Magic Knight Rayearth

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Synonyms: Mahou Kishi Rayearth
Japanese: 魔法騎士(マジックナイト)レイアース
English: Magic Knight Rayearth
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Type: TV
Episodes: 20
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 17, 1994 to Mar 13, 1995
Premiered: Fall 1994
Broadcast: Mondays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: Yomiuri Telecasting
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Themes: IsekaiIsekai, Mahou ShoujoMahou Shoujo, MechaMecha
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.451 (scored by 2939729,397 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #20322
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2599
Members: 71,035
Favorites: 559

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Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji are strangers brought together by fate when they meet during a seemingly normal field trip to Tokyo Tower. Accompanied by a great flash of light, they hear a mysterious woman's plea to save "Cephiro," and the junior high heroines are suddenly swept away by a giant flying fish. Afterwards, they arrive in an unknown land, where they encounter a man called Master Mage Clef.

Clef informs the girls that they were summoned by Princess Emeraude to fulfill their destinies as Magic Knights, restoring peace and balance in Cephiro. The formerly lively and peaceful land has been in disarray ever since High Priest Zagato imprisoned the princess, who acted as Cephiro's pillar of stability. The Magic Knights reluctantly accept Clef's words as truth and embark on a journey to save Cephiro from the clutches of evil.

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Although the first season is a near-direct adaptation of the first arc of the manga, there are several small additions, including the anime original character Inouva.

Magic Knight Rayearth's opening theme song, Yuzurenai Negai, was awarded the "Best Theme Song" at the first ever Animation Kobe Awards in 1996.

Characters & Voice Actors


Kosugi, Juurouta


Sasaki, Nozomu


Ogata, Megumi


Takayama, Minami


Shinohara, Emi


Hirano, Toshiki
Director, Storyboard, Chief Animation Director
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Oobari, Masami
Episode Director
Motonaga, Keitarou
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Yuzurenai Negai" by Naomi Tamura

Ending Theme

"Asue no Yuuki" by Keiko Yoshinari

Episode Videos


Dec 9, 2008
Magic Knight Rayearth was a fresh new take on the female warrior/magical style back in the 90's, that still holds up very well today.

Story: 7/10
Basically we follow three high school girls who get sucked in an alternate dimension, and need to defeat the main enemy oppressing the land, and thus make it home in one peace. Its pretty straight forward in that regards, but along the way they end up meeting endearing friends and allies that assist them in their mission(s). You will also be treated to nice little back stories on a majority of the main characters, and learn their strengths and weaknesses alike. ...
Jan 14, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Welcome back to magical girl month. Let's talk about Clamp again. Yes, the same studio behind xxxHolic and Cardcaptor Sakura. Now, I've already talked about their most famous magical girl series and, although I could look at one of its films, this month let's look at the other major one, Magic Knight Rayearth. One of the odd things about Clamp is that their anime adaptations all seem to be handled by different studios. Cardcaptor Sakura was a Madhouse production, Production IG did xxxHolic and this series was handled by TMS, a studio that's done a lot of famous stuff like Lupin, Detective Conan, Sonic X ...
May 15, 2020
Ahhh, Magic Knight Rayearth. Reeking of nostalgia, when magical school girls were all the rage and believing in the self and one’s will, against all logic, was all a heroine needed (never mind the will of the antagonist). Way back, even prior to the establishment of stereotypical characters. Have to give it some credit for being those foundational series before the importance of character growth and narrative became as established as it is today. It’s also so difficult to be harsh on the loopholes, flatness of characters, and inconsistent storylines when it was a children’s show. Though it was there when anime had just started ...

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