The BEST Episodes of Magic Knight Rayearth
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2021
Network: YTV (JP)
Three young girls, Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu, are transported to a magical world called Cephiro during a field trip to Tokyo Tower. They are soon greeted by Master Mage Clef, who explains to them that they have been summoned to become the Legendary Magic Knights and save Cephiro. The girls are less than enthusiastic about this idea, and only want to return home. Clef further explains that they must seek out the three Rune Gods to help them fight. He bestows armor and magical powers to each of them. They learn from Clef that High Priest Zagato has kidnapped the Pillar of Cephiro, Princess Emeraude. The Pillar of Cephiro has the sole responsibility of keeping Cephiro alive and in balance with her prayers. Without Princess Emeraude, Cephiro would fall into ruin. Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu must fight off Zagato's henchman and find the Rune Gods if they ever want to get back home. They soon learn that friendship and loyalty are the only things they can rely on in the crumbling Cephiro.
#1 - The Unbelievable Truth About the Legendary Magic Knights!
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 13, 1995
The girls, piloting their machines, head to the castle where a girl that looks like Princess Emeraude is waiting for them. After mentioning Zagato's name, she goes berzerk, and climbs into her own machine. She starts to attack them, and they fly out of there. Once outside, they engage in battle with the machine, and learn the truth from Princess Emeraude, who really is attacking them. She then tells them how her love affair (falling for Zagato actually) was not allowed for the pillar who watched over Cephiro, and that she imprisoned herself so that feelings wouldn't distract her from her constant prayer vigil. It was too late for that, and she reveals that in order to save their land, and fulfill her wish, they would have to kill her! She reveals that no one from Cephiro could kill her, that suicide was impossible, and that the purpose of the Magic Knights is to kill the Pillar when necessary. After attacking them again, the girls combine into one machine and proceeds to kill her. The huge light appears, and we see Princess Emeraude and Zagato together. When the lights fade, the girls are back at Tokyo Tower.
#2 - Ferio the Handsome, Mysterious Swordsmen
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 31, 1994
While travelling to Eterna Lake, they run into a guy named Ferrio who saves them from a monster. Ferrio then offer them to be their guide to get out of the Silence forest. They say no, and try to lose him, but he still follow them. The girls then discuss about him being their guide, but they can't trust him, due to the fact he still a stranger. They let him be their guide and uses food as payment since they have no money. We then find out that Ferrio was an entertainer, and Princess Emeraude saved his life when they thought he stole in the castle. Princess Emeraude then told the guards that it was a gift (the egg looking treasure) to him. That's why he is on the quest to save Princess Emeraude.
#3 - Alcyone, the Vengful Sorceress
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 7, 1994
The girls run into what seems like to be a deserted village. They are captured in a net, and find out that the villagers were hiding from monsters, corrupting their land. A monster then shows up, forcing the villagers to go back into hiding.
#4 - The Birth of the Legendary Magic Knights!
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 17, 1994
Three girls from three different schools are transported to a medieval-like land named Cephiro. The girls introduce themselves as Hikaru, Umi and Fuu. They are greeted by a wizard named Clef. He explains that the three are the Legendary Magic Knights, that they are destined to save Cephiro. The high ruler Princess Emeraude has been imprisoned by High Priest Zagato, holding her high above the skies of Cephiro. Her absence brings instability to Cephiro. Clef instructs the girls as to how to save Cephiro, and tutors them in the use of magic. Treachery ensues, as battle lines are drawn.
#5 - Presea of the Woods of Silence
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 24, 1994
Guided by Clef's words, the girls reach the Silent Forest and find a fortress-like edifice. They meet Presea, the owner of the castle, who confirms that only a Legendary Magic Knight could have gained entry. Presea has them choose their weapons, and instructs them that the weapons will appear only when needed. But they must bring them to Eterna Lake to pick up a mineral, Escudo, which will bring power to their machines. Before they leave the fortress, they are forced to use their wiles and their new gear to defeat a monster. Mokona, a friendly creature from the fortress, guides them to the Lake.
#6 - The True Pillar is: Hikaru or Eagle?
Season 2 - Episode 27 - Aired Nov 13, 1995
The Crown room allows but Hikaru and eagle to enter but who will be able to handle or touch the crown to determine the new Pillar?
#7 - Showdown! The Magic Knights Versus Zagato
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 13, 1995
The girls start to head towards the flying mountain in the sky, and remembers the good times, and bad times they had. They then get a message from Princess Emeraude, telling them to grant her wish and save Cepiro. They finally reach the place, only to find Zagato in his own Machine preventing them to come any further. They fight, they get injured, and when it looks like they don't win, they combine all of their powers, Red Lighting, Dragon Water, and Green Gale. They shoot it towards Zagato, where it kills him. In the final scene Princess Emeraude screams in horor as Zagato is killed off.
