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.
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!