Happy National Unicorn Day

Featured artwork: Artist and title unknown.

Today, it seems, is National Unicorn Day, so have some Sailor Moon Super S fan art featuring Super Sailor Chibi Moon and Helios. Unfortunately, the site hosting this astonishing image hasn’t bothered to name the artist or title, so if anybody recognizes it, let me know and I’ll provide proper credit. In the meanwhile, I’ve included a link.

The Magical Girl Workout Routine

I don't have the self-confidence to wear this to the gym.
Source: Active Apparel

I stumbled across this and found it amusing.  Someone named Hythe has revealed exactly how magical girls keep their girlish figures by proposing a magical girl workout routine.

The routine consists of several exercises, which a person is supposed to perform while listening to a musical work chosen from a set of mahou shoujo anime.  The musical selections have a sort-of logic to them.  For example, the leg routine comes, appropriately, from Princess Tutu:


And the “burnout” at the end comes from Revolutionary Girl Utena:


I think most of her links to the musical numbers aren’t legal, but it’s a pretty good workout. Never mind the music, since I’m out away from home a lot for work, I like to see a good workout routine I can do in a motel room. If I make a habit of this, maybe soon I’ll fit into that dress.

Not that I have a … um, I need to go work out.

Welcome to deusexmagicalgirl.com

Featured image: “MMD TDA:Magical Girls” by AmaneHatsura

Hello.  I’m D. G. D. Davidson, archaeologist, science fiction fan, blogger, aspiring writer, and anime/manga enthusiast.

I might not qualify as an otaku, but I am a guy who found out he enjoys magical girl anime.  I do not claim my knowledge of this peculiar genre is comprehensive, but I’m absorbing more and more all the time, so let us call it “modestly wide-ranging.”

The site, as you can see, is under construction.  It will feature news, reviews, and essays.  It also exists to promote my own work:  I am finalizing a novel under the working title Rag & Muffin, and I will also be using this blog to serialize another novel entitled Jake and the Dynamo, which may appear as early as next week.

Tomorrow, I will post a free short story.

I will also showcase art, which I display under fair use with attributions, as in the eyecatch of this post.  I will accept suggestions or submissions (nothing NSFW), or remove art if asked by the creator.

Reviews are on a “what I’m watching or reading” basis, so not all will be of recent works.  However, the reboot of The Powerpuff Girls and the third season of Sailor Moon: Crystal, both of which have just broadcast their first episodes, are definitely on the radar.

Header of "Evolution of the Magical Girl Anime"I recommend this article, “Evolution of the Magical Girl Anime” by Michellejb, over at The Hyped Geek.  There are a number of similar articles floating around the web, but this one is particularly accessible, as well as brief, keeping the discussion to the major highlights.