Magical Girl

Magical Girl is a anime/manga concept
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A fantasy sub-genre that features girls who magically transform into super-heroines and combat evil.


Heartcatch Precure is a magical girl anime. Here, Yuri transforms to Cure Moonlight.
Heartcatch Precure is a magical girl anime. Here, Yuri transforms to Cure Moonlight.
Suite Precure is another magicial girl anime. Here, Kanade and Hibiki are ready to combat the Negatones. 
Suite Precure is another magicial girl anime. Here, Kanade and Hibiki are ready to combat the Negatones. 
The Magical Girl (or Mahou Shoujo) genre is a sub-set of fantasy anime and manga that feature young girls who magically transform into superheroines to combat evil.

Generally, the genre is traced to the 1960s (and influenced by American television, such as Bewitched). It was originally a sub-set of shoujo manga, with such early titles as Sally, the Witch-- although occasionally it was more geared towards men, such as the fanservice-heavy Cutie Honey. These two series provided some of the tropes that would become archetypical in the subgenre: Sally could not reveal her powers to anyone, and had to cry out a short incantation and wave a magical item in order to cast her spells; in Cutie Honey, Honey transforms into a special outfit for her primary battles.

In 1992, the most prototypical mahou shoujo series appeared on the scene: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, which was also one of the anime series widely credited with drawing in the people who set the stage for the anime and manga boom.

In the early 2000s, magical girl series geared towards men became more common, such as Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Nanoha has all of the usual magical girl features, but the plot structure more closely matches that of a typical shounen competition series. The Pretty Cure series is another great example here.
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Concept Name Magical Girl
Japanese Name: 魔法少女
Romaji Name: Mahou Shoujo
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