Best Magical Girl Anime

Magical Girl (also known as majokko or mahou shoujo) is a subgenre of Japanese fantasy anime and manga about young girls who use magic to defeat evil. Since the 1960s, magical girl was born in Japan. Ever since the 1990s, magical girl is known all around the world. Today, there are many plenty of Magical Girl anime.

This is the list of the Best Magical Girl Anime.

The Top Ten Best Magical Girl Anime

1 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, written by Gen Urobuchi, music by Yuki Kajiura, opening sang by ClariS, ending by Kalafina (sometimes by the seiyuus) and original characters by Ume Aoki. It also has 3 movies, more.

One of the best animes I've seen! I really couldn't imagine a point in improving the show because it is already perfect.

Well sailor moon might be number 1 only because it started the magic girl anime genre but when it comes to story, characters and everything, madoka magica is on a whole other level compared to other so called magic girl anime

I love this show! This is the show that got my younger brother into anime, we've both watched it at least twice. I saw this on another The Top Tens list: "Top ten Worst Magical Girl Shows of all Time." I can't find the list now, but not only was this show on there, it somehow got second place. All I could think was: "Is this a joke? "

Yes, this show is Amazing! For some reason, on another list on here Worst Magical Girl Anime of all Time, this got second place. Is it because it's so different from the usual magical girl anime?

2 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. more.

That's My Favorite Magical Anime, Because I Been Watching Sailor Moon Since 2 Years, I Am A Fan Too. I Love The Character, Sailor Venus Because She Sounds So Beautiful And Kawaii. I Was So Sad About Any Of The Deaths. And I Really Love The Sailor Uranus And Sailor Neptune Theme Song, Where They Transform, Because It's Beautiful And I Love The Violin Sound In This Song. It's My Favorite Magical Anime Series, I Was Watching Sailor Moon And A Fan Of Sailor Moon Since 2 Years. - VeronicaMSP

My apreciatted chilhood is my #1 on magical girls list because is my favorite

Moon is number 1! All the girls in Madoka do is sulk and wait for their looming deaths. The Sailor Guardians all love and support each other. (I like Madoka too, but really Moon is better) should rank above Madoka

Sailor Moon is always my favorite I grew up on this anime all of the other anime like Tokyo Mew Crap (Tokyo Mew Mew I just made up the crap part ) and Wedding Peach are like damn rip offs

3 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is a Japanese anime television series directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, with screenplay written by Masaki Tsuzuki, and produced by Seven Arcs.

While it can get confusing because of all the different Nanoha seasons/series/storylines in place today (It's a bit like Tenchi Muyo in that respect). MGLN is actually and incredible anime. The artwork and magical powers are stunning to watch (not to mention helluva powerful), and you'll always be eager to get to the next episode. I highly recommend this anime AND manga

The music for Einhart's transformation is SPECTACULAR!

Currently my second favorite anime franchise (as of 3/12/2018) - PerfectImpulseX

Why isn't this #1? - PerfectImpulseX

It's such a shame really because the first three seasons and the movies of Nanoha are awesome. - PerfectImpulseX

4 Cardcaptor Sakura Cardcaptor Sakura, abbreviated as CCS and also known as Cardcaptors, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp.

I think Cardcaptor Sakura is a perfect example of a magical girl. Collecting cards and get a new power from them are awesome.

All the characters in Cardcaptor Sakura are cute, especially Sakura. I would recommend this magical girl anime to anyone who are looking for some magical girl anime.

Awesome battle outfits magic and everything about this anime!


5 Princess Tutu Princess Tutu is a Japanese magical girl anime series created by Ikuko Itoh in 2002 for animation studio Hal Film Maker. Inspired by ballet and fairy tales, particularly The Ugly Duckling and Swan Lake, the story follows a duck who is transformed into the mythical ballerina Princess Tutu in order to more.

This deserves to be number one. This series is very different than normal magical girl anime.

Madoka before Madoka was cool

I can dance like a beautiful ballerina when I saw it!

