With over 54 years of history, the Magical Girl or Mahou Shoujo anime genre has spawned some incredibly popular shows. From classics like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura to more recent hits like Madoka Magica and Little Witch Academia , there are tons of enchanting heroines that have taken the anime world by storm. But with such a long history, some franchises are bound to get lost in the Mahou shuffle. So pick your favorite enchanted scepter and let's discuss the 10 most underrated magical girl anime. So, why should Revolutionary Girl Utena be on this list? Sure, the protagonist herself does not fall into the typical magical girl form.
A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee
One of the biggest reasons fans have been in love with the current run of the Pokemon anime is that ever since it started adapting the Sun and Moon games the series has taken on a playful tone that's not afraid to make references to other properties. The next episode of the series seems to take this to the next level with a full on shout out to the Pretty Cure franchise as the characters don magical girl outfits. Check out the preview for Episode below. Episode is titled "A New Series?! A Tiny Magikarp's Melody" and the preview for it teases that Ash and his friends will be caught up in some kind of television production. The preview not only sees a director as well as a "dramatic" looking Magikarp and Gyarados, but Ash's friends even seem to be drawn into the production as well. Not only is there a shoutout to the common magical girl trope of a young girl running with a piece of toast in her mouth, there's a full magical girl transformation sequence toward the end.
Sexy Magical Girl (OAV)
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Magical girls use their powers to solve problems, often through an alter ego into which they can transform. In the s, the term was largely replaced by "magical girl", reflecting the new popularity of shows produced by other studios, including Magical Princess Minky Momo and Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel. In the s, Sailor Moon introduced the concept of a "transforming heroine" who fights against forces of evil, a synthesis of elements from tokusatsu hero shows that became a staple for magical girl series that followed. The growth of late-night anime in the early s led to a demographic shift for the genre, where series with more mature themes were created and marketed towards an older male audience. Despite no magic present, the manga Princess Knight is seen as a prototype for the magical girl genre,  as it set forth the appeal of girls transforming to do something they normally cannot perform, a trait that characterized magical girl series to come.