Somebody asked me a while back (and a mea maxima culpa for missing the name) about what happened to all the magical girl shows. To be totally honest, I kind-of neglected the question because I didn’t know what the terminology was in reference to. Oddly enough, I got reminded of the question while reading THE TICK recently. My friends, Benn and Liz Robbins are doing a special “mangalicious” take on the hero and, in their afterward, they discussed how magical girls show were an influence of the comic - - the joke being that it’s this big dunderheaded superhero traveling to another world instead of a cute girl.
So, correct me if we’ve got it wrong, but magical girls shows are about a normal young girl getting transported to fantasy realm where they she, or may not, transform into powerful version of herself. I know ESCAFLOWNE fits the bill, and I imagine that FRUITS BASKET and SAILOR MOON do too - - though I'll confess to not being a devotee of either.
Snap reaction - - I don’t know if these can ever go out of style? Isn’t that the basic girl’s-oriented fantasy premise anyway? I remember comparing children’s literature in college and seeing the scenario I described above typically fit the mold of THE WIZARD OF OZ, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, PETER PAN, et al. I don’t remember if I read some commentary on this or if it was my own conclusion, but there’s usually a revelation that the girl’s parents aren’t her plain ol' suburban 'rents, but are really kings and queens from a far away land who had to send her away. Though, I suppose that's a standard for male’s fantasies (STAR WARS) too?Once again, I'm turning the rhetorical mic and the metaphoric spotlight to you more seasoned lunatics in the Anime Vice community. Have I been informed correctly, here? Is it my assessment about right? Or am I way off? Are magical girls shows actually on the decline? Or is it just in our highly-fantastical imaginations?