Based on the manga by Clamp which ran for just three volumes starting back in 1993, Magic Knights Rayearth is a twenty episode series that takes three plucky teenage girls and transports them to a world of magic that only they can save. The series was one of the bigger releases during Media Blasters' early days, though not without controversy as they were given the masters for the International version which didn't have the original logo. Add in about a decade of differences in tools used to author discs and the show is like night and day when compared between them, especially as this one uses the remastered footage.
The story of Rayearth comes across as a bit simplistic now some fifteen years later but there's a certain charm and honesty to it all that makes it appealing. The series introduces us to three middle school students visiting the Tokyo Tower for a school trip, all of them from different schools. You have the cool and somewhat icy Umi, the fiery younger Hikaru and the calm and intelligent Fuu. The three aren't aware of each other until suddenly they hear a disembodied voice calling out to them to save the world, a world they suddenly find themselves transported to. The world of Cephiro is right out of fantasy with beautiful blue skies, lush forests and plenty of magic and monsters. Unlike the real world, Cephiro has no bad weather either which adds that little extra to make it all the more appealing.
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