Hime-chan no Ribbon- by Megumi Mizusawa

hcDay 14 of this magical marathon, and today’s Magic Girl anime is Hime-chan no Ribbon. So this looks like a 90’s magic girl, but follows a 80’s magical girl theme.

-What is this cartoon about?

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So the story opens up with a young witch riding on her broomstick looking for someone with the same face as her, Himeko Nonohara. The young witch is Princess Erika of Magical Kingdom, and she explains to Himeko that for her to succeed the throne she must invent a useful device, and she wants Himeko to test it out for a year; however, if she gets caught she and everyone around her loses their memories. The device is a magical red ribbon and watch that allows the user to change into any person on Earth. This device does have conditions (like in Pastel Yumi): she has to be looking at her reflection in order to change, she has to recite “parallel, parallel, become (name of person)”, and it only lasts an hour. With this she gets herself in interesting predicaments, and eventually finds love, rivalry, friendship, and what it means to be herself.

-Who are the central characters?

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Himeko, Daichi, and Pokota

Himeko Nonohara is the 14 year old, titular character. Her name is somewhat ironic, because it translates as “little princess,” but in reality she is a clumsy tomboy. She is always enthusiastic, great at sports, kind of bad at school, a complete klutz, and funny; however, people tend to forget that she is a girl. Because of this she has an insecurity that she is not feminine enough (yet her optimism propels her to face her weaknesses). She as a crush on Kouichi Hasekura, a boy in her older sister’s class, who is the kind, prince type. She hates a boy named Daichi Kobayashi, because he thought she was a boy and embarrassed her in front of Kouichi.

Daichi Kobayashi is a 14 year old boy in the same school as Himeko. He is a trouble maker, good-looking, and smart, but he can also be rude at times. I can’t say much about him and his relationship with Himeko without ruining the story, but I can say that although Himeko hates him he is probably the love interest.

Pokota is Himeko’s stuffed lion and best friend. Himeko has had Pokota her whole life, talks to him all the time, and takes him everywhere she goes. When she meets Princess Erika and is given the ribbon, Erika explains that Himeko needs a magical creature to watch over her, so Pokota comes to life (but only when she wears the ribbon). He is very friendly and always helps her out of the tough situations she gets herself into.

(There are other important characters, but talking about them might ruin some aspects of the plot.)

-How is the Artwork?

The art is damn cute, and for a 90’s teen she has a realistic figure (no long legs and tiny waist like Wedding Peach or Sailor Moon). Even the hair styles are surprisingly realistic.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

Although there are some cliches (like how she’s a klutz), the show is hilarious and really realistic. When Himeko first meets Erika she tries to scream (because she was floating outside the window), when she hears Erika’s tale she calls her mom (because she doesn’t believe her), and when she finally sees the magical broomstick she just sits down slowly in disbelief. Also, when Daichi reveals he thought she was a boy, her first reaction is to kick him in the face. As the story progresses Hineko screws things up (while trying to do good things), which makes her character more relatable. Not to mention that she is 14 year old girl (not a kid in grade school), that does not fall in love with a high school kid. This is like Creamy Mami, Pastel Yumi, Minky Momo, and such with a young girl transforming into an older-type person, but because she has a more flexible transformation (not just one person with many occupations) I feel that the anime is an evolved version of the 80’s Magical Girl.

All in all, I liked it.

-TheBetterCup

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Legend of the Angel of Love: Wedding Peach- by Sukehiro Tomita

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 We are now on the 13th day of our Magical Girl Marathon, and my has it been a long journey so far. Anyways, today let us see one of the more famous (and one with a lot of anti-fans) shows: Wedding Peach!! I had not seen this till today, but it is actually really nice. I find it silly that so many people bash it because they find it similar to Sailor Moon (seriously when are there not similarities between anime in the same genre from the same time period?) which I did not see as being as identical as they claim. I think Wedding Peach is its own thing, and to be honest this will be the first one in our list that focuses on Marriage and the dream of being a bride (one of the three major dreams for girls mostly in pinterest).

-What is this cartoon about?

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One day three best friends attending middle school learn that they are three Angel Fighters who are meant to purify (using Love Waves) the souls sullied by devils. Reina Devila, leader of the demon world, wishes to destroy all who love because of some bitter feelings (because of a really dumb problem that occurred to her in the past).

-Who are the central characters?

Wedding.Peach.(character).full.240474Momoko Hanasaki: Momoko is the protagonist and titular character of the series. She is a middle school student in the first year. She is the magical girl that transforms into Wedding Peach the Love Angel. As Wedding Peach, Momoko must fight devils that are trying to destroy Love Waves (a source of power). She has one of the strongest Love Wave. Momoko is clumsy and extremely cheerful, but she also has a bit of a temper. She is part of the school newspaper taking the photos for the articles. She has two forms when transforms. As Wedding Peach, she wears a large white wedding dress, and in this form, she can purify people. Her second form, the more famous Fighter Angel Wedding Peach pictured left, is the more practical of the two forms for battle. In the beginning she and both her friends all have crushes on the third year soccer player named Kazuya, but later she gains feelings for the goalie instead. She lives with her father, a photographer, and her mother is dead. She loves ice cream.

2010-12-02-349672Yuri Tanima: Yuri is one of two best friends of Momoko. She is a middle school student in the second year. She is well mannered, polite, and soft spoken girl. She talks very formally, bowing and apologizing often. She is also very caring, sweet and sensitive to strangers and friends. Being the calmer one of the three, she tends not to loser her temper as often as the others. Yuri is the brains in the team because she is wiser then the other two. Yuri is also on the school’s newspaper along with Momoko and Hinagiku. She takes her job as a reporter. Just like her two friends, she has a crush on Kazuya the captain of the soccer team. Yet, he is an actual love interest for Yuri. When she transforms, she becomes Angel Lily (also with two forms, wedding dress and fighter, much like Wedding Peach). She lives with her mother, a wedding dress maker, and her father. She loves pudding.

Angel.Daisy.full.240472Hinagiku Tamano: Hinagiku is Momoko’s other best friend and the last one of this friendship trio. She is a middle school student in the first year. Hinagiku is the tomboy of the group. Super athletic and tough, she is an outgoing young girl. She is blunt and speaks very roughly which can easily appear rude to people who do not know her. She teases her friends and loses her temper, but Hinagiku is courageous and very sensitive (though she tries to hide it). She also works as part of the school’s newspaper doing the odd jobs as needed. Outside of school, Hinagiku also does Judo at which she is very skilled. Like Momoko and Yuri, she has a crush on the soccer team captain, Kazuya, but her love interest is her childhood friend who she saved from bullies as child. When she transforms into Angel Daisy, she has both the forms, wedding dress and fighter angel. She lives with her parents and brother, and her favorite food is sushi.

