Magical Girl Manga: Stuffed Animal Additions

I really love magical girls, and these are some that TheBetterCup suggested and most of them are connected back to adorable plushy beings. This is a short post, but the manga are so worth checking out. Also fun fact, kigurumi is the Japanese term for a costumed character and is the word commonly used for the animal onesies that have been popular lately.

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This manga focuses on Makoto, a young middle school boy who enjoys (and is quite talented) in creating stuffed animals. Lately, many have been dying by an unknown disease called Sudden Death, where a perfectly healthy people suddenly die of heart failure, and no one understands why. After a case of sudden death hits a crowd surrounding Makoto, he witnesses the true cause of the disease: giant stuffed bears brutally murdering and eating the people. Together with a small stuffed bunny and a strong bat wielding girl, he learns the true nature of the mysterious Sudden Death.

TheBetterCup loved this manga (I think it is her favorite of the group), and I for the most part also liked it (though its not my favorite). The characters and the plot are very unique with the boy being the main protagonist, but a very feminine theme (stuffed toys) as the main theme. It was a great way of mixing this horror bloody murder and cute fluffy beings. It is a seinen horror and has the art and feel of one. Its not as psychological as Puella Magi Madoka Magica or as violently gory as Mahou Shoujo Apocalypse, but it is still pretty dark. We loved it and plan to continue reading it.

 

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The plot for this manga focuses on a young girl named Hakka. She, among other students, have been chosen (because of their pure hearts), to help aid in protecting the Earth from strange creatures invading from another dimension and stealing the hearts of people consumed with desires. Each of the three student (2 girls and a boy) are teamed up with a large (and adorable and sassy) stuffed animal to battle the creatures. Though the students don’t fight, they help the stuffed animals transform for battle through a kiss, in which case they transform into handsome young men.

Of course I would like this manga. The art style is so adorable. The people are long limbed, big-eyed, and have large noses. I love it, and this is my favorite manga on this list. The character personalities are fun and diverse, and the plot still manages to make you laugh and leave deep themes. Its like your basic magical girl, but with a new twist to the plot. TheBetterCup also loved this, but she doesn’t like Hakka as much as I did. She may come off as annoying to some, but I found her refreshing. The students don’t do battle, but she always manages to jump in and be active participant. She is not strong enough to fight physically, but she still tries. I like that youthful spirit. We loved this and plan to continue reading the manga.

 

 

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The story follows Mira, the right hand man and brains of an evil organization trying to destroy the Earth. Facing his new enemy, the magical girl Byakuya Mimori, he falls in love with her at first sight. The story follows him as he fails to follow out command to destroy the magical girl and instead help her out in her difficult situation.

I still counted this with the stuffed animal magical girls, because the magical girl’s familiar (side kick creature) is a giant kirugumi like creature that smokes and takes advantage of the magical girl’s poor economic status to get her to fight. This was an awesome manga! It probably would have been a favorite if it lasted longer. The manga is left incomplete  at the third volume because the author passed away. This was another unique take on the classic magical girl, where the main character is the male bad guy that falls in love with her. The art is also super cute. I loved it and wish it could continue.

 

I felt the post was really short, so I am adding some bonus magical girl manga that were also fun to read. They aren’t stuffed animal related, but they were super cute magical girls and thus need to be shared.

Bonus:

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Manaka Hiromi is a high school boy with magical powers helping protect the world from the Devil King. He and his team members (a girl with an awesome and not cute weapon that changes monsters to candy and a boy with an adorable and girly weapon) are unhappy with their magical powers though, especially Hiromi whose power is to turn into an extremely strong but sexy magical girl.

The story is pretty funny, and a good twist on the magical girl/magical boy genre. They are silly characters and for the most part it has an ok manga with pretty shonen art. It was an alright, but we probably won’t continue reading the manga

 

Hope you enjoy,

-Blog Barista

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Heap of Magical Girls (Review pt. 1)

I think it goes with out saying that I have read to much manga in the last three weeks! I have to tests, one tomorrow and one on Friday, and here I am writing this instead. But I just can’t help it! There are so many good (and bad) manga that I enjoyed and really want to share. So here is one of three posts that focus on the manga reviews of this month.

DaisukiDaisuki Desu!! Mahou Tenshi Kosumasu by Minazuki Suu

This manga is about Akikaze Cosmos, a little girl who works in her mother’s hostel. She is mature and responsible and lives with these crazy, older characters that include a silly high school girl, a college drunk (she always wears a witch hat) and a twenty year old pervert (who Aki loves). Aki lives a normal life, in a small town surrounded by a nuclear desert that is attempting to swallow up the town, but one day she becomes a magical angel to save the town and all the people she loves.

I did not like this one so much. The characters are annoying and basic (in an unrealistic sort of way). Its nice to see a main character fall in love with a man that is not the typical love interest, even though he is almost a decade and a half older, a huge pervert, fat and gross. It has an interesting story line, that seems creepy sci-fi, but it loses me with the characters. I definitely won’t continue reading this manga.

GyoushouninMahou Gyoushounin Roma by Kurazono Norihiko

This manga was pretty interesting idea. It focuses on this mysterious girl who is collecting the greed of humans by fulfilling wishes using magical items. She seems like a magical girl: she has the little strange but cute creature, magical charms and items, and seems to be helping people. But the end result, after fulfilling their goals, always seem a little negative. This has a ‘monkey’s paw’ sort of feel.

The main character’s name is Roma. She doesn’t seem to care much about the people, and she may not be human (not too sure). I really liked the plot though. It takes the idea of magical girl and makes a little twist to it, but I am not to sure I will continue this manga.

OnnaMahou Onna ga Kuru by Hagio Nobuto

Another manga I don’t plan on continuing, and actually I really disliked. It had such a good chance of doing well too, but its Ecchi and gross, and it doesn’t take it’s plot as seriously as I would have liked. Sakazaki Riko is a 31 year old magical girl (once known as Magic Girl Collie) who is past her prime. Her power was the ability to become an adult, and when she was a young girl, she used it to help lots of people. Now though, she is an adult and her powers are of no use. So single and skill-less, Riko and her other past-her-prime magical girl roommate are searching for the love of their lives (hopefully successful and rich) before they are past that time too.

I liked the idea of what magical girls do after they get older, but I just wish this was not as silly. I like the comedy to an extent, its just that Riko seems desperate and gross, and very materialistic. If the story line was more serious, and we had less nakedness, maybe it would be easier to sympathize with Riko.
OreMahou Shoujo Ore by Moudama Chokusen

Saki is a fifteen year old girl and rising idol. She learns one day that her mother was once a magical girl, fighting for mankind, but is unable to continue now that she is older. A scary yakuza type guy turns out to be her mother’s old magical girl mascot, and he gets Saki to become the next magical girl. Problem is, magical girls are not that magical and actually have to fight fist to fist, so when Saki transforms she becomes a strong man in a magical girl outfit called Magical Ore.

These magical girl manga keep getting more and more creative as time goes by. I also found this one’s plot had a lot to offer. I am not too sure how it goes as you delve deeper into the plot (as I stopped at chapter 2), but hopefully it is successful. I for one will not continue reading this though. the character bored me (she was annoying), I am not a fan that the boy love interest is in love with her guy form (its funny, but I don’t read shonen ai), and most importantly, there is so much going on sometimes that I get a little lost. So though this maybe did not stick to me, I still think you should give it s try and see if you like it.

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I have seen this one before, and actually I read the first chapter once, but never continued. Now that I try it out again, I really like the story line. This is a web manga about a young man who wants to be a hero. One day he finally gets the chance, but when he transforms into his hearts image of a hero, he becomes a little girl. Reluctant and embarrassed, he continues to fight monsters and strives to become a great hero like he dreams. Along the way he meets other hero (including a high school girl and an old lady) while having to battle monsters and other hero who have gone a stray.

This one also has a interesting story line, and I actually enjoy it. I will continue reading this manga. I like the characters, and I like the art style which looks like sketches. As of now, the story has not progressed to far into the main point of the plot, but I feel like it will go very well.

-Blog Barista

Mahou Shoujo of the End by Kentaro Sato

Half way through the week, I am thankful the weekend is almost here. I really feel I need to buckle down and focus more on my work and studies, but as I am saying this, I am in class focusing on the wrong stuff. Oh well, I would like to give a little preface on this: I hate horror/psychologically f*** up manga. It is my least favorite genre on the face of the planet. I try my best to ignore it. Every once in a while, I want to be spontaneous and try something new, and I make the mistake of trying another. I cant imagine finding any of these good (or at  least continuing the manga for long). This one is a horror manga, and I read it because its about magical girls which is my absolute favorite.

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Kii Kogami is a dull high school boy. He seems to hate how ‘normal’ or ‘average’ his life feels, but he is the type of person who will go out of his way to avoid adding stress to his life (even ignoring his friend being bullied). One day, as he is looking out the window, he sees a little Lolita girl attack and kill his professor. An Apocalypse begins. Soon the world is taken over by murderous magical girls, wiping all human life. It turns out that magical girls are descendant of a single witch, and their blood was somehow used to create this end of the world.

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Most of the characters die. I want to say about three or four of them are major characters, but I am not to sure. All I know is that the story is hella messed up. Plot twists everywhere.

Art:

Its well drawn, but extremely gory. The fan service is also too much, but you can get past that. The magical girls are pretty impressive. They can be creepy and cute at the same time, and take a dark twist to what magical girl powers are like.

Final Thoughts:

This is horrific, but really good as far as horror stories go. I loved this! I honestly thought I wouldn’t, but after getting deeper into the plot, I fell in love. At first it feels sickly and gory, but it got so good so fast. The twists really make it worth it, and I love the magical girls!

-Blog Barista

Magical Girls (who are not quite magical girls)

The post for today is one on a bunch of anime I watched recently that seem to fit that magical genre with out being exactly like magical girls. Some have magical boys involved, and most have really unique twists to the basic story line. I didn’t like most of them to be honest, but they were fun to watch.

When Supernatural Battles Became Common Place by Kota Nozomi

screenFor this anime, I watched about four of the episodes. I really liked the art and concept, and I loved the characters (even if they were a little bit on the basic side). For most people, this anime is great in the first half and the second half tends to be either hit or miss. I really liked it though, and felt that it really was a unique story.

The anime is about the five members of the Senko High School’s Literature Club and the class president; each of which have superpowers that awaken in the first episode. Their superpowers become a part of their day to day menial lives until they get mixed into battling others with similar powers.

