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Girls Need Heroes, Too: In Defense of Magical Girls

Of all the different types of anime, the magical girl anime is probably the sub-genre that is most looked down upon. Magical girl animes are bright and colorful, they always involve middle- or junior-school-aged girls gaining superpowers and having dramatic transformation scenes, and there’s plenty of fan service in terms of skimpy outfits and simpering looks.

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People, even the more open-minded anime watchers, have a tendency to dismiss magical girl animes due to what they perceive as a standard storyline and stock characterization; they’re blinded by the plethora of pink, the frills and short skirts, and the girlish laughter, and they miss the more serious and frequently dark side of these shows.

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Like any television show, anime or otherwise, magical girl animes have stories and messages that are both entertaining and relevant. Few shows have as much optimism and determination as magical girl animes, yet these shows also provide a realistic (at least as realistic as you can get on shows where girls are granted magical powers to fight the forces of evil) look at the sacrifices and pain that heroes must face. Magical girl animes are able to blend important lessons with joy and levity, and there are a number of reasons that they’re worth watching.

One of my favorite things about magical girl animes is the way they portray friendship. Even if a magical girl starts out on her own, it’s inevitable that she’ll end up surrounded by a team of other magical girls and occasionally a token magical boy. Like any story involving teamwork, there’s going to be some conflicts and some drama, but ultimately, it’s the strength of the team and their friendship that helps them save the day.

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Magical girls don’t always start off as friends-in fact, they sometimes start off as annoyances at best and flat-out adversaries at worst-but there are few things that bring people together quite as well as having to save people (or the city or the earth or the universe or all of space and time; you get the idea).  

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But despite the task of working together to save the day, the friendships in magical girl animes are always realistic. As I said, magical girls don’t always get along with one another. Becoming a magical girl is rarely a choice; it’s typically the result of some outside circumstance such as a perceived aptitude for being a hero, an accident, or a grand destiny, and as a result, the chosen girls are very different types of people with different personalities, motives, and attitudes towards their new role.

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The resulting clashes are typically the direct result of these differences, yet as the girls work more and more as a team, these conflicts become less and less common. It’s hard to rely on someone to have your back without forming some sort of more personal bond, and eventually, even those magical girls who would rather work alone find themselves forming friendships with their fellow magical girls. There are still plenty of ups and downs, but that’s true of any friendship, magical or otherwise, and these shows aren’t afraid of portraying the good times along with the bad, giving viewers a well-rounded look at the personal relationship of magical girls. Yes, there may be more makeovers or shopping trips or sleepovers than other animes, but these types of scenes go to show that magical girls and other heroes have lives outside of saving the day, and they enjoy the time they have with their friends doing things they enjoy.

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But that doesn’t mean these magical girls don’t enjoy kicking some bad guy butt. They’ve got superpowers and awesome weapons and they know how to use them. Magical girl animes are really at the top of the list in terms of girl power. These ladies can fight, they can strategize and plan, they can work as a team and take down any villain or monster that stands in their way, and they look cute while doing it.

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In the world of superheroes, there are infinitely more men than women, leaving young girls at a bit of a loss in terms of role models. Magical girls provide female heroes for people to look up to and admire. Magical girls fight for a cause, they don’t compromise their values, and they’re willing to sacrifice themselves to save others. They’re just as capable and worthy of admiration as any guy hero, yet they’re often brushed aside because of their girlishness.

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Which is really a shame, because these magical girls are proof that you can be girly and still totally kick butt. Whether it’s straight-up physical combat, mastery of weapons-everything from guns to swords to archery to a yoyo- or actual magical powers such as control over an element, these ladies are fearsome and powerful. 

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But sometimes they’re powerful enough to hurt more than they help, particularly when it comes to getting hurt themselves. Magical girls sometimes find themselves in situations that their weapons and skills can’t overcome, and they must sacrifice some part of themselves, be it their magical girl status, a physical ability, or their humanity itself. These are frightening and painful decisions to make, yet magical girls never seem to back down from making them. They know what has to be done, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to save the day. 

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Knowing that being a magical girl of any kind would have its downsides might deter some from accepting such a role, but those who do become magical girls always do so because they believe in what being a magical girl embodies. Even more, they have hope that their sacrifices and pain will make the world a better place. No matter how dark things may get, it seems like magical girls have an ability for endless hopefulness: hope that evil can be overcome, hope that people can change, hope that their choice to do the right thing will be enough.

Their hope is not always realistic and it’s not always rewarded, yet their unfailing willingness to hope for something better even when all seems lost is admirable. Just seeing magical girls pushing back against their enemies no matter what makes viewers believe that their own problems can be overcome. Even when everything seems to be falling apart, there’s hope that tomorrow will be better, and people have a tendency to forget that. Luckily we have characters like magical girls to remind us to be hopeful and to do whatever we can to bring hope to others.

