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Mahou Kishi Rayearth  
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Description
Umi, Hikaru, and Fuu are three schoolgirls out on a field trip to Tokyo Tower... when suddenly a strange voice summons them to Cefiro, a world full of monsters and magic! They have been brought here as the last hope of the Princess Emeraude, who believes they are the Magic Knights, foretold in legend, who will save her realm. But how are a bunch of junior-high-school kids supposed to defeat the might of the handsome and sinister Lord Zagato... with only an exceedingly strange bunny creature named Mokona as their guide?

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Manga

Related Series

Associated Names
Guerreiras Mágicas de Rayearth (Brazilian Portuguese)
Hiệp sĩ có phép màu
Luchadoras de leyenda
Magic Knight Rayearth
Mahou Kishi Reiasu
Mhaou Kishi Rayearth
Rayearth
Магический рыцарь Раэрт
Рыцари магии
마법기사 레이어스
マジックナイトレイアース
魔法騎士レイアース
魔法骑士

Groups Scanlating
N/A

Latest Release(s)
N/A

Status
in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1
Ends at Vol. 3

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Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (361 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.33 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 1st 2020, 8:13pm PST


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Year
1993

Original Publisher
Kodansha (1994; 2002; 2012)

Serialized In (magazine)
Nakayoshi (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (Expired / 1 Vol - Complete)
Kodansha USA (3 Vols - Complete)
TokyoPop (Expired / 3 Vols - Complete)

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Weekly Pos #570 increased(+226)
Monthly Pos #1411 increased(+297)
3 Month Pos #2554 increased(+770)
6 Month Pos #3839 increased(+520)
Year Pos #4583 increased(+898)

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On 147 reading lists
On 291 wish lists
On 1225 completed lists
On 38 unfinished lists
On 186 custom lists

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nostalgia overload  
by Nyajinsky
July 19th, 2015, 11:18am
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
The anime ended differently, this ending I liked more, mostly because there wasn’t Nova. I hate Nova. Also, it wasn’t that bitter.

Story
Three girls got stuck in a magic world, they got powers and had to fight some guy to save the princess. Hmm, okay. This will be heavily influenced by the fact, that I watched the anime when I was young. It wasn’t that original, that they got their power that matched their names: fuu - wind, Umi (Japanese for sea) - water, hikaru (Japanese for to shine) - fire. Also, she had red hair and Umi had blue hair. But okay. Normally this would bother me and I think it still does. The story is made like a game. When I was reading it, I thought: "man, this would be good as a game". It isn’t a good thing. So you had this stages, enemies, one enemy at a time, one dragon at a time, and then they defeated the main guy, Zagato.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
They had to kill the princess, for she is ruining the country cause she fell with love. (this was really sweet and sad). That was the end of the main story and then they returned to help the country. At the end, Mokona, the animal sidekick is relieved to be god.
The second part of the story was worse than the first one I think. But at least it wasn’t as bad as the anime. Shoujo magic type of story.

Art
I actually like Clamp art, kill me. But too much chibis. They weren’t made so good, so it killed the mood. Also, the story was more dramatic and when they gave the chibis in there, it didn’t really fit. But the art was good.

Characters
I can't believe I actually liked Fuu when I was a kid (okay, I was like 13, but that time, such age still meant you are a kid). Fuu was so annoying, I hate her. She was supposed to be the smart of the three, but she always stated just the obvious. Umi was the one who was smart, and she was mine favourite too. Tastes change so much in just 10 years, jeez. I really liked Umi, Hikaru was this happy go lucky character and the other characters were quite original, but their characters were too forced I guess.

