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Celebrating Three Decades of Magic Knight Rayearth

30 years of Magical Girl power

By Andrea PerkinsPublished 6 months ago 3 min read
Magic Knight Rayearth Dvd cover. *I do no own this image

Magic Knight Rayearth has been captivating audiences for an impressive three decades. Since its debut in 1994, this beloved anime series has remained a fan favorite and continues to resonate with viewers today. As we celebrate its 30th anniversary, let's take a moment to appreciate the enduring appeal of Magic Knight Rayearth. From its rich storytelling and unforgettable characters to its breathtaking animation and memorable soundtrack, this series has left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world. Join us in honoring the legacy of Magic Knight Rayearth as we dive into its magical world and rediscover its timeless magic.

Fuu Hououji, Hikaru Shidou And Umi Ryuuazki the heros of Magic Knights Rayearth

Meet Our Heroes And The Land Of Cephiro

Magic Knight Rayearth follows the story of three high school girls - the strong-willed and kind Hikaru Shidou, the cool and mature Umi Ryuuzaki, and the sweet and intelligent Fuu Hououji. During a school field trip to Tokyo Tower, the girls hear a voice calling out to them, beckoning them to save another world. In a flash of light, they are transported to the magical world of Cephiro, where the strength of one's will shapes reality. They soon discover that they have been summoned by the princess Emeraude, who has been taken captive by the high priest Zagato.

Upon their arrival, the girls are met with a disintegrating land in Cephiro. Clef, the magician, informs them that the prayers of Princess Emeraude were the life source of the land and with her powers now sealed, the kingdom was rapidly falling into ruin and despair. If Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu are to return home to Tokyo, they must save both Cephiro and the princess. However, the journey ahead is arduous as they encounter allies and foes alike, challenging them to confront their deepest insecurities and fears. Nonetheless, they eventually muster the courage and strength to persevere. Through teamwork and determination, they forge unbreakable bonds with the inhabitants of Cephiro and each finds their own motivation to fight for the land's restoration. This undertaking demands nothing short of their best effort, and they ultimately realize the true power of reliance on one another.

In the second season of Magic Knight Rayearth, the girls grapple with their sense of purpose and the role they now have in Cephiro. Season two's narrative is largely concerned with themes of guilt, depression, and anxiety, and explores how we can overcome these feelings. While the topics of sovereignty, colonization, and the impact of war are also present, they are not the central focus. Additionally, fans of the series can enjoy an OVA consisting of three episodes.Upon their arrival at school in the Ova, the girls are greeted by none other than Clef, the esteemed High Mage of Cephiro. Though a few characters remain unchanged, the motivations of the antagonists have shifted, as have the relationships and dynamic between the girls themselves.

Anime vs Manga

The Manga, Magic Knight Rayearth, is an artistic masterpiece that perfectly embodies the essence and tone of CLAMP studios and the magical realm of Cephiro. Its exquisite watercolor art beautifully conveys the otherworldly magic that exists in the story's setting. While the anime style remains faithful to the manga, it does temper the violence depicted in the original pages with captivating, well-animated, and emotional action sequences.

Art from the Magic Knight Rayearth Artbook.

The Magic Knights Lasting Impressions

One of the appealing aspects of the series is the subtle incorporation of romantic elements, which distinguishes it from other Magical Girl shows. Rather than having romance at the forefront, Magic Knight Rayearth focuses on exploring the complex nature of love and how it shapes the characters' experiences. Above all, the story highlights the power of friendship and the unbreakable bond between the three heroines and their companions. To commemorate its 30th anniversary, CLAMP is releasing all six volumes of the manga in its premium collection and making all 49 episodes of the anime are now available on Crunchyroll.

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