Anime as a medium of entertainment has taken over the world in recent decades, and while there is still a long way to go, the future looks very bright for this unconventional art form. One of the main reasons for its monumental rise in the entertainment industry is arguably its diversity of genres and subgenres which not only cater to different genres / tastes but also distinct age groups. If you are someone who is interested in cartoons in which the characters rely heavily on magic for everyday business, then you have come to the right place. Here is a list of ten magical girl cartoons that you can find on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, Funimation, or Amazon Prime.
8. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
“Kiki’s Delivery Service” or “Majo no Takkyuubin” is a self-discovery story that centers on a young witch in training named Kiki. In the final phase of preparing to become a full-fledged witch, she must venture out into the outside world on her own and survive for a year. It was during this time that she moved to a coastal town and learned the true meaning of freedom and responsibility. The touching story of the quest for meaning is magical, literally and figuratively.
7. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (2012 -)
The fantasy adventure series centers on Aladdin, a young magician who embraces the uncertainty of life and ventures into the outside world accompanied by his mentor, Ugo. Along the way, he meets and befriends Alibaba Saluja. When the duo find themselves in dire need of cash, they set out together on a quest to explore dungeons, labyrinths hiding incredible treasures created by rare wizards known as mages. However, they have no idea when any of these structures will shape not only their destiny but also the world they inhabit.
6. The Legend of Legendary Heroes (2010)
“The Legend of Legendary Heroes” or “Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu” is a magical fantasy anime inspired by Takaya Kagami’s light novel of the same name. It tells the story of Ryner Lute, a mage who is also the bearer of cursed eyes called “Alpha Stigma” who can analyze all kinds of magic. After completing his training at Roland Empire’s Magician Academy, Ryner decides to make his nation a more peaceful place, even though his cursed eyes are meant to bring death and destruction wherever they go.
5. The Demon King Daimao (2010)
With elements of harem and ecchi as a crucial part of its overall premise, “Demon King Daimao” focuses on Akuto Sai’s struggle against a sinister prophecy and its inherent contradiction to his desire to work for the greater good. Anime fans who like shows with a lot of mystery, romance, and a bit of comedy here and there will likely enjoy the fantasy show and not just limited to the magical anime genre like most shows.
4. Kaze No Stigma (2007)
The supernatural magical anime tells the story of Kazuma Yagami, a member of the noble Kannagi family. When the hapless protagonist loses a fight against his cousin Ayano Kannagi, he is banished from the house and only returns four years later when he gains the ability to control the wind called Fuujutsu. Unfortunately, his family suspects him because some of their loved ones are killed using the same power Kazuma now masters. This series, in particular, is different from all the others on the list because its premise leaves viewers guessing until the very end, which is rare for a magical anime.
3. Fairy Tail (2009 – 2019)
A list of magical anime will be incomplete without the “Fairy Tail” series inspired by the manga of Hiro Mashima. Magic is an indispensable part of the mystical world in which Lucy Heartfilia lives. People hire magical guilds to complete seemingly impossible missions, and Lucy wishes to join only the eponymous group which is widely recognized as one of the best. A lucky encounter with the Fairy Tail member helps her join the famous guild, and it marks the start of Heartfilia’s adventures with the rest of the guild members as they take one job application after another.
2. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Set in a fictional world where magic and technology coexist next to each other, “Howl’s Moving Castle” follows Sophie, a girl from a small town who is turned into an old woman by the waste witch. Determined to break the curse, she joins forces with the mysterious wizard named Howl to embark on a perilous journey as her kingdom is torn by war. With a strong anti-war theme and feminist elements, the series sends a strong message of compassion, which is rare in magical anime movies / shows.
1. The Seven Deadly Sins (2014 – 2021)
Based on the manga series of the same name by Nakaba Suzuki, “The Seven Deadly Sins” focuses on Britannia, which is ruled by the Holy Knights. Mighty warriors use magic to protect the kingdom and keep it under their tyrannical rule without any responsibility. Princess Elizabeth, who wishes to free the kingdom from her despotic rule, finds warriors who can confront the rulers of the tyrannical state in order to free it once and for all from their rule. The epic tale of the fight of good versus evil is a must-read for anyone who enjoys magical animes.
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