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Forty Years of Magical Girls by KoriMichele Forty Years of Magical Girls by KoriMichele
Finally! After about a year of planning, painting, development and design, my magical girl tribute comes into view!

Sorry, this is going to be long-winded!

This year, I endeavored on a project to celebrate a genre of cartoons close to my heart: Maho Shoujo, Japanese for "Magical Girl." Those with a cursory knowledge of Japanese Animation may recognize Sailor Moon as one of these- imported to the United States in the 1990's, she is the most culturally visible of the magical girls, and the most iconic. Sailor Moon continues to have commercial success all around the world- currently being re-released and marketed in Italy, with the comics retranslated and republished in the United States in the fall.

But Sailor Moon's legacy comes from a long history of characters that shaped the genre she epitomized, dating all the way back to the 1960's. In 2004, Futari Wa Pretty Cure! (We Are Pretty Cure!) debuted, ushering in a success almost as extensive as Sailor Moon's.

To pay tribute to the genre as it evolved from 1966 until 2004, I painted a poster including 29 characters, spanning those years and including the main characters from series that inspired the genre's evolution. As part of the 1000 Idols project, I've taken each character and made them into trading cards, and releasing them each week as part of the idols project.

Every day a new character is revealed, I will reveal a new character on the poster, revealing it in full on September 24th (which happens to be my wedding day! How about that!) So, if you're not already following 1000 Idols, visit [link] regularly to see the painting unfold.

The painting is 20 x 30 inches on Arches paper, painted with Holbein Gouache. Poster and trading cards were designed by my partner, Peter Selmayr.

Poster revealing post: [link]
Trading Cards: [link]

Can you figure out who they all are? The first two have already been revealed! Hope you enjoy it!
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:iconkawaiibunny3:
kawaiibunny3 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I got it...

1-Sally
2-Akko
3-Chappy
4-Cutey Honey
5-Megu
6-Lunlun
7-Lalabel
8-Minky Momo
9-Creamy Mami
10-Pelsia
11-Magical Emi
12-Pastel Yumi
13-Fancy Lala
14-Sweet Mint
15-Hime-chan no Ribbon
16-Sailor Moon
17-Rayearth
18-Wedding Peach
19-Pretty Sammy
20-Utena
21-Cardcaptor Sakura
22-Corrector Yui
23-Pretear
24-Puni Puni Poemy
25-Tokyo MewMew
26-Princess Tutu
27-Nanoha
28-Pretty Cure
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's all of them!
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:icontabliermotoki:
TablierMotoki Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I try to figure out without reading the comments or seeing your profile:
1. Maho Tsukai Sally
2. Akko-chan
3. Chappy
4. Cutey Honey
5. Meg
6. Lun-Lun
7. Raraberu
8. Minky Momo
9. Creamy
10. Pelsia
11. Magical Emi
12. Pastel Yumi
13. Fancy Lala
14. Sweet Mint
15. Ribbon-chan
16. Sailor Moon
17. Hikaru from Magic Knight Rayearth
18. Wedding Peach
19. Magic Tickle
20. ???
21. Card Captor Sakura
22. Corrector Yui
23. Pretear
24. ???
25. Tokyo Mew Mew
26. Princess Tutu
27. ???
28. Pretty Cure

I have not recognized Magical Doremi :(

Great idea anyway!^^
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:iconstarvalerian:
StarValerian Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
je ne pas think 19 est right. :I
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:icontabliermotoki:
TablierMotoki Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And up to you what is the correct answer?
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:iconstarvalerian:
StarValerian Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
je ne sais pas....je ne sais pas
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, Kori, this is so great! You know I'm a big fan of Magical Girls too, so I'm gonna try my hand at them:
1. Sally
2. Akko
3. ??
4. CUTIE HONEY (awwwh yeah)
5. Majokko Megu-chan
6. LunLun
7. ??
8. Minky Momo (or should I say Princess GiGi? lol)
9. CREAMY MAMI ; u ;
10. ??
11. ??
12. ??
13. ??
14. ?? :C
15. ??
16. Sailor Moon (derp)
17. Hikaru
18. Wedding Peach
19. Sammi
20. Utena
21. CardCaptor Sakura (unf)
22. Corrector Yui
23. PreTear
24. PuniPuni Poemi XD;
25. Tokyo MewMew
26. Princess Tutu
27. ??
28. Pretty Cure (i'm guessing coz there's 2)

Uhhh....final score?
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
All Nineteen?
You could say Gigi... if you were Italian.

Also, did you just "unf" Sakura Kinomoto? I'm a little disturbed. I'm taking your homoprivaleges away. =P

Thanks a lot for the compliment!
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YEAH, that's great!
That's what it was called in america i though; I have an old VHS somewhere where it's called "Magical Princess Gigi" haha XD That's how I found her.

And no, not Sakura herself, but the show as a whole. If I show you the amount of TouyaxYuukito slash I have, will that fix my privileges? haha
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:iconkorimichele:
KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wait. Is it still slash if it's canon?
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...OH GOD YOU'RE RIGHT.
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
OH! I didn't even know she was ever marketed in America. Clearly, my mahoshoujofanboy privileges are on suspension now, damnit.