I keep saying over and over how dark this Magical Girl anime is but I should note that the dark aspect is not done like Madoka Magica. Because 1, it's considered an anime marketed towards kids (so don't expect over the top gruesome stuff. It's still manages to be dark without the gritty stuff.), and 2. The lives of the characters is entirely based off a fairy tale that is secretly real that gives them terrible fates and for the most part, are impossible to escape. Even though how difficult it is to escape the said fates, they attempt to do so. I can't say that things work well for everyone in the series, just a warning.

I'm not going to go into more detail because I want people to watch the series and experience it for themselves. Please give Princess Tutu a chance. Get over your fragile masculinity and pride because you are seriously missing out. - Rue

6 Revolutionary Girl Utena

This deserves a higher ranking. Commonly referred to as the "Evangelion" of shoujo anime (but that's underselling it in my opinion), you won't find a more thematically complex, genuinely troubling at times, yet ultimately uplifting Magical Girl anime. Also the show is laced with symbolism and is so dense that you can watch it 10 times and still find more details to uncover. Also the artwork is stunning, and the animation, whilst basic, still holds up considering how old the show is... seriously more people need to watch it.

The comments are wrong about Princess Tutu being the first dark magical girl anime. It was actually Revolutionary Girl Utena. - Rue

As the poster below says, better than Evangelion despite the comparison ^_-. Utena is a great heroine, Juri is an excellent supporting character with a strong subplot, Anthy is both tragic and an alternative hero/anti-hero in her own right, whose liberation one roots for. Great series and -the- feminist anime.

7 Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya

I guess Illyasviel von Einzbern finally got something in return for that route she never got! The art looks pretty nice and though I don't really know much about the Fate series, I know enough to know just about every character there is in there, including Bazett Fraga McRemitz and Caren from Fate/hollow ataraxia! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

8 Is This a Zombie? Is This a Zombie? is an anime series adapted from the light novels of the same title written by Shinichi Kimura and illustrated by Kobuichi and Muririn.

I love Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka! Why is this lower than Yuki Yuna along with Utena? They should be on the top ten In my opinion! - MLPFan

9 HeartCatch PreCure! Heartcatch Precure is a Japanese anime series and the seventh series of the Pretty Cure anime franchise by Izumi Todo that premiered on February 7, 2010, replacing Fresh Pretty Cure! on its initial timeslot. The series theme is flowers, which leads to their true definitions of Hanakotoba as of the season's more.

I watched one episode and loved it. You should watch this anime and fresh precure if you haven't already

I'm baffled that this isn't in the Top 10! The second best anime in general I've ever watched so far. - PerfectImpulseX

Really cute and I love that it themes around flowers (i'm a huge flower person <3). Also, I really like the pretty cure franchise in general. My favorite season is probably either this or or Star Twinkle (i love how ultra kawaii star twinkle is... :D they even have a unicorn later on <3 cuteness is fun)

10 Kill la Kill Kill la Kill is an anime television series produced by Trigger. In Kill la Kill, Ryuko Matoi transfers to a new high school in order to find her father's murderer.

This show features more action and science fiction than just plain magic.

One of the best animes I've seen. My all time favorite to be honest but... magical girl anime? Seriously? I mean it has transformations and stuff but I really can't associate "Kill la Kill" and "magical girl" together without laughing my ass off. If it is though, then this is one of the raunchiest and crude magical girl animu ever.

Cool anime, whether magical girl or not.

Don't know why KLK of all things is on this list (is it the transformation sequences? ) but it's a pretty rad show - Lollipopz

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11 Kamichama Karin

Dem eyes on Karin. What's wrong karin? I love it because dem eyes though.-KyokoKuchisakeSuccubi

12 Pretty Cure

Pretty Cure is such a relatable series. It has good characters, enjoyable plot lines, funny moments, sad moments and the ability to make you cry your eyes out. I fully recommend this amazing series.

Precure is amazing, with many different characters, themes, and storylines. Pick whichever season you want to see first- it doesn't matter!

This anime series is epic! So many good characters (except the Mary Sue that is Mana/Cure Heart.)!

I like precure

13 Shugo Chara

I LOVED THIS ANIME! It was great but I kinda wish (spoilers) Amu got with Ikuto like in the manga instead of Tadase.

I loved this anime! I ship Ikuto x Amu - HelloImDeadInside

This Anime is sooo cute

AmuTo 4LIFE!

