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Wonder Woman’s Foreign Successors

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I’ve been reading Mike Madrid’s The Supergirls, a really fantastic look at  the history of superheroines in mainstream American comics. I just reached the 1970s,...

Pretty Soldiers: Hotaru Tomoe

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Hotaru Tomoe is abused by her father. She suffers from an illness that leaves her breathless, weak and wracked with pain. She is picked...

Pretty Soldiers: Minako Aino

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Minako Aino revels in frivolity. She loves pop music and cake, she trades shoujo manga with her friends, she wants to be an idol...

Pretty Soldiers: Makoto Kino

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The strength of characterization in Sailor Moon is, in my opinion, what has made it such an enduring series. When we were children, we...

The Fallen Magical Girl and the Crisis of Adolescence

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The Fallen Magical Girl is a trope as endemic to the mahou shoujo genre as the transformation sequence.  Though she once swore fealty to...