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Magic Knight Rayearth (Manga)

Magic Knight Rayearth

Alternative Titles

English: Magic Knight Rayearth
Synonyms: Mahou Kishi Rayearth
Japanese: 魔法騎士〈マジックナイト〉レイアース


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 15
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 1993 to Feb 1995
Authors: CLAMP (Story & Art)
Serialization: Nakayoshi


Score: 7.701 (scored by 6528 users)
Ranked: #20222
Popularity: #379
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Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu, girls from separate schools, find themselves linked together as they fall through the floor during a field trip to the Tokyo Tower. They land in a place called Cephiro, where their will controls what happens. They meet with Guru Clef and find out that they were summoned to save Princess Emeraude who has been imprisoned by High Priest Zagato. They learn magic and acquire weapons on their quest to save Cephiro from the evils of Zagato.

(Source: ANN)


Magic Knight Rayearth was first published in English by Tokyopop from August 1998 to September 1999, as Tokyopop's debut manga. The publishing company rereleased the series as a box set with new cover art and a mini art book in November 2002, and as individual volumes from August 5, 2003 to December 9, 2003. Dark Horse later took over the license, and released the manga in printed omnibus format on July 19, 2011, as well as digitally on July 9, 2014.

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Jan 30, 2015
Oh, CLAMP. I have such a swaying opinion of you. You either confound me or I adore you to where I want to be proud that I’m a huge fan of yours. There are so many series that I want to try to read but at the same time, I’m so worried I’m going to be burned again by your stupid deux ex machina. And, oh, does it hurt so good.

Fortunately, that’s not the case with this series. However, it’s rather short as a manga series. It’s very quick pace and a lot gets done over the course of three volumes (or one omnibus).

Now, I’m read more
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Aug 27, 2010
CLAMP's first manga series, Magic Knight Rayearth is certainly one of their best works, if not their very best. The plot is interesting and keeps the reader guessing to the very end, as always the art is captivatingly beautiful, the characters are engaging and it's overall a beautiful piece of work.

The story begins with three middle school girls -- Hikaru, Umi and Fuu -- being transported to a magical world known as Cephiro by the pillar, Princess Emeraude. They are taught magic and told they are the Magic Knights of legend, but the girls just want to go home, as is expected of middle read more
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Jun 24, 2010
Like most of CLAMP's early works, Magic Knight Rayearth deals with fantasy and is geared toward female readers. The artwork conveys a sense of beauty and elegance that is rarely found in a manga nowadays. As for the storyline, it's more fast-paced than its anime counterpart, but its still a completely original storyline that doesn't borrow from any outside source. Out of all of CLAMP's works, I would have to say that Magic Knight Rayearth is definitely the best.
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Dec 12, 2012
One of the supergroup Clamp's earlier contributions to the manga world, Magic Knight Rayearth remains one of their most popular and memorable series. With rich artwork, fun characters, and a story that is far deeper than it appears, this is a fantasy tale for anyone with a desire to escape from the normal world, with an adventure right on their hells.

On a field trip to Tokyo Tower, three girls from different schools are suddenly enveloped in a flash of light and in that instant, transported out of their country of Japan (and out of their entire world) to an entirely different world known as Cephiro. read more
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