The main protagonist is Jurai Ando, the only young man in the literature club and a big ‘chuunibyou’ (which means eighth grader syndrome and is someone who still acts like a child, so basically a big nerd). He is the most excited for the powers that he and his friends get. Because of his nerdiness, he is a great leader and strategist. The only problem is: he got the worst magical power. The “Dark and Dark” is a cold and useless black flame that he can light in his hands and that does about nothing. The other five main characters are all females with much more useful powers such as creating and destroying existence, stopping/speeding up/slowing down time, controlling five elements, and so much more.
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Show by Rock by Geechs

73674lThis anime was a completely different kind of magic. I really went ham with this one and watched almost all of the episodes with out stopping. Its not that this is the best anime on this list, but I enjoyed how ridiculously funny this anime was. The art is extra adorable and I love the characters (for the most part), especially the males from Shingam Crimsonz who are the comic relief for the whole story. The concept was also pretty unique. This was based off of a rhythm video game that had these little three dimensional animal creatures playing the instruments. The anime did a great job incorporating this aspect, making the game story line and the anime story mesh well, and even found away to make something so ridiculous kind of good.

The story is about Cyan Hijirikawa. She is a freshman in high school who loves music and wishes to join the music club (but is way to shy to do so). One night, while playing a rhythm game (*wink wink*), she gets sucked into her smart phone. She ends up in this world called Midi City, where music is almost everyone’s passion. She learns that she is meant to help protect that world from dark monsters and then through a series of events joins a lower (moslty unknown) agency. As a part of the Plasmagica band, she and her new found friends perform together in the music scene while discovering the secrets surrounding the world’s problems and how to get Cyan home.

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The Rolling Girls by Yosuke Miyagi

Rolling☆Girls_Haruhichan.com-Visual-02I saw the concept art for this anime about a year ago and was super excited to check it out, but sadly it was my least favorite. Its an interesting idea, but I felt that the first episode kind of struggled to get my attention and make me want to continue. Weirdly enough, I honestly felt put off by the color scheme too.

This anime is set 10 years after the “Great Tokyo War” in Japan. The country is now split up into city-states and constantly fight each other. The vigilantes who fought in the war became hired as ‘warriors’ that representing their city-states in territorial disputes. The main character Nozomi decides to travel around Japan fulfilling requests and searching for heart-shaped jewels, that can make a person possesses unlimited power.

I think the only thing I can say about this anime is that out of all of the ones listed here, it has the BEST fight scenes! I mean, they are really well made and extra bad-ass and still very girly.

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Gatchaman Crowds by Toshiya Ono

a32d4b90c43b863b2c25c72febea11e1The final series has to be the coolest one on here. The art is cute and pretty basic (like a shoujo) but with bad-ass cg robots mixed in. It felt like a good mix of kawaii and awesome. I really liked the story line as well. It has the basics needed for a magical girl, but also really sci-fi like at the same time. The characters were so so though. the main character is overly optimistic and basic, but her weird quirk with stationary and never being very surprised with how life works makes her likable. And then the other characters are mixed with some weirdos (that I loved) and some that I didn’t (that little panda -_-).

The series is about a group of teens (and some aliens) who have been recruited as Gatchamen (warriors who fight other aliens with special robot suits powered by their souls).

The newest member is the main character, Hajime Ichinose, a 16 year old, quirky, high school girl. She usually disobeys orders and despite seeming irresponsible, her unique point of view helps her be successful.

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Well guys, that is about it!

-Blog Barista

 

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha- by Masaki Tsuzuki

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When it comes to magical girls, there are few who are as well known as Nanoha. I see it as a trinity of the most famous magical girls: you have the one directed at girls the goddess of magical girl’s Sailor Moon, you have the one directed at young men the innocent yet not super girly Nanoha, then you have the one directed at old men the fucked up story of Madoka. I first watched this anime in the 2nd year of high school, and then I completely forgot about it. My initial thought is that the style is not very aesthetically pleasing, but as I re-watched and paid more attention to the plot I learned that the main character is a third grader with lots of panty shots (more tastefully done then most of our 80’s counterparts yet still displeasing).

What is this anime about?

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Though I said that the art is not cute. this one scene was perfection. I feel like the artists were lazy the entire time, and then BAM they put in a lot of effort at one small point.

The story follows Nanoha as she becomes mixed up with an archaeologist from a parallel world. Yuno needs her help to collect twenty one Jewel Seed, ancient artifacts that prove to be dangerous when they come in contact with living beings causing them to become monsters. One day, Yuno becomes badly hurt while fighting one monster and transforms into a ferret. Nanoha finds him and takes him to a veterinarian for medical aid. He sees that she has a strong talent with magic and requests her help. Together they gather Jewel Seeds as Nanoha continues to live her ordinary little girl life.

Who are the central characters?

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Nanoha Takamachi: Nanoha is the brunette in the for front of the picture that sports pigtails. She is the protagonist and titular character of the anime series. Nanoha is your normal everyday nine year old that goes to elementary school. She lives with her parents and two older siblings. Her only problem in her life is that she feels distant and directionless. She always feels like a third wheel (her parents focus on each other, her older siblings are closer to each other and not so much with her, and even her two friends are better friends with each other), has no close friend, and has no idea what she wants in life (she is only nine though so I do not see why she worries about this one). Anyways when she meets Yuno, Nanoha learns that she has a special aptitude with magic. Nanoha is a typical sweet third grader. She is dense, trusting, and innocent. Yet she also proves to be supportive, insightful, and diplomatic heroine. One of her more unique characteristics is her ability to be understanding of other characters (instead of just falling into the Misunderstandings that come up in the over dramatic magical girl plot line).

Yuno Scrya: Yuno is the little blonde boy in the back of the picture. He is a magical humanoid from a parallel world called Midchilda. He is nine years old and works as an archaeologist (duh). He recruits Nanoha’s help to collect the Jewel Seeds. Yuno is super responsible for a nine year old. He is very reliable and level head.

Fate Testarossa: Fate is the second main protagonist (like a second magical girl) who is also Nanoha’s rival for most of the series. At the end she becomes Nanoha’s friend. She has a very sad back story that i will not tell for fear of ruining the story. She is searching for the Jewel Seeds to give to her mother for certain purposes. She is the serious, quiet, lonely, mature, and super beautiful character (that is like the mold for the rivals in magical girls). Fate is kind of naive sometimes, and tends to be a little shy so she hides behind her toughness. At first she dislikes Nanoha, but slowly opens up (of course) revealing her kindness and protectiveness.

Arf/Alph: The tall red head in the back. Arf is the familiar of Fate. She is very loyal and the only freind Fate had. zshe is protective of Fate, can use teleportation powers,and can communicate telepathically. She is a puppy/wolf from the world Midchilda. She almost died with a disease and was saved by Fate.

How is the art?

I would describe the art as ugly and bad. Now do not get me wrong, this is part is completely based on opinion, I just do not find this style pleasing aesthetically. The characters are those thicker kinds, with huge eyes that are too big for the face and placed too low on the face, with mouths to high up, and ridiculous hair. I know they are little girls but they do not look like third graders, they look more like they are in eighth grade (which maybe would have been a better idea). Every once and a while the art changes and becomes super nice, which is why I think that the whole thing could have been better. My biggest complaint in the art is the hair off the characters. All the characters have the exact same fringe where the bangs stick out on the side. It is extremely generic, unoriginal, and unrealistic (not to mention the fact that there are way to many Japanese third graders depicted with colorful hairstyles. That would never happen in real life). But you should be the judge for yourself.

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What was awesome?

My final thoughts concluded to be a little more positive then what I expected. The plot is different and very intricate which is always great. The transformation was interesting and unlike any other magical girl thus far. Many consider it to be one of the better transformations, but I disagree. I hate the panty shots, mostly because she is only eight or nine years old and that is fucking sick and disturbing to see fanservice like that, but it is not alarmingly out there and disgustingly ridiculous like many others. I would just like a round of applause for the character designer, who some how created the one magical girl whose outfit covers her entire body (with out it being body hugging clothes) and yet still finds a way to try and sexualize her. I will leave you on a serious note. Though I was not a fan of the panty shots, character design, or art style in general; the story is still incredibly unique and many people loved it. The only way you can possibly know if it is good is if you watch and be your own judge.

-Blog Barista

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This is what true fabulous looks like… only Pewds knows how it feels

Sugar Sugar Rune- by Moyoco Anno

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Sorry these are coming late, but here’s the 25th magical girl anime, Sugar Sugar Rune. Off the bat I can say it is a cute show, and it is not entirely the typical magic girl. The plot seems basic at first, but becomes intricate with drama and good guys turning bad, and so are the characters. Ironically the witch type of magic they use is unique as most magic girls don’t use what westerners traditionally consider magic. All in all, I don’t like it, but I don’t hate it either.

What is the anime about?

11The Magical World is having their crowning ceremony where the future queen is chosen between two young witch candidates. To determine who will be queen they send the witches to the Human World where they compete to collect the hearts of boys. The one who has the most by the end of the competition is the winner. This time the two candidates are not only best friends, but also complete and total opposites, Chocolat Meilleure (daughter of a former competitor from the last competition) and Vanilla Mieux (daughter of the current queen). Aided by a guardian/pop idol, Rockin Robin, and their furry companions, they first set out to collect hearts, but they soon realize that they have many other things to deal with. An evil king named Glace, mysterious boys, and a friendship strained by rivalry. Yup drama bombs.

Heart Rankings

So the girls collect these stones, which house the emotions someone feels towards another thing. Doing so tends to dull the intensity of that emotion in a person; however, if it is strong a second heart appears instantaneously. The Magical world uses these gems as an energy source. Each type of heart varies in emotion/strength/color.

Yellow/jaune is surprise and the lowest heart.

Orange is infatuation.

Green/vert is friendship.

Blue is respect.

Rainbow is amusement

Pink/Rose is limerence (romantic attraction with an obsessive need to have their feelings reciprocated).

Purple/violet is forbidden love.

Red/rouge is passionate love.

Black/noir is hatred/jealousy/fear.

White/blanc is a purified noir heart and is used to turn familiars into their former forms.

Who are the central characters?

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Chocolat Meilleure [In French, meilleure is comparative form of the word ‘good’ so when translated it becomes ‘better’]

❤ Extroverted, aggressive, energetic, forceful, and tomboyish, Chocolat is the most popular witch in the Magical World. She expects to be just as loved in the Human World, but her intimidating nature causes all the boys to fear her (yet her personality lets her become close friends with boys rather then a love interest). She is never afraid of creepy crawlies or snakes, and she introduces herself by threatening to kick anyone’s ass if they cross her. She has a caring and loyal personality (like all magical girl protagonists) and always encourages Vanilla, but she acts as if she does not and is prideful. Her familiar is Duke, and her mom is Cinnamon (there is a huge wtf moment when you learn who is her father).

Her spell is Sugar Sugar Rune! Choco-Rune!

