HERE’S A FUN NINA FACT. There are a few things as much as I love magical girls and one of those things is sharks. So Shark Week is here and I often make magical girl lists for various things so why not also make one for shark week?
Finding where to watch magical girl shows can be a big pain! Here are some shows and places you can stream them (LEGALLY of course)..
This list may be incomplete! You can help complete it by contacting me here.
This is directly related to the post "What Is A Magical Girl"
I always eventually get asked about my stance on "Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!" and whether or not it's a magical girl show as it doesn't contain any girls. My answer is always the Parody Rule - yes, it counts, as a parody of the genre.
It counts how Scary Movie can be considered a Horror Comedy despite it not being very scary at all. Or how Puni Puni Poemi counts even that it doesn't technically check all my boxes. Or how I count Puri-puri Prisoner* as a 'Magical Girl', because he's a very obvious parody of the genre.
Basically if the show (or a character) is a very obvious Parody of the genre, it counts under the Parody Rule.
*Puri Puri Prisoner is a shitty okama trope but, like, not all Magical Girls are good Magical Girls, you feel?
I start all my panels off by addressing this: What is A Magical Girl?
It seems cut and dry, an easy answer, but there is tons of in-fighting in the fandom as to what shows count. "Revolutionary Girl Utena isn't a Magical Girl series", "Bee and Puppycat doesn't count because it's a western show", "Black Rock Shooter is definitely a magical girl series."
This gets particularly frustrating when I'm choosing which content to consume. So after being unsatisfied with the definitions online I've created my own.
Next up is my list of… Magical Girls with Different Body Types!
And.. uh… I’m gonna level with y’all, it’s not at all impressive. If anyone can think of any others I would be highly appreciative but the list of magical girl shows that have magical boys in it is bigger than this list. which is… sad imo. Hopefully the future will be better.
After a twitter poll my next Magical Girl list is… Magical Women (Magical Girls who are currently 18+ yrs old)
Middle School and younger seems to be the quintessential age for Magical Girls. But what about us ladies who grew up and never had a chance to run into a magical cat or be hit in the head with our henshin compact? This list is dedicated to everyone who holds out hope that they can still become a magical girl!
I will be including all works in this list- western, eastern, indie comics, etc. because it is very difficult finding magical women.
Next on my queue for lists request for magical girls is… Magical Boys
or shows that feature magical boys.
I got this request so much I now preface my panels that if you’re looking for magical boys you’re looking in the wrong genre (and I’ll get more into that under the cut!)
As always I recommend actually looking up the series before watching it. This is not an endorsement or recommendation, it’s just a list. I’m going to be doing animated series only, not comics, live actions or manga. And I’m going from memory/things I have seen at least one episode of. So There are obviously things I could have missed. If you have a series I missed let me know!
For my next list this is… Magical Girls Who Don’t Wear Skirts.
Or like, only leotards. Basically Magical Girls who wear shorts/pants and I’m including long leggings/bodysuits too.
I’ve gotten this request twice now so here it goes. As always list is under the cut, and is probably not complete. I’m going off of memory/things I’ve seen. And there are obviously things I forget and things I haven’t seen. This list also only includes animated features. I’m sure there’s plenty of comic girls who also wear pants.
As always I recommend actually looking up the series before watching it. This is not an endorsement or recommendation, it’s just a list.
So time for my next list of… Disabled Magical Girls!
I’m including girls with physical and neuro related disabilities- even if they’re not out right mentioned but heavily coded/address through the series.
I’m also included Magical Girls With Glasses who keep their glasses when they transform because technically this is a disability- albeit an “accepted” one.
IN TIME FOR PRIDE. Here’s a list of LGBTQ+ & Gender Nonconforming Magical Girls because I’ve been asked for one multiple times.
Again, I haven’t seen every magical girl show or read every comic so if I missed something let me know!
Star Twinkle Precure
Twin Angel Break
Magical Girl Ore
Magical Girl Spec-Ops
Magical Girl Site