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Flower Fairy (小花仙 - pinyin Xiao Hua Xian), also known as Flower Angel, is a Chinese children's animated television series produced by Taomee and originally released in 2014. It is an Animated Adaptation of the MMORPG of the same name.

The show stars Xia An'an, a seemingly ordinary girl who is actually the magic envoy of the flower fairies in the magical continent of Labelle. She works with Prince Kukuru to gather various fairies that are loose in the human realm, capture them, and collect the Flower Code; later, she must fight against the Dark Devil and evil fairies. Later seasons instead star Xiaoai at the forefront.

A theatrical film titled Flower Angel the Movie: Miracle Girl (小花仙大电影:奇迹少女) was released on August 21, 2021. The film is set in-between Seasons 2 and 3 of the television show.

This is not related to the similarly-named book Flower Fairies.


Flower Fairy contains the following tropes:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The characters' transformation and attack sequences are mostly animated in 3D with the exception of occasional 2D scenes starting in Season 3, while the rest of the show is still animated in 2D.
  • Adapted Out: While the main characters are primarily based on the ones in Cardcaptor Sakura, there's no equivalent to Sakura's brother Touya due to a one-child policy that had been in effect in China when the show started. There is also no "real" counterpart to Syaoran either, as the closest equivalent character, Lucio, is more akin to an Eriol counterpart. Same thing with Yue, even though there is a Yukito counterpart in Wangke.
  • Alliterative Title: The original title, Flower Fairy, repeats the letter "F".
  • Ambiguously Evil: There are hints throughout season one that Lucio might be secretly evil as early as his introduction. Though ultimately the season finale reveals him to be on the heroes' side.
  • Animesque: The show's art style uses a lot of quirks that are commonly associated with anime, such as with the characters' facial expressions.
  • Best Friend: An'an and Qianhan have had a close bond with each other since the earlier parts of their childhoods. An'an made Qianhan a special floral bracelet with beads bearing the text "ANN" and "HAN" - short for their names - as a sign of their friendship.
  • Catapult Nightmare: In Season 2 episode 34, An'an jolts upright in her bed after having a nightmare about Qianhan forgetting about her.
  • Character in the Logo: Not for the series itself, but the Taomee logo used in the later seasons and the film have Xia An'an in the O.
  • Company Cross References: The cartoon features cameos from the cast of Mole's World, another Taomee franchise. An'an owns a stuffed toy of Kula; in Season 1 episode 2, she visits a store selling plushies of the Mole's World characters; another character wears a hairpin of one of the lahms the Mole's World moles keep as pets; in Season 1 episode 47, Kukuru is seen playing one of the Mole Kart games, among other examples.
  • Crossover: Hatsune Miku, of all people, is an integral character in Season 1 episodes 33 and 34. She travels through space-time and gets sent to the human world, where she is turned into a fairy and is attracted to the sound of a boy playing the piano.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Although the first season of the show is fairly light-hearted it gets Darker and Edgier starting from season 2 with the introduction of the Dark Devil and his underlings.
  • Cherry Blossoms: In Season 1 episode 20, Xiamu asking Lily if she would like to marry him is accompanied by cherry blossoms falling.
  • Cranial Eruption: In the movie, Kukuru develops a bump on his head after An'an accidentally steps on him.
  • Dance Party Ending: The first end credits sequence for Season 1 and the end credits sequences for Seasons 2 and 3 show the characters dancing to the background music.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Not in the seasons with An'an as the lead (Though you can make an argument for Fanny being an example), but in the Four Seasons Flower Language seasons, well, all of the members of the team except for Xiaoai and Eric start off this way.
  • Declaration of Protection: In Season 3 episode 13, a flashback shows that Kukuru promised Princess Fanny that he will protect her and dispel all evil for her sake. Unfortunately, Kukuru ends up making a similar promise to An'an later down the line, completely forgetting about Fanny in the process. This is what persuades Fanny to become a villain.
  • Derivative Differentiation: The character personalities and the way that magical girl powers work, as well as some pieces of lore such as a Missing Mom, were similar to Cardcaptor Sakura in the first season, but in Season 2, more focus was put on the fairy world and more magical girls were put in protagonist roles alongside An'an - among other things - to correct this problem.
  • Distant Prologue: The beginning of episode 1 occurs in the past, having An'an's dad tell her the story of Labelle and its secret envoy at bedtime. The actual events of the episode take place in the present day.
