When most people think about the genre Shoujo the first thing that comes to mind is often Magical Girl titles, why? Because lets face it they have everything you want in a Shoujo title – Transformations, romance, friendship, team work, heroism with a dash of school life.
I will be the first to admit that because the first anime I ever watched was Sailor Moon (what most people see as the “King” of the genre) I have always had a strong connection to most titles in this genre.
Here are a few of my favourite Magical Girl anime and manga titles that you should check out if you haven’t already:
Plot: Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!
Card Captor Sakura
Plot: Sakura Kinomoto was just an average 4th Grader – loved P.E., hated math – until one day, while looking through her father’s library, Sakura found the Clow, an enchanted book designed to hold a set of magical Clow Cards. But when Sakura opened the book, it was empty. Talk about disastrous! Cerberus, the Creature of the Seal, emerged from the cover of the book and told Sakura the cards must be returned to the book. “If the cards aren’t in the book, they come to life and do evil!” Kero formed a contract with Sakura making her a Cardcaptor and together with Sakura’s best friend, Tomoyo, they embark on a mystical journey to capture all the Clow Cards before the Cards can wreak chaos and destruction.
Read my review here: https://shoujopalace.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/manga-anime-review-card-captor-sakura/
Tokyo Mew Mew
Plot: Ichigo is out on a hot date with her ‘crush’ when suddenly she’s involved in an odd incident in which her DNA is merged with the DNA of an almost extinct wildcat. When four other girls’ DNA is merged with the DNA of four other almost extinct animals, it’s apparent that they’re part of a much bigger plan. Ichigo and her friends have been chosen to become a part of a secret project called the “Mew Project.” Their mission: To protect the planet from aliens who are using the planet’s animals to attack humans.
Read my review here: https://shoujopalace.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/anime-manga-review-tokyo-mew-mew/
Plot: Tsuwabuki is a normal student, though not very social. One day he meets a new transfer student, named Sumomo Akihime, and another girl, both the only members of the gardening club. Tsuwabuki is forced by a teacher to join this club. But then he bumps into a strange guy with dog ears, switching his drink with they guy’s by mistake. Drinking it, he is turned in a stuffed animal. The teacher tells him that the only way to turn back to normal is to find the chosen girl and let her catch the seven stardrops. This girl is Sumomo, that accepts to help him, though she’s not allowed to know the animal’s true identity.
Watch my review here:
Plot: The heroine of the story, Amu Hinamori, is a student at Seiyo Elementary. At first glance, her classmates refer to her as “cool and spicy” and rumors speculate about her personal life. However, her real personality is that of a very shy girl who has trouble showing her true personality. One night, Amu wishes for the courage to show her “would-be” self, and the next morning finds three brightly colored eggs—red, blue, and green—in her bed. At first, she is alarmed, but realizes she must have really wished to change. These eggs hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su. The Guardian Characters aid Amu in discovering who she truly is and help fulfill Amu’s dreams. Amu’s life becomes much more complex as she struggles to deal with her “would-be” selves and the Seiyo Elementary’s Guardians, who recruit Amu as the Joker to search for X Eggs and X Characters, the corrupted forms of peoples’ dreams.
Watch my review here: