Fanart Friday returns, having spent a small fortune on glittery confetti for this week's theme! Last week, we got into heated rivalries and vicious battles, so this week we're having a change of pace, focusing on our favorite characters (and transformation sequences) from magical girl anime and manga! Of course, I think CRN's Mikikazu Komatsu is gonna cry when he sees how little PreCure is represented...
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So Petite Princess Yucie sounds like scary fanboy bait, with a 17-year-old lead character trapped in a 10-year-old's body, but this "magical schoolgirl" series keeps things light and fun as they compete to become Platinum Princess, a title I already hold.
Fancy Lala is not the best example for kids: apparently, if strangers give you toys, the toys give you superpowers! Or in this series' case, two adorable stuffed dinosaurs can turn you into an adult so you can fulfill your dream of becoming an idol.
Y'know what Cutie Honey is? It's Mega Man, with 100,000,000 times more bounce. Honey also has like two or three transformation sequences per episode, so maybe it's more like 2-300,000,000 times more bounce...
Pretear actually gets the occasional re-watch from me, as it proudly sits on the DVD shelf next to Record of Lodoss War and my giant brick o' Slayers. It just recently got re-licensed--check it out if you get a chance!
You get a two-fer this time around: Hime-chan no Ribon and Ojamajo Doremi (released Stateside as Magical DoReMi) both come from the school of "super cute magical girls with little tagalong mascots." Just so you know, not all magical girl series are like that--but a lot of them are.
The start of the PreCure juggernaut, Futari wa Pretty Cure, was actually a very sarcastic and honest look at how ridiculous magical girls really are--and it was awesome!
Sorry, fans--nobody cares about the main character of Full Moon wo Sagashite. Hell, even I've forgotten her name. All that is left is Meroko. The three Shinigami were easily the best part of the series to me.
Moyocco Anno's a genius--while Sugar Sugar Rune was kinda tongue-in-cheek, it still told a fun story and had likeable characters. Next up on my wishlist: a Flowers and Bees anime, please.
Why yes, Magic Knight Rayearth counts! I'm in the minority, but I really enjoy the OAV more than the TV series or manga. Then again, I also like the X movie...
We talked a bit about Princess Tutu last week--don't let the frou-frou name fool you, this is a dark series. It was great seeing an anime club full of smack-talking guys sitting and watching this with rapt attention.
While we're still on the subject of anime adaptations that I like that everybody else hates, let it be known that I LOVED the Revolutionary Girl Utena movie. Yeah, the one where they all turned into cars at the end and had a Mad Max-style chase-fight.
Yeah, it still counts as a transformation sequence if the main characters are doing a friggin' striptease. Panty & Stocking is a fun series, but I'm not 100% on the fanboy bandwagon for this series. I kinda felt like it was trying too hard, y'know?
IT'S A PUUUUUUUNCH! When he's not Gurren-Laganning it up in a mecha, Star Driver's Takuto is totally a magical boy. He has a transformation sequence and everything!
Now that we've had time to forget the abomination of a US edit that was CardCaptors, let me remind you about it all over again! On second thought, let's not--let's remember the manga, CardCaptor Sakura, told in two very well-paced six-volume series!
It's been so long since I've seen Tokyo Mew Mew--there was a girl named Mint and somebody named Lettuce and something to do with cats and DNA and they have to defeat chimera animals and... I just remember some really weird combinations. Wasn't one girl infused with the powers of a parakeet or something?
Is it bad that every time I hear mention of Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, I immediately think of the "lyrical gangsta" line from "Here Comes the Hotstepper?" Also, while you're looking at this, you should check out its awesome companion piece of Nanoha's rival, Fate!
Okay, I've been out of the PreCure loop for a loooooong time... would anyone care to explain to me why Cure Peace is so exponentially popular compared to the other four main characters of Smile PreCure?
Out of all the cutesy fanart of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, I have to say that this piece actually captures the feel of the series. Check it out!
I was gonna say something about Saint Tail and stealing being bad, but wasn't she always stealing stolen goods anyways?
How many times have I mentioned Shugo-Chara here on Fanart Friday? This one goes a little against the grain, but is still really worth your time.
I'm sure a lot of you were wondering where Sailor Moon was on this list! Looks like Tuxedo Mask wasn't welcome in this shot...
And that's all for this week! After all the sparkling and girliness, I think we're gonna need a change of pace for the next installment--tune in for the next Fanart Friday, which will be a hot-blooded MANstravaganza!
Wait, that didn't really come out right... in any case, what were some of your favorite pieces of fanart this week? What's your favorite magical girl series--were there any titles I missed? Let us know in the comments!