|This article is about a/an concept in the Tokusatsu genre.|
Magical Girl is a genre of Japanese media involving young girls endowed with mystical powers and the adventures they partake in.
While this genre is more often seen in anime, in rare cases it has been seen in Tokusatsu.
The genre itself is divided into 3 sub categories:
Everyday Life: The oldest of the genre that focuses on the mundane lifestyle of the protagonist with occasional hijinks. Its origins can be traced back to the classic American TV sitcom Bewitched, where it served as the inspiration for Mitsuteru Yokoyama's anime and manga, Sally the Witch. (The first Magical Girl series)
Example of this sub-genre in Tokusatsu:
- The 2014 live action adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service
Magical Idol: A genre where the protagonist uses her powers to become famous and/or help people. This genre is more reserved for anime as there are no known live action adaptations or original tokusatsu productions of this sub genre at this time.
Superhero: Starting with Osamu Tezuka's manga Princess Knight debuting a heroine as the protagonist and then fully established into a sub-genre with Go Nagai's Cutie Honey, the Superhero Magical Girl is an offshoot of the tokusatsu superhero genre. Like most toku superhero shows it involves a tale of transforming heroes and Good vs Evil, but with romance and drama elements mixed in to appeal to a wider audience. This sub-genre became popularized by the worldwide success of Sailor Moon and has become the definitive archetype of the genre. It is also the most common to be adapted into tokusatsu.
Examples of the sub-genre in Tokusatsu:
- Cutie Honey: The Live
- Cutie Honey (movie)
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
- Toei Fushigi Comedy Series
- Chukana Paipai
- Chukana Ipanema
- La Belle Fille Masquée Poitrine
- Mysterious Girl Thutmose of the Nile
- Utau! Dairyugujo
- Yuugen Jikkou Sisters Shushutorian
- Bishoujo Celebrity Panchanne
- Idols x Warriors Miracal Tunes
- Balala the Fairies