YMMV / Magic Knight Rayearth

For the manga and anime series:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In the manga, did Zagato actively kill Alcyone or simply stand by as she died of her wounds? Her cry for "mercy" could be interpreted either way.
  • Awesome Music: All three opening and ending themes.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The breast discussion in the second season is almost this, but for the Foreshadowing about "Presea's" birthmark, a clue that she's not who she says she is.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Zagato. Yes, his true motivation wasn't evil, but he still did plenty of evil things to try and achieve it and was incredibly callous to his own follower, Alcyone.
  • Fanon:
    • Fans and reviewers will often describe Fuu as shy or a wallflower, even though her very first action in the series is to walk up to a complete stranger and give her a gift. In fact, she shows no inclinations towards shyness or timidity through the entire series. Being thoughtful and an avid gamer does not overlap with shyness, people. Plus she's next to Hikaru and Umi for most of the story, and most people would look quiet and reserved next to those two.
    • The assumption that Hikaru is poor because she doesn't go to a fancy private school like Umi and Fuu and her house is a kendo dojo. But it's definitely a Big Fancy House anyway, just a more traditionally Japanese one—which means the Shidous are just as loaded as the Hououjis and Ryuuzakis.
    • Some fans from Latin America think that the Pillar of Cephiro can only be a woman, as Eagle is depicted as female in the Spanish dub.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Although Umi/Ascot is a kind of Beta Couple (though an unrequited one) in Part II, Umi/Clef is a very popular pairing in the fanbase because of the way their initial antagonism gives way to mutal respect and concern. Doesn't hurt that Umi admits having feelings for him in the anime.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Eagle Vision has white hair, golden eyes, and a black outfit. The same coloring as a Bald Eagle. Which is the animal symbol of the United States of America- the country that Autozam represents. While the Middle East (represented by Chizeta) and China (represented by Fahren) are older cultural/geographical zones with many distinctive symbols, the USA is rather young and does not have those many distinctive elements. The Bald Eagle is one of the few easily recognizable ones.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Or should we say, Latin Americans Love Guerreras Mágicas. It's not without reason: it aired in between the 6th or 7th rerun of Caballeros del Zodiaco, Manga/Dragonball hadn't hit yet, Ranma ˝ was silly, Slam Dunk was on a chaotic rotation, The Vision of Escaflowne took ages to get anywhere, and B't X also had a hectic airing. Rayearth was in comparison a well balanced, well written, both-genders-appealing soap opera with action and adventure. The tune was catchy too, and it was one of the first anime series to air with its intro mostly intact since since Mazinger Z.
  • Ho Yay / Foe Yay:
    • Eagle and Lantis.
    • Also, Eagle and Geo Metro. But Eagle is that pretty.
    • Averted in the Spanish dub, where Eagle is depicted as female. And hilariously, while they tried to avert Ho Yay... that dub actually created Les Yay between girl!Eagle and Hikaru.. Oops?
    • Presea's attention to Hikaru early on, and Hikaru's practically drooling over Fuu for at first. CLAMP is well known for this, though.
    • Innouva is in love with Zagato, just like Alcyone - minus the Ax-Crazy, add I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Alcyone, by the end of the second TV series. Specially with her Alas, Poor Villain demise. Also Nova, who is bon from Hikaru's own despair and sadness... but does really terrible things while trying to have her love.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Alcyone was crazy and probably psychotic, and dragging herself on the ground because of the wounds Umi inflicted on her, but did she really deserve to be abandoned by Zagato?
    • Debonair abandoning and then trying to kill the local Jerkass Woobie, Nova, who can be considered as her daughter. And then killing Eagle and Alcyone - and in the second case, when she was this close to a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Narm:
    • The way the beam of light shoots from Mokona's jewel to Umi's forehead when she learns her first magic spell looks a little odd.
    • Lantis' introduction in the anime. He comes in carrying an unconscious woman. Everyone in the room completely fails to notice her, even when he puts her down on a couch and explains that she was hurt trying to get into the castle. Then they all freak out because he has a tiny bit of blood on his hand—even Fuu completely overlooks the unconscious person with unknown injuries in favor of something that looks little worse than a cat scratch.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Given how close the girls are, how much they care about each other, and their frequent hand-holding, whenever Les Yay shipping happens it often involves all three of them.
    • Thanks to Hikaru's Love You and Everybody and Eagle and Lantis' preinstalled Ho Yay, they're also a popular threesome.
  • Padding: Because the manga's story moves very fast, the anime had to add new things to fill 20 episodes. Most of this is Character Development and further exploration of Cephiro, which many consider to be beneficial since it allows viewers to see the world that the girls have to save. However, there is some blatant padding when the trio discusses topics that have already been covered and flash back to things that happened the last episode.
  • Periphery Demographic: The Swords And Sorcery and Humongous Mecha elements have attracted a share of Shōnen fans as well. (A few of them insist that it is shonen for Girl Show Ghetto reasons, but they're incorrect. It's a shoujo story with giant robots.)
  • Squick: The age gap between Umi, whom is barely pubescent, & Guru Clef, whom is almost 800.
  • The Scrappy: Primera the fairy isn´t very well liked by the fans, due her Small Name, Big Ego behavior and her constant meddling between Hikaru and Lantis.
  • Toy Ship: Aska and Sanyun.
  • What an Idiot: In episode 12 of the anime, the girls are "attacked" repeatedly with unsteady ground, falling boulders and trees, etc. They quickly conclude that the dangers are illusory, which Hikaru proves by allowing a large tree to fall on her unscathed. When they duck into a cave for shelter, they see... Clef! Who was petrified in the first episode! Now telling them that he rescued Emeraude himself and she's a-ok! This despite the fact that people have repeatedly told them they need to resurrect all three Mashin first and how the Magic Knights will be the only people able to save the princess, because all the Cephirans who have tried it failed miserably. And the girls... believe him with just the slightest hesitation. Fuu is the only one to suggest that his story is fishy. Cue shock from Hikaru and Umi when—once again—Clef and Emeraude turn out to be illusions and attack them.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The original story is something like Emeraude calling three girls from another world to save Cephiro. Seems simple enough, right? Well, it's not. The real reason the Knights were summoned was that only someone from another world can kill the Pillar. And they have to go through with it. It really tears Hikaru up, and in the anime it splits her into two parts, a girl about to cry and her evil half. Despite this, the manga belongs to the Shoujo Demographic.
  • The Woobie:
    • The three Magic Knights after killing Emeraude.
    • Also Sierra. Say what you will in regards to the plot holes surrounding her appearance, but her inadequacies in regards to her dead yet still beloved older sister as well as her feelings for Clef are very powerful Woobie material.
    • Emeraude can count. She erased her brother's memories on his request and fell hopelessly in love with Zagato, prompting her to summon the Magic Knights to kill her and Zagato to kidnap her. The majority of the time Emeraude is seen, she either has a sad look on her face or is in tears. The only time she's seen smiling is when the Knights kill her and she gets to reunite with Zagato.
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