14 Powerpuff Girls Z Powerpuff Girls Z is a Japanese magical girl anime series directed by Megumu Ishiguro, based on the American animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. The anime is co-produced by Cartoon Network Japan and Aniplex and was animated and produced by Toei Animation, featuring character design by Miho more.

I'm actually surprised to see this as high as it is. PPGZ is an underrated series that sadly never aired in the US (had to use inconvenient methods to watch). Although it was far from perfect, I love it just as much as the original. I hope PPGZ gets a reboot similarly to the 16 reboot (but maybe don't make Blossom such an airhead) - USGC

I actually grew up with this anime as a human child. But unlike the original American series, it has different plots and details:

-The Powerpuff Girls are sisters in the originals, but in the Z version they are just friends instead.
-The Professor in the originals have children we're the girls theirselves, but the Z version he has a son.
-The main villain Mojo Jojo was not owned by the professor in PPG Z but instead was in the zoo and he was affected by the Chemical X (and other villains, too.)
-Speaking of villains, the anime have more villains that was'nt originally owned by the original ones (except the villains like Mojo, Roady Ruff Boys, Gangrene Gang, etc.). Such as that noodle guy, the giant rubber duck, and alike.
-The Mayor looks obese and much taller than in the original and Miss Bellum's face was still hidden just like in the original (oh come on! ).
-The Christmas special was way more different than in the original. The Z version's story depicts his ...more

I love this one! I think the reason why some people don't like it is because it's aimed at younger children, but that doesn't make it bad!

I love to watch Powerpuff Girls Z right before bedtime! I hope you love me and my family watching a good story! Isn't that sweet?!

15 Tokyo Mew Mew

LOL I'm literally listening to the credits while typing this! The credits are the best thing about Tokyo Mew Mew, and I can't stop listening to it!

This anime is kind of boring, like there is nothing really interesting about it.

This should be higher
It is a great anime and I like it a lot

Personally This Is One Of My Favorite Mahou Shojo Animes Ever! This Is The Cutest Magical Girl Anime Ever (Right After Smile PreCure) This Is Awesome!

16 Ojamajo Doremi

An anime that makes you care for the filler episodes is a good anime. In this anime the story progression is ok, but the episodes that don't move the story forward are probably your favorite. Imagine slice of life with drama and magic. And if you like early Disney movies like Bambi, wich show a lot of cute stuff and then contrast it with dark stuff, this is for you! And for some reason the merch from this anime is reallly expensive (200$ for a small plastic wand!? ) It's just not higher on the list 'cause 4kids ruined it.

Can't understand why Doremi is ranked 15, I think only Sailor Moon and Madoka are better than Ojamajo Doremi, the rest are either on par or below.

Screw the haters

It is so awesome I love Mitchell Haywood she is cool lol

17 Little Witch Academia Little Witch Academia (リトルウィッチアカデミア Ritoru Witchi Akademia) is an anime adaptation to the original eponymous film and its sequel, The Enchanted Parade. It began broadcasting on January 8, 2017 in Japan on TV and January 9, 2017 in the Netflix streaming site. The series ran for more.

Bro this anime is so cute. The characters are great and they show actual emotion - Manlypants

It may not be a typical magical girl anime (No transformation sequences or villain of the week cliche's), but it was charming none the less.
I personally think it counts as a magical girl anime because of these reasons.

1. Not really a proper reason, but like most magical anime, the main character is a bubbly ray of sunshine, who's goal is to become (insert life goal here) like a large amount of magical girls, or is interested in somthing that will lead to their magical destiny.

2. There is a variety of characters who have their own little quicks to their magic
(Lotte talking to spirits and Sucy with potions and poisons for example).

3.The story focuses on our main female heroine's with magical capabilities.

4. It may not be in every episode but these girls do save the day from time to time using their magic.

5. We watch our main heroine's magic grow throughout the series.

6. The rivals. Most magical girl anime have some sort of rival, ...more

This is my favorite magical girl anime for sure! But Kill la Kill and Madoka Magica are my other favorites ( even though Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew was my childhood ).

This doesn't count as a magical girl anime. - PerfectImpulseX

18 Magic Knight Rayearth The anime adaptation of Magic Knight Rayearth aired first on Japan's Yomiuri TV on October 17, 1994 and ended on November 27, 1995.