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Vanilla Mieux [In French, mieux is comparative form of the word ‘well’ so when translated it becomes ‘better’]

❤ Vanilla is the opposite of Chocolat and the second candidate to be the next witch. She is extremely shy, gentle, sensitive, and kind, but because of how timid she is if she is nervous and scared she immediately starts crying and is a bit clumsy. She is organized, intelligent, compassionate, and cute so she is very popular among boys in the Human World (not so much in the Magical World, which is not good for her, since she is the current princess). Compared to Chocolat Vanilla is very dutiful, but at one point she does start to feel insecure and inferior to Chocolat, which leads to a lot of drama involving the Ogre Kingdom. Her familiar is Blanca, and her mom is Candy. Her love interest is Houx.

Her spell is Sugar Sugar Rune! Vani-Rune!

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Pierre Tempete de Neige

❤ The most popular boy in school, handsome, and the president of the student council, we all know that this is Chocolat’s romantic interest. He’s captain of the fencing club and tennis club, and he as a fanclub of crazy, mean middle school girls. He, however, has a cold heart and is quite mysterious, nonchalant, and uptight. He also proves to be the basic tsundere, as he slowly reveals his feelings. He is involved in most of the drama, and his past is part of a huge plot twist, so I cannot say anything else without giving away something important.

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Duke and Blanca

❤ Duke is Chocolat’s familiar and a frog. He is laid back with a “go with the flow” attitude. He isn’t very helpful, but he does have an extensive knowledge on hearts. He has an intense rivalry with Blanca, and he is also a giant flirt. There is a plot twist with him, revealing his past and some important familial ties. Blanca is Vanilla’s familiar and a sassy mouse. She can be snobbish and mean as she teases others, but she is really loyal to Vanilla. She really wants Vanilla to win and will do anything, even cheat. Her story is not as important to the story of the show, so I don’t mind revealing a little bit. She was once a witch, who lost her heart to a human (she fell in love), so as punishment she became a familiar.

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Cinnamon Meilleure and Candy Mieux

❤ These are the mothers of Chocolat and Vanilla. I will say nothing here, except that they were previous Queen candidates. From the start we get that Candy is selfless, caring, and a great queen. Little is known of Cinnamon (without ruining the story). Just keep an eye out for them and their story.

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Houx and Soul (their names are the french words for holy and willow)

❤ They are twin brothers who are also childhood friends with Chocolat and Vanilla. Both have a crush on Chocolat, even though Vanilla likes Houx. They both go to the Human World to protect the girls. They are brash, brave, and always getting into trouble.

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Rockin’ Robin

❤ Chocolat and Vannila’s guardian in the Human World. He is a pop idol, and steals the hearts of his fans during his concerts. He seems rude and straight forward, but he does have a caring heart. He’s also over 6000 years old.

How is the artwork?

The art is definitely cute and a bit unique. The eyes are enormous, the chins are thin and pointy, the legs and arms are long, and the outfits are extravagant. Its obviously a shoujo with lots of pink.

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What makes this awesome?

The manga is better then the show, with a lot more drama. The magic reminds me of the western version of witches you think of during Halloween. Another unique aspect of the show is that the girls’ hearts can become black, when they fall into “despair,” and their hearts can be saved. Its like a nicer version of Madoka.

-TheBetterCup

Ahhhh summer :)

Ahhhh summer 🙂

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Nanatsuiro Drops- by Tamaki Ichikawa

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Nanatsuiro Drops came out in 2007, when I was somewhere in middle school. It was an anime where I watched the first episode and then completely forgot about it till now. It was not that the story was bad, but as cute as it seems, the animation style still bothered me too much as a kid. Now that I grew up a little, that does not bother me at all. Its a cute story and the 24th magical girl in our marathon (which is slowly coming to a close).

What is the anime about?

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One day, Masaharu, a young student, bumps into a strange figure. A potion of his is accidentally swapped with Masaharu’s soda, and when he drinks it he finds himself transformed into stuffed animal sheep. Each night he becomes the stuffed animal and to be able to return to normal, Masaharu must collect seven stardrops with help from a magical girl partner. He soon discovers that his fated partner is a new classmate, and he cannot give away his identity or else he will be stuck forever (the plot set up sounds dumb the way I explained it, but it is actually really interesting).

Who are the central characters?

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Masaharu Tsuwabuki: Masaharu is the main protagonist of the series. He is a glasses wearing male student who has difficulty being social (even going so far as to stop talking to his own friends). He is the one who mistakenly drinks a potion instead of soda and transforms into a stuffed lamb. He is very quiet and easily persuaded.

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Sumomo Akihime: Sumomo (pink haired girl in the center) is the magical girl of the series and the love interest of the protagonist. She becomes a Steller Spinner to help Yuki (Aka Masaharu as a lamb) return to his home land. She is supposed to be the cute, sweet, shy girl that cries a lot. But she is not a whiny cry baby, but an emotional person who freaks out about everything and deals with problems by crying. Personally she came off as really annoying (though sometimes cute), and a little weak. Since this a magical girl anime, I bet she resolves this by maturing as she quests for stardrops, but I did not finish the entire story so I am not sure how much she grows.

Nadeshiko Yaeno: Nadeshiko (black haired girl to the right), also known as Nako-chan, is Sumomo’s best friend. She is observant, over protective, violent, and angry (but not to Sumomo). She looks out for her shy, cry baby friend and acts kind of like a sister.

Nona Yuki: Nona (blue haired girl to the left) is a Steller Spinner from the magical world. At first she is a friendly rival to Sumomo, and later they become friends. She starts going to school with them so as to learn the human culture. She is reserved, mature, quiet, and intelligent (but struggles to understand much of the human world).

How is the artwork?

This is super cute and colorful. My only problem are the huge eyes of the girls that look like they are misplaced on their faces, but that seems to be characteristic in older, light novel based anime that depict little girls. Obviously the artists are really striving for young and innocent.

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What makes this awesome?

This anime is a light novel that was aimed more at young male readers, so it does tend to have some soft fanservice (mostly emphasizing the girls’s innocence and child like behavior/personality). I personally do not like that he looks like he is in high school but all the girls look like grade-schoolers, but the fanservice is not enough to be down right annoying. Since this was intended for a male audience, it does have a different perspective on the magical girl anime tropes. This has a unique plot, that could have been taken into deeper levels, and has a male protagonist (not the sole case, but the only one we have mentioned thus far). Most noticeable is the fact that a human classmate becomes the magical creature that accompanies the girl. All in all, it is worth a shot to see if you like it. I personally did not, neither did TheBetterCup, but you may.

-Blog Barista

 

Sassy Magical Boy

Sassy Magical Boy… I want to BE him

Check it out here:

http://www.gogoanime.com/nanatsuiro-drops-episode-1

Twin Princesses of the Wonder Planet- by Shogo Kawamoto

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The 23rd magical girl anime will be one that has been floating in my computer for about 5 years. At the end of my eighth grade year, I came across this cute picture of a pink haired girl dancing, and I shit you not that I actually saved this picture and used it on high school projects. I still have the damn picture (I could never bring myself to delete it, even when I bought a new computer). It was a week ago that I finally found out who the hell she was. She is from Twin Princesses of the World Planet, and I am finally able to rest in peace.

What is the anime about?

ppppppppppInside of the Mysterious Star (more like a meteor) there are seven kingdoms: the Sunny Kingdom, the Flame Kingdom, the Moon Kingdom, the Jewelry Kingdom, the Water Drop Kingdom, the Seed Kingdom, and the Windmill Kingdom; however, the Sun’s Blessing, which illuminates the kingdoms and is in the Sunny Kingdom, is dieing and will disappear in a year. Once this happens, everything in the star will be covered in darkness and die as well. The most unprincess princesses in this star, the Twin Princesses, are given power of Prominence by Princess Grace to investigate why the Sun’s Blessing is in decline and save it. Yet, someone steals the power and unleashes an even greater evil.

Who are the central characters?

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Sunny Kingdom

So the main protagonists are Twin Princesses, Fine and Rein, of the Sunny Kingdom. They are reckless, refuse to study, and are always running around and tripping on nothing. Because of this they are known as the most unprincess-like princesses in the history of the star, but their flawed characters prove that anyone can be a princess as long as they have caring hearts. Fine is the pink one with pigtails (she looks like her mom, Queen Elsa). She likes sports, is afraid of ghosts, and eats a lot (she reminds me of Sailor Moon). She is also a horrible dancer, but a great sister and cares a lot about others. It is interesting to see the “pink girl” as sporty and scared, which shows that the characters are not as basic as some in other shows. Rein is the blue haired princess (she looks like her father, King Truth), but even though she is the “boy” color I was surprised to see that she did not get the basic role as “pink girl’s tomboy second in command.” She loves fashion and dressing up, choosing to wear elaborate accessories. She is also the boy crazy one, having a huge crush on Prince Bright, the idol of the star. Rein is the brave and adventurous one between the two girls, preferring to run towards the unknown, but she always tries to come up with intelligent and positive solutions. They are both 13 years old.

Poomo (floating fairy above babies in right corner) is the magical creature meant to help the twins. He is kind, loyal, and serious. He also tends to be sassy towards the girls, but he cares a lot for them.

Flame Kingdom

The main characters from the Flame Kingdom are Princess Lione (orange haired girl with white ears) and Prince Tio (little boy with white ears, blonde hair, and red outfit). In the first episode you learn that Lione is scared of dancing in public, and will do anything to get out of it. She gains confidence and learns to smiles more, which is why she got the title of the smile princess. She also supports everything Fine and Reine do, putting a lot of trust in them. She appears to be around the same age as them. Her younger brother Tio spends most of the time trying to protect Rein and Fine, and he idolizes Prince Shade.

Moon Kingdom

Princess Milky (right corner, pink hair, yellow dress, crescent tiara) is 2 years old and travels on floating stars. She speaks entirely with her “babu” talk, yet her brother and Fine can understand her. She also is a glutton, eating everything in her path. Her brother is Prince Shade (15 year old, purple haired prince behind Rein), and he takes the persona Eclipse. Eclipse is cool/calm, but cold and looks a little like Indiana Jones (whip and all). As Prince Shade he acts gentle and kind, but that is just to live up to expectations. He is really smart, doing things practically. At first he is an enemy, but later they work together, and even later he becomes a love interest for Princess Fine.

Jewelry Kingdom

The royal children in this country are Prince Bright (blonde 15 year old prince behind Fine) and Princess Altezza (8 year old blonde princess in front row with big puffy hair). Prince Bright is your gentleman, kind to all the princess, and the super idol of the star. He also adores his sister dearly, is a very talented swordsman, and has a huge crush on Fine. At first he was suspicious of Eclipse, but eventually treats Shade as a brother. He also becomes Rein’s love interest (thank god too, because she was all googly eyed and Fine did not like him like that). His sister Altezza is a talented princess, but at first she seems really selfish and spoiled. In reality she is super kind, but is afraid to show that. She loves jewelry, like Milky or Fine likes eating, and, though she is talented in everything princess-like, she sucks as art. She eventually develops feelings for Auler, Prince of the Windmill Kingdom.

