorite Magical Girl (魔法少女 mahō shōjo). For those who does not know what is a Magical Girl, here is a definition: ❤
“[A] subgenre of Japanese fantasy light novels, manga, anime, and video games which features girls who use magic or possess magical powers. Magical girls transform to unlock their [magical] powers and are often accompanied by an animal mascot, using wands or scepters as a weapon to fight monsters and the forces of evil.”(Donovan, 2015; Sugawa, 2015; Wikipedia, 2020) Citations taken from Wikipedia.
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Sakura Card Captors was one of the first anime I ever watched. I have to admit that I didn’t watch Sailor Moon, so maybe I am lacking a huge reference on how a Magical Girl is supposed to be. However, while researching, I found out that Sakura is another important reference, and, since I love her, I decided to choose her.
Sakura Card Captors was my “girly” time of the day because I was a girl that loved videogames and sports (which are not just for boys, but just a few years ago, people would give you a weird look whenever girls said they were into that kind of things… they still do that… which is stupid and annoying). For a long time, I wanted to name my future daughter (if I ever had one) after Sakura (that means Cherry blossom); however, that name would sound weird without a Japanese last name accompanying it.
Sakura is so cheerful, pretty, strong, smart, good at school and sports! I had always been good at school and sports, so I felt somewhat identified with her. I loved all the dresses Tomoyo made for her, and of course, I wanted those beautiful cards and to fight all those powerful and beautiful monsters! I wanted her school uniform and skate like her! Besides, I had a crush on Shaoran, and Kero was so cute! ❤ I need to go to his café in Japan!
I think Magical Girls are genuinely inspiring for girls, but they should also be considered role-models for boys. Usually, society seems to be ok with girls aspiring to be like male superheroes and characters because then they are “empowering” themselves, but when a boy appreciates the power of a female superhero, he gets that stupid look from most people that says: “women are weak, and, because they are feminine… are you gay?” (ughhh…)
Several things are EXTREMELY WRONG when people support that weird and contradictory mindset. Basically, they are saying that:
a) feminine women are weak and that women that act masculine are stronger than those that act feminine (but they are still weak compared to a man); (WTF)
b) there is something wrong with femininity; (WTF)
c) being gay is something bad. (WTF)
Yeah, maybe Magical Girls are extremely “girly”, and women do not have to be like that, but in a world were most powerful female characters are usually “tom-boy” lesbians, meaning that they are strong because they act like a “proto-male” (again, nothing wrong with being a “tom-boy” or a lesbian), it is nice to see extremely powerful characters that are “feminine” and “girly” and save the world every day. ❤
PS1: Megumin from KonoSuba is amazing too! ❤
PS2: Adjani looks like Sakura and I look like Tomoyo, we should cosplay them someday! ❤
Adjani Gama Dessavre
I love magical girls, and I grew up watching a lot of them. In the beginning, there was Sailor Moon. I was only four years old when I started watching the show and I loved it. I went through a lot of Sailor Moon phases: first, I wanted to be Sailor Chibi Moon (she was little like me), then Sailor Mercury (she’s so smart and loves to swim!), and then Sailor Neptune (she gorgeous and plays the violin). Also, Tuxedo Mask was my first male crush! ❤
After that, there was the less known Doremi. I used to be ill a lot, so I used to miss classes very often, which meant that I could watch a lot of Doremi: magic, music, cute outfits, love! Many other magical girls came later, and they all were inspiring for me in different ways.
But the important thing now is to pick my favourite one: that is Sakura! Yes, Sakura from Sakura Card Captors. This series is one of my favourites to the day. I love the whole magic concept, the character designs, the phrases (release!!!). Also, Kero is one of my most loved magical girl companions. He is funny, cute, and wise (sometimes). Besides, he loves desserts as much as I do!
I remember playing and pretending that I was Sakura all the time! [Editor’s note AI-I: Adjani IS Sakura.] She has a great personality, she is powerful, but she doesn’t know how much. She is kind, yet she is not perfect. On her journey, she has to find her inner strength. Furthermore, I love Clow Cards (later Sakura Cards), and how to use their magic (Sakura develops a strong connection with them). Also, I love all the characters and their development, as well as the story behind the Cards. The relationship between the characters and between the different elements of the story are really interesting.
As a shy and bullied kid, I can tell you that magical girls (especially Sakura) helped me to believe in myself and build up my confidence. I feel that Sakura will always be a part of me as I identified so much with her and loved her world. I created a lot of beautiful memories around this series. All I have left to tell you: Release your inner power and fight for the good in this world!!!