UntitledScarlet O’Hara: Scarlet is the fourth member of the team who is introduced later in the story. I have no idea how old she is, but she is probably older then the other girls (my guess is that she is a third year since that is about the cutoff for these characters). She is a loner character who tends to push the others away. Her aloofness and lack of friends (initially) incidentally came off as maturity and being cool to the others. She also shown to be violent, unforgiving, and stubborn at first. Yet as she befriends the others she becomes strong minded, ambitious, and fiery. She is very independent (but she does not seem to have any hobbies or be interested in anything other than killing devils). She hates devils and does not purify them like the others do. Instead, Scarlet intends to kill them. She transforms into Angel Salvia, and has both the forms. Her love interest is her childhood friend from America, Dean Butler. She has no family and lives in an expensive boarding school. Her favorite food is Italian food (more specifically lasagna).

kazuya-yanagiba-copyYousuke FuumaLimone: Limone is the angel that gave Momoko the device for her to transform and acts like the side kick animals of other magical girl cartoons. He also comes down o assist the girls if needs be. There is a lot of drama and major plot points associated with him.

Fuuma Yousuke: Fuuma is the goalie of the school’s soccer team, and best friend of Kazuya. He and Momoko do not get along very much at first, but he does become her love interest in the show. He teases her and fights with her which annoys her. He has an important role in the story, outside of justbeing her love interest.

-How is the Artwork?

The style is similar to the other 90’s animes (specifically it resembles Sailor Moon, which makes sense since it came out three years later).

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

The story is cute, light hearted, and fun. Even though there are mentions of angels, the story has nothing o do with religion. I love the fact that the devils are no all bad and everyone learns to live together in peace. This is the first and only magical girl to have a wedding motif. I also give it props for having an entire plot line that occurred all because of a misunderstanding. All the complaining about this being similar to Sailor Moon is silly. Watch it for what it is, and you will see it is actually really nice.

-Blog Barista

 

The magical girl fandom that hates Wedding Peach needs to calm themselves.

The magical girl fandom that hates Wedding Peach needs to calm themselves.

Check it out:

http://www.waoanime.tv/wedding-peach-episode-1/

LilPri- by Makoto Moriwaki

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Day twelve of our Magical Girl Marathon hits off with Spellbound! Magical Princess Lilpri. This is an adorable anime, but that’s about it. I say if you are a fan of the magical girl genre and want to watch something idly, then this is the anime for you. I wouldn’t mind watching this before a test to calm my nerves, or after a long day, or even just to waste some time (like if you are waiting for your flight). It doesn’t require much thought or emotion like other shows *cough cough* Madoka *cough cough*.

-What are these cartoons about?
8Fairyland holds all the creatures, kingdoms, princesses, and magic found in fairytales and folklore. Sustaining this world are the twinkling Happiness Tones from the people of Earth; however, the Sky over Fairyland is almost empty. Slowly the princesses and their worlds are disappearing, causing the stories on Earth to vanish as well. In order to save Fairyland, the Queen sends three magical creatures (Ma Pets) with magical gems to Earth to find three girls who have princess abilities. These girls will become “Super Miracle Idols” who will bring happiness to thousands by transforming into 17 year old singing superstars. These girls have an accidental debut at a Wish Concert, one of the most popular male idols, and became “Lil’Pri”.

-Who are the central characters?
Ringo_YukimoriRingo Yukimori is one of the three girls recruited as princesses. She is a ten year old girl with short, pink hair that curls at the end. Her outfit (red headband, puffy shirt, frilly skrit, lacy vest, large bow, and brown boots) is meant to resemble Snow White (her name even means Apple). She is a kind, sweet, adventurous child aspiring to become an idol when she grows up. Her parents own a bakery that makes the “best” apple pies, and Ringo is a talented at cooking and loves to help her parents bake. She is also laid back (and a heavy sleeper), but she always helps others even when she is busy. To emphasize the Snow White reference, Ringo has seven identical little brothers (The Seven Dwarfs) named after the days of the week. Sei, is her Ma-Pet, her symbol is an apple, and her magical bracelet is pink.
Leila_TakishiroLeila Takashiro is the next of the three girls. She is ten years old and has blonde hair clipped on both sides. She is a forgetful and clumsy child (she forgets lines and trips over rocks) and daydreams a lot. Like Cinderella she is good at housework, like washing, cleaning, sewing, and laundry. We learn that her father is Italian and her mother is Japanese, but I am not sure why they picked Italian (the oldest account of Cinderella from 1634 is French and so is the most popular version made in 1697). Her outfit doesn’t really represent Cinderella, which is disappointing. They put a lot of effort into Ringo, making her represent Snow White. So I wish they did the same for the other two protagonists, but at least Leila’s outfit is cute (Leila’s name is also similar to Ella, which is Cinderella’s real name). Her Ma-pet is Dai, her symbol is a sparkle, and her color is blue.
Natsuki_SasaharaNatsuki Sasahara is a rich, headstrong, feisty tomboy. She is ten years old, but does not admit to her feelings at times. She also hates lies. She likes sports and is talented in things like soccer and box vaulting. Her family sells fabric meant for kimonos (very traditional to represent her princess Kaguya, a moon goddess found inside bamboo as a baby and refused all her suitors). Her hair is straight and purple with pigtails, but when she transforms she has a hime cut (straight with cheek length sidelocks) with odangos (small side buns), which is traditional and matches her princess. Her outfit, however, is not traditional, but that makes sense because you can’t play soccer in a kimono. I did like her punkish style though. Her symbol is a moon, her Ma-pet is Ryoku, and her color is purple.
28Chris is a male idol (extremely popular between young girls especially the three heroines) known by his stage name Wish. He has light blue cropped hair and red eyes. We can’t say more about him without ruining the story, so you will have to watch in order to learn how he gets involved in this whole thing.
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Dai the dormouse (not a squirrel) is Cinderella’s creature. He is gluttonous and often has to remind Leila of things she forgets.
Ryoka is a green dragon and is Kaguya’s creature. He teases Natsuki for not being honest about her feelings. He is often mistaken for a toy (or broccoli. Why? I have no idea).

-How is the Artwork?
It is very, very, very adorable and colorful. Other than that the only notable aspect is the CG. It is the first anime to use CG (the show is based on a Sega game), but because of this it is not the best CG (now a days there is a lot better, like Pretty Cure and Love Live High School Idol Project).

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?
Aside from the fact that this anime is cute there is not much else. It is interesting to note, however, that Lilpri was an actual J-pop group. They are the voice actresses of the three girls and they are managed by Up-Front and Hello! Project (the latter agency had Buono! the group involved in Shugo Chara’s ops and eds). They were formed for the promotion of the anime, and these are the same members in Shugo Chara Egg! (a group promoting Shugo Chara). They, however, ended with the end of the anime.30-TheBetterCup

 

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Check it out!!

http://www.crunchyroll.com/lilpri/episode-1-we-found-the-princesses-pri-542474

Magic Girl Challenge: DAY 16!!!!!!

