Category:Magical Girl

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"Magical Girl" is a term with a specific meaning: teenagers (and sometimes tweens or even younger girls) mystically empowered to fight evil, popularized in Japanese media. Typical features of the genre include toyetic items that allow the heroine(s) to transform to their heroic identity (in lushly animated stock footage), "called attacks" (powers with improbable and elaborate names that are always spoken/shouted when they are used), talking animals that function as advisors, and masked love-interests (Kamen) who mysteriously appear to rescue the protagonist from a too-strong opponent, or at least buy her time to recover and defeat it herself.

Sailor Moon (and her fellow Sailor Scouts) and Card Captor Sakura, to use some of the most popular/well-known examples in America, are magical girls. Rather amusingly, the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer also follows the formula fairly closely. (Joss Whedon is a huge SM fan.) --Megajoule 09:44, 11 July 2007 (MST)

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