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

1 Puella Magi Madoka Magica 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.

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

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?

This programme is so deep and interesting. The art for witches it really intricate and odd but I like it. I recommend this show for anyone! - Animeemmy

(unpopular opinion alert)well I'm not a huge fan of this anime well (spoiler alert) its about sayaka getting depression tomoe and kyoko dies madoka tranforms in last episode and she dissappears well if u asking me this anime is boring I'm not gonna watch the rest I watch sailor moon instead of madoka magica

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2 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon

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

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

One of the classics. This anime is among my top ten.

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3 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

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

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

Why isn't this #1? - PerfectImpulseX

The first three seasons were the best.
ViViD was a big disappointment. Which reminds me, I have to start ViViD Strike. - PerfectImpulseX

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4 Cardcaptor Sakura 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.

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 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.

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

Madoka before Madoka was cool

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

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6 Revolutionary Girl Utena

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

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 Kill la Kill 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.

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

9 Is This a Zombie? Is This a Zombie?

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

10 HeartCatch PreCure! 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

The Contenders

11 Kamichama Karin

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

12 Powerpuff Girls Z Powerpuff Girls Z

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

I loved this show! This is so amazing!

I loved it!

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13 Pretty Cure

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

Yes precure 5 and go princess precure
are awesome

I’m really loving this series!

I can't wait for the new series hugtto precure😆

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14 Shugo Chara Shugo Chara
15 Ojamajo Doremi

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.

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


good animu

16 Tokyo Mew Mew 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. - AnimeDrawer

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!

Best anime ever!

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17 Little Witch Academia Little Witch Academia

Not sure if it’s magical girl anime but I love it!

18 Magic Knight Rayearth

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 Cutey Honey

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

20 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.

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.

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21 Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch 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!

22 Sugar Sugar Rune 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!

23 Gakuen Alice

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

24 DokiDoki! PreCure

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

25 Glitter Force Glitter Force

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

26 Wedding Peach

Wedding peach copied sailor moon

27 Phantom Thief Jeanne
28 Magical Girl Pretty Sammy

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

29 Akazukin Chacha
30 Magical Princess Minky Momo
31 Sally the Witch
32 Majokko Megu-chan
33 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 show is so badass and I love it, it's the definition of an amazing relatable magical girls Anime!

I still love this show


34 Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
35 High School DxD High School DxD


36 Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel
37 Mahou no Mako-chan
38 Tonde Burin
39 Fushigiboshi no Futagohime
40 Sasami: Magical Girls Club
41 Devil Hunter Yohko
42 Futari wa Pretty Cure
43 Magic User's Club
44 Nurse Witch Komugi
45 Galaxy Angel
46 Tweeny Witches
47 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

48 Smile PreCure!
49 Z-Squad

I love the girls!

They're so adorable!

I loved it!

Let's fly!

50 Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
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