Now we are on day sixteen of the sixteen day magical girl challenge. We have hit the end of this challenge, which was so very fun, and we’ve reached the animal based magical outfits for Awkie and Tochi.  Since they are both based on stuffed animals with matching outfits we have made them exactly what they are, a bear and a bunny!!

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

So sorry about how late this was. Enjoy!

DAY 16: ANIMAL MAGICAL GIRL

TheBetterCup:

Tochi the Bunny

Tochi the Bunny

 

BlogBarista:

 

Awkie the Bear

Awkie the Bear

-Blog Barista

 

..... Wha.... why?

….. Wha…. why?

 

Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne- by Arina Tanemura

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Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne is an anime made in the early 2000’s. It follows the story of a magical girl whose magic is connected to God and Religion. She is also one of the few thief based maho shojo.

-What are these cartoons about?

4834lThe stroy is about, 16 year old Maron who is visited by an angel and told that she is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc. God needs her to gather his power (the source of which are good souls and beauty in their hearts) and stop the Devil’s demons from destroying people’s souls and weakening God. The demons find objects of beauty that are meaningful to people and corrupt the person’s soul through the objects. Jeanne captures these demons hidden in artwork, but when the demons are destroyed the art disappears (so the cops think she is a thief). The stroy is full of drama (mostly the manga). Maron’s best friend is (of course) the daughter of the detective trying to catch her (I personally think the manga did a better job showing the character relationships and development, as well as the growth of the characters).

-Who are the central characters?

MaronMaron Kusakabe: Maron is the main protagonist and titular character of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. She is a sixteen year old high school student who is a trained rhythmic gymnast. She lives alone in an apartment and is very lonely. A month before the start of the anime, Maron meets a semi-angel named Finn who tells her that she has the soul of Joan of Arc. Maron becomes a magical girl named Jeanne, the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, who hunts down demons sent by the Devil to consume people’s souls. As Jeanne, she gains long blonde hair and magical powers. Maron is cheerful and caring person. She stands up for her friends and is fearless when facing demons from Hell. She can be stubborn and Klutzy, but she is an energetic girl with strong morals.

88503Finn Fish: Jeanne does not have a magical creature to be her companion, but she does have a semi-angel named Finn. She was sent down to find Maron and to get her to accept being Jeanne. She is also the one who detects the demon. She is almost a motherly figure to Maron and is the only person Maron has in her life to talk too. Finn is sweet and loving, and most of the big drama in the story revolves around her. I prefer the manga version of her and Miyako (but the anime adaptation is still good).

65546Miyako Todaiji: Miyako is Maron’s best friend from preschool and classmate. She lives in the same apartment across the hall from Maron with her mother and detective father. She is super stubborn and hot tempered. She is good friend (even though she is hell bent on catching Jeanne) and is hurt when she sees that Maron is constantly trying to distance herself from her. I loved Miyako in the manga, she was O.K. in the anime.

c6f0180fa1cde718cd9a06aec2d065001251166833_largeChiaki Nagoya: Chiaki is  the main male protagonist and love interest of Maron. Like her, he is a magical boy and moonlights as Kaitou Sinbad. At first, he is interested in her because she is Jeanne and wants to stop her from collecting the demons, but slowly he begins to fall in love with her. He ends up being a great person to lean on and even helps her feel less lonely.

Access-TimeAccess Time: Access is a small dark angel who is the male equivalent and love interest of Finn. He is the companion of Chiaki detecting demons and giving power for him to transform. he is in love with Finn and most of his motives are driven by his love for her.

-How is the Artwork?

The anime is cute, but nothing super special. The art is very 90s (even though it was released in the very early 2000s)

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

This is one of the few magical girl anime to be about a thief magical girl, but she is not the best out there. The story is nice, and basic (mostly the anime). The manga definitely does a better job making the drama and relationships of the story deeper. One part that is good about this anime (and manga) is that it has a happy ending. Also this is the first one I saw that had magic tied to God directly. Lastly I thought it was interesting to point out that as a thief, even though she is doing good, she actually does ruin the precious objects of art.

Anyways, I recommend the manga not so much the anime.

-Blog Barista

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That is a face of fear

Magic Girl Challenge: DAY 15!!!!!!

Now we are on day fifteen of the sixteen day magical girl challenge.

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

So sorry about how late this was. Enjoy!

DAY 15: MALE MAGICAL GIRL (that is super contradicting)

TheBetterCup:

Male Tochi

Male Tochi

 

BlogBarista:

Male Awkie

Male Awkie

 

-Blog Barista

 

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yup… that just happened

Cutie Honey Flash- by Yukako Iisaka

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So today is Day 10 of our little Magical Girl Marathon, and the Blog Barista and I were very very excited to watch today’s Magic Girl, Cutie Honey Flash. When we first saw/ looked her up two things caught my eye: first, Cutie Honey transformed appeared a lot older then most magic girls, and second, Honey is badass and sexy (not the general “Cute” magic girl). Since she is just one more alternative in the magic girl universe, we really wanted to watch her show, and I am glad to say we were not disappointed (we watched the original, not the Re Cutie Honey Flash OVA though I will talk about it). There are three different anime you could watch: New Cutie Honey was made in 1970 and follows the manga (Personally Blog Barista did not like this one at ALL), then there is Cutie Honey Flash made in 1990s that was super awesome, and lastly Re Cutie Honey is a 3 episode Ova that follow the manga in a less serious more perverted light. We are going to focus on the better and more serious Cutie Honey Flash (this is the only one of the three where she is depicted as a magical girl and not android).

-What are these cartoons about?

.a.The story is about Honey Kisaragi, a regular high school girl, who gets involved with the evil organization, the Panther Claw, when her scientist father is kidnapped. On her sixteenth birthday, Honey goes to meet with her father (she stays at a boarding school, St. Chapel’s Academy); however, her father comes crashing into a light post, disheveled and bleeding, and eventually is taken. Honey’s father, however, leaves behind a device (choker and ring) that allows honey to transform into eight different women (all 27 years old): Hurricane Honey (black haired motorcycle rider) , Scoop Honey (short orange hair photographer), Nurse Honey (short blonde haired nurse), Elegant Honey (blonde haired bride), Stage Honey (blonde movie star), Escort Honey (brunette tour guide that always takes you to hell), and Cutey Honey (kickass, red haired sword wielding heroine). Honey fights evil with the help of a private eye detective named Seiji (who is specialized/obessed with taking out the Pather Claw) and the “Twilight Prince” (a mysterious man who knew her father).

-Who are the central characters?

cuteyhoney1So there are a lot of characters involved in this show, but I don’t want to talk about most of them, because some of them are tied into the plot. If I mention them I can ruin the dramatic roller coaster ride that is this show, so I will only talk about three people.