To conclude the section of Sakura fans and continue with the rest, check this video! ❤
Time to move on from Sakura to other equally MAGICAL GIRLS! ❤
The topic for this article was “Magic Girl”, known as Mahou Shoujo (魔法少女) in Japanese. I’ve been told that for a character to be a Magic Girl they have to transform into one, kind of like a superhero I suppose.
I couldn’t really think of a character like that, since I’m not that interested in the genre, despite having quite a voracious appetite for almost all other kinds of Anime. Therefore, I settled on Megumin from KonoSuba. I’ve talked about this show in the past, but the short summary of it is that it’s an Isekai Comedy with insane, but hilarious, characters and a ridiculous plot. I personally consider it THE funniest Anime in existence.
Anyway, Megumin. A 13-14-year-old Archwizard of the Crimson Demons race/clan suffering from Chuunibyou (中二病), generally translated into “Eighth-grader Syndrome” in English, and who, as a result, acts in a very delusional way, wears an eye-patch (common Chuunibyou aesthetic, which is often seen in other Anime with Chuunibyou characters), and is obsessed with a specific type of spell, the very strongest of them all: the Explosion spell. She also refuses to learn any other spells, making her essentially a one-trick pony.
Because the “Explosion spell” is so strong, she always becomes completely immobilized and drained of mana after using the devastating ability. Due to her Chuunibyou nature, her Explosion spell is always preceded by a very long chant that sounds just like something straight out of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (中二病でも恋がしたい!) “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions”, which is a Rom-Com (more Com than Rom) Anime centred around the Eighth-grader Syndrome.
Although she’s at times a very cringe-inducing character, she has some very witty remarks, and her child-like innocence leads to a lot of really funny moments since she’s surrounded by older, and far more degenerate, characters than herself. She’s a very fun magic girl, even if she’s only sorta magic and doesn’t fulfil all the requirements for being one completely.
If you have yet to watch KonoSuba, you need to fix that!
Like most people from my generation, I’ll say Sakura is my favorite Magical Girl, however as I like to use this section to talk about less-known characters, I am going to write about a character that I have recently come to know: DoReMi!!!! (I wrote DoReMi while having its transformation music in my head).
Ojamajo Doremi or Magical Doremi is an Anime aimed for kids. However, I have found it very entertaining. Particularly, I like that, in this cartoon, kids are not dumb creatures that should be taken less seriously than adults. They feel and fear as adults do, and they face difficult problems like everyone. Also, I love how magic works here. It’s not a straightforward power, but something you should trust even if the tools you receive from the use of magic seem useless or non-connected to your wish.
I could choose many magical girls from this anime. Nonetheless, I chose the main character because she is the one that makes me laugh the most. Her expressions and charisma are great. Furthermore, there is a kind of tradition in magical girl shows from the 90s that makes the magical girl leader dumb and unsuccessful (you have sailor moon as an example). Doremi is no exception to the rule, but I love that even if she is not the best of the group, you can feel why she is the leader, she has a special 6th sense that tells her what is the right thing to do, and how she should help other magical girls outstand.
PS1: there is a new season coming for Magical Doremi this year, so watch the previous seasons so you can watch the new one!
PS2: Pirikala paporina pepelato pepelato! May everyone who read this article have a happy day! ♪ ♪ ♪
Kaname Madoka! Back in 2011, a friend of mine insisted that I had to watch this really cool series that I though looked like your average magical girl animu. Color me surprised when Studio Shaft gave us one of the darkest and most fascinating ways to explore the magical girl genre. First, for you to become one in this universe, you have give up your soul in exchange of a wish, what that wish is is entirely up to you.
The now magical girl’s soul is stored in a little vessel which becomes the catalyst of her powers and her most prized possession. The catch is that if their souls become corrupted, by strife, hardships and living, basically, they become Witches. Entities that only move based on instinct and that look to absorb other magical girls souls to become more powerful.
While we don’t see our Madoka actually become a magical girl until the very end of the series, we see several of her other timeline selves be truly adept at it. And, by the end, and because of the obsession of a lonely retard, she becomes the focal point of time continuity. As such, she is capable of asking for a relity altering wish in which she asks that Witches never existed, thus fundamentally altering the world of magical girls everywhere.
Because of this single action and power range, I believe she’s, by far, the best and most important magical girl that’ll ever be created. Also, don’t watch the movies, they suck ass.
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Featured image taken from Kickstarter and intervened by Alexis Ibarra-Ibarra with avatars made by AI-I in UnnieDoll App for Android.
“Sakura” image taken from ModoGeeks.
“Kero and Cake” image taken from Narvii.
“Clow Card” image taken from Fandom.
“Sakura and Tomoyo” image taken from RPP noticias.
“Megumin” gif taken from Imgur.
“Doremi” image taken from Fandom.
“Madoka Kaname” image taken from Puella magi wiki.