What is Majokko and Mahou Shoujo?

Have you heard of Majokko or Mahou Shoujo? This post will tell you exactly what these terms mean.

Majokko (魔女っ子) and Mahou Shoujo (魔法少女) are Japanese terms that translate into Witch and Magical Girl respectively. These terms are usually used as sub-genres or categorical terms of anime and manga. As you would expect, Majokko anime and manga revolves around at least one female character whom can you magic.

Because of the simple description of Magical Girl anime and manga, some people label many types of media as Magical Girl when it can barely fit the bill. Famous examples of Majokko Anime include Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Is This a Zombie?, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.


And that’s all you need to know about Magical Girls! If someone else ask “What is Majokko?” or “What is Mahou Shoujo?” make sure you direct them here! You can find more information on Japanese subculture terms just like this in my growing Otaku Encyclopedia.