Enjoyment
Yes, for personal reasons, but if I didn’t know the story before, I would give a lower rating. I also liked the emotional stuff with Emeraulde(?) and Zagato. It was really sad. Maybe it deserved more time. Also, the second part wasn't necessary.
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Cefiro  
by Honeymilk8
March 4th, 2013, 9:23pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I love the names, such as the name of the new country as noted in the subject. Characters all go a little to the girl-stereotype, but I even have a large canvas I painted in my room of Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu when they were introducing themselves to the woman who makes their swords. Also, Mokina is quite interesting. Though the end lines are kind of cheesy. That doesn't spoil anything.
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I really really love the message  
by monkry
July 10th, 2012, 12:20am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I learnt something that IMO really, really valuable, from this series.
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Emerald as the Pillar that prays endlessly for the sake of Zephyr stability, which means she bear the responsibility of protecting the happiness of all the inhabitants in Zephyr. But then who's the one that protects and prays for her happiness?
Ah, something like that. Clef the one that said something like that, and it left very, very deep impression for me.


And reading some comments, yeah, Hikaru really is perfect, but Clamp seems to love making a chara like that (e.g. Nokoru, Suou, Akira, the main chara of Suki Dakara Suki, etc).
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Classic Mahou Shoujo  
by akari_mizunashi
June 27th, 2010, 8:04pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
Magic Knight Rayearth is yet another magical girl classic cranked out by the prolific four-woman team of Clamp. The story is far from being original and in fact proudly wears its derivativeness from RPGs and fantasy video games on its sleeve, but it's solid. The characters are Mary Sues through and through but wholly likeable. And the art, of course, has Clamp's usual level of great. It's going to be nostalgia that prompts a lot of the twenty-something geeks of today's manga scene to pick up this series, but the rosy glasses of nostalgia aren't necessary to enjoy this mahou shoujo gem.
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I love it...the manga of course  
by Ashamed Kawaii
October 10th, 2009, 8:11pm
Rating: N/A
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Well, what can I sad? I luv so much how was the end, the crush and the relationship. Geez! Hikaru *sighs* no offenses— was so dumped, when Lantis say "married me" and she say even if I write ahg pissed me off...Apart of this I like so much the manga. Umi is my fav magic Knight with her crush with Ascot...and Fuu personally in the anime she's bored but in the manga aw i like it, with her relationship with Ferio.

I like much the manga 'cause CLAMP don't have any preference with one girl all they are the stars but the anime the star is Hikaru everything is focus on her is a little bored. I hate the ending of the anime —y'know is and end completely different.

Perhaps I'm a "pink" girl with this happily ever after. Even I see the anime when I was 10 years-old and re-saw but I finished the saw the manga first and I support the manga.

Guys is your first time you see this story I'll tell you, you have the read FIRST the manga and then see the anime. Anyway the manga is the winner 'cause is the important in the story not the anime. But at the end you choose :)

XOXO
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Passable  
by luzzz
September 14th, 2008, 5:59am
Rating: N/A
This actually proved to be quite an enjoyable read. It's very cute and brings me back to the good old days of Sailor Moon-type anime I watched on tv. Sure the girls are all Mary Sues but I can forgive CLAMP here because the manga is definitely targeted at the younger demographic - what with the "power of love and friendship" messages and all that fuzzy stuff. The only problem I have with the story is the pacing. Everything went by so fast and the ending was just so abrupt with no foreshadowing whatsoever. I think the manga would benefit from an extra 2 volumes so that the characters and their motives could be fleshed out a little bit more.
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Quite okay  
by zoro105
March 31st, 2008, 8:33am
Rating: N/A
I kind of liked the whole series, probably the first manga series i read that had a female lead while I was a kid. Hated Umi and Hikaru, but aside from the two of them, everything else is okay. Kind of liked the parts when they were still fighting with swords. But when it turned into mecha...

But overall, good drawings, good story, good manga, kind of lasted long in my heart.
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I hated her  
by Ennui
June 7th, 2007, 4:11pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
I hated it. Which is weird because it has all the elements I like in a story. Fantasy, normal people transported into another world to save it, good drawings, not so bad character and the ending was a really great plot twist. I didn't even see it coming. But I just can't stand Hikaru. I just can't. She is the Epitome of a Mary Sue. Youngest sister out of five brothers, beat her father in a kendo match when she was like 4, no mother, she's a freaking Mary Sue! She's too perfect, and it ended up ruining what could have been one of my greatest favorits. I could've been one of those screaming fan girl if it weren't for Hikaru.
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