I honestly can’t think of a single magical girl show that fits the genre’s stereotype. Sailor Moon wasn’t smiles everywhere, and their uniforms were relatively simple. PreCure features hand-to-hand combat. CardCaptor Sakura doesn’t have an actual villain. Mermaid Melody doesn’t have any fighting, just singing. Tokyo Mew Mew’s powers come from science. Even Madoka’s magical girls that poke at the genre weren’t the stereotypical sparkles, rainbows, and ruffles. I could go on and on with this list.
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