Honey Kisaragi is the 16 year old main protagonist of the series. She is very beautiful and is the star of the school. She is an excellent swordsman (even part of the fencing club). This Honey, however, is not an android like the original Honey and New Honey. Other minor characters at the school (like her best friend is Natsuko Aki and the faculty) are all returning characters from the original series, though some of the male students are based from other anime pilots. Through out the anime she gets help and gadgets from the Twilight Prince, including the choker that allows her to transform (the required phrase is “Honey Flash”). She uses the power of love (for her father) to fight.

I am glad to point out that Honey is not a klutz, cry baby, or love obsessed. She is skilled, idolized, loving, and heroic, acting first and asking questions later. Best of all she fights for love, just like other magical girls, but her’s is not a romantic one it is familial.

..kSeiji Hayami is the private eye detective that aids Honey in the battle against the Panther Claw organization. In this version he is a possible love interest and has feelings for her at some point. In previous versions Seiji is a photographer (and never actually likes Honey that way). Interestingly, he is actually considered Honey’s sidekick or support character (she doesn’t get a magical animal like other magical girls so this works). He is the first person to realize her secret identity and is always consulting her in her moments of doubt.

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Sister Jill (left) and Prince Zera (right)

Panther Zora, Sister Jill, and Prince Zera are the highest members in the Panther Claw organization. Panther Zora is the leader and a giant statue that desires shiny stones and the Airborne Element Fixing Device (the choker). Sister Jill is Zora’s second in command, and Prince Zera (only male villain other then the masked henchmen) is one of the leaders who is seeking Sister Jill’s position. They are not human, and the fights between Honey and the henchman throughout the series is almost identical to the process found in Sailor Moon (each episode she fights one bad guy part of a bigger organization that is really colorful and weird).

-How is the Artwork?

This magical girl is more of a comic book girl. It does not follow the generic magic girl path, and watching it you can feel that it is not the same as Pastel Yumi or Pretty Sammy. As I was watching this I noticed that the 1950’s mafia henchmen, the night time crime runs, and the large city reminded me of Batman in Gotham city (specifically Batman: The Animated Series). The super strong, yet bad ass, I-am-not-taking-this-crap woman who is sexualized yet still awesome reminds me of Superwoman. The long legged, big eyed style looks like Sailor Moon (by the way some of the animation and writing staff from Sailor Moon worked on this anime). The anime is wonderfully done, but even the OVA (Re: Cutie Honey Flash) is amazingly cute. The animation is extremely smooth and surprisingly adorable (for an anime that focuses so much on the protagonist’s body). The following is a mix of pictures from both the Cutie Honey Flash and its OVA.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

Now I am not looking at Re: Cutie Honey Flash, because that OVA makes the show comedic and more sexualized (to a ridiculous and annoying point that makes it hard to enjoy just how well drawn it is) then the original. Cutie Honey Flash is EXTREMELY dramatic, like holy crap the twists and turns man. Its not even sappy drama, but Batman’s-vengeance drama (its the Batman for girls). Just like Correcter Yui from yesterday, Honey Flash is new form of magical girl that broadens the view of what a heroine can be like. She is strong, she actually battles, she is not innocent and cute but really sexy. She fights for love but it is one for a parent not a love interest. She does not complain, but powers through. Cutie Honey is different and amazing, and she is another great magical heroine to be added to a diverse list of awesome.

-TheBetterCup

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This is you when you stay up till 4 am the day before.

Magic Girl Challenge: DAY 14!!!!!!

Now we are on day fourteen of the sixteen day magical girl challenge.

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

So sorry about how late this was. Enjoy!

DAY 14: WORK UNIFORM MAGICAL GIRL

TheBetterCup:

Tochi the Maid

Tochi the Maid

 

BlogBarista:

Awkie the Malt Shop Owner

Awkie the Malt Shop Owner

 

-Blog Barista

 

What can we say, whether your a magical girl or a princess, a girl's gotta work

What can we say, whether your a magical girl or a princess, a girl’s gotta work

Magic Girl Challenge: DAY 13!!!!!!

Now we are on day thirteen of the sixteen day magical girl challenge. I cannot believe how close to finished we will be. Doing these took so much work (drawing them, outlining on the computer, using vectors to color them), but I really enjoyed keeping busy with them. I wish it was not almost over.

 

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

So sorry about how late this was. Enjoy!

DAY 13: PAJAMA MAGICAL GIRL

TheBetterCup:

TochiPJ

Tochi the Dinosaur Onsie Girl

 

BlogBarista:

 

AwkiePJ

Awkie the Magical Pajama Girl

 

-Blog Barista

 

Give her second, she's almost ready to kick some butt...

Give her second, she’s almost ready to kick some butt…

Corrector Yui- by Kia Asamiya

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It is the ninth day of  our Magical Girls Marathon, and today we introduce Corrector Yui! This was a really surprising and wonderful Magical Girl that TheBetterCup and I had not seen till today. This is a fun and upbeat Magical Girl that takes an awesome twist focusing on technology and not magic. The anime was made in 1999.

-What are these cartoons about?

tumblr_n2x7cjRpgy1tn7e6io1_500The story takes place in the year 2020 (strangely enough that is only 6 years away, and I cannot imagine this as being the future, maybe a more distant one but not in 6 years). Anyways, computers have become such a large part of everyday life, and an evil computer is threatening to take over the world through the internet. Now stay with me. This may sound dumb, but I think it is only because of the way I am explaining  it. The plot is actually really well done. It follows all the basic magical girl elements while being completely different. So back to the plot, Yui is asked to help collect the programs meant to stop the evil computer (named Grosser) and fight Grosser’s computer viruses.

-Who are the central characters?

blYui Kasuga: Yui is the main protagonist and titular character of Correcter Yui. She is a high school student that struggles with using computers (ironic given the fact that the entire society that she lives in is run with them and that her father is a programmer). Her carreer dream is to become a manga artist or anime dubber. Yui gets sucked into the internet (called ComNet here) and becomes the magical girl Correcter Yui Fairy of ComNet (she came up with her own name which is super cute). Her job is to find the seven missing computer softwares that are meant to destroy Grosser.

She gains her powers only while in the virtual world, while wearing Element Suits, and does not actually have any magical powers. She is a powerful fighter, able to take down computer viruses very well. She does not really collect anything, what she is doing is debugging programs and meeting humanoids that were meant to take down the main villain. When she enters the cyber world, she leaves behind her real body asleep in the material world which adds an interesting and funny twist. Yui is spunky, good natured, optimistic beyond bounds, perky, creative, and extremely empathetic. Her nature is very likable and the show very enjoyable. I like her very much, and one of my favorite parts was when she accepted becoming a magical girl. She strated to talk about how she had to transform like they do in the manga for it to really count (she is a girl  that speaks my language!) She is the imperfect heroine in the group, who makes the most mistakes but ends up being the strongest because of her hard work.

