Pink Energy: Magical Girl Aesthetic
Pink Energy: Magical Girl Aesthetic
I want to talk about magical girls and how I really wish fans of magical girls examined them a little more closely and took them a little more seriously. In the history of anime, we have classics like Sailor Moon, Puella Madoka Magica, Card Captor Sakura, and Tokyo Mew Mew. Then we have more American organic magical girls like Winx club or Totally Spies if you want to think of them as magical girl shows, but there's plenty of shows that depict this caricature of what a magical girl should be. However, in the view of what magical girls are, I've found myself not really watching these magical girl stories on tv anymore. Even though it probably would seem like I do. I like Sailor Moon and yes I love these magical girl spins into a whole new outfit. That's powerful transformation, and that's freaking magical, and I love that. I just don't trust how we perceive magical girls despite how complex their stories can be. There's a performative nature to what it means to be a magical girl that reminds me that there is more to life than being cute. There is substance, there is a struggle, there is trial, power, and ambition.
Unfortunately when we think about magical girl anime we just we really do just see it as spinning into a magical outfit but what about the journey that led up to that? What about the idea that these girls are struggling to combat villains while they are interacting in regular mundane spaces? These Magical Girls are maintaining a full life but are potentially struggling with the problems in the academic world or issues with their parents or even their siblings. They also struggle with heritage and culture. We see that with Sailor Mars and her heritage as a temple priestess. We see Sailor Moon struggle with her parents and being an only child. Then on top of that, she comes to find herself navigating her life alongside a future child, Chibi Moon. Interacting with that character versus how she handles that is honestly really complex, but we don't talk about the complexity of magical girls, and I'm curious why.
I fear that when we don't have these conversations about these characters or we don't view them as being complicated and we just see them as the filtered fashionable figure doing heroic things. We miss out on an essential aspect of who they are. Magical Girls are human/humanoid people that are transforming to be heroes put on a journey of discovery. There is still a heroes quest! I think that when we forget that it becomes detrimental for people who want to be magical girls and still hold onto this genuineness. When I view myself as a magical girl, I don't see myself as the person who's already fighting villains if anything I would consider myself more of a villain than a hero. I actually view myself as the transitioning part the part that implies that there's a journey to be had, and there are emotional growth and development that is still in progress. I also worry that magical girls get kind of bad wrap. Their reputation is not the greatest despite being one of the most sought after aesthetics and lifestyles.
I hope that magical girls get a better understanding and respect for the complexity at some point because it's getting pretty hard out here to be a magical girl who is navigating mental health, sexuality, heritage, and healing in the same space. People tend to forget that what makes a magical girl isn't necessarily her powers it's how she uses them and how she applies them even when she is doing regular mundane crap. She still magical doing her homework, she is still magical while she's crying, and she still is a magical person when she's going through these emotional ups and downs. The ordinary will define her in what makes her hero in the end. We forget about the journey of magical girls, and I wish that there was a way to respect that. Adorned By Chi is a shop does a really good job of showing emotionally authenticity in magical girls this and I would hope that my web series, "The Rest of Forever" also implies this complexity and this emotional authenticity. This emotional authenticity is what I want to share on my platform. I'm not sure that I am doing an excellent job with that or not because I understand that a lot of people to see me as a positive force and that can be kind of limiting. There is more to my magical girl life than a pretty pink aesthetic, there are emotional complexity and authenticity that I think is lost and in some ways, I blame that on the aesthetic of magical girls interfering. I don't wanna take away from the fact that I admire magical girls. We tend to get Stuck on one view of what it means to be a magical girl, and I hope that this post will help you think a little outside of the box and have you magical girl spin your way into a new perception of what it means to be a magical girl.