Magical girl animes truly have a lot to offer everyone. There are complex characters, twisted and dramatic storylines, and epic fight scenes. Many of the shows have fantastic animation as well, along with great scores and visually-stunning transformation sequences.

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Critics aren’t wrong when they say magical girl animes are usually fluffier and more lighthearted than other animes or other animated shows, but that’s not what makes these animes so good. These fluffy moments provide a brief respite between the truly hard choices, the sacrifices and the losses.

Magical girl animes show that girls can be just as good as the boys. They can be just as tough, just as powerful, just as heroic. And they can do it all while wearing a combat skirt and heels, something I’d love to see their male counterparts attempt. Magical girls and magical girl animes deserve the same acknowledgment and appreciation as their contemporaries for being unabashedly what they are: celebrations of the great things girls can do with hope, determination, and a bit of magic.

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My Top 10 Favorite Women Characters

Thanks so much to @anais-fromanotherplanet for tagging me in this awesome meme! 

Despite my complaints that people don’t write enough awesome female characters in fiction, once I started listing them, the list just went on and on. It was so hard picking my top 10, so I had to throw a few honorable mentions in…

1. Rell (LoL, my own fantasy novel OC) 

Well, being my original character and the badass action hero of the story + comic relief with a kind/loving soul, she’s basically my idea of a perfect woman. So ofc she is my number one. ^^


2. Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) 

No one does the things Homura does for love. No one dares the things Homura dares to do. No one is that courageous. No heart loves so much. Homura is fucking epic. And she’s damn stylish and cool too! XD


3. Moana (Disney’s Moana) 

THE PERFECT HEROINE. Everything about her, from her adorable voice (which is EPIC when she sings!!), her extraordinary hero’s journey arc, to the way the narrative treats her with the respect and dignity a hero of whatever gender deserves. Loved her movie, loved her compassion, loved her bravery, loved her closeness with her family, loved her love of the sea, loved everything about Moana.


4. Daenerys (Game of Thrones) 

People build shrines to her both in real life and in the world of Game of Thrones for a reason. She’s so epic, dares so much and accomplishes so much. She also suffered terribly in the beginning and started from nothing, building everything she eventually grew to have with her own hands. And through it all, she kept her compassion, and still tries to do what’s right, even as she grows wiser and strong enough to do the hard things a ruler must do.


5. Aquila Yuna (Saint Seiya Omega) 

A female underdog hero story done RIGHT. In terms of her journey as a young warrior/Saint of Athena, the way she dresses, carries herself, fights like an utter badass, relates to her friends, and earnestly seeks her way makes her the perfect teenage girl protagonist for me. Plus, she’s just so graceful-looking despite packing such a wallop, and looks epic in armor (my eternal weakness) like all my favorite male Saints.


6. Tachibana (Aoharu x Machine Gun) 

Lol, this girl is teenage me in another life. Her extreme passion for justice, her compassion that balances her towering wrath and extreme smiting power against the evil and the unjust, her tomboyish looks and sensibilities, her kindness, her intelligence—I love this girl.


7. Mrs. Bradley (Diana Rigg – The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries) 

When I grow up, I want to be Diana Rigg. She mixes high intelligence, dignity, and a deep capacity for love and compassion into the perfect, elegant package in any role she plays. I loved her especially as the wry, smart, and modern Mrs. Bradley, who is her own woman, has carved a place of respect for herself in the male-dominated world of Edwardian England, and has a fun, scintillating relationship of wits (and romance?) with her chauffer George. A lady so ahead of her time and making it work—I love her.


8. Historia Reiss (Attack on Titan) 

Easily the most interesting and fascinatingly developed/grown female character in AoT despite not being one of its many awesome badass warrior women. Her outburst against her father in the cave (and the way she bosses Eren around there XD) is one of my favorite moments in the entire series. Plus, the way she uses her political power when she gets it is proof of the kind of genuinely good person she is.


9. Marinette/Miraculous Ladybug (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir)

A perfect teen heroine–full of dreams/hope/excitement, smart, relatable, adorable, fully fleshed out, and fun. The entire show is just so well done and does excellent, diverse characters in spades. I love this unabashedly girl-centric show, its beautiful graphics/aesthetics, its hilarious scripts, and its appealing character designs. 


10. Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) 

Had to get her on here, because even if her story arc isn’t as epic as Homura’s, the decision she makes in the end with full knowledge, intent, and foresight, is one for the ages. She’s the very picture of an empowered woman, who grabs back charge of her mind/body/soul/DESTINY from those who tried to disempower and manipulate her, finds clarity, and delivers to us not only the right/perfect answer to an impossible-seeming dilemma, but does so with selfless love and grace. Those who detract from Madoka, saying she doesn’t do anything for the majority of the series, clearly didn’t pay attention to what was going on behind this big, sweet eyes—there was a very intelligent, observant, compassionate soul there, seeing and learning and piecing together the things she needed to to save us all.


