Mahou shojo, or magical girls, are a common theme in manga and anime series that go on to be highly successful. The first series that comes to mind is Sailor Moon, which has a large fan base all over the world. Japanese ranking site Charapedia conducted a survey in May 2016 to find out who the top magical girl characters are. The survey garnered responses from 10,000 people. Here are the top 5 magical girl characters!
Illyasviel von Einzbern is a character with a youthful appearance that resulted from going through heavy modifications in order to make her an effective vessel for the Holy Grail. The consequence is that her physical body develops slowly and will not develop secondary sexual characteristics. Her long white hair and crimson eyes make her a stunning character!
Nanoha Takamachi is a third grader who always feels like something is missing from her life. Upon helping a wounded ferret that is really a mage in disguise, she decides to help him with the task of collecting the Jewel Seeds that had been scattered around the world. She then becomes a magical girl who wields a staff called ‘Raising Heart’.
Sakura Kinomoto is a 10-year-old girl who found a mysterious book that contains magical cards. As she accidentally releases the cards, a beast emerges and tells her to collect all the cards as they pose a danger to the world. Therefore, Sakura Kinomoto becomes a magical girl who collects cards!
Homura Akemi exudes an aura of mystery, and her appearance reflects that with violet eyes and dark hair. She seems emotionless and distant, but she is very intelligent. As such, she does very well in her studies. Despite her cold personality, she is really popular in school!
Madoka Kaname is a kindhearted 14-year-old girl with a huge latent magical potential. She is shy and has low self-confidence, so she does not believe that she has much to offer to the world. The idea of becoming a magical girl appeals to her as she sincerely wants to help others! She has pink hair and she is often seen with twin tails.
The results come across as pretty shocking, as none of the Sailor Moon characters made it to the top 5 spots! Sailor Moon actually landed on the 10th spot, while Sailor Mercury made it to the 14th place. If you want to know who else made the top 20, you can refer to this website.