Nothing can compare to the ultimate Sailor Moon– or so many believe. It’s thanks to Sailor Moon that the entire genre is stuck to the formulaic plotline. However, the magical girl genre extends far beyond the common archetypes in the Sailor Moon series.

In fact, there are at least three main sub-genres: senshi, witch, and idol–all three focus in different areas. Most viewers are familiar with the mahou senshi shows– better known as magical warrior anime– which includes the likes of Sailor Moon. Witch and idol shows, to an extent, integrate magic and transformation sequences in the story, but instead of the explicit day-to-day villain scenarios, ...

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