I.R.I.R.: Most magical girls get a cute, furry, and nagging creature that bestows to them magical powers, but then again most magical girls are not cyberspace themed. So of course, Correcter Yui gets a robot like program companion instead. I.R. is the eighth software created to take down Grosser. He is the installer, and the one that finds Yui.

Corrector_HarunaHaruna Kisaragi: Haruna is a classmate and best friend of Yui. Unlike Yui, she is really skilled at using computers (like a natural talent) and is the perfect candidate to be a Correcter. Haruna seems to be a very good friend to Yui (at least from what I have seen so far). She is a very kind person, who is calm and polite. She is very intelligent and does very well in school (she is definite foil to Yui). She was the one that was meant to become the Correcter not Yui. She comes in and assists Yui, becoming Correcter Haruna. I am not one hundred percent sure, since I have yet to see the entire series, but I think she may have a crush on Yui’s love interest ( this one boy who is friends with her and Yui). She has a more angelic theme to her outfit. She is the super talented perfect one in the group whose will is not really as strong as Yui.

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Grosser: Grosser (I laughed for a while when he was first introduced cause that is not a name you want as the villain). He is the leader of the Corrupters. He was a normal program created by the professor to maintain ComNet. It is because of Grosser that I.R. mistakenly gets Yui to be the magical girl and not Haruna. He is actually a bad guy that is deeper than he first seems, and Yui ends up helping him a lot.

104394Ai Shinozaki: Ai is a mysterious girl who comes in the second season. She is also a Corrector and seems emotionless and cold at first. She is extremely efficeint and at first she dislikes Yui (but of course Yui’s hard work and optimism thaws her cold heart over time). At first, Yui’s team sees her as a possible enemy. Yet, she slowly changes and goes out of her way to help Yui (becoming her friend). She had a tough life and becomes emotionless and cold so as to hide her pain and sadness. Ai has more of a maid theme going on with her outfit, and she also has these really bad ass futuristic glasses (you know the kind that Cyclops from X-Men wears. It looks super cool). Of course, she is the tough one in the group that needs Yui to stop being so angsty.

-How is the Artwork?

When you see it, its obviously a 90s cartoon. Yet, it is still really wonderful. The drawing style is upper cute, but what makes it so distinguishing is the heavy emphasis in technology. A new twist to a genre that is really girly (you know they do not really emphasize tech equipment when it comes to young girls and hobbies). It is different and extra cool. TheBetterCup describes this cartoon as a more girly version of Tron.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

The technological part is different. I really like it. Magical Girls emphasize strength in women, and it is important that there be variety in that depiction. I like how this one ties in technology with femininity, pointing to a different rout for female strength. Some girls are physically strong, some innocent, some feminine, others nerdy, and some kind and optimistic. All of these are different strengths that are showcased in magical girl animes, and Correcter Yui just adds a new form in the repertoire of girl power.

-Blog Barista

 

This is how I am feeling almost everyday lately.

This is how I am feeling almost everyday lately.

Check it out here:

http://www.gogoanime.com/corrector-yui-episode-1

Pretty Sammy- by Kazuyuki Hirokawa, Magical Project S- by Katsuhito Akiyama, & Sasami Magical Girl Club- by AIC & BeSTACK

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Day 8 of the Magical Girl Marathon, and because there are three that are related I have decided to do the impossible and talk about all three. I will try my best, but all of this is based on Tenchi Muyo!, and since that is not a magical girl anime, I will not go over it (so if you need more info, please look this series up).

-What are these cartoons about?

Ok, so basically it starts off with Pretty Sammy. What happens is in Tenchi Muyo!, Tenchi is some useless kid in the country side who meets a group of alien girls ( space pirate Ryoko, Juraian princesses Ayeka and Sasami, scientist Washu, and officers of the Galaxy Police Mihoshi and Kiyone,) and Ryo-Ohki (Ryoko’s spaceship that is a cat/rabbit). Anyways, its a harem and they have galactic adventures. Moving on!

samhy3Pretty Sammy is an OVA/Spin-off of Tenchi Muyo. Sasami is Tenchi’s little sister in Pretty Sammy and she is the main character, Pretty Sammy. One day Sasami Kawaii (yes that is her actual name) is sent by her mother to an abandoned mansion to deliver a CD (wtf), and there she meets a princess in line to be queen, Tsunami. The princess gives her powers in order to be her candidate (she will prove she should be queen through Sasami who is getting points for solving problems as a magic girl). Anyways, all the original characters are now having “normal” lives. Ayeka (the student council president) and Ryoko are fighting for Tenchi, Sasami’s best friend is Misao (who thanks to the second princess, Ramia, and her brother, Rumiya, unknowingly becomes Pixy Misa, another magical girl and rival), Washu is their science teacher, and Mihoshi and Kiyone work at the CD shop. Ryo-Ohki is even the magical girl’s companion. This is a parody. It is so stupid that if you go in thinking its serious you will be wasting 90 minutes of your life.

sammyNow because Pretty Sammy was a hit they made a full series called Magical Project S (its a comedy, but not a parody). Then they made another spin-off set in a different dimension called Sasami Magical Girl Club (which fyi has new and old characters). In this spin-off Sasami Iwakura is born with magical powers, but  is forbidden to use them. She keeps her powers a secret, but when a new teacher, Washu, and her pet, Ryo-Ohki, appear her life gets flipped.

The magic girls are Sasami, Misao, Makoto, Tsukasa, and Anri. They train with Washu and Daimon (Washu’s boss) as part of a cooking club, take trips to the magic world, and compete against other magic teams. Later they have to face the Chief Sorceress who wants to use the magic girls in a plan to cleanse the corrupted human world (sounds a little like Kyuubi).

-Who are the central characters?

I will not talk about all of the characters, just the magic girls briefly.

zezeSasami is the lead character of all three series. She is a happy, bubbly 10 years old girl (her age is really unknown but in the Magic Girls Club she is in the fifth grade), and in the Club series her power is to move things around with out touching them (which is pretty useless), and she possesses the ability of light (the most rare magic). She is also very responsible (loves to cook for her family and help out), but she acts more mature in the OVA and more aggressive in Project S. Additionally, though Pretty Sammy is your generic magic girl, Sasami from the Club series is more of a magical witch girl, learning magic rather then just acquiring magic through nonsensical chants and they don’t transform. Instead, they change clothing. Her parents have forbidden her to use her magic (since she was three), but her mom is really air headed, so her dad makes her promise never to use it.

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Misao, the shy, sweet character. She is easily scared in the Club series, but has a darker past in the Sammy series (her parents fought a lot). She is hypnotized into being the evil, yet friendly rival magical girl Pixy Misa, who harasses Pretty Sammy. In the Club series, if she is afraid her fear manifests itself as worms around her body. I want to point out that in the English version of Magical Girls Club one of Sasami’s friends warn her that if she talks to Misao she will “catch emo” (that was a ridiculous line and made me laugh). In the magical club she has a bluish purple hair, but in Pretty Sammy her counter part has black hair. Misao’s magical ability is to create a defensive cloak (with cat ears).

zezMakoto is the short, bossy, hot-headed, strong girl whose special powers is the ability to enlarge or shrink herself. She has issues with her size, skips class (hanging out in the bathroom), and drinks as much milk as she possibly can (in hopes of growing), but is the reason why she is always going to the bathroom (she might be lactose intolerant). She realizes her powers when she wishes on a star to be taller. She does not appear in Pretty Sammy.