Water Drop Kingdom

There are two children from the Water Drop Kingdom, Princess Mirlo (Top row, all the way to the right, honey colored hair, brown ears, purple eyes, water like crown) and Prince Narlo (right hand corner, baby with blue and white outfit next to Milky). Narlo is 1 years old, and he has a crush on Milky. Mirlo is 10 years old, wants to be an artist, but is afraid to speak up (mostly due to her strict mother). She is very kind, and learns to speak up for what she wants sometimes.

Seed Kingdom

There are 11 identical girls and one boy in this kingdom. What is cute is that the eleven girls have names that match the Japanese numbers: Ichele (ichi), Nina (ni), Saya (san), Shiyon (shi), Gorchel (go), Loloa (roku), Nursya (nana), Harney (hachi), Quarry (kyu), Julia (jue), and Joiner (jue ichi). The Prince’s name is Solo (get it), but because they are secondary characters they don’t have much personality past kind and friendly.

Windmill Kingdom

Prince Auler (blue/greenish haired prince, top row all the way to the left with white and pink floppy ears) is the eldest child from the Windmill Kingdom. We see very little about him, but we learn that he is kind, a joker, romantic, and eventually falls for Altezza. His younger sister, Princess Sophie (to his right and looks somewhat like him), is the innocent character. Even though her rival kingdom is the Jewelry Kingdom, she still likes Altezza a lot. She is the kindest character in this entire show, willing to do anything to help others.

How is the artwork?

This is your cute show like Doremi and Comet. I do want to say, however, that even though it looks simple the show is really smooth and exaggerated with expression and movement. If you pay attention even characters in the background have ridiculous yet appropriate reactions, which shows that the artists pay attention to detail. I also like that this is the first one I have seen where the queen is pretty, but the King is also very handsome (usually he is a short, balding old man).

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What makes this awesome?

It is really lighthearted, the twins are hilarious, and I like that this has nothing to do with Earth, but some weird star world, which is different. The fact that the main characters are not like the usual and are unprincess-like tells the viewers that anyone can be a princess, which is a nice message. The show is very topsy turvy in my opinion.

-TheBetterCup

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The plague of my childhood…

Pretear- by Junichi Sato

Shin.Shirayukihime.Densetsu.Pretear.full.1293414I saw this anime a long time ago when it first came out on crunchyroll. At first I was so excited for it, but the first episode was boring and I soon fell out of watching it. The story, though, is definitely unique and the concept new. Himeno and her Leafe Knights are a fresh addition to the magical girl genre, and to be honest this is not a bad anime. Even though I did not love it off the bat, the anime is actually really good mostly if you like romantic comedies full of drama. Oh and a reverse harem.

What is the anime about?

Shin.Shirayukihime.Densetsu.Pretear.full.1294654Himeno, a high school girl, tries to adjust to her new life after her father remarries to a rich woman. She feels out of place struggling to feel like belongs. On her way to school one day, she meets seven young men known as the Leafe Knights. They explain to her that the red snow that began to fall on the city was actually caused by the Princess of Disaster. She plans to absorb all the life energy, called Leafe, from the town (and later the world), and that they need her to become the legendary warrior Pretear and help them defeat her. (Pretear seems to be magical girls who absorb the Leafe knights and use their powers to fight. The Leafe knights are the essences of certain elements, so the Pretear gain elemental powers). She later learns that the Princess of Disaster was a former Pretaer who, through a number of circumstances, fell into anguish that caused her powers to become evil.

Who are the central characters?

HimenoPretearSoundHimeno Awayuki: Himeno is the protagonist and titular character of the anime. She is a sixteen year old girl whose father remarried, after the death of her mother, to a very rich woman. She has a hard time adjusting to her new high class lifestyle and new family (who do not seem to accept her). One day she meets the Leafe Knights who ask her to help them defeat the Princess of Disaster by becoming a Pretear. Her personality is that of the basic magical girl package. She is kind, good hearted, courageous, hard worker, and stubborn, but with a good moral compass.

TakakoLookFenrir the Princess of Disaster: Takako now known as Fenrir was the Pretear before Himeno, who became evil after certain circumstances occurred. Her goal is to suck all the Leafe from the world, there by destroying it. I cannot say much else with out ruining the basis of the plot line. Just know that she is mixed in deep with the driving drama of the story. The reason she became evil also begins to occur to Himeno so that is also a part of the drama. TheBetterCup thinks the situation is pretty dumb and not a good reason to turn evil, but it works for the magical girl genre.

pretear-screenshot-001Leafe Knights: The seven Leafe Knights are the immortal beings who meant to protect Leafe (earth’s energy source) with the help of the Pretear. They each have control over a different element, and when absorbed by Himeno, give her different powers/abilities and weapons. Hayate (the black haired one in the center with a blue outfit) is the Leafe Knight of the wind and gives Himeno a Wind Sword to fight. He is angry and does not get along with her at first. So, obviously he is her love interest. Sasame (the white haired one with white clothing in the bottom right corner) is the Leafe Knight of Sound. He has the ability to make shockwaves out of sound. In the manga he is a flirt, but in the anime he is serious, mature, quiet, and (get this) a great listener. Himeno uses sonic arrows when transformed with him. Go (the red head with red clothing at the end) is the Leafe Knight of Fire who can throw balls of fire. He is the tough, hot-headed one who mostly looks after the younger knights. He gives Himeno the ability to use a fire ax. Kei (dark skinned one with blonde hair at the left) is the Knight of Light. He throws balls of light and gives Himeno the ability to utilize chakrams of light. He is a narcissist in the anime, but in the manga he was direct/straight forward (like Spock!). Mannen (the shorter white haired boy in the middle) is the eldest of the group of kid Knights. He is the knight of Ice who can freeze stuff and gives Himeno the weapon of an ice beam cannon. He is the clever trouble maker of the group who can be spiteful, disobeys, and is really childish at times. Hajime (the short orange haired little boy) is the Leafe Knight of Water. he has the ability to make whips out of water and gives Himeno the use over water flails. He is the second youngest. Lastly there is Shin (blonde boy with the hat) the Leafe Knight of Plants. He creates containment feilds to protect the world from their battles and seals evil demons. He is the youngest and acts like a crybaby child. She never transforms with him in the anime.

How is the artwork?

The anime is from the early 2000s (it came out 2001) so the art is very much like the 90s magical girls. The characters are long legged, with huge eyes, and obviously cute. It is not my favorite (I really appreciate how male characters, who were not all that well drawn in the 90s anime, progressively got better by today’s day), but is acceptable and nostalgic. She gets to change outfits with each of the knights (as she absorbs them) which is cute.

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What makes this awesome?

Well even though it is not my favorite magical girl, Pretear is a magical girl with a uniqueness. This is the first one where the magical girl gain powers of the elemental nature, the first to have a group of male team members, to absorb said memebers to transform and gain said powers, and the first to use weapons like swords to fight. This is also the first one where the antagonist was a former Pretear whose reason for turning evil is different (cannot ruin it for you, but know that it is full of drama). Pretear has a theme of princesses and fables, like Lilpre, but in its own sort of way. Anyways it is different and enjoyable.

-Blog Barista

I wonder why?

I wonder why?

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Ojamajo Doremi- by Takashi Yamada

33333Today we look at the 21st magical girl anime, Ojamajo Doremi. Now I did not see this one growing up, and I now know it was available in a lot of other countries, but whenever my family would go outside of the States visiting relatives we would always find these guys. I still have all the keychains, earrings, and necklaces we found. It was like our mission to get as many as we came across, so I can honestly say I was very excited and happy to find out years later that they were magical girls.

What is the anime about?

3So the story follows a girl named Doremi Harukaze. At the start of the series, she is just your average third grader, but one day she finds herself in a magical shop called Maho-Do. She ends up guessing that the owner, Majo Rika, is a witch; however, all witches are cursed. If they are discovered by humans they are punished, and in Rika’s case she is turned into a frog. In order to return to her original form she grants Doremi powers appointing her to witch’s apprentice. Doremi has to pass tests and keep her identity a secret, but later on her friends and sister joins her. She makes many more friends along the way, saves her rival, and even raises a baby from the Witch world.

Who are the central characters?

There are a lot of characters in this series, but they are pretty cookie cutter. They are all cute and funny, but expect a lot of drama.

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Doremi Harukaze is the titular character of the series, and she is your typical magical girl protagonist. She is energetic, a bad student, clumsy, but compassionate and boy crazy. Her fairy is Dodo, her color is pink, her gem is a bean, her instrument is a piano, and her spell is “pirika pirilala popolina peperuto.”

Next is Doremi’s best friend since kindergarten (and my favorite girl), Hazuki Fujiwara. She is your typical smart girl. She is sweet, shy, and passive. She gets the best grades in the school, and she has a crush on her childhood friend, Masaru Yada. Her fairy is Rere, her color is orange, her gem is a heart, her instrument is the violin, and her spell is “paipai ponpoi puwapuwa puu.”

The third girl also comes in as Doremi’s friend, Aiko Seno (fyi she is my second favorite character, because of how tough she is). She is the tomboy girl, who talks to everyone and even speaks with a Kansai dialect (which is harsher then the standard). Her parents are divorced, but she lives with her father, which is why she knows how to cook and clean. Her fairy is Mimi, her color is blue, her gem is a diamond, her instrument is a harmonica, and her spell is “pameruku raruku laliloli poppun.”

The next girl is Doremi’s witch rival, but later her comrade, Onpu Segawa. She is the apprentice to Majo Ruka, who is not on good terms with Majo Rika, so that is why she did not like Doremi. At first she seems cold, mysterious, and a spoiled brat, but when they become friends you find out she is selfless and kind. She is actually a popular idol loved by boys, and her most emphasized characteristic is her ability to balance school, work, and magic. Her fairy is Roro, her color is purple, her crystal is a teardrop, her instrument is a flute, and her spell is “pururun purun famifami fa.”

Ok next is an American/Japanese transfer student from New York, Momoko Asuka. She originally was the apprentice of Majo Monroe, but Monroe dies (which is sad because Momoko adores Monroe) and Momoko breaks her crystal (for reasons I don’t want to say, because I don’t want to ruin the show for you). Because of this she becomes one more of Rika’s apprentices. At first she speaks no Japanese and communicates through a translator (but don’t worry eventually the other girls teach her). Her fairy is Nini, her color is yellow, her gem is a 3-leaf clover, her instrument is a guitar, and her spell is “perutan pepton paralila pon.”

