thisishowiswog said: Don’t know if Steven Universe is considered a magical girl serie (even if the protagonist is a little boy). And I don’t know if it is american but it is doing success isn’t it? And it is pretty much girly and magical show isn’t it?
Steven Universe is indeed American, but the reason it can get away with all that magical-girl-ing and WOC leads is because it has a White Male Protagonist™.
As for whether it’s a Magical Girl show or not, I haven’t seen much of it yet, but I’d say it’s automatically disqualified because of the aforementioned male protagonist, which is too bad because it looks AWESOME and I’d love to have an excuse to talk about it on this blog. Actually, if it were Japanese, I’d classify it as a Magical Harem show, sort of like Negima. Lulz.
Oh dear. My first advice would be “Move to another country.” Or if that’s not an option, “Make it all yourself, probably in Flash, and put it on the internet.” Because the only way to make a broadcast MG show “sellable” in the US is to replace the Magical Girls with men in spandex.
Seriously though, I don’t know quite how it happened, but American TV execs have developed a severe allergy to girl-aimed fare and especially to shows with a girl as the protagonist, let alone multiple female protagonists. Women talking to each other! Nooooooo we’re all gonna die! Once upon a time we had Powerpuff Girls and Totally Spies and the dubs of Sailor Moon and Winx, but nowadays, not so much.
However, if by some miracle you found an exec who could handle the “women talking to each other and saving the world” premise without bursting into tears, I’d have a few suggestions for retooling the genre to make it more Amurrican:
That’s all I can think of at the moment.
Surprisingly, a lot! I always think of green as being the last resort color (because it is in the Precure franchise), but the dude-aimed shows seem to like it. And now, allow me to flex my nerd-muscles by naming all the green Magical Girls:
Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Neptune (sea green),
Umi Fuu from Rayearth, that chick from Super Doll Licca, that other chick from Cyberteam, Corrector Haruna, the glasses chick from ALSFS, Mew Lettuce and Mew Mint (sea green), Rina from MerMelo, the elegant chick from Sweet Valerian, the buckskin fringe chick from CosPrayers, Shamal from Nanoha, the twins from Happy 7, somebody from Gedou Otome Tai, the evil witch from Majokko Tsukune, Nina and Nao from Mai-Otome, the deadpan chick from Sasami MG Club, Buttercup from PPGZ, Sleeping Beauty from Otogi Jushi Akazukin, the brunette from Rakugo Tennyo Oyui, Alice from Moetan, Cure Mint, the glasses chick from Kiruminzoo, the loud blonde chick from Jewelpet Twinkle, Dead Master from BRS, Cure March, the samurai chick from Vividred, the moon chick from Daybreak Illusion, the huge-boobed chick from Hyperdimension Neptunia, and one of the minions from Symphogear 2.
The heroines of Shugo Chara and Corrector Yui also have alternate outfits that are green.
And if we’re including pornos, then Venus 5, Sweet Knights, and Sex Warrior Pudding have one green lady each.
I would say that no, Princess Knight is not Magical Girl for one simple reason: She doesn’t have magical powers. Oh, plenty of magical things happen to her, but she never uses magic as a tool or weapon.
However, it’s true that Princess Knight laid the groundwork for the Magical Girl genre: Sapphire has multiple identities that she must keep secret, and her cute angel sidekick, Choppy, can be seen as a precursor to early MG sidekicks like Sally’s assistant Cub or Chappy’s little brother Jun.
By the way, everything I’m saying here is based on the manga; I haven’t seen the anime, so maybe it’s radically different.
Not many; most of them fight monsters. The only ones I know of are:
That’s about it.
I prefer Magic Warriors because I like butt-kicking and lesbian subtext. Then again, Sugar Sugar Rune is one of my favorite MG manga and it’s a Cute Witch story, albeit with plenty of butt-kicking and lesbian subtext.
Ooh, yes I do:
Stuff I’ve read:
Codename Sailor V: Prototype of Sailor Moon. Great on its own merits and as a historical piece.
ION: Pseudo-magical-girl sciency stuff. Arina Tanemura’s early work.
Mink: Sciency magic idol singer. By the author of Saint Tail. Bad. Not offensive, just incompetent.
Carat: Cross-dressing parody AWESOMENESS. I NEED TO DO A PROPER REVIEW OF THIS ONE.
Mistress Fortune: Co-ed esper duo fighting aliens. Arina Tanemura again. I found the main characters too annoying to read beyond the first few chapters.
Stuff I haven’t read:
Shadow Lady: Kaitou girl with a slinky black leather outfit.
Hyper Rune: By a CLAMP member.
Zodiac PI: Detective with astrology powers.
Pixie Pop: Age-enhancing soda.
Miracle Dieter Miyuki: A parody, obvs.
Gaba Kawa: Demon girl comes to the human world.
Let’s see, the one that leaps to mind is Cardcaptor Sakura, where the heroine’s BFF, Tomoyo, is a Magical Girl nerd. She videotapes Sakura’s escapades and creates endless themed outfits for her since Sakura’s “transformation” doesn’t change her clothes at all.
TV Tropes tells me that Corrector Yui and Blossom of PPGZ are also MG fangirls, though I haven’t watched those shows yet.
Wow, that looks like a really cool book, thanks for the rec! I’m looking at the Amazon preview pages, and I’m already seeing another possible answer to my question: self-imposed gender segregation. Half of Japanese men polled say they don’t have any female friends, and women poll similarly. If you never hang out with or talk to a certain type of person, it’s easier to dehumanize them in your mind, and therefore easier to stomach watching terrible things happen to them in your porn. Another possible answer: The deadlock between the genders — men who demand a traditional stay-at-home wife, and women who refuse to get married or have kids at all because they don’t want to give up their careers — I can see how that could spawn some resentful rape porn for men who feel cheated out of what society promised them.
Man, every time I read about real-life modern Japan, I get depressed. Though at least it makes me feel better about living in Recession-era America. Like, hey, it could be worse!
Hey, I’ve actually seen that one! (Well the first ep anyway.) I would say no. It’s set in a fantasy world where magic/high tech is common, there’s no secret dual identities, no traveling to non-magical worlds. It’s just a standard fantasy/sci-fi mash-up.
Oh, absolutely! I’ve been peeing myself with excitement over the remake ever since it was announced! Though I’ll wait for the eps to accumulate more so I can watch them in chunks.