#8 - Ferio in Desperation - A Romance in the Desert
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 28, 1994
With each earthquake that happens in Cephiro it means that Cephiro is falling. If Cephiro falls completely, they cannot go back to their world. To become a Magic Knight, they need to awaken their Machines.
#9 - An Endless Battle!
Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired Nov 20, 1995
During the fight with Regalia, Hikaru tries reaching out to Nova who disbelieves what everyone says about Debonair while the new allies help comfort people in the castle. Lantis is trapped inside the rogue Rune God...
#10 - The Road to Victory: The Tomorrow that the Believing Heart Opens!
Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Nov 27, 1995
Nova is now back in Hikaru's heart where she belongs. With her dying breath, Alcyone unveils Debonair's location: Cephiro's alternate realm. The Magic Knights and their Rune Gods are ready to end the struggle once and for all...
#11 - Escudo, the Legenday Ore
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 14, 1994
Alcyone begs Zagato for another chance, to kill the Magic Knights, after saying she has a plan (this time). The girls reach a lake, thinking it's Eterna. A monster then attacks them and Umi destroys it with her Water Dragon. The monster rain on them, making them glow, and they brush it off, after they dry up. They head for Eterna, as Alcyone watches afar, laughing to herself.
#12 - The Magic Knights' Greatest Crisis
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 12, 1994
Alcyone manages to trick Ascot into freeing her from the barrier holding her against her will, by promising she will give power to one of his monsters to make it strong enough to kill the Magic Knights. In an open field, Umi is still obsessed with her fencing competition that was a week away at the time they arrived in Cephiro, even though days or even weeks may have already passed. Hikaru suggests if she wishes hard enough, maybe she can still make it to the competition - since Cephiro is a land of power.
#13 - The Legend of the Rune-Gods - In Cephiro, Another World
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 16, 1995
The girls are flying off to the flying mountain that the first saw when they were transported there. The mountain is holding the castle were Princess Emeraude is being held. When they almost got there, they were attacked by Zagato, but then saved by Princess Emeraude. Ferrio wass bored, and while resting, he brings out his comminucator. He then gets a message from Princess Emeraude to save the girls by the lake of Piraus Village. He does so, and they take rest there for a bit. Meanwhile, The villagers are being tortured by a servant of Zagato's named Caldina. When she demands money, she changes her mind, upon seeing the girls and Ferrio when they enter the village.
#14 - The Fearsome Illusionist Caldina
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 23, 1995
The girls are travelling, when Mokona tells them to go up. Mokona then reveals a Machine is up there in one of the flying mountains. Caldina and Ascot manages to catch up with them. Caldina tells Ascot, she'll take care of everything, and tells him to wait for her. Caldina uses a spell to think the ground is soft and shaky, as well as big rocks falling on them. The girls panic, and fall to the bottom. They wake up and see a cave, when the ground continues to shake. Once inside, they see Clef, where he tells them he had save Princess Emeraude, and she wants to talk to them. Fuu isn't convinced, and warns the others, saying it's too easy...
#15 - The Most Valuable Thing in this World
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 30, 1995
Caldina is determine to kill the girls inorder to receive the pile of money from Zagato. Ascot doesn't care for it anymore, and tries to convince Caldina not to attack them. Caldina uses her bells to hypnotize Hikaru and Umi against Fuu. Fuu uses her magic to hold back them, and doesn't know Caldina is only a few steps away. Caldina reveals herself, and forces Fuu to attack Hikaru and Umi. Ascot blocks an attack, and Caldina stops and freezes him. Fuu manages to break thru, and hits Caldina with a spell. A few moments after, Caldina and Fuu start to talk. Fuu explains, even though they don't know each other well enough, she cares for them. Fuu uses Ascot as an example, and Caldina sees the light. Caldina unfreezes Ascot, and Hikaru and Umi wake up. They want to attack her, but Fuu stops them.
#16 - The Second Rune-God: Windam, the Lord of the Skies
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 13, 1995
Innova asks Zagato to have his turn to try and kill the girls, and he agrees. In Cephiro's very first storm, the girls take refuge in a cave, near the sky shrine, where another Machine is being held. When Fuu starts to worry about Ferrio, she brings out her communicator, only to be called by him. He tells them, he's nearby, and want to take refuge with them. Just before entering the cave, Ferrio notices a girl lying on the ground, holding a herb. Fuu is excited when she sees Ferrio's silhouette, but is crushed when he sees him carrying a girl. The girl then wake up, and introduces herself as Selah. She starts to explain she leaves on the bottom of the mountain, and needed the herb she had to cure her brother's fever.
#17 - The Truth About Inouva, and the Return of Memories
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 27, 1995
Innova once again begs Zagato to return him to his true form. To his surprise Zagato does, and Innova, who transforms into a wild beast wolf-like creature goes after the girls. Meanwhile with Ferrio, memories slