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The Top 20 Magical Girl Anime According to Otaku USA Readers

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya

A few weeks back we opened a poll to find out what our readers think are the best magical girl series in anime and manga history. We filled with the possible answers with around 50 entries to minimize the chance that someone’s favorite pick was not available. There were over 700 replies, which leaves the results a bit thin and inconclusive past the top 10, but we still felt it was worth including the top 20 for curiousity’s sake.

So without further ado, here are the top 20 magical girl series according to Otaku USA readers:

20) The Demon Girl Next Door – 6 votes
Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero19) Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero – 7 votes
Flip Flappers18) Flip Flappers – 8 votes
Wedding Peach17) Wedding Peach – 9 votes
Magical DoReMi - 11 votes
16) Magical DoReMi – 10 votes
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha - 12 votes
15) Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha – 11 votes
Shamanic Princess
14) Shamanic Princess – 12 votes
My Hime
13) My Hime – 13 votes
Tokyo Mew Mew
12) Tokyo Mew Mew – 14 votes
Pretty Cure10) Pretty Cure – 19 votes
Is This A Zombie9) Is This A Zombie – 20 votes
Magic Knight Rayearth8) Magic Knight Rayearth – 21 votes
Revolutionary Girl Utena7) Revolutionary Girl Utena – 22 votes
Little Witch Academia6) Little Witch Academia – 23 votes
5) Cutie Honey – 24 votes
Princess Tutu4) Princess Tutu – 25 votes
Cardcaptor Sakura2) Cardcaptor Sakura – 107 votes
1) Sailor Moon – 208 votes

So what did we learn from this list? It seems that the popularity of magical girl anime among U.S. fans is firmly striated into just a few tiers. There’s Sailor Moon in a class of its own, then there’s Card Captor Sakura and Madoka Magica standing as the clear runners up… and then there’s everything else.

We can also clearly see that Pretty Cure’s prevalence in the Japanese market has not carried over to the U.S. market much. Perhaps if Smile Precure had not been renamed to Glitter Force on Netflix, the franchise would have scored higher in these results.

Lastly, who would have guessed that a Fate series like Prisma Ilya would get less votes than series like Rayearth and Utena? They are pushing decades old now and never had reboots to bring new audiences, but their memory seems to be going strong regardless.

Did any of the results surprise you? Let us know in the comments!

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