An awesome anime with a very good story behind. It's a not conventional magical girl anime, it gets darker and darker while the series advance. The battles and character design are amazing!

19 Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is a shōjo manga and anime series created by Michiko Yokote, with artwork by Pink Hanamori.

The songs are amazing, so are the animations. I would recommend this to anyone for a magical girl anime mixed with idol anime!

This anime reminds me of the little mermaid

My favourite show when I was 5-7! I'm 12 now and I just loveee the songs and the characters (Especially the villains😍❤️💙) But this anime is so underrated since it was never showed in America☹️

20 Sugar Sugar Rune

This made no sense, it should not be here.

Actually, I've changed my mind. Sugar Sugar Rune is just sooo cute!

21 Winx Club

1) This isn't an anime and 2) Even if it was, it would still be crap - TwilightKitsune

1) Anime = animated cartoon. 2) In Japan this is considered as a magical girl anime. 3) This is the best show ever. 4) You crap.

Calling people crap because they hate a genuine bad show so mature if you ask me. - XxembermasterxX

I love Winx club since I was 7 or 8 yrs old right before I got interested in anime and other franchises

I remeber watching it as a kid! It was so good.

22 Cutey Honey

This Anime and Manga brings the concept of a Magical Girl but also not a usual magical girl :3

23 Senki Zesshou Symphogear

It's sort of like if you merged magical girl, idol, and mecha anime into one amazing show. I love it!

24 Majokko Megu-chan
25 Gakuen Alice

The anime isn't so good, but the Manga is a gem worth reading, It is very good ^_^

26 Magic User's Club
27 DokiDoki! PreCure

It’s the best!... just when will they add a season three? I want to know what will happen!

28 Glitter Force

One of the first animes I have watched. I love the character designs - HelloImDeadInside

I ❤️ Precure! My favorite is Kirakira Precure A La Mode!

29 Z-Squad

This is Asian animation, not an anime.

I love the girls!

They're so adorable!

Let's fly!

30 Wedding Peach

Wedding peach copied sailor moon

31 High School DxD High School DxD is a Japanese light novel series written by Ichiei Ishibumi and illustrated by Miyama-Zero. The series revolves around Issei Hyoudou, a perverted high school student who is reincarnated into a Devil by Rias Gremory after being killed on his first date. He later joins the Occult Research more.

This isn't a magical girl anime. - PerfectImpulseX


32 Phantom Thief Jeanne
33 Magical Girl Pretty Sammy

This show is just adorable. It's magical. But to me, mostly comedy.

34 Nurse Witch Komugi
35 Smile PreCure!
36 Akazukin Chacha

I like other fairytale Magical Girl anime too, like Prétear.

37 Magical Princess Minky Momo
38 Sally the Witch
39 Yuki Yuna is a Hero

This one is relatively new (2014), but I think it should have a bigger fan base than it does because it's great! The character are all lovable and cute, the art is very well done, I have all the music from the show on my phone, and their transformation outfits are super cool! The premise is that these 5 girls are in a school club where they help people and do community service, and at first you think that's all it's about. But then they start fighting to protect the god of their world and it's very enjoyable. If you want to watch a newer cute magical girl show, then this is it I promise!

This should be higher up, this show has a very deep meaning, the animation is fantastic, the soundtracks are amazing and the character development (especially Karen) is heartwarming. This show is very dramatic and sad and I feel like more magical girl animes should be like that. It shows that being a hero isn't always as good as you may think. 10/10!

This show is so badass and I love it, it's the definition of an amazing relatable magical girls Anime!

I still love this show

40 Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

This should be in number 1 spot! It is very... well, odd and... innapropriate but I LOVED IT! If you like badass angels watch this - HelloImDeadInside

41 Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel
42 Mahou no Mako-chan
43 Tonde Burin
44 Fushigiboshi no Futagohime
45 Sasami: Magical Girls Club
46 Devil Hunter Yohko
47 Futari wa Pretty Cure
48 Galaxy Angel
49 Tweeny Witches
50 Yes! PreCure 5

I love this show, I love the characters
There are only very few episodes I did not like
One of my favorite precures. If you are a fan of precure or magical girl anime, check it out

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