  • Dramatic Drop: In Season 2, it's shown in a flashback that Xiamu had no idea his wife Lily was a fairy until he walked in on her playing with An'an one day and noticed wings sprouting from Lily's back. A surprised Xiamu drops the flower pot he was holding and it falls towards the ground in slow-motion until Lily uses magic to put the flower pot back in Xiamu's hands, causing him to Faint in Shock.
  • Dream Intro:
    • Season 1 episode 3 opens with An'an dreaming about her Precocious Crush, Wangke. Wangke has a potted flower with him and explains he wants to give it to someone special. An'an thinks she's that someone, but it's actually Wangke's grandma. An'an is woken up from this dream by her dad.
    • Season 2 episode 34 begins with An'an having a nightmare about Qianhan completely forgetting about her and asking who she is.
  • Ear Wings: Shijia and Feitian use their rabbit-like ears like wings to fly.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Originally, Xia An'an was the show's only magical girl. It wasn't until Season 2 that Qianhan got magical girl powers and Yitong and Shuxin were introduced.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Season 4 episode 7 is named "分歧!自心中生根发芽", or "A Disagreement! Rooted in the Heart".
  • Extra-Long Episode: Downplayed; the final episode of Season 6 is about three minutes longer than the standard 13 minutes.
  • Expy: By its nature of starting as a knockoff of Cardcaptor Sakura, Xia An'an and Kukuru are expies of Sakura Kinomoto and Kerberos respectively. Xia An'an and Sakura are both cheerful, energetic and Ambiguously Bi magical girls who have Missing Moms and hate mathematics; Kukuru and Kerberos are both Mentor Mascots who have Sweet Tooths and bossy personalities but nevertheless care for the humans they aid. The expy-ish characteristics are downplayed - if not done away with entirely - in later seasons, however.
  • Eyes Always Shut: The toy store owner has his eyes always closed in a happy slant.
  • Face Doodling: The oleander fairy in episodes 45 and 46 does this to everyone she comes across, drawing spirals on their cheeks.
  • Fairy Companion: The fairy prince Kukuru helps his human friend An'an to round up and fight other fairies. In Season 2, An'an's human friends get their own fairy sidekicks as well, those being Goddess Pupra's daughters Luna, Lushu, and Lulu.
  • Fingerless Hands: The fairies in their chibi-like forms all have little fingerless stubs where their hands would be... usually. There is at least one occasion where Kukuru spontaneously gains a proper hand with fingers for a few seconds. In the movie, they have full, fingered hands.
  • Frilly Upgrade: Starting with the season one finale and appearing in every subsequent season, the girls get frillier and more over-the-top outfits whenever they power up. In the first two seasons, An'an specifically gets one in the season finale after a darkest hour of sorts.
  • Fun Size: In the first couple seasons and the movie, Kukuru, Lulu, Lushu, and Luna are typically seen in small, chibi-like forms that can easily be held in one's hands.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The show started out with the premise of An'an having to track down and capture all the fairies that are causing problems in the human world. This was phased out starting with Season 2, but returned when Xiaoai was placed in the protagonist spotlight.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: One of the fairies An'an faces late into Season 1 causes this effect, forcing An'an to constantly relive going to the movie theater with her friends to watch a Mole's World movie before having to deal with her father's horrible cooking at dinnertime, along with Kukuru reliving a run-in he has with An'an's pet cat that leaves him scratched up.
  • Holiday Episode: Season 2 episodes 11 and 12 take place during the Qixi festival, commemorating the meeting of cowherd Niu Lang and the weaver Zhinu once per year as described in Chinese Mythology. While the Qixi festival goes swimmingly at first, Prince Tabas interrupts and traps An'an in a dream about her Precocious Crush, Wangke.
  • Hope Sprouts Eternal: At the end of the Season 1 finale, a small sprout is pointed out within the deadened forest of Labelle by the goddess Pupra to represent Labelle's newfound hope in An'an.
  • Improvised Umbrella: In Season 1 episode 21, Kukuru is briefly seen using a leaf suited to his plush size as a makeshift umbrella during a rain shower.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: In Season 2 episode 39, a fairy casts magic that inverts the sizes of the main characters, making the humans of An'an's group and Tabas smaller than an earthworm while leaving Kukuru in his human-sized form.
