Ten years ago, Madoka Magica shook up the magical girl genre. Since then, many have followed in its footsteps. But where are those shows now, and what is the future of the late-night magical girl genre Madoka helped popularize? Find out more after the jump.
Nearly every anime fan recognizes the popular anime format known as "Magical Girl," but did you know that the conventions of this theme have changed over the years? Take this humble personality quiz to see which era you would belong to if you found yourself in the shoes of a magical girl!
From folktales of time-lost fishermen to stories of modern-day shut-ins shunted to magical worlds, the fantastical subgenre known as isekai has a long and storied history stretching from the very beginnings of the anime industry up to modern times. And now an in-depth episode of Anime Explained — a video essay series produced by Crunchyroll — tackles the origins, development, and influences of isekai. Hit the jump to check it out.
Summer is here, and so its only natural for fans' thoughts to turn to mecha and magical girls, and so "Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog" is having its own mini-Summer Revival with a look back at GRANBELM, an original fantasy TV anime from the Summer 2019 season that combines a cute moe aesthetic with a heaping helping of heavy philosophy. Hit the jump to join us on a trip to magical dimensions for a wizard's duel.
You can't keep a good Beautiful Magical Girl Dinosaur Angel Warrior down, and so Seizei Ganbare! Mahou Shoujo Kurumi ("Do Your Absolute Best! Magical Girl Kurumi"), a "magical girl bystander gag anime" about three ordinary middle school boys commenting on the bizarre antics of a magical girl team fighting against an evil empire, is returning to Youtube for a third season in October of 2020. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new era of magical girls is on the way! Takashi Miike's Girls x Heroine tokusatsu franchise has announced Lovepatrina, its police-themed fourth installment. Take a look after the jump!
It's Halloween, and we can't stop thinking about witches—specifically, the magical spellcasters of our favorite anime! They're everywhere, but did you know they're an indispensible part of the magical girl genre? Join us for a look back at how witches paved the way for the magical girls of today!
Seizei Ganbare! Mahou Shoujo Kurumi ("Do Your Absolute Best! Magical Girl Kurumi"), a short form "magical girl bystander gag anime", is returning to AbemaTV for a second season of senseless violence in October of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
Meet Studio Pierrot's very first magical girl face-to-face this weekend! A new VR experience lets you watch Creamy Mami transform, and a new HoloModel will let fans bring home a digital figure of the idol. Find out more after the jump!
Pirika pirilala! Ojamajo Doremi is back in the spotlight for the limited-time Ojamajo Cafe. Enjoy series-inspired food (including the magical Tourbillon) and check out special goods and accessories in their shop. We've got the menu after the jump!
Have you ever wondered what being a magical girl must look like from the perspective of an innocent bystander? A new "magical girl bystander gag anime" entitled Seizei Ganbare! Mahou Shoujo Kurumi aims to find out. Hit the jump to learn more.