Ohhhhhh Touya x Yuki. So good. Yes. Consider them reinstated. LOL

ILU KL
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, you suspended hardcore. Jk jk.

ILU KM
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thesunisup Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Oh this looks so cool! I too am a big fan of Magical Girls, so let's see if I can guess some of them: Sally, Akko, Chappy, Cutey Honey, Majokko Meg, Creamy Mami, Minky Momo, Persia, Magical Emi, Fancy Lala, Pretty Sammy, Hime-chan's Ribbon(?), Sweet Mint(?), Sailor Moon of course, Wedding Peach, CCS, Tokyo Mew Mew, Pretear, Corrector Yui, Precure, Nanoha, Princess Tutu, and (this one took me a while) Puni Puni Poemi. And the ones in the bottom left look like they could be Lunlun and Lalabel.
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! I'm pretty sure you got them all!
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StarValerian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
c'est..?
1) Mahotsukai sally
2) Akko chan
3) Chappy
4) Cutie Honey
5) Majokko Megu
6) Lunlun
7) Lalabel
8) Minky Momo
9) Creamy Mami
10) Pelsia <- J'AIME PELSIA~!
11) Magical Emi
12) Pastel Yumi
13) Fancy Lala
14) Mint..something..je pas sais, desole
15) ?
16) Sailor Moon
17) ?
18) Wedding...something..
19) ??
20) ??
21) CardCaptor Sakura
22) ?
23) ??
24) ??
25) Tokyo Mew Mew
after that, i do not have a clue..^^; desole.
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job, those a right! Ha ha... so many!
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StarValerian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Merci! ^_^
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Ooh, I also just spotted Mew Ichigo.
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
#15 is my favorite.
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I think you're the one who talked me into including her. Then you were around when I tore the internet apart trying to find out what her damn school uniform looked like! Ha ha! <3
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to be there D:
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JadineR Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
:iconspazlaplz:
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Paprika-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done! ^^

As to who these characters are....I only recognize some: Sakura (CCS), Hikaru (MKR), Sailor Moon, Nanoha, Tutu, Tokyo Mew Mew, Kiku, Wedding Peach
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

I don't think there's anyone named Kiku on it. Who is that?
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:iconpaprika-studios:
Paprika-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's from Kiku's Delievery Service: [link] . It's an old Miyazaki film.
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, ha ha, you mean Kiki? I think her name is Kiki. But no, no Kiki in this poster!
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Paprika-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops! Yeah, I meant Kiki :giggle: And aw shucks!!
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KinjiraretaNingyou Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
or some of these maybe
[link]
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:iconkorimichele:
KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Only three of those girls are in my poster. <3
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KinjiraretaNingyou Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
hmm...
28: Precure
27: Lyrical Nanoha i think
26: Princess Tutu (though oddly 23 kind of reminds me of Ahiru...22 looks a little balletic too...)
21: Cardcaptor Sakura
19: Pretty Sammy insp by Tenchi Muyo
17: Shidou Hikaru (not to be confused with Shindou Hikaru!)
16: Pretty Soldier Sailormoon
18, the hair kind of reminds me of Madoka Magica in the final ep, but i don't think that's it. oh, wait, is it Kamichama Karin? no, probably not...
25: the tail and ears would suggest Mew Ichigo (if not Hikaru), but again i really don't think that's it...
22: ...Corrector Yui???

Ojamajou Doremi (maybe 3 is Onpu???), Kaitou Saint Tail, and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne i can't seem to find...but anyway this is great, and happy wedding!
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You got most of them right. Not 18, this poster only includes up to 2004, so no Madoka. And 25 is indeed Mew Ichigo.

No Doremi, Saint Tail, or Jeanne! Couldn't fit everyone in there, after all.

Thanks!
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kuroitenshi13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
HOLY EFF! This is already epic!
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I see, Sailor Moon, Wedding Peach, Futari Wa Pretty Cure, Pelsia, Cardcaptor Sakura, Cutey Honey, Minky Momo, Pretty Sammy, Creamy Mami, Mahou Tsukai Sally, Majokko Meg-Chan, Hana no Ko LunLun, and I'm pretty sure I see Chappy there...
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup! They're all in there! Good eyes!
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Also, FUUUUUU I can't believe I didn't spot Himitsu no Akko-chan and Tokyo Mew-Mew! >_<
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StarValerian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
vous forgot pastel yumi et Magical Emi..=3=
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I forgot a LOT of people, okay!? >_<
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StarValerian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
XD
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay Akko-chan!!
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I see Wedding Peach, Sailor Moon, Cure White, Cure Black, Nanoha Takamichi, Princess Tutu, Sakura Kinomoto, Hikaru Shidou (possibly), Kiki...and that's all for the moment. I live for Magical Girl anime.
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Everyone but Kiki! No Kiki here. The numbers are in chronological order as of anime release date. SO number 1 is actually form 1966!
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Ah.
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wakato90 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember seeing this epic poster :D
I can't imagine how long this took... It looked beautiful on display!
Congratulations on getting married!
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KoriMichele Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Sonira Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I'd know that bird-headed magical staff anywhere!
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