One of the most prevalent staples of the mahou shoujo series is the “character of the week”; in series like Pretty Cure and Sailor Moon, they are characters on whom the villain preys, attacking with a monster, or often turning them into monsters. In less combat-oriented series, it is a character whom the heroine helps (or harms!) with her magic. Basically, these characters are canvases on which a mahou shoujo displays her magic.
Today, these characters often fall into stock types; classmates, siblings, little kids with troubled backgrounds. At times these characters have been quite imaginative or indeed bizarre, though: pictured here are two one-week characters from Episode 5 of Magical Fairy Persia. I ask you, how many series do you know that have based an episode around two burly female wrestlers with tons of UST, whose names happen to be “Oscar” and “Andre”? (A nod and a wink to Riyoko Ikeda’s Rose of Versailles, or more likely the Takarazuka play which arose from it.)
Who are your favorite “characters of the week”?