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Tsukasa is an emotionless girl with pink hair, and she manipulates the wind. She is “really really famous,” but her dad is super over protective, forbidding her to do lots of things including using her magic. She is a dandere, and eventually reveals she actually does care about others.

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Anri is a himedere (acts like a princess). She has lots of boys that follow her and do her bidding, but she is obsessed with Tsukasa. She has the ability to transform her drawings into tangible things. The truth is she is actually poor and has many younger siblings.

-How is the Artwork?

The old and new vary, so its up to you to decide what you like. For the old I personally hate the ridiculous hair styles, but I liked how thick the characters were thicker; however, the new one is way cuter. The old one also reminds me of Dragon Ball Z (or those How to Draw Manga books, but the new one looks like Pokemon or YuGiHo).

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An acceptable panty shot (seeing as she is not in grade school) appears in Pretty Sammy.

In Sasami Magical Girl Club Washu tells the girls they can distract people with panty shots, but they don’t need to “whore it up like high school girls” (there is so much wrong with this statement).

-What makes the cartoon awesome?

Pretty Sammy is funny and cringe worthy, so I enjoyed suffering through it. It is full of cliches and is a great Parody.

Magical Project S is still funny, but not as stupidly forced. Its not one of my favorites, but I say try it.

Sasami Magical Girl Club is very cute, has some romance, but is surprisingly dark (mostly because of Misao and her fears).

All in all this was so so for me.

-TheBetterCup

I give up. I just wanna trundle forever...

I give up. I just wanna trundle forever…

Here is Episode 1:

Sasami Magical Girls Club: (sorry its in English)

 

Nurse Angel Ririka SOS- by Yasushi Akimoto

ririka3The seventh magical girl in the Magical girl Marathon is Nurse Angel Ririka SOS. Realeased in the 1990s, this is one magical girl series that was easily overlooked, but well known among the hardcore Maho Shojo fans. It is a really basic 90s magical girl, unlike the Magical Whatever Girls, Ririka fights evil (most maho shojos tend to do so around the 90s to present). I have not actually watched before this, but by seeing only the first episode it does not come off as anything special. Yet, I learned that the ending is a super emotional roller coaster.

-What is the cartoon about?

tumblr_mtbgfuYwCO1sg6db3o1_500The story centers around a young heroine named Ririka who on her tenth birthday receives a cap that allows her to transform into a magical nurse. She must protect the universe from an evil organization name Dark Joker who has poisoned other worlds, including one called Queen Earth. Queen Earth sends their prince to Earth to find someone who can be the heavenly guardian and stop Dark joker who are threatening to destroy Earth. Her main objective is to find the Flower of Life.

-Who are the central characters?

ririkaRirika Moriya: Ririka is a fourth grader who is bubbly and clumsy heroine who goes to White Dove Academy (reputable private school). She is the titular character that become Nurse Angel and fights Dark Joker. She has help from her childhood friend Seiya and her crush Kano. She lives with her parents, little brother, and grandmother. Ririka is outgoing and dreams to become a nurse one day. As Nurse Angel, she becomes serious and determined (and even a little older).

 In the first episode, she does not seem to show to much in her personality. She is really active and more spunky than the girls in her school. She comes off as rambunctious. Ririka is clueless to Seiya’s feeling towards her, which is a little disappointing to me (but also a little refreshing for a magical girl series to not focus on love and a perfect ending). She does have three love interests though, and of course one of then is a former evil doer.

UntitledSeiya Uzaki: Seiya is the ten year old neighbor and childhood friend of Ririka. He is also in the same class as her. He sucks at school, but is great in sports and playing pranks. For the most part, he is extremely brave. Before he gains any way of helping Ririka, he still tries to defend her from evil, large, destructive monsters by beating them with mops (or anything useful in sight), he does not even think first.

He has strong feelings for Ririka, making so many hints along the way, but he never tells her straight out so she never finds out how he feels.

tumblr_mf5x8xcIKD1qa7jblo1_400Kano Nozomu: Kano is a mysterious transfer student that gives Ririka her magical cap. He is actually a Prince from the Queen Earth, and the boy that Ririka has a crush on. There is so much drama involved with this guy, I swear.

He takes responsibility very seriously and almost never smiles. Kano is acting as a sixth grader at White Dove Academy, and all the girls love him (even has an obsessive fan club of course).

-How is the Artwork?

This is a classic example of 90s animation. Some times it is great and other times it is so so, but still its lovable and cute.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

It is definitely not my favorite Magical Girl. To be honest at first I did not like it. But, it turns out that the show slowly builds. The characters slowly develop, drama starts to swell in, and the ending is a roller coaster that leaves many crying bittersweet tears. I have yet to finish it, but I recommend at least trying the first episode.

-Blog Barista

I do love her transformation and magical powers sequences.

I do love her transformation and magical powers sequences.

Magic Girl Challenge: DAY 11!!!!!!

Now we are on day eleven of the sixteen day magical girl challenge.

 

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

So sorry about how late this was. Enjoy!

DAY 11: PIRATE MAGICAL GIRL

TheBetterCup:

Swashbuckler Tochi

Swashbuckler Tochi

 

BlogBarista:

LobLally Awkie

Loblolly Awkie

 

-Blog Barista

 

Ironically enough status for pirates seem to be important

Ironically enough status for pirates seem to be important

Magic Girl Challenge: DAY 10!!!!!!

Now we are on day ten of the sixteen day magical girl challenge.

 

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

So sorry about how late this was. Enjoy!

DAY 10: IDOL MAGICAL GIRL

TheBetterCup:

Idol Tochi

Idol Tochi

 

BlogBarista:

 

Idol Awkie

Idol Awkie

 

-Blog Barista

 

This is how Incubators trap these girls.... sending out the big guns

This is how Incubators trap these girls…. sending out the big guns

Magical Princess Minky Momo- by Kunihiko Yuyama

Minky.Momo.full.472171 Day six of the Magical Girl Marathon stars the last Magical somethin’ girl (I am not counting Magical Angel Sweet Mint, because I might not review her), Minky Momo! Looking this up was hard, because there are two stories with two VERY different Momos. I will be focusing on the Sora Momo, aka the sky one, not the Umi (sea) Momo (Tip: the Sora Momo has a star on her headband, and the Umi Momo has a heart. That is the only big difference in appearance).

