Magical Girls are so important.
I remember pretty well being in the first or second grade, not speaking much English, ambling around on the playground, and getting picked on all the damn time by the other boys. And every single time, there would always be little girls coming to my defense, yelling at the boys for being ding-wads, and shoving wood chips down those little dudes’ shirts if they wouldn’t let up. These girls, they were like EIGHT. And they were looking out for everybody.
And I love all kinds of superheroes to this day, but magical girls are special to me because they tend to come from a space of valuing relationships and finding strength in each other. The Capes tend to come from a place of I-can-hit-you-harder-than-you-can-hit-me.
So when I saw Sailor Moon for the first time I gravitated SO HARD toward the whole concept, the genre, because they reminded me of the folks who were my heroes in real life while the Capes tended to remind me of my bullies.