So that magical baby Doremi and her gang raises is non other then the 6th girl, Hana-chan. She is the Witch Queen Rose’s baby, born from a rose in the Queen’s garden, which only produces a baby every 100 years in order to succeed to the throne. Doremi cares for her and names her Hana Makihatayama, but at one point she transforms into a 6th grader in order to attend school with her “mama.” She is childish, air-headed, excitable, and throws tantrums, but she has a huge heart. Her fairy is Toto, her color is white, her gem is a sphere, her instrument is an accordion, and, though she does not need a spell, she made up her own, which goes “pororin pyuarin hana hana pi.”

12The last girl is Doremi’s younger sister, Pop Harukaze. She is in kindergarten, and accidentally discovers Doremi’s power, so she becomes an apprentice. At first she is a know-it, jealous, and pretty annoying, but she really loves her sister dearly and acts really mature and much more responsible compared to Doremi. Her fairy is Fafa, her color is red, her crystal is a 4-leaf clover, her instrument is a trumpet, and her spell is “pipito purito puritan peperuto.”

13The last person I will talk about is Majo Rika, because she is like their magical creature that teaches them how to use their magic. She is short tempered, and she calls her apprentices the Bothersome Witches (aka Ojamajo, which is clever because this backwards is also Ojamajo). In reality, however, she really loves the girls like her own children.

How is the artwork?

Big eyed, long legs, colorful hair. Yup, this is your generic cute magical girl, though the hair styles are more realistic. I like the style, and I like how many costumes the girls get. Hell, I especially like the fact that they are witches and use spells (not just you know the wand-waving girls who have fairy/alien/some-world-that-are-not-made-up-of-witches type magic). They really remind me of the Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet.

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What makes this awesome?

Even though this is just another cute anime, which lacks depth, I like the fact that you can relate to at least one of these girls. I also enjoy the running gags. There is nothing really special to distinguish this magical girl series, but its a nice stepping stone. Personally, I enjoyed it.

-TheBetterCup

When I found out that Doremi has a new sequel, Ojamajo Doremi 16.

When I found out that Doremi has a new sequel, Ojamajo Doremi 16.

Here is episode 1:

For the life of me I cannot find episode 1, subbed or dubbed, that is good, which is really annoying. If anyone finds one tell me, but I can give you this for now (I’m sorry its in English).

Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet- by Akira Okeya

6Day 20 of this Magic Girl Marathon brings us to the very carefree plot of a magical princess’s journey on Earth, Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet. When the BlogBarista and I first saw this anime we actually really liked how casual the plot is and how cute it is, but six episodes in and one realizes how cliched and repetitive it can get. Even the main goal of Comet’s journey is forgotten two to three episodes in. The anime is still cute and enjoyable, but I cannot recommend watching to many episodes in a row (otherwise you’ll die of boredom).

-What is this cartoon about?

2So in this universe there is the Triangle Nebula, three major star worlds (I am not sure what is the purpose of these worlds, but in the Harmonica Star world the little star worlds are born and tended). The three worlds are the Harmonica Star world, the Castanet Star world, and the Tambourine Star world, and a ball is held for the future rulers in order for the Tambourine Prince to pick his bride between the Castanet Princess, Meteor, or the Harmonica Princess, Comet; however, the Prince has ran away to Earth. To win his heart Comet is sent to find him (Meteor joins later on). She has no clue what he looks like, but her only clue is that she can find him “by the twinkling in his eyes.” Comet quickly comes to love Earth and its people, and we follow her little adventures as she looks for the prince.

-Who are the central characters?

1Comet is the 12 year old protagonist of this anime. She is the princess of the Harmonica Star world, though she doesn’t act like it. She would much rather watch the little star world creatures or have adventures then worry about marrying the prince. Even her decision to go to Earth was based on the fact that her mother told her wonderful stories about her time on Earth (It’s not like she actually wanted to look for the prince). Aside from the fact that Comet is full of curiosity, her personality is a little 2D. She has a gentle nature, which means it is easy for her to make friends. She cares deeply for others, and thus enjoys helping others. Compared to other magical girls she is pretty mature, but she learns a lot about life and others through the anime. She also has a hard time realizing other people’s feelings, especially those involving boys and love.

11Meteor is the opposite of Comet. She holds grudges, has princess hissy fits, and is loud, selfish, spoiled, and rude. When Meteor first learns that Comet went to Earth to find the prince, her goal becomes finding the prince in order to ensure that Comet doesn’t marry him (she really dislikes Comet), but nothing goes her way since she is lazy. She always follows Comet in hopes that she can swoop in at just the right moment, she uses magic to make these rich people like her, and she mistreats her magical companion. Though I seem harsh in decribing her character, there are times were she is generous and actually tries to be kind; however, they are rare.

17Rubba Ball, Comet magical creature and friend, is a little star world creature helping Comet on Earth. He was sent by Comet’s “Jii-san” (this word means Grandfather; however, I am not sure if he is actually her Grandfather or if he is just an older gentleman). Most of the time he seems like he is daydreaming, not realizing some things around him, but he constantly nags Comet to stay on task (though he cares deeply for Comet, he can be stern). He inflates into a giant ball (hence the name), and can detect twinkles with his tail (which is why he was sent with Comet). I think he is a cute character, and he kind of reminds me of Hippo from Mermaid Melody. He even falls in love.

20Mook, a star-eyed bird, is Meteor’s companion. He is always pushed around by Meteor, and is seen as her servant. Mook is pretty sassy and even makes sly comments here and there, but he is very loyal to Meteor. Without Mook, Meteor would probably get nothing done, because he is more of a voice of reason when she is blinded by jealousy or arrogance.

famFujiyoshi family is the eccentric family that takes Comet into their home when the find her in trouble. There are twins Nene and Tsuyoshi Fujiyoshi, and their parents Sayaka and Keitaro. Nene and Tsuyoshi are identical fraternal twins (they look a like, but because they are boy and girl they are not identical in genes) in pre-school. The father runs the house like a kingdom, and the mother is kind and sells weird things that are full of love.

keiKeisuke works for Keitaro, and wants to be a life guard (because of this strong desire he has a twinkle in his eye). At first he seems cold, but later he starts to show that he is dedicated and actually a very warm person. He maybe a love interest of Comet’s.

-How is the Artwork?

This is a cute show. Nothing fancy, simple art, and reminds me of Doremi. I enjoy looking at it, but it is not enough to get over the plot.12 8 9 10 7 5 4

-What makes the cartoon awesome?

The show is cute, but cliched and boring after a while. It is interesting because most Princess based magical girls actually want to become queen, but Comet is more focused on living life her way. I like her character, but she reminds me of the 80’s magical girl protagonists.

-TheBetterCup

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Princess Tutu- by Mizuo Shinonome

tumblr_static_ahiru_arima_render__by_xxsweetlemonadexx-d5o5rr5Even though we have reached the day when Sailor Moon Crystal was released, TheBetterCup and I still wish to continue the Magical Girl Marathon. So today, I am super excited to talk about Princess Tutu. This is one of my favorite magical girls. I did not include her in my Top 5 Maho Shojo only because I was not sure if she counted, but now that I checked, she is definitely a magical girl and she is my fifth favorite one. This show is truly unique, but its originality is emphasized by the amazing plot and fantastic characters.

For a magical girl, you do not see a story that deters this much from the basic outline. Princess Tutu takes place in a fantasy world were magic seems to be a normalcy, and talking animals tend to mix with humans naturally. This is full of magical realism that makes the entire story feel like a story book. I saw Princess Tutu when I was in middle school, about the same time I saw Tokyo Mew Mew, and they were nothing alike (which is why I was not sure she counted as a magical girl). The story was just so different, that she missed many of the formalities that made a magical genre. But looking back now, this a magical girl story. It focuses on an average young girl who is given the abilities to transform into a stronger version of herself (one that exists within her) and fights in the name of goodness, love, justice, friendship, and respect.

-What is this cartoon about?

tumblr_miuzkxrkKE1r7r23oo4_400The story is super interesting and full of drama that makes this heart wrenching and beautiful. It is refreshingly creative while having darker themes included. The entire story is based on story books with an additional ballet theme. The anime opens with an old storyteller that dies before creating an ending to his final story. Then the main story opens. It focuses on a little duck named Ahiru who is given a magical necklace that allows her to change into a young girl and into a magical girl named Princess Tutu. Her goal is to collect the missing shards of a young prince’s heart. Yet, there is an evil puppet master that attempts to control the entire story and Ahiru’s fate.

-Who are the central characters?

Ahiru6ahiru en piedDuck/Ahiru Arima: Duck is the protagoinist and titular character of Princess Tutu. She is a normal little duck that falls in love with a lonely prince. Her wish to make him happy is granted, when a strange man named Dosselmeyer gives her a pendant that allows her to transform into a 13 year old girl named Ahiru. With this ability she is also able to become Princess Tutu, a magical girl that collects shards of the prince’s heart. Of course she cannot stay human if she quacks or touches water, and she vanishes if she proclaims her love to the prince. Duck’s personality matches well with the fact that she is a duck. She is awkward. Ahiru tends to be very easily excited, talks very much, clumsy, uncollected, scatterbrained, and nervous. Yet she also holds the qualities of any magical girl like kindness, friendliness, and good moral strength.

njsFakir: Fakir goes to the same ballet school as Ahiru. He is 17 teen years old and Mytho’s roommate. He has a major role in the story (sorry I cannot tell with out ruining the awesome plot, but trust me you will love him). Anyways he is the knight that protects the prince by sacrificing his life for him. At first, he is mean and cold toward Ahiru. He acts rude, being very brash and straightforward to her with no concern for her feelings, and acting possessive of Mytho. At first he even tends to be a little afraid of what may happen. After they learn to work together, he opens up to her. He is a possible love interest for Ahiru.

rueRue/Princess Kraehe: Rue is a very talented and advanced ballet dancer in Ahiru’s school. Rue has a very sad story and dark past that is revealed throughout the anime.  With out ruining the plot, I will tell you only that Rue is the Raven in the story (kind of). She is very attached to Mythos, wishing to make him her prince, and she is able to change like Ahiru into Princess Kraehe. Rue is distant and snobbish. She does not make anyfriends (she only keeps her goal in focus) but can be kind and good hearted at times. As Kraehe, she is completely different. Kraehe is manipulative, and dark person. She acts with pride, cruelty, and jealousy.

vlcsnap-51468Mytho: Mytho is the 16 year old prince of the story. His entire heart is shattered and with out the missing parts causes him to be emotionless. He is one of the main reasons behind each of the other characters’s actions. Even though he is so central, he does not seem to be the most prominent character in the anime. He is Ahiru’s main love interest, and her reason for being able to become human. Mytho is unemotional and easily ordered around.

rv1NOVaDosselmeyer: Dosselmeyer is an old man that grants to Ahiru the magical pendant that allows her to transform from a duck into a girl and into Princess Tutu. He has a huge role in the plot, acting mainly as an antagonist (but in what way I will not tell). As the writer who created the story of the prince and the raven, he tries to control the characters so as to end the story as he wishes. At first, he seems to be trying to help Duck, but it is quickly revealed that his motives are not what they seem. He is sadistic, selfish, and cruel. His goal is to have an entertaining story no matter what the cost to the characters. He is actually really twisted and scary, as far as magical girl antagonist go, he is very dark maybe second to Kyubey.

