Bodacious and bad-to-the-bone poster for the totally rad Majokko Club Yoningumi A-Kukan Kara no Alien X, an OVA crossover of Pierrot’s magical girl series. From 1983 to 1986, these “magical idol” TV serials were broadcast in NTV (Nippon Television)’s 18:00 (6 PM) Friday evening timeslot. This timeslot is usually occupied by news programs; previously it had hosted boys’ sci-fi anime like Godmars and Tetsujin 28. In a similar way, all of Toei’s 70s-80s magical girl series (minus outlier Cutie Honey) aired in the coveted NET TV (now TV Asahi) 7 PM Monday slot. This sort of timeslot loyalty still persists to some extent today; Toei’s magical girls can still be found on TV Asahi networks, with Sailor Moon, Cutie Honey and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne running Saturday evenings, while Ojamajo Doremi and Pretty Cure franchises broadcast in the mornings.
Where Pierrot’s Friday-evening girls share this OVA outing, Toei frequently crosses over their NET TV magical girls of the 70s in their merchandise, including the RPG Majokko Daisakusen: Little Witching Mischiefs. These crossovers are not so popular anymore; I wonder why?
While we’re enjoying the wintery weather, let’s talk about wintery magical girls. Many iconic magical girls use magic with a spring motif: flowers, animals, creativity, energy, youth. However, some heroines do represent the darker, chillier months. One of the most notable and earliest is Persia of Magical Fairy Persia (1984). In these charming Pierrot series, a fantastical plane called the Lovely Dream has iced over, and the chosen heroine Persia must deliver it from its unending winter— however, her own magic is characterized by snow and ice as well. Her transformation scenes are full of flashing snowflakes, and her first baton’s handle is in the shape of a many-pronged snowflake as well. This is a hint that Persia’s magic is in fact tied to the sorcery that made Lovely Dream the icy wasteland it is now, and which she discovers during the series.
Another prominent wintery magical girl is Sailor Moon’s first partner Sailor Mercury; though she is often associated with water and uses bubble-based attacks, later in the series she weilds a number of powerful ice and snow-based spells. In Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, Hayate and her minion Reinforce (and later Reinforce II) also use some ice moves.
One somewhat weird, awkward wintery pseudo-magical girl is the heroine of Itsudatte My Santa! (2005), whose alter ego is a cutesy girl Santa and who transforms into this persona in a very magical girl-esque henshin sequence.
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