I'm not sure what this blog will end up being. Think of it as a rambling blog where I'm going to talk about why I love the magical girl genre.
Yes, I'm not ashamed to admit it: I've been enjoying Shoujo anime waaaaaay too much recently.
"YOU FREAKING LOSER, I KNEW YOU WERE A GIRL ALL ALONG EVEN IF YOU SAY YOU AREN'T!"
No, I'm not a girl, but just because I'm a guy, does that mean that I can't enjoy Shoujo anime?
There's something extremely refreshing about watching an anime that doesn't have tons of violence or sexual undertones. The innocence of magical girl anime is what makes it so entertaining for me.
I know that I can put on an episode of Shugo Chara! and just enjoy it. It doesn't have forced melodrama or anything like that, it's just a simple and fun series to watch. Sure, Magical Girl series have (for the most part) extremely formulaic and predictable storylines; they also always have the same message: 'be happy!' but it's positive.
I find these series' to be the most inspiring in the entire medium. The messages that they have, whilst cheesy, are very positive. Shugo Chara is about accepting and overcoming depressed feelings, and Smile Precure has a similar message. If you look at other demographics, they may carry the same message, but they won't tell it in such a lighthearted way. The messages in Shugo Chara or any other Magical Girl anime may not be as powerful, but they are much more inspiring because they don't need to be sad in order to push them.
Are You Too Old?
Now I know that the target audience for (most) Magical Girl anime is girls aged 5-13, but that doesn't mean that it can't be enjoyed by others. It really gets to me when people say that I can't watch these series. It's like if a girl watched a Seinen anime, as the target audience for Seinen is men aged 18 and over. Would you still say that a girl can't watch Seinen?
Then you would argue that I'm too old to watch them. To that I say, that's absolutely ridiculous. You would seriously call someone too old to enjoy something? I'm sure that there are plenty of older people who enjoy Disney films, why is that any different?
Precure! A Great Introduction to the Genre
I found an anime called Precure! a while ago (I'm not sure which one it was though), and I watched a few episodes and enjoyed it a ton. I stopped watching it for whatever reason though. Recently I looked through Netflix for an anime that I can watch with my sisters, and I came across one called Glitter Force. It seemed like the standard Magical Girl anime, and so I watched it. My sisters love it, and I also found it to be extremely fun to watch. It is somewhat inventive, as it doesn't just have the simple 'defeat the bad guy to restore happiness', it also has some entertaining episodes like a talent show and one where the cast shrink to the size of an Ant.
The funny thing is that Glitter Force is actually Smile Precure! but it has been changed to appeal to the Western audience. I watched the Japanese just for comparison, and the two versions are vastly different to each other, but I like the way that they incorporated the changes. I'm excited to continue watching this series, because it's a lot of fun ^_^.
The More Mature Side
Now of course, there are plenty of Magical Girl anime out there that are much more mature than the rest. These series are the more well known and respected. Chances are that you thought of Madoka Magica when clicking on this blog. It is created by the nihilistic Gen Urobuchi. What starts out as a common Magical Girl anime quickly becomes one of the most emotional mind benders out there.
Another series that comes to mind is Revolutionary Girl Utena, which I haven't actually watched yet, but from what I've heard of it, it's got some very controversial themes. There's a twist at the end that is supposed to leave a lasting impression on you for a long time. I don't know if I'm ready for it yet though ;_;
There are some Magical Girl series that have some mature themes in them even though they are still targeted towards children. Cardcaptor Sakura gets a little bit dark but never to the level of Madoka. The popular Sailor Moon is also another that is a little darker than the rest.
Overall, I think it's ridiculous to make fun of somebody if they like Magical Girl anime. If you don't like it, that's fine, but don't say that adults can't enjoy these series because they can! I do at least XD. I'm still new to the world of Magical Girl anime, there's a lot that I haven't watched. Any recommendations would be appreciated ^_^
I know that this is a bit of a different blog, but I haven't done many discussions like this, so I wanted to try it. Should I do more blogs like this in the future? Thank you for reading; see you in the next blog!
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