-How is the Artwork?

The artwork is simple, but super cute. It does not have anything particularly amazing, and yet it is not necessarily average either. The magic and colors tend parallel its darker themes since they are more grey, dull, and not bright or exciting.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

The idea is extremely different and unique. The entire plot is bizarre and full of drama that will eat at your heart. The entire thing is beautiful and artistic as well. I personally loved it, and the story is well worth it all.

-Blog Barista

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I wonder what she is saying…

Sailor Moon Crystal- by Naoko Taeuchi

12And finally the day has come that the new revamped Sailor Moon has been released on Crunchyroll. The excitement has been built up since last year with the release being changed multiple times, but it has finally been released. Now let me start by stating (I have already said this before but let me do it again) my love for Sailor Moon. I grew up with this show. It is the gateway anime that has led me to enjoy so much great (and horrible) anime which I enjoy. Sailor Moon is what represents my childhood if I had to pick one character to symbolize it for me. I loved the cartoon and still do, heck my student ID hangs off an awesome pink sailor senshi lanyard. And the two things that best contain my fond memories was the awesome opening and the beautiful transformation sequences. TheBetterCup and I loved it so much, but I do have some mixed opinions that I feel I should share.

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Story: 

So let me start off with the story. The plot line is the same as the original and the first episode follows the same exact events as the first episode of the 1990’s version. It was nice to see that the story will be about the same. The only difference is, and since only one episode has been released so far I cannot guarantee this, that the story of the Sailor Moon Crystal will follow more closely to the original Manga plot line.

If you are unfamiliar with Sailor Moon, you maybe one of the younger generation who missed out on this, then let me give you a small synopsis. Sailor Moon focuses on the story of fourteen year old Usagi Tsukino.  As she realizes her true identity as Pretty Soilder Sailor Moon, she battles alien monsters attempting to take over the universe.

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Characters:

The characters, just like the story, are exactly as they were in the original. Sadly, the first episode only introduces Usagi, Luna, and Mamoru. Their voices maybe different, but their relationships remain intact. The only big difference at this point that I feel may be present in more than just episode one, is that Luna does not seem to be as naggy as she was in the original. Usagi is just as much of a crybaby and klutz as was her original lovable self.

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Artwork:

Now it is very obvious that the animation has changed drastically. The art is so smooth and so beautiful. That is not to say that the original version is not, but the new one does come with all the advances of the time. It is gorgeous. The art though still retains the same style of the original with elongated limbs and a specific characteristic in the way the faces are drawn. Also all the characters keep true to their original designs, so no worries, you will know who they are when you see them.

Comparison:

So now we must compare the two together. That is the only way to know if this will be better or worse.

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Complaints:

I have few negative things to say. I really, really loved this, and yet…. One the anime is missing all of Usagi’s exaggerated expressions, which is a shame cause they were hilarious. There was one thing that really startled me and drowned me in disappointment. The original transformation was so beautiful and is the epitome of my childhood. And in this new version, the transformation was in a CGI animation. It was so startling and saddening and just…. ugly. Her limbs reminded me of One Piece, and it all lost the magic that it had. It looked really fake, out of place, and just bad. Worst of all its longer then the original. I feel like it is just a waste of time, and she could have gone with out any transformation and it would have been better. But you know what, I could get used to it.

Overall:

For the most part I loved it! I am so happy that it was remade, and it turned out great. But of course the original will always be better for me, mostly because this will always be, to me, one of my favorite childhood memories. Anyways, we plan on continuing the marathon a little longer. There are so many more Magical Girls to go!

-Blog Barista

Yayus!!!!

Yayus!!!!

First Episode of Crystal:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/sailor-moon-crystal/episode-1-usagi-sailor-moon-656623

First Episode of Original:

Transformation Comparison:

Opening of the 1990’s Version:

Tokyo Mew Mew- by Reiko Yoshida

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Today is Day 17 of our magical girl marathon, and we will be looking at one of my favorite magical girl anime, Tokyo Mew Mew. This one is particularly special for me, because I saw the entire series in elementary school (subbed not dubbed). It, along with Sailor Moon, is what paved the path for my love of frilly, cute, badass heroines, and eventually lead me to others like Shugo Chara and Madoka. Sadly, the BlogBarista does not hold a love for this show as adamant as my own.

 -What is this cartoon about?

mewewewThe show starts out with your average middle school girl, Ichigo Momomiya, going out with her crush, Masaya Aoyama. They are enjoying their day at an endangered animal exhibit, but unbeknownst to her she has been targeted by two men. An earthquake (and some mysterious light) knocks her out, and she awakes to find that she has cat-like abilities. It seems her DNA has been scrambled with that of the Iriomote wildcat, and now she can transform into a cat-eared, pink haired warrior named Mew Ichigo. She and four other girls chosen to posses these “Red Data” animal DNA for the Mew Project, Earths only hope to fend off the aliens and their leader known as Deep Blue. As she works part time at a pastry shop, the MewMew Headquarters, she meets interesting characters and pretty much goes through the magical girl story of love, friendship, shocking personas, and defeating a new Chimera creature each day.

-Who are the central characters?

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Ichigo Momomiya (pink) at first feels like another Usagi. She is hyper, cheery, madly in love, sweet, and a klutz (she even has pigtails); however, she is not the crybaby type and turns out to be very headstrong, brave, and hard working. She is the leader of Tokyo Mew Mew, but she’d rather spend her free time shopping or with Masaya. She loves sweets and eating in general, except for carrots, and she transforms into a pink, cat themed heroine, Mew Ichigo.

Minto Aizawa (blue) is initially the small, spoiled, rich, snobby character, but eventually you learn that she is empathetic, very caring, but headstrong. She loves dancing ballet (which is evident in her transformation), and she loves French food, which is cliched for the rich character. Her DNA is mixed with the Blue Lorikeet, and she becomes Mew Mint. She also idolizes Mew Zakuro.

Retasu Midorikawa (green… literately her name is Lettuce Green River) is the character I feel is forgotten at times. Looking at her, no one can guess that her animal DNA is a Finless Porpoise. Actually, I thought she was some bug at first. She even has one of the shorter transformations, which is disappointing. Anyway, she fits the cookie cutter personality of the smart girl. She is shy, sweet, polite, and positive, though she has little confidence in her own abilities. She speaks formally to everyone, even family, and she doesn’t fight as Mew Lettuce unless it is to defend someone. Her favorite food is shiitake mushrooms. The unique thing about her, however, is that she has a crush on Ryou Shirogane. Blog Barista really liked her and cheered for them to be a couple.

Bu-Ling Huang (yellow) is the youngest MewMew (by like two years) and is Chinese. She loves doing acrobatics, which is what her fighting simulates. She also loves playing, because she is the “child” character, which is immature, full of energy, and hyperactive. This matches the Golden Lion Tamarin DNA scrambled with hers. Her favorite foods are tientsin/sweet chestnuts and pudding, and like any kid she dislikes onions. Her outfit is Chinese themed, she becomes Mew Pudding, and her love interest is one of the aliens, Tart.

Zakuro Fujiwara (purple) is a model and actress who speaks many languages and is idolized by young girls. She has a hard past, however, being left alone as a child and losing someone close. She also has a lot of church themes and symbols, visiting the church when she is confused. She is the “loner” character, who refuses at first to fight with the Mews, but later becomes the mature, calm older sister character. She likes watermelon, milk, and the internet, but hates natto (fermented soybeans). She is Mew Zakuro, and her DNA contains that of the Grey Wolf.

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Quiche Ikisatashi is one of the three antagonists working for Deep Blue to “reclaim” Earth. He is carefree, clever, and playful, though as a child he was always sad. He also seems open-minded, but then again he wants to destroy mankind. He even as a cruel sense of humor, playing with his opponents (he’s sadistic). Even though he teases Ichigo a lot (even a little possessive of her) and wants to wipe out humanity, he is actually very kind and only wants to help his people, family, and friends. He acts for what he thinks is a noble cause, so you can’t actually hate him. Throughout the series Quiche is shown to have developing feelings for Ichigo, whcih alternate between love and obsession.

Tart Ikisatashi is another one of the alien antagonists. He is a crybaby and hates being called small. He argues alot, mostly with Ichigo, and acts very childish and rude. He is similar to Bu-Ling as they both like having fun and playing games, though he likes to make people cry. He also laughs a lot and throws tantrums and has a curious personality. He has a crush on Bu-Ling.

Pai Ikisatashi is the last of the alien antagonists. He is the calm, serious, and analytical character, who does not express is emotions and rarely smiles (God hes the Spock of Tokyo Mew Mew). His mission is to wipe out humanity, and though he seems emotionless, he shows interest in Retasu.


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Keiichiro Akasaka and Ryou Shirogane are the two mysterious men who recruit Mew warriors. Kaiichiro is the main leader of the Mew Porject and he is the baker in Cafe Mew Mew. He is calm and sympathetic, often seen as the gentleman with excellent taste and manners. Ryou is the genius in this partnership. He is stubborn, rude, headstrong, sarcastic, and anti-social though he cares a lot for the Mews. He is the closet thing to a magical creature, because he helps the girls and advises them (though there is this ball of floating fluff). He the love interest of Retasu and Ichigo at one point.

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Masaya Aoyama is Ichigo’s love interest. He is popular at school, polite, and calm. He is an interesting character (that is ALL I will say).

-How is the Artwork?

The artwork looks old, but its so cute. The transformations are great and the little CG they do just works with the simplicity. At first you think it would look cheap and badly done, but the animation is actually great.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

Even though its cliched, it is pretty unique at times. The drama is not overly done like in Mermaid Melody, and though it resembles Sailor Moon, this is the only animal DNA based magical girls (so its more like unrealistic science magical girls). I also like that the entire show follows two themes: nature/animals and sweets. This is a great cartoon and just one more magical girl to add some variety to the genre.

-TheBetterCup

 

Me trying to do all the Precures.

Me trying to do all the Precures.