  • Interquel: The movie was released after the series had shifted protagonists from Xia An'an to Xiaoai in Season 5, but takes place in-between Seasons 2 and 3 and features An'an as the hero.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • An'an's human father, Xiamu, married a flower fairy named Lily. He actually didn't realize she was a fairy until after they got married and had their child.
    • Starting from Season 3, human An'an and fairy Kukuru become a couple.
  • Ironically Disabled Artist: The boy in Season 1 episodes 33 and 34 has an ear disease that impedes his hearing, yet he's very talented at playing the piano.
  • Justice Will Prevail: In the Season 1 finale, goddess Pupra tells Dark Queen Yajia that "the darkness of evil will never defeat the light of justice".
  • Lethal Chef: An'an's father is so bad at cooking that anyone who eats his food waterfall pukes on the spot. An'an knows this all too well and actively avoids eating her father's food at any opportunity.
  • The Lonely Door: In episodes 19 and 20, An'an is sucked into a white void containing nothing but four doors, each one with a clover with anywhere from one to four leaves to differentiate each one. The doors take her back in time, to different points where her mother and father met each other and started bonding, leading up to her mother having to leave for the fairy continent Labelle and assuring An'an that she loves her.
  • Loves Me Not: In Season 1 episode 13, An'an picks the petals off a flower to see if Wangke loves her back. She ends with "he doesn't like me", so she and Qianhan keep looking for flowers to pick to see if she gets a different result. They all turn up with "he doesn't like me".
  • Magical Girl: An'an uses the powers of the fairies she's captured to help in her goal of restoring the Flower Code.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Especially starting with the second season, where the main character assembles a magical girl team and starts fighting villains.
  • Making a Splash: In Season 5, Xiaoai and Eric come across a man who can control water and cause it to rain with his umbrella. He also has blue hair to fit.
  • The Maze: In Season 1 episode 13, a fairy teleports An'an, Kukuru, and Qianhan in a large maze to trap them. The three spend the next episode trying to find their way out.
  • Mercury's Wings: A number of the main group's magical girl outfits, include a few of An'an's, have at least one pair of small decorative wings on them somewhere.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: Most of the Season 3 episodes are ended with short segments called "Little Theater" (小剧场, "Xiao juchang") that feature Shijia, Feitian, and some of the fairies as characters. While at least one of them has dialogue, most of them rely entirely on the visuals to tell a short, comedic story.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot: A number of the various openings feature a shot of the good fairies looking confrontingly at the the evil fairies, the good ones on the left and the evil ones on the right.
  • Missing Main Character: Season 2 episode 3 focuses on the backstory of the villain Prince Tabas, so it does not feature any appearances from Xia An'an and her group.
  • The Mockbuster: The first season is a fairly straightforward knockoff of Cardcaptor Sakura, having the first episode start with An'an looking out the window and noticing magic much like Sakura, the fairy cards in Flower Fairy bearing quite a resemblance to the Clow Cards in Sakura, and some character personalities, among other things. It starts to become more of its own thing in Season 2, shedding the Cardcaptor Sakura shtick and telling a more original story with more unique elements.
  • Monster Clown: In Season 5 episode 24, Xiaoai and Eric end up in a candy world with a clown who lets them explore it and ride the carnival rides that are also there. The clown tricks them into thinking he's friendly, but lets Eric fall asleep from exhaustion before using the opportunity to forcibly control Xiaoai like a string puppet.
  • Moving Right Through: Played for drama in Season 5 episode 24, where Princess Fanny finds Kukuru in the space void. It looks like he's going to come towards Fanny, but he instead approaches An'an behind her, with Kukuru and An'an holding hands and assuring their love for each other - a sad reminder to Fanny that Kukuru broke a promise he made to her long ago.
  • Mundane Utility: In Season 3 episode 12's Little Theater segment, Kukuru, Shijia, and Feitian ask Chun to give them some ice cream. Chun uses her ice breath to create some ice cream for Kukuru and Shijia (Feitian had been knocked off-screen by Shijia before that point), but it freezes them into ice as well.
  • New Season, New Name:
    • Season 2 doesn't really have a unique name, instead simply being called Flower Fairy Season 2.
    • Seasons 3 and 4 are titled Flower Fairy: Guardian Angel.
    • Season 5 onwards is titled something like Flower Fairy: Four Seasons Flower Language.