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Magical Princess Minky Momo is the princess of a land of dreams in the sky called Fenarinarsa. Fairy tale characters live in Fenarinarsa, but because people were losing their hopes and dreams, Fenarinasa was in danger of leaving Earths orbit (cause that’s gravity for you). To save this sky world the King and Queen send their daughter, Momo, to Earth in order to help people regain their hope. She uses her magic to trick a childless couple into thinking that she is their daughter. She has three companions, and she transforms into an adult with a specific occupation. Every time Momo brings happiness, the Fenarinarsa crown shines, and after four shines a jewel appears. With all twelve of these jewels, Fenarinarsa returns to its rightful place.

-Who are the central characters?

tumblr_n17f8wvfLT1re6nxeo1_400Momo is the princess of Fenarinasa, and she appears to be a little girl of at most 12 years of age. Actually her age is not mentioned, and her personality is pretty much non-existant. Maybe later on in the series when she actually faces obstacles there might be something more; however, she is cookie cutter and seems to fit the Magic Girl basics (kind, likable, helpful, optimistic, etc..). The funny thing is she comes with a car/bus/helicopter thing and no one questions why this preteen is driving; however, the fact that she might actually have learned something from her father as a vet is completely impossible.

cfbbaedde18265a584d5424ca3fad7cdHer magical companions are Sindbook the dog, Pipil the bird, and Mocha the monkey. Pipil is the only girl, and she tends to talk a lot. Her favorite subject is herself, and she always talks about how beautiful she is or how she wishes she could be like Momo (she is shallow). Mocha first words focuses on justice, but he seems like the slower one of the three (I could be wrong, but this is my first impression of him). Lastly, Sindbook is pessimistic and ready to leave her when she needed help (in episode one he only stayed because he was there for most of it and felt like he might as well stick it out). He didn’t even believe she would succeed. This is true friendship. Only reason I don’t considered these guys as the worst Maho companions so far is because of Kyuubi.

-How is the Artwork?

This is an old anime magic girl, so she looks like the other 80’s cartoons. She is super colorful and cute, and you could get a picture of the scenery and not know if its from Momo or from Yumi, Mami, Emi, or Mai’s cartoons. tumblr_mloqm3GWFY1qesgs1o1_500............... -What makes the cartoon awesome?

So Momo has her unique points. First, aside from her twirling (which is due to physics) there are no glaringly obvious panty shots or nude scenes. Also though at first the story seems bland at some point there are twists and turns that just cause Momo’s life to flip upside down (I won’t spoil anything, but for an 80’s cartoon Momo faces some tough shit and actually fights shadows who are the causes of the troubles people face). Also there is a second Momo from Marinarsa (land of dreams in the bottom of the sea). She has a dog (Cookbook), bird (Lupipi), and monkey (Charmo) as well, and she is sent for the same purpose, but her obstacles are different (and just as messed up). The two even meet. Their stories teach us that hopes and dreams are never lost, and the fact that Momo transforms into different occupations teaches kids that they can be whatever they want. Also, Momo references Momotaro (Japanese folklore) who is also accompanied by a dog, bird, and monkey. All together I want to say I don’t like this cartoon, but once you get past the beginning its actually decent.

-TheBetterCup

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God Damnit. That teddy looks so soft.

Magic Girl Challenge: DAY 9!!!!!!

Now we are on day nine of the sixteen day magical girl challenge.

 

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

So sorry about how late this was. Enjoy!

DAY 9: FAIRY TALE MAGICAL GIRL

TheBetterCup:

Puss In Boots (Tochi)

Puss In Boots (Tochi)

 

BlogBarista:

 

Pinocchio (Awkie)

Pinocchio (Awkie)

-Blog Barista

 

I wonder what made her so upset

I wonder what made her so upset

CardCaptor Sakura- by Clamp

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Clamp is a group of manga artists that is formed by four female members. They began in the mid 1980s and have produced some of the most famous mangas/anime in history. Anyone who has been in the anime/manga hobby since the 90s has heard of at least one of  their popular stories. Some of their more well known ones include xxxHolic, Chobits, Kobatu, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, and CardCaptor Sakura. For the fifth day of the Magical Girl Marathon, we will be talking about CardCaptor Sakura. Now I personally dislike most Clamp produced animes, but CardCaptor Sakura is amazing and my childhood.

-What is the cartoon about?

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The story is like any typical magical girl with a bit of a unique twist. Sakura discovers a mysterious book in her fathers study one day When she opens it, she discovers a set of magical cards that are called Clow Cards. She reads the name aloud, Windy, and accidentally uses its magic. The cards are scattered in the town and she awakes the books guardian. To save the city from the dangers of the cards, and collect them all, the Guardian, Cerbus, gives her a magical wand. She begins the journey as CardCaptor, and must keep it a secret from her family and her friends (not her best friend though). She also has to deal with her normal everyday life: her caring older brother who teases her a lot, her crush and brother’s best friend, and tsundere rival in collecting the Clow Cards.

-Who are the central characters?

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Sakura Kinomoto: The main protagonist and titular character, Sakura is a fourth grader that lives with her father and older high school aged brother. She is a very cheerful young girl, who tends be naive, clueless, and spaces out every once in a while. She is extremely talented in athletics, but hates math. She can be tumblr_n2whqqCZpb1s1jmnvo4_r2_250cowardly at times when it comes to ghosts and the supernatural.

Sakura is really liked by mostly everyone. She is kind and sweet, and her personality is very likable. TheBetterCup and I are grateful that she is not the klutzy type, and she  is actually really spunky sometimes. She is in love with her older brother’s best friend, Yukito, and her crush on him is cute and innocent. This is one magical girl (at least in the last bunch that we have seen) that does not start a romance with someone who could be considered a grown adult. She may like Yukito but he sees her as a much younger, very kind friend. She does not have a magical girl transformation, but she does have a magical capturing incantation that makes up for it. Best of all, she does not have pedophile panty shots!

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Cerberus (also known as Kero): Kero is the guardian of the magical book that held the Clow Cards. He appoints Sakura as the candidate to be the new master of the cards. Unlike most magical creature side kicks, Kero does not just nag at Sakura. He sees the loss of the Clow Cards as his responsibility also, and tries his best to help her. He is her friend, protector, and adviser in understanding all the magic that comes into her life. He can still be bossy sometimes, and demanding, and voracious (mostly eating a lot of sweets), and a little pompous. He looks like a little stuffed animal with wings, but his true form looks like a large winged tiger/lion thing. His powers come from the sun and is self sustaining.

images (1)Tomoyo Daidouji: Tomoyo is Sakura’s best friend and second cousin. She comes from a very rich family (her dad owns a large Toy Company), and so she has a lot of connections so she gets Sakura lots of useful gadgets to help. She designs all of Sakura’s outfits to be functional and cute, and she also records her adventures. Tomoyo is a little obsessive of Sakura, but she is kind, caring, nurturing, mature, and very formal. She helps Sakura just like any girl’s best friend. She supports her with her crush, and gives her advice when she needs it. She is also a really talented singer.