 

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Pretty Cure- by Izumi Todo

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Before, I never bothered with Precure. It’s not that I hated the shows for no reason; it’s just that I wasn’t interested. Now that I have seen them, I do respect them a lot more. If this showed in the states when I was in elementary school I would have loved these shows. They would have been my favorites with Pokemon and Yugioh. I would have collected the cards, toys, plushies, anything. They teach girls to be cute and badass and to accept themselves. Now, I can’t really appreciate the shows, because they aren’t heavy with plot and character development. They are full of clichés, and I think I would only watch most of these if I had nothing else to do (like no internet, no books, no nothing- but-this type thing). -TheBetterCup

I have seen and been a part of the Magical Girl fandom to know what PreCure is. We watched all of them in one night, and let me tell you, I found it pretty hard to enjoy all of them. But let me throw this out there: I LOVED HAPPINESS CHARGE. I have heard the negativity and though a PreCure will never be in my top ten for magical girls, I at least found this one cute and fun. EVERY THING SAID HERE IS BASED SOLELY ON OUR OPINIONS. WE MEAN NO DISRESPECT. I STILL SUGGEST WATCHING AT LEAST THE FIRST EPISODES OF ALL THE SERIES SO AS TO DECIDE ON YOUR OWN IF YOU WILL LIKE THEM. -Blog Barista

1. Futari wa Pretty Cure
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dFutari wa Pretty Cure is the first series in the metaseries known as Pretty Cure. The first of two protagonists is Nagisa Misumi (eighth grader). She is athletic, strong-hearted, lazy, and loved by all the girls. Her partner is Honoka Yukishiro, a bookish, quiet girl in her class loved by all the boys. The two normally would have never been friends, but one day Nagisa makes a wish on a shooting star, which turns out to be Mepple, a refugee fairy running from the Dusk Zone organization. She is lead to an amusement park where she meets up with Honoka and Mepple’s love, Mipple. They fight as Cure Black and Cure White: Emissaries of Light, Pretty Cure.

I really liked this Precure compared to some of the later ones (compared to other Magical Girl shows; however, it’s not much). The characters are basic for a magic girl story. The sporty one versus the book worm leaves no in-betweens for their personalities. Not to mention that one is boy crazy and the other a klutz (I would like to see girls with diverse personalities not just clichés). The fighting is very physical with only a magical final blow attack. Both the girls have super-strength and agility,
which makes the fight scenes more like Dragonball Z then Wedding Peach. Even their magic based attacks have to be done together (no solos), which emphasizes the Yin-Yang theme. The plot is basic (they try to save the magical Garden of Light), the r1mop2transformations are cool, but still basic (they stand still as their outfits poof on), the art is cute (but it’s not that unique), and the villains remind me of Sailor Moon mixed with Kiss (I laughed so hard. His name was Pissard). All in all this is a bland cartoon full of clichés. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. -TheBetterCup

Since it is the first PreCure, it is actually really good. Though cliche, it feels acceptable since it is older. Also the story is original at this point, and who does not love the idea of hand to hand combat for girls. -Blog Barista

2. Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dTwo girls, age nine, met while following balls of light to the Sky Tree, a large tree in the forest near their town. Five years later the two girls meet again to become Cure Bloom, Cure Egret, Cure Bright, and Cure Windy in order to protect the Fountain of Sun. The two balls reveal themselves as spirits Flappy and Choppy (from the Land of Fountains), and the villains are the Dark Fall organization looking for the Fountain of Sun (the last of the seven fountains that feed the World Tree, which is the source of life). The two girls are Saki Hyuuga and Mai Mishou. Saki is the optimistic, athletic girl (unlike Nagisa she is a softball player not lacrosse). She is bad at school, large appetite, childish, and easygoing. With Choppy she becomes Cure Bloom, but with Muupu she becomes Cure Bright. Mai is quiet, studious, gentle, and innocent. Like Honoka she is into science, also loves art. With Choppy she becomes Cure Windy, but with Fuupu she becomes Cure Egret. This time the theme is nature. This is Futari wa Pretty Cure all over again. The two characters look the same as the original Precure, the plot is almost identical, and even the outfits seem the same. I was disappointed after watching the first one to see that the second one is not unique in comparison. The fighting was basic, but not as good as the first Precure. The plot was 1jpgclichéd, the transformations were basic, the art wasn’t even as cute as the first Precure and the protagonists were a disappointment. My opinion is, that if you want to watch Precure, don’t watch Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star right after Futari wa Pretty Cure (way too similar). -TheBetterCup

I was just out right disappointed. The story was so similar, and they looked just like the last girls. Worst of all the villains looked like they escaped from from a Dragon Ball Z. -Blog Barista

3. Yes! Precure 5
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dOne day Nozomi Yumehara bumps into this (obviously older) guy. She instantly falls head over heels for him, so much so that when she sees him at her school she follows him. This is a good thing though, because he turns out to be the prince of the Palmier Kingdom, Coco (he is a fluffy squirrel like creature that transforms into a human). Nozomi was struggling because she felt she had no passion/dream, but with Coco she decides to help restore Palmier against the Nightmare organization by completing the Dream Collet (the book) and finding the 55 Pinkies (with these you can get one wish). She transforms due to her pure heart into Cure Dream. She then assembles her own team (Cure Rough, Cure Lemonade, Cure Mint, and Cure Aqua). Nozomi Yumehara (Cure Dream) is the main protagonist. A second year student who has no idea what to do with her life, she is clumsy, carefree, talentless, cheerful, and optimistic. Rin Natsuki (Cure Rouge) is Nozomi’s tomboy, athletic friend. She loves boys, is scared of ghosts, is straight-forward, and down to earth. Her dream is to design jewelry. Urara Kasugano (Cure Lemonade) is the youngest member (a first year). She is half French, dreams to be an actress, and is very mature. Next is Komachi Akimoto (Cure Mint). She is a third year, shy, kind, and a bookworm. Her dream is to become a writer, and she falls in love with Nuts (Coco’s brother who is trapped in the book). Her best friend is Karen Minazuki (Cure Aqua). She is wealthy, popular, but very lonely. She is seen as “cool,” and later Nozomi sees that she is the most trustworthy. Karen develops a bond with Milk a magical rabbit (the next chancellor). She transforms into a Precure warrior named Milk Rose when she gains a human form.
Precure 6Personally, this Precure was better than the Splash Star, but the fighting, plot, transformation, art, and characters were basic. I hated the villains (that bug guy was ridiculous and I prefer the Dragonball Z characters from Splash Star), but I do love the Dream Theme in this one. I also liked that though this was full of clichés, this was the first one where the girls fall in love with their magical creatures (that is unique). It also helps that the characters and plot don’t repeat like the Splash Star. -TheBetterCup

I outright hated this one. I found the characters and the plot bland. But I ADORED the background art so… yeah. -Blog Barista

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4. Fresh Pretty Cure
The main protagonist is 14 year old Love Momozono (oh god, her name -_-). One day, while at a Trinity concert, members of the Labyrinth Kingdom ruin the show in order to collect “unhappiness.” Love saves the leader of Trinity, and one of the missing Keys gives her the power to become Cure Peach, protector of the world. Her friends join her as Cure warriors and in a dance competition. She is determined to become a dancer and cares more about others than herself. She is hyper, sympathetic, hates sports and studying, and forms the dance group Clover. Miki Aono is one of Love’s best friends. She likes sports, but wants to be a fashion model. She is Cure Berry. The next Cure and member of Clover is Love’s and Miki’s friend Inori Yamabuki. She is an animal lover and wants to be a vet. She is calm, quiet, and has a low self-esteem. She is Cure Pine. Lastly, Eas (also known as Setsuna Higashi) was a former Labyrinth solider, but dies and is reborn as Cure Passion. Their theme is fruits and clovers.
tumblr_m6x4f4L16l1rwgxwjo1_500I like this one more then Yes! Precure and Splash Star Precure, but its tied with the original Precure. The fighting is pretty cool, but I love that they are like superheroes. People actually see them fight and save the world, so it reminds me of Superman more than Sailor Moon. The plot is basic (but the dancing part just adds a little something), the transformations are basic, the art is basic, but cute, and the characters are basic (seriously, they each fit a mold). The villains are better than the previous Precures though. -TheBetterCup

I found the story for this one to be more enjoyable. It has hand to hand combat, and I like the characters. It is not great or anything, and the theme is kind of lame. Yet, I could recommend this to some one who is willing to try. -Blog Barista

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5. Heartcatch Precure
The great Heart Tree watches over the Heart Flowers of every person. Pretty Cure warriors defend the tree against the Desert Apostles (another evil orginazation). When Cure Moonlight (current Precure) is defeated, she sends two fairies (Shypre and Coffret) to recruit Precures. Tsubomi Hanasaki, the new girl, is given the power to become Cure Blossom. Her new friend, Erika Kurumi, joins as Cure Marine. The two fight Desertarian (monsters of the Desert Apostles, which are created from stolen Heart Flowers). Each time they defeat these monsters, they gain Heart Seeds, which revive the tree. Tsubomi Hanasakin (Cure Blossom) is 14 years old, loves plants, and is very shy, which is why she wishes to change herself (she wants to speak up for herself more). Erika Kurumi (Cure Marine) is 13 years old, loves fashion, is energetic, and bluntly says whatever is in her head without thinking about the consequences (she wants to change this about herself). Itsuki Myoudouin (Cure Sunshine) is the student council president and grandkid of the principle. At first Itsuki looks like a gentle, athletic prince, but you later find out he’s actually a she cross-dressing, because she is the heir to her family’s business. She really loves cute things. Lastly is Yuri Tsukikage (Cure Moonlight). Her creature was destroyed when she was defeated, so at first she can’t transform; however, when all of the seeds are collected she can transform again. She is 17 years old. Their theme is flowers.

PreCure1I actually like this one. The art is really simple, but smooth and cute. It is very different compared to the others, and I liked the characters (though they are still a little bland). The fight scenes are a little more detailed, the plot and transformations are a little more unique (they spray perfume bottles to transform), and the villains, though similar to the other Pretty Cures, actually fight sometimes and are really cute (neither Sailor Moon/ Kiss hybrids, nor resembling Dragonball Z). Thus, all together it might be my favorite. -TheBetterCup

tumblr_n4k23fW6D91s024xzo1_250I loved this one. The story is fun and different (at least as far as PreCures go). The characters are not all super mary jane, and they are super likable (at least for me). Most of all, I love the animation style for the fight scenes which are bad ass and I adore how cute the art is. The simple background is just a plus for me. I also find this to be a favorite. -Blog Barista

6. Suite Precure
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dIn this Precure the Melody of Happiness, from the Major Land, is played to give happiness to the world. Mephisto, a villain from the Minor Land, steals the Legendary Score so that he can change it into the Melody of Sorrow and spread sadness. The queen of Major Land, Aphrodite, scatters the Notes of the score on Earth, and sends Hummy, a cat-like fairy, in order to recover them. Hummy meets two girls, who don’t see eye to eye but have a bond through music, and they become Pretty Cure warriors in search of the notes before the Minor Villains recover them. The first girl is Hibiki Hojo, a 14 year old with an optimistic personality who excels in sports (what’s not surprising is that she dislikes studying). She is Cure Melody. The next girl is Kanade Minamino. She is in the same class as Hibiki, and she is her childhood friend. She is an excellent student and is also extremely popular. She dreams of being a pastry chef and is in love with the school’s “prince of music,” Ouji (his name even means prince). She is Cure Rhythm. Later on in the show the female cat/fairy, Seiren, who assists Mephisto becomes a Pretty Cure. She was Hummy’s friend, but is jealous when he is given the role of singing the Melody of Happiness, so she becomes evil. When Hummy is in danger, however, she tries to save him, but breaks her necklace, which traps her in her human form. She is Cure Beat. The last warrior is Ako Shirabe, a 9 year old girl who is very mature, but also cold. She often assisted the Cures as a masked fighter, but later she becomes Cure Muse. The theme is of this Precure series is Music.

tumblr_lle77jZSsj1qf9wd7o1_400This was the first Precure I had ever seen. I really did not like it. The plot was uninteresting, the characters bland, and the villains were really stupid (seriously, the Minor Trio). The art is cute, though, and it has some unique aspects. It is a new twist to have a former villain and mascot become a Precure, and it is also has the youngest Precure. -TheBetterCup

This was the first one I saw, and though unique in plot compared to the others, I just could not like it. Maybe as a kid this would have been great, but I just did not enjoy the theme. But I would like to say that the twist in the villain’s relationship with the Queen was fantastic. And the outfits are awesome. -Blog Barista

7. Smile Precure
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dMarchenland, home of fairytale creatures, is attacked by Pierrot, the emperor of the Bad End Kingdom. He steals the Cure Decors and plans to irect the world to bad endings. The queen of Marchenland is Royale, who seals Pierrot way. His minions, Joker, Wolfrun, Akaoni, and Majorina, seek to revive him by getting Bad Energy from the people of Earth. Royale sends five Cure Decors and a fairy named Candy to find the Precure warriors. Candy first meets Miyuki Hoshizora, the new girl in town, and gives her the power to become Cure Happy. Like most of the protagonists in Precure, Miyuki is cheerful, but a klutz, and as Cure Happy her powers are Super Leaps and the manipulation of light. Later her classmate, a volleyball player, joins as a Pretty Cure. Her name is Akane Hino, and jokes around a lot. She is Cure Sunny, and her powers are super strength and the manipulation of Fire. The next cure is Yayoi Kise. She is timid, prone to crying, but very headstrong and diligent. She dreams of being a manga artist and loves superheroes. She is Cure Peace and can manipulate electricity. The fourth Precure is Nao Midorikawa, and she also is Myuki’s classmate. She is straightforward, confident, and reliable, though if it doesn’t go her way she gets angry. Janken-HNNGShe is, however, scared of bugs, ghosts, and heights. As Cure March she manipulates wind and has super-speed. The last cure is Reika Aoki. She is Nao’s childhood friend, and she is the serious, elegant, and kind, though she is scary when she loses her patience. She is Cure Beauty and her powers are ice manipulation and enhanced reflexes. The theme is fairytales.
This one was interesting, but just as clichéd as the past ones. There is nothing unique in this one, but I think it’s one of the cutest. To me it’s pretty much the same as the previous Precures. -TheBetterCup

This is definitely one of the better drawn magical girls. But plot and characters are bland. -Blog Barista

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Princess Marie Ange rules over the Trump Kingdom, the land where all hearts live happily. One day, Jikochu, an evil organization, attacks the kingdom. Cure Sword is then sent to the human world to find the missing princess and three other cures. One of the fairies who went with Cure sword finds Mana Aida, a bright, energetic student council president (14 years old). She will help anyone without thinking about the consequences, and she possesses leadership capabilities. She becomes Cure Heart and purifies enemies. The student council clerk and friend of Mana, Rikka Hishikawa, also becomes a cure. She is always looking out for Mana to make sure she doesn’t do anything crazy. She becomes Cure Diamond, and she can freeze people with ice. The next cure is Alice Yotsuba, Mana and Rikka’s childhood friend. She is rich, polite, and caring, but unkowningly flaunts her wealth at times. She even knows martial arts, but fears her strength. She is Cure Rosetta, and she has the ability to create protective barriers. Makoto Kenzaki, or Cure Sword the royal guard, is responsible and loyal to the princess. She becomes an idol in hopes that she may find her. Her attacks are mostly slicing with her sword. The last cure is Aguri Madoka, or Cure Ace. She is a mysterious fourth grader who helps them, which sounds like Cure Muse from Suite Precure. She is calm, wise, quiet, but stern. She is a cure before the escape of the princess, and she is unique because when she transforms she becomes an adult (like the 80’s Magic Girls). Cure Ace also has a unique weapon, a lipstick that determines her powers. The color of her lips will state what power she possesses in battle. The theme for this Precure is playing cards.
Doki-Doki-precure-pretty-cure-35397577-500-280This series was one of my least favorite, but mostly because of the protagonist. I felt she was too perfect, and I could not relate to her. Not that I could relate to the other (more clumsy or athletic) protagonists. I just didn’t relate to any of the characters. Not to mention that this was the same basic plot as all the other Precures, so I wasn’t as interested in what magical land they had to protect against X evil organization. -TheBetterCup

Not only do I find the characters boring, but their designs are a little extravagant (unrealistic). The combination is unsatisfying. Even if its not the best one, it is so cute you cannot help but wanna watch it. -Blog Barista

9. HappinessCharge Precure
27599e227c5d74931c424f6c3e488406Earth is being invaded by Queen Mirage of the Phantom Empire and her army of Choiarks and Saiarks, All over the world, Precure warriors are fighting, even the princess of the Blue Sky Kingdom, Hime Shirayuki; however, because she always runs in fear she recruits a partner. A 14 year old girl named Megumi Aino is chosen to fight as Cure Lovely. She is happy-go-lucky and always tries to help others, even though it never works out (kind of like Love from Fresh Precure). Her wish is to cure her sick mother, and she has an interest in fashion. The princess, Himelda Window Cure Queen of the Blue Sky, is shy, spoiled, and rather selfish. Actually, she was the one who accidentally released the Phantom Empire. Her wish is to save her kingdom and atone for her mistake. Even though she is Cure Princess Pretty Cure warrior, she is a scaredy-cat. Megumi’s classmate and best friend, Yuko Omori, becomes Cure Honey. She loves to cook, and reveals that she was a cure prior to the start of the series. The last cure is Iona Hikawa as Cure Fortune. She is the cool character, great academically, very determined, and wishes to be strong so she can defeat her rival Phantom. She has a strong sense of justice and wants to save her sister, Maria/Cure Tender, who Phantom trapped in a mirror. For this series the themes are fashion and dancing.

Precure 5This last one I actually liked, a lot. I thought that the clichés weren’t so bad, since the show kind of makes fun of some aspects. The characters are cute and flawed, and the art is great. I like that people go on with their everyday lives even though they now there is some magical war going on, and I like that Megumi idolized Precure warriors before becoming one. It’s like comic book superheroes. I would definitely watch this one. -TheBetterCup

dd8201abfbedc43cb3b6132c95bcce75 (1)I liked this one. It was not that this was a thousand times different in any way. It is just as basic and has characters that are are not really super deep or anything. It is just that this one was funny, cute, and kept my attention. Also the fact that the characters are a different set of basic magical girl personalities is good enough for me to enjoy. -Blog Barista

Blog Barista: For the most part, I had fun. I enjoyed seeing all of these magical girls, and it was nice to see a variation in themes. The anime style is cute which is always great, and I love all the badass, bombastic, female fighters.

I definitely loved the idea of the All Stars Movie having so many characters meet. And so well drawn too!

I definitely loved the idea of the All Stars Movie having so many characters meet. And so well drawn too!

WATCH THEM ALL!

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch- by Michiko Yokote

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For today’s show in the Magical Girl Marathon, I present to you Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (also known as just Mermaid Melody). I actually have seen this a few years back, and I was not a big fan. Even though TheBetterCup and I did not particularly like this (we don’t hate it though), It can still be a fun anime to watch, especially is you were a magical girl fan or a little girl. The plot is extra dramatic to a level of ridiculousness that none other have yet to reach on this marathon.

What is the story about?

Mermaid princess of the North Pacific Ocean, Lucia, gains her land legs when she travels on to land in search of her lost pearl. Finding that it is still in the possession of the boy she left it with, she is able to transform into a singing idol magical girl. On the way, she tries to get the boy she loves into figuring out who she is, recruits mermaid princess friends to join forces, and fights off terrible water demons who are trying to invade the sea world.

Who are the central characters?

There is a colorful cast of characters. Literally all colors of the rainbow, and everyone of them are cookie cutter or Mary Jane.

934736201Lucia Nanami: Lucia is the protagonist of the series. She is the mermaid with a pink tail and blonde hair. She is the princess of the North Pacific Ocean who goes on land to search for the boy who she gave her pearl to. She is simple, naive, and clumsy, but as always she has a strong will and good morals who never gives up hope that all makes her a basic magical heroine.

Hanon Hosho: Hanon is the blue mermaid and princess of the South Atlantic. She is the super girly girl character who loves fashion and talks a lot about boys. She is also very perky and lazy when it comes to house work.

Rina Toin: Rina is the green mermaid and princess of the North Atlantic Ocean. She is the exact opposite of Hanon. She is beautiful but bitter and also wears the boys uniform. As always, there always has to have that one team member (look at Wedding Peach) that is angry, bent on revenge, and unfriendly who later becomes mature and kind. That is Rina to a T.

Kaito Domoto: Of course the main character needs to have a love interest. In this case, Lucia has Kaito. He is a surfer who she saved from a tsunami as a child. He is so far involved in the plot it gets really ridiculous. He does not
know that Lucia is the mermaid that saved him so for much of the first season he battles with his love for her human form and her mermaid form.

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Hippo is Lucia’s furry guide that accompanies her while she looks for her pearl. He speaks formally and looks like a penguin. His real form is called Hippocampus (which is a dumb name personally). Anyways, he does have his own little love story which is so adorable. Its a first for magical creatures, and I loved it. He also has a cute human form, and I cannot emphasize enough how adorable it is.

How is the Artwork?

The style is simple and basic. The eyes are giant, and I do not really find it all that cute. At least it is colorful and quite energetic.

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What makes it awesome?

Now I feel really bad, but I am just not a fan of Mermaid Melody. Nonetheless, I can still point out the qualities of the cartoon. It has a drama filled plot, which if you like, will keep you at the edge of your seat “what can possibly happen next.” Also, it is super original. It is the first magical girl on this list to be mermaid themed, and the first to be idol-fighter themed! If you really wanna get to know what makes up this genre, you might as well give this a chance.

-Blog Barista

Sorry for being so negative!!

Sorry for being so negative!!

 

Check it out here:

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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Episode One:

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

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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