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Magical girl (
Magical boys occur much more rarely, but one can readily identify them: they operate along similar lines. Magical girls generally differ from catgirls and from magical girlfriends. Sometimes the catgirl and magical girl character types cross over; the magical girl may have cat-ears and -tail as part of her costume, or a catgirl could have some form of magical powers. A magical girl and a magical girlfriend typically differ in that the magical girlfriend is not the protagonist. Over the years, the genre has given significant influence to numerous non-Japanese media, American magical girl-inspired cartoons and other "anime-inspired" series.
- See also: Category:Magical girl manga
A general example of a magical girl is Sakura Kinomoto from the series Cardcaptor Sakura, a normal girl who gains magical powers, and becomes involved in a quest for various magical objects. Other magical-girl subjects may appear in the guise of witches, or (rarely) of psychics. Examples of conventional magical girls include the protagonists of: Sailor Moon, and Shugo Chara!. Magical girls have high crossover popularity in different demographics with some minor but appropriate design modifications, and make up a sizable portion of both shōjo and bishōjo fandom.