Honorable Mentions:

Dowager Countess Grantham (Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey) – in terms of cool factor, few female characters can top the Dowager Countess—and she’s an old lady, which kicks up both her adorable-ness factor and badassery. XD Sharpest of all wits and tongues, and style and dignity for days. I love this lady.


Sailor Neptune/Michiru Kai’ou (Sailor Moon) – with her quiet intelligence, charm, elegance, brimming talent, and courageous/fierce inner character, she’s the perfect role model. I also loved that she holds love and her beloved above all else. As a fellow “follower of Aphrodite” so to speak, I really relate to her.


Ms. Marvel/Kamala Kahn (Marvel Comics) – the first truly relatable American comic book character I’ve ever read. And she reads/writes superhero fanfic. XD I love Kamala.


Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan) – not sure if this is more props to Isayama-sensei, her creator, but I love that Mikasa is universally acknowledged by her peers as the physically strongest warrior among them and is never undercut by the narrative like so many other purportedly “strong female characters,” especially in Shounen manga. I can’t relate to her much in personality/thought process though, which is the only reason she doesn’t make my Top 10.

‎Oscar François de Jarjayes (The Rose of Versailles) – the badass beautiful lady with a compassionate heart and endless dignity who started it all. The Rose of Versailles, the godmother of badass warrior women in manga/anime ever after (and the savior of my beloved Takarazuka Revue ;-)).


Random Bonus:

Chloe (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir)


This is probably a shocking mention because Chloe is AWFUL–the consummate Mean Girl and petty, entitled brat extraordinaire. But she’s just so absurdly over the top in her awfulness that she almost becomes lovable for being so flawed. Also, she has the most hilarious lines and I respect that she’s a girl who definitely knows her own mind and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. ^^

You poor darlings who read through this whole thing, I tag you all! Please tag me if you do this, I’d love to see your lists! <33333 Also tagging @kiriblabs@oleanderhoney, @hannibalcatharsis, @sensitive-eruri, @prosotankutu, @careruri, @cherryamber, @momtaku, and @lostcauses-noregrets if you guys are up for it! <333333


Cuz I had so many, here’s a list of more awesome women characters I love under the cut~

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Miraculous Ladybug French Opening's Lyrics

Je m'appelle Marinette,
Une fille comme les autres.
Mais quand le destin me choisit pour lutter contre les forces du mal,
Je deviens Miraculous Ladybug !

Papillon noir, Paris mystère,
C'est mon histoire, plutôt étrange,
La magie noire, me désespère,
Et le chat noir n'est pas un ange.

Amour chassé-croisé,
Mon coeur aime Adrien.
Mais lui ne veut m'aimer que lorsque je deviens …

Chorus:
Une Ladybug, porte-bonheur,
Lady magique et Lady chance !
Une Ladybug, Lady du coeur,
Être héroïque en cas d'urgence !

C'est moi Chat Noir, toujours présent,
J'ai des pouvoirs superpuissants.
Pour la victoire, j'en fais serment,
Je me bagarre, éperdument.

Amour chassé-croisé,
J'ai peur d'aimer pour rien,
Celle qui ne peut m'aimer quand elle vit son destin …

Chorus x 2

Holy smokes,it’s done! And now,I proudly present to you the Miraculous Ladybug/Magi crossover! Here we have:Djinn!Tikki and Plagg with djinn equipped Marinette and Adrien! I’m sorry for the low quality and the crappy lighting of the image! I’ll upload close-ups tomorrow as well as the story!

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Miraculous Ladybug French OP UPDATED
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Miraculous Ladybug French OP UPDATED

This is the newest updated French opening! I found it on Youtube (x). They just added an extra line, increased the tremble, and bass.

Je m'appelle Marinette,
Une fille comme les autres.
Mais quand le destin me choisit pour lutter contre les forces du mal,
Je deviens Miraculous Ladybug!

Papillon noir, Paris mystère,
C'est mon histoire, plutôt étrange,
La magie noire, me désespère,
Et le chat noir n'est pas un ange.

Uh-uh-oh! Amour chassé-croisé,
Uh-uh-oh! Mon coeur aime Adrien.
Uh-uh-oh! Pas ce héros masqué
Qui m'aime quand je deviens…

Une Ladybug, porte-bonheur,
Lady magique et Lady chance!
Une Ladybug, Lady du coeur,
Être héroïque en cas d'urgence!

C'est moi Chat Noir, toujours présent,
J'ai des pouvoirs superpuissants.
Pour la victoire, j'en fais serment,
Je me bagarre, éperdument.

Uh-uh-oh! Amour chassé-croisé,
Uh-uh-oh! J'ai peur d'aimer pour rien,
Uh-uh-oh! Celle qui ne peut m'aimer
Quand elle vit son destin…

Une Ladybug, porte-bonheur,
Lady magique et Lady chance!
Une Ladybug, Lady du coeur,
Être héroïque en cas d'urgence!

Une Ladybug, porte-bonheur,
Lady magique et Lady chance!
Une Ladybug, Lady du coeur,
Être héroïque en cas d'urgence!

Miraculous! Miraculous!
Une Ladybug, Lady du coeur,
Être héroïque en cas d'urgence!

Miraculous!

French Theme Song Lyrics

Je m’appelle Marinette

Une fille comme les autres

Mais quand le destin me choisit pour lutter contre les forces du mal

Je deviens, Miraculous Ladybug!


Papillon noir, Paris mystère

C’est mon histoire, plutôt étrange

Le magie noir, me désespère

Et la Chat Noir n’est pas un ange

OH OH OH

Amour chassé-croisé

OH OH OH

Mon cœur aime Adrien

OH OH OH

Mais lui ne veut m’aimer, que lorsque je deviens……


UNE LADYBUG

PORTE-BONHEUR

LADY MAGIQUE ET LADY CHANCE

UNE LADYBUG

LADY DU CŒUR

ÊTRE HÉROÏQUE EN CAS D’URGENCE


C’est moi Chat Noir, toujours présent

J’ai des pouvoirs superpuissants

Pour la victoire, j’en fais serment

Je me bagarre, éperdument

OH OH OH

Amour chassé-croisé

OH OH OH

J’ai peur d’aimer pour rien

OH OH OH

Celle qui ne peut m’aimer quand elle vit son destin……


UNE LADYBUG

PORTE-BONHEUR

LADY MAGIQUE ET LADY CHANCE

UNE LADYBUG

LADY DU CŒUR

ÊTRE HÉROÏQUE EN CAS D’URGENCE

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MIRACULOUSSSSSSSSSSS

youtube

*clears throat* CAN WE JUST APPRECIATE THE GLORY if somewhat low-key a bit cringeworthy  OF THE THEME’S EXTENDED VERSION?? i *know* they’ve been out for like forever and i just discovered them but are we gonna ignore the fact these two dorks are basically singing the plot to us and in each version they say something different, like nice character reveal there fuck u youtube why would you suggest me this video we’re on hiatus you monster

also the HSM au comes to mind for some reason…

THE FANDOM SHOULD DO A SINGALONG VIDEO, LIKE A VIDEO COLLAGE OR SOMETHING. WHAT? WHAT.  

also,  the lyrics and translation from the French version’s vid description are below the cut. this has been a psa, you may resume your scrolling.

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Je m’appelle Marinette.
Une fille comme les autres.
Mais quand le destin me choisit pour lutter contre les forces du mal,
je deviens… Miraculous Ladybug.

My name is Marinette.
A girl like any other.
But when fate chooses me to fight against evil forces,
I become… Miraculous Ladybug.

Papillon noir. Paris mystère.
C’est mon histoire plutôt étrange.
La magie noire me désespère.
Et le chat noir n’est pas un ange

Black butterfly, mysterious Paris
This is my rather strange story
Black magic makes me despair
And the black cat is no angel.

(Ah-ah-ah) Amour chassé-croisé
(Ah-ah-ah) Mon coeur aime Adrien
(Ah-ah-ah) Mais lui ne veut m’aimer que lorsque je deviens…

(Ah-ah-ah) Mixed-up love
(Ah-ah-ah) My heart loves Adrien
(Ah-ah-ah) But he only wants to love me when I become…

Une Ladybug.
Porte-bonheur.
Lady magique et Lady chance.
Une Ladybug, Lady du coeur.
Etre héroïque en cas d’urgence.

A ladybug,
A lucky charm.
Lady magic and Lady Luck.
A ladybug,
Lady of the heart
Being heroic in case of emergency.

C’est moi Chat Noir. Toujours présent.
J’ai des pouvoirs super puissants.
Pour la victoire, j’en fais serment.
Je me bagarre éperdument.

It’s me, Chat Noir. Always present.
I have super powerful powers.
For victory, I make an oath.
I fight relentlessly.

(Ah-ah-ah) Amour chassé-croisé
(Ah-ah-ah) J’ai peur d’aimer pour rien
(Ah-ah-ah) Celle qui ne peut m’aimer quand elle vit son destin.

(Ah-ah-ah) Mixed-up love
(Ah-ah-ah) I’m scared to love for nothing
(Ah-ah-ah) The one who can’t love me when she lives her destiny…

Une Ladybug.
Porte-bonheur.
Lady magique et Lady chance.
Une Ladybug, Lady du coeur.
Etre héroïque en cas d’urgence.

A ladybug,
A lucky charm.
Lady magic and Lady Luck.
A ladybug,
Lady of the heart
Being heroic in case of emergency.