  • New Transfer Student: Lucio in Season 1 and later Xiaoai in season 3 are introduced this way. Of course, both of them are secretly fairies.
  • The Noseless: The art style has many of the non-adult human characters without noses. Season 5 onwards rectifies this, giving Xiaoai and her friends noses; in addition, the movie gives Xia An'an and her friends noses as part of its detailed art style compared to the show. The plush designs of the fairies don't have them at all, yet this doesn't stop Kukuru from sniffing for fairies in Season 1.
  • "Number of Objects" Title: The story arc Four Seasons Flower Language.
  • On the Next: They started doing this from Season 7 onwards, having each episode end with a preview of the next one.
  • One-Word Vocabulary: In Season 7 episode 3, the Harvest Guardian only says "fengshou" ("立秋"), or "harvest".
  • Personal Raincloud: In Season 1 episode 31, the teacher at An'an's class announces that anybody who fails that day's exam gets to spend the summer looking for a tutor to help them. An'an is still frozen in shock by this long after she leaves school and has a raincloud hovering over her head by that point.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Pink-haired Xiaoai and blue-haired Eric, respectively.
  • Please Get Off Me: While the actual line isn't said, the idea is the same; in the movie, after being transported to another part of the temple by a rotating door, An'an wonders where Kukuru has gone and apologizes when she realizes she's sitting on top of him. They end up having a fight over it that Edwin can hear from the other side.
    Kukuru: You common people should lose weight!
    An'an: Hmph!
    [on the other side of the door, Edwin hears Kukuru and An'an arguing]
    Edwin: Prince! Are you okay?
    [An'an has Kukuru pinned to the floor and is tugging at his hair]
    An'an: [angrily] It's okay, Mr. Edwin, we're fine!
  • Pointy Ears: The fairies have noticeably long, pointy ears compared to the humans.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: In episode 34, Kukuru receives a kiss from Hatsune Miku and immediately turns goes into a daze, turning red, smoking at the nose, and having heart eyes.
  • Previously onů: It's common for an episode to begin with a recap of what had happened in the episode before it. Starting from Season 3, An'an is the one who typically relates the events being recapped.
  • Pumpkin Person: In Season 7 episode 3, Liqiu summons a large pumpkin-headed monster known as the Harvest Guardian to fend off Xiaoai and her friends. It holds them using its vines and shoots large pumpkin seeds at them.
  • Quarter Hour Short: The episodes are typically 13 to 14 minutes long, including the theme song and end credits.
  • Raised Lighter Tribute: At the end of Season 6 episode 12, the crowd at Berry's concert can be seen waving glowsticks back and forth.
  • Red String of Fate:
    • Or in this case, a red pen. You simply use it to draw a small ring around the pinky fingers of two people, and they're instantly tied together with magic, no matter what happens. An'an and Kukuru are tied together by this pen in Season 2 episode 34; to fit the romantic connotations, they become a canon couple in Season 3.
    • They're not the only ones connected by a red string of fate either; a lot of Labelle residents are bonded by one. In Season 7 episodes 5 and 6, Chushu breaks some red string of fate connections and creates others to annoy everyone.
  • Ride the Rainbow: The opening to the movie shows An'an and Kukuru sliding on a long, curvy rainbow that forms in the sky.
  • Ship Tease: Even before their marriage in Season 3, there are hints that Kukuru might have some kind of latent crush on Xia An'an and vice versa.
    • In the Season 1 intro, An'an gives a kiss to Kukuru on his forehead, surprising him.
    • In Season 2 episode 11, Qianhan and Lulu are quick to notice that Kukuru blushes at An'an and Qianhan's Qixi festival outfits, and Lulu teases him about it.
      Lulu: Little prince, why are you blushing?
      Kukuru: [turns around to hide his face] Where?
    • In Season 2 episode 12, Kukuru goes out of his way to get a lily for An'an, and wishes her a happy Qixi festival.
    • In Season 2 episode 34, Kukuru blushes as he assures An'an that he'll never forget her. An'an, who is crying, smiles and blushes back. This is immediately followed by Kukuru tying him and An'an together with a red string of fate, which by default has romantic connotations.
  • Shout-Out: In Season 2 episode 31, Xia An'an is sad that Kukuru can simply play games at home, and it cuts to Kukuru playing Fruit Ninja on a tablet. Qianhan then mentions that Lulu and Lushu don't go out much either since they have become obsessed with My Love From Another Star, a Korean drama; it cuts to them watching the series and crying.