Lots of people are a little bit unsettled by how mush Tomoyo is fanatic with Sakura. I do not mind much. I think she is a great friend and someone that Sakura needs in her life.

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Syaoran Li: Syaoran is Sakura’s rival (and, near the end, a love interest). He is a descendant of the man that made the Clow Cards so he feels he deserves to be the Master of the Cards. At first he is mean, but slowly he begins to respect and help Sakura. He is definitely the tsundere of the cast, which is really cute. I liked the way his relationship with Sakura developed. It had a chance to go in the really basic direction, but the characters are well made and develop in a great pace.

Syaoran is skilled in martial arts, fights with a sword, and he has some magical ability (detecting the cards and casting spells with those papers and incantations). He was born in Hong Kong, and comes to Japan so as to collect the Clow Cards to become a candidate for the Clow Card Master.

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Yue: He is brother of Kero, and the second Guardian of the Clow Cards. His powers come from the moon, and are not self sustaining. He is dependent on the power of his master. So he is the judge of who will be the Master of the Clow Cards.

He is aloof, serious, and hard to get close to at first. Over course as time lapse, he slowly begins to respect and like Sakura.

-How is the Artwork?

One of the reasons I am not all that interested in Clamp is that I am not a fan of their drawing style. Even though I say that, I still find CardCaptor Sakura to be cute, and it only gets better as the series progresses. The outfits are definitely the best part, so much cuteness!!!

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

imagesSakura CardCaptor puts a fresh twist on the whole idea of magical girls. Her personality is unique, but keeps the qualities that we love in these girls (kindness, strength, childlike innocence, and good-heartedness). She has crazy outfits but how she gains them makes more sense and is actually useful. Her magical creature is more supportive than usual, and everything is extra cute.

-Blog Barista

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Her outfits are so cute!

 

Check it out:

Magic Girl Challenge: DAY 8!!!!!!

Now we are on day eight of the sixteen day magical girl challenge.

 

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

Magical Girl Challenge by Johto (tumblr)

So sorry about how late this was. Enjoy!

DAY 8: MONSTER MAGICAL GIRL

TheBetterCup:

Tochi the WereCat

Tochi the WereCat

 

BlogBarista:

Awkie the Delightful Witch

Awkie the Delightful Witch

 

-Blog Barista

Magical Monster Girls... that does not sound like the best idea

Magical Monster Girls… that does not sound like the best idea

 

Pastel Yumi the Magical Idol- by Kiyoko Arai

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Day four of the Magical Girl Marathon Pastel Yumi! I have to be honest, even with the standards set by the last Magical whatever gals, Pastel Yumi ended up my least favorite. I was very disappointed with the first impressions left by the first episode and my time reaseraching Pastel Yumi. Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of stuff I like about it. On top of some plot aspects I like that its cute and different as far as magic girls (mostly compared to the other Magical whatever gals), but you will see a mini rant at the end of why I am upset.

-What is the cartoon about?

SandydaiMilleColori17Magical Idol Pastel Yumi is about an 11 year old girl who loves to draw and wants to be a manga artist. The first episode starts with these voices in the sky (you don’t see who is talking at first) noticing a flower carnival and revealing that they looking for a girl named Yumi. Then we see  a rich, chubby lady and her butler on a hang glider and a young man (who you later recognize as someone working with Yumi’s parents) instructing them on hang gliding. Anyways, the fat lady notices down below children gathered at the wall surrounding her house and she goes to confront them. Turns out Yumi is drawing on the wall, and the kids are all watching her (because they like her art). The rich lady, Fukurokouji, had said in an interview that she wanted kids to draw tumblr_mrnad9GgFP1qesgs1o4_500on her plain wall, but in reality she is a bitch who lies to look good in the public’s eyes. She makes Yumi clean the wall (and even sabotages Yumi by getting her dog covered in paint to run around so that she cannot go to the carnival). When Fukurokouji notices a daffodil she orders her butler to destroy it (because she is allergic to flowers), but Yumi stands her ground to keep it safe. The two voices from the very start of the show appear as little fluffy cat things, and they help Yumi protect the flower. When Yumi goes to a flower field to plant the daffodil, the two creatures reveal themselves and tell Yumi that they are fairies from the flower kingdom who have come to give a child how loves flowers magic. They give her a necklace and a wand, which when she recites the magic words (Pastel Poppuru Poppin-pa) anything she draws with the wand comes to life.

-Who are the central characters?

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Yumi Hanazono is a girl in grade school. She loves flowers and does not do well in school (she is not a klutz like Mai from Magical Star Emi, but she is not as rambunctious as Mami or even Persia). She also loves to draw, and wants to become a manga artist. Her family runs a flower shop, and that is why she has such a strong appreciation for flowers. Yumi is a very good artist (apparently because everyone loves her work, but when she would doodle a chubby pony a majestic horse would come to life); however, Yumi does not always use the best judgement when choosing what to draw.

Sandy2 Keshimaru and Kakimaru are the fuzzy talking creatures that accompanies Yumi. Kakimaru comes from the verb Kaku or Kakimasu meaning to write, and Kakimaru is the yellow fluff-ball (its a she) that draws or writes when helping Yumi. Keshimaru comes from Kesu or Keshimasu meaning to erase, and Keshimaru, the boy, is the pink fluff-ball, and he helps by erasing things for Yumi. Both of them are fairies from the Flower Kingdom, that came to Earth to give Yumi magic. Keshimaru is more fun loving then the stricter Kakimaru. Kakimaru insists that before they can go enjoy the Flower Festival they must finish their mission (also Keshimaru hogs all the ice cream and is the reason why Yumi’s father’s doll was destroyed).

-How is the Artwork?

Like the other Magical Whatever Gals, this is retro animation. I find it cuter than Persia, but not Mami or Emi. I also feel that the young man in this cartoon reminds me of Tuxedo mask (the Blog Barista is judging me for comparing the two), so I like this cartoon’s style.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

The cartoon is different so it wins a lot of points for uniqueness. Yumi is not a klutz, her family is dysfunctional (her mother is an alcoholic, her parents are always fighting, and they even separate at one point), and her powers have a time limit. I did not like the music playing when she uses her powers, but I guess they have to make up for the fact that she does not transform. Its also interesting that her powers are bringing doodles to life. My only beef with the entire show is the perverted-ness towards an elementary school student. Panty shots? Well, I saw a lot of them in the other Magical Whatever Gals, and this one also had quiet a few. No, my problem is the fact that in the last few seconds of the first episode the girl is stripped nude. Fine, it makes sense with the fact that her dress disappeared because of the time limit thing. Then why is it that when I Google Pastel Yumi I get only pictures of Yumi taking a bath or losing her clothes again and again? That’s sick. She is 11.

-TheBetterCup

 

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The Magical Whatever Gals. Its missing Minky Momo though….

Check out the first episode!