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I was a big fan of anime when I was kid. I especially enjoyed watching shows that displayed girls fighting bad guys while using their magical powers. Today I figured I would share with you guys some of my favorite magical girl anime and magical girl cartoons from my childhood.
Top 5 Magical Girl Anime & Cartoons from a 90s Kid’s Childhood
Firstly, there’s Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon was and will always be one of my favorite obsessions. You have a girl in middle school who finds out she is a guardian that is supposed to protect the Earth with her friends from bad guys who drain energy and want to claim the planet as their own. I will always be in love with Sailor Moon. She was my initiation into anime and I absolutely loved the fashion sense of the overall show. There will always be a special place in my heart for Sailor Moon.
Cardcaptor Sakura will probably be my absolute favorite magical girl anime. She didn’t transform her outfit every episode. Instead her best friend who was a designer, gave her a new outfit to wear every episode to capture magical cards that were released as they wreaked havoc. The story line was wonderful and I even loved that they released Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card a few years ago which you can watch on Hulu or Crunchyroll. It’s definitely one of the best magical anime I’ve ever seen.
Tokyo Mew Mew was an underrated show that had a decent enough plot with girls trying to manage life of working in a cafe and going to school while also fighting bad guys. I absolutely loved how cute their magical girl transformations were. It only had 26 episodes that aired in America while the rest of the episodes that aired in Japan had yet to be released. I watched this show faithfully on 4Kids Tv along with Cardcaptor Sakura. There is talk of new anime adaptation called that I am looking forward to seeing.
W.I.T.C.H was an amazing series that showcased 5 girls with magical powers. They controlled different elements. Their purpose was to fulfill their duty as Guardians of the Veil. I honestly feel like this series was also pretty underrated. IT had 2 seasons, but I wish there were more.
The Winx Club was another great show that I used watch. I only watched the first 3 or 4 seasons. The Winx Club is still coming out with new episodes which I’ll be honest, the story line has definitely taken a completely different route from what I’ve seen. The original focus was great though so I would definitely recommend the original seasons of the series versus the newer episodes.
So that’s my roundup of my top 5 magical anime that I grew up watching.
Let me know which ones you enjoyed watching by leaving a comment down below!