  • Sickness Equals Redness: In Season 4 episode 5, An'an's face becomes red near the nose when she comes down with the flu.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Season 6 episode 12 ends with Berry singing at a concert. The vocalist singing the song is obviously very different from the one who normally voices Berry, as the singing voice sounds far older than a 14-year-old girl.
  • Spoiler Opening: Several characters or even events would appear in the opening sequence before they make a debut.
  • Super-Deformed: The large-headed, plush toy-like appearances that Kukuru, Lulu, Luna, and Lusha usually take.
  • The Song Remains the Same: As is the case with many Chinese children's series, the English dub of the cartoon does not translate theme song, instead leaving it in Chinese.
  • Taken for Granite: In Season 2, while the gang are in Otherspace, Shuxin is made to play a game of magic chess with a fairy that has the repercussions of Shuxin slowly turning into stone as her time runs out.
  • Team Hand-Stack: In Season 3 episode 33, An'an, Qianhan, Yitong, and Shuxin do a hand stack before they split up to track down the source of some dark energy.
  • Thanking the Viewer: The end of the movie, after the closing credits, features text thanking viewers for watching the series since its premiere in 2014.
  • Toast of Tardiness: Sort of. In the first episode of Season 2, Qianhan calls An'an on the phone to remind her that they're both about to have an appointment to help Wangke at the flower shop. An'an hurriedly gets ready for the day and grabs a breadstick being served to her by her father on the way out. An'an's cat runs along with her and holds another breadstick in its mouth; An'an feeds the second breadstick to Kukuru.
  • Too Unhappy to Be Hungry: When he sees Lucio capturing a fairy for himself, and before that when he has nightmares about that person, Kukuru becomes too worried to bother eating the sweet treats An'an and Qianhan try to give him. Normally Kukuru has enough of a Sweet Tooth that he would gladly eat those treats without question.
  • Trickster Twins: The petunia fairy twins in Season 1 episodes 21 and 22 love to play pranks and make Kukuru a target of their jokes, doing things to him such as magically making his soup disappear and turning into wasps to scare him.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: It is shown in Season 1 episode 20 that the first interaction An'an's mother and father ever had with each other was in the park during a rainy day. Her mother Lily happens to be out in the rain while her father Xiamu is looking for plant seeds; he sees Lily, who happily obliges to coming with him under his umbrella.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: In the original game, players can buy and get various outfits and wigs they can use to customize their fairy.
  • Voice of the Legion: The humanoid version of the Dark Demon seen in Season 7 speaks with a deep voice that has another deep voice layered on it.
  • The Voiceless: The show's depiction of Hatsune Miku does not speak, unlike some of her other cameos outside of Vocaloid media. She does produce vocal noises and she sings, but even then it's just "la la la"s.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: The "Xia An'an in Wonderland" story arc from Season 3, unsurprisingly, casts An'an as Alice from Alice in Wonderland and puts her into similar situations and character interactions as Alice from the original story.
  • Wind-Up Key: In Season 2, when the characters are made to play the roles of The Wizard of Oz's main cast, Qianhan wears a Tin Man costume that features a wind-up key on her head where her bunny-ears ribbon would normally be.
  • Working Through the Cold: In Season 4 episode 5, a flu epidemic spreads across town, and An'an becomes sick and has to stay in her room to recover. Later, her friends are overpowered by an evil fairy, forcing An'an to come out to save them in spite of still being ill.
  • World of Technicolor Hair: The fairy realm has plenty of fairies with technicolor hair, since they're already a non-human species, but then the human world has some pretty wild hair colors as well, as demonstrated by Xiaoai (pink) and Eric (blue) from Season 5 onwards.
  • You Can Talk?: In Season 1 episode 2, Xia An'an goes to a store and receives a plush toy, which is actually the prince of Flower Fairy Country, Kukuru. When An'an goes home and investigates the plush after noticing how strange he looks, Kukuru reveals he can speak and asks An'an to stop feeling him since that's no way to treat a prince.
    An'an: I must be dreaming again. The plush can also speak.
    Kukuru: Kneel down and salute!
    [An'an screams and quickly throws Kukuru against the wall of her room]

Alternative Title(s): Flower Angel

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