Magical Girls, or Mahou Shoujos as they are called in Japan, have served as the inspiration for many Japanese women as they grew up. But as adults, do they still appeal to them?

Japanese website MyNavi Woman has recently asked its readers, adult women aged 22 – 34, which Magical Girl anime is their favorite. Given the age group which was polled, the results were quite shocking. Here they are:

10/ 11) Hana no Ko Lunlun (1.1% of the votes)


10/ 11) Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (1.1% of the votes)


9) Magical Princess Minky Momo (1.7% of the votes)


8) Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2.8% of the votes)


7) Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel (3.4% of the votes)


6/5) Ojamajo Doremi (5.1% of the votes)


6/ 5) Hime-chan’s Ribbon (5.1% of the votes)

Hime-Chan No Ribbon

4) Cardcaptor Sakura (12.4% of the votes)


3) Sally the Witch (14.1% of the votes)


2) Himitsu no Akko-chan (21.1% of the votes)


1) Kiki’s Delivery Service (22.6% of the votes)


One might expect that women aged 22 – 34 would pick a Magical Girl series like Sailor Moon or even a more recent one like Madoka Magica right? Well, it turns out that those assumptions are quite wrong as the women mostly chose older anime over the newer ones like Pretty Cure and what’s more surprising is that fan-favorite Sailor Moon isn’t even found within the Top 10. Ouch!

Studio Ghibli classic Kiki’s Delivery Service takes the top spot in the list cementing it as a strong childhood favorite among most women. Other classic anime which could have greatly affected the childhoods of many of the respondents are Himitsu no Akko-chan (#2) and Sally the Witch (#3) dated back to the 1960’s and they have beaten out fan favorites Nanoha (#10) and Madoka (#8) which have revived the interest in the Magical Girl genre.  Himitsu no Akko-chan is considered the pioneering Magical Girl anime as it introduced several elements of the genre we know today such as the transformation sequence and cute animal sidekicks/ mascots.

What’s not surprising is Card Captor Sakura (#4) which was shown in the 90’s which was about the time where the women polled were experiencing their childhoods.

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Source: MyNavi Woman


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