10 Biggest Plot Twists in Magical Girl Anime

10 Biggest Plot Twists in Magical Girl Anime

All anime fans love a good plot twist, and this is no different for dedicated viewers of magical girl anime. The genre has been around since the 1960s. Still, its 1990s revival with Sailor Moon and Card Catcher Sakura captivated audiences with its bright characters, empowering themes and complex lore.


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As more magical girl stories have made their way to the small screen, they’ve tried to set themselves apart by shocking fans with some of the best reveals in anime. Whether they include a love interest-turned-enemy twist or a long-lost sibling story, these shows have made their mark in animation history.

10/10 Kaito and Gaito were twin brothers who were separated at birth

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

A shared photo of Gaito and Kaito from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch.

Melody of mermaid follows Lucia, the mermaid princess of the North Pacific, as she searches for the human boy she rescued seven years before the series began. Lucia eventually finds him in Japan and discovers that he is a popular and skilled surfer named Kaito Domoto.

Although Kaito appeared to be the typical human love interest, he was later revealed to be a member of the Panthalassa clan and the younger twin brother of Mermaid Melody’s the main villain, Gaito. To keep him separate from Gaito, he was sent to the human world and adopted by a couple who raised him until their deaths in a cruise ship accident.

9/10 Chibiusa was Usagi and Mamoru’s daughter from the 30th century

Sailor Moon

Chibiusa during her transformation in Sailor Moon.

Right after defeating Queen Metalia Sailor Moon’s Sailor Scouts become embroiled in a new conflict when a strange, pink-haired girl demands that Usagi give her the silver crystal. She introduces herself as Usagi—later nicknamed Chibiusa—and explains that she has come from the future to save her parents and the citizens of Crystal Tokyo.

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A series of battles later, the Sailor Scouts travel to the 30th century and learn Chibiusa’s secret – she is Mamoru and Usagi’s future daughter. She was born to King Endymion and Neo-Queen Serenity years after their marriage, making her the Princess of the Silver Millennium.

8/10 Eriol Hiiragizawa was Clow Reed’s reincarnation

Card Catcher Sakura

Eriol Hiiragizawa in Cardcaptor Sakura.

Once Sakura the card catcher Sakura has been chosen as Clow Card’s ultimate champion, an enigmatic new student named Eriol Hiiragizawa arrives in Tomoeda to wreak havoc once again. Gentle and mysterious, Eriol quickly catches the attention of others while hiding a shocking secret behind his composed exterior.

As the final arc of the story draws to a close, Eriol reveals himself as Clow Reed’s reincarnation. He had caused trouble around town to get Sakura to change the cards’ magical seals, thus turning them into Sakura cards that survive on her energy. He later becomes one of Sakura’s most important and powerful allies.

7/10 Darkest was the lost Ophiucus princess in disguise

Star Twinkle PreCure!

The Ophiucus princess smiles in Star Twinkle PreCure!

Through most of Star Twinkle PreCure!, the Cures battle a group of malevolent aliens known as the Notraiders who want to take over the universe by obtaining the Star Color Princess pens. They are led by the strong, armored Darknest, a power-hungry entity with the ability to create holographic projections and provide dark energy to the Notraiders.

In episode 46, however, Darknest finally sheds her disguise and shocks everyone by revealing herself as the lost Ophiucus Princess. After being banished from the Star Palace for her warped ideals, she had recruited the Notraiders to aid her in her quest for revenge.

6/10 The Princess of Disaster was a former pretear who had succumbed to evil

Pretend

Fenrir from Prétear.

IN Pretend, a high schooler named Himeno becomes a magical girl to protect the magical kingdom of Leafenia from the demonic princess, Fenrir. Despite doing her best with the help of the Leafé Knights, one of whom is Himeno’s love interest, Hayate, Fenrir eventually escapes her confines and takes over the city.

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Halfway through the story, Himeno finds out that Fenrir is actually Takako, the last Prétear before she took on the role. Takako had been deeply in love with Hayate, but when he rejected her feelings, she fell into a cycle of grief and despair that led to her becoming the Princess of Disaster.

5/10 Princess Emeraude faked her own kidnapping to escape her duties

The magical knight Rayearth

Princess Emeraude and Zagato hug in Magic Knight Rayearth.

IN The magical knight Rayearth, Princess Emeraude is the powerful figure who summons Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu to the magical dimension of Cephiro. When the three girls arrive in town, they are tasked with rescuing the princess from the high priest Zagato, who has been holding her captive for his own benefit.

After killing Zagato, the Magic Knights finally learn that, contrary to what everyone believed, Princess Emeraude had actually imprisoned herself to escape her responsibility. Her deep love for Zagato clashed with her duties as Cephiro’s ruler, so she had chosen to disappear until the Magic Knights arrived to kill her, thus ending her constant struggle.

4/10 Hikaru was Easter Corporation’s main boss

Shugo Chara!

Hikaru from Shugo Chara holds Dia's egg.

When Hikaru is first introduced in Shugo Chara!, he is a mysterious boy with a cold expression and a special love for taiyaki. He later moves to Seiyo Academy and becomes a Guardian apprentice alongside Rikka, learning everything he can from Tadase and Nagihiko to replace one of them when they graduate.

Unbeknownst to his new friends, Hikaru is actually the top leader of the evil Easter Corporation, the company behind most of the X-Egg attacks in the series. Having no Guardian Egg of his own, Hikaru used his company to hunt down the embryo to see his wish to possess a rare and shining jewel come true.

3/10 Aoyama was Tokyo Mew Mew’s ultimate opponent all along

Tokyo Mew Mew

Deep Blue from Tokyo Mew Mew.

At the start of Tokyo Mew Mew, Aoyama is simply Ichigo’s love interest and classmate, a popular human teenager with a special interest in animals and conservation. As the series progresses, he is revealed to be the Blue Knight, a blond alien who appears whenever Ichigo is in danger to protect her.

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As if that reveal wasn’t enough, Aoyama is then revealed to be Quiche, Pie and Tart’s leader, the almighty Deep Blue. Years before his minions arrived on the planet, Deep Blue landed on Earth and created Aoyama to blend in with humanity. He then went into hibernation inside Aoyama’s conscience, waiting to be awakened by his followers.

2/10 Satsuki and Ryuko were sisters with a complicated past

Kill La Kill

Satsuki and Ryuko Matoi stare at each other in Kill La Kill.

IN Kill La Kill, Satsuki and Ryuko have a less than ideal first meeting. Arriving at Honnoji Academy, Ryuko immediately sets out to search for Satsuki to confront her about her late father’s death. When Satsuki shows signs of recognition but refuses to give her any information, Ryuko becomes angry and establishes a bitter enmity between them.

IN Kill La Kill’s 18th episode, their evil mother, Ragyo Kiryuin, finally reveals during a fight that Satsuki and Ryuko are long lost sisters. The two had been separated when Isshin Matoi, their father, learned of Ragyo’s experiments with Life Fibers and decided to protect Ryuko from experiencing the same thing as her sister.

1/10 Witches were magical girls who had lost all hope

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Sayaka becomes Oktavia in Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Madoka’s story may have started on a happy note, but there was always something sinister and sinister lurking underneath. Mami’s shocking death in episode 3 was simply the first of many surprising revelations that would cement Puella Magi Madoka Magica as one of the best magical girl stories in the genre.

When Sayaka loses all hope three episodes later and becomes Oktavia von Seckendorff, the series reveals its deepest secret – witches are actually magical girls who have succumbed to desperation and emotional pain. This discovery changes everything in the series, throwing the characters down an even darker and more complex path until the end of the story.

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