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!
First off I wanna say people who are looking for a Magical Boy show are looking under the wrong genre header. What you want to search for is Henshin Hero or Super Sentai.
Sailor Moon is the series that set up a lot of the tropes that most people today recognize making up a magical girl show, and Naoko Takeuchi has admitted to lifting those tropes straight from Super Sentai shows like Kamen Rider and Power Rangers. Things like the long form transformation, color coded teams, etc. can all be found there.
So if you want a good animated Henshin Hero show here is a list of anime:
Looking for a Henshin Hero show with MORE of a magical girl feel? Here are some more sparkly magical girl-esque options:
Looking for a western show? Try:
How about a magical girl parody featuring magical boys?
Maybe a show that largely features/focuses on the henshin hero with some magical girls thrown in?
What about some Webcomics?
And lastly if that still doesn’t satisfy here are some magical girl shows with magical boys in it - bolded means the boy is one of the main characters:
Here’s what a Henshin Hero show looks like with a girl as the main character:
And here's a parody of a a girl turning into a big buff boy when she transforms into a "Magical Girl:
As always if I missed any please give me a buzz! I’m sure I’m missing a load of Henshin Hero/Super Sentai animated shows because that’s not usually my jam. A majority of the list was compiled with recommendations from @cannibal-sarracenian, give them a looksie.
Thanks for the additional suggestions from @amainoyuki & @etceterotic
Edit: Edited the graphic because it was pointed out to me some time ago that Leona can be read as trans and I don’t want to include them. I’m leaving Pripara because it was also pointed out to me that Hibiki can be read as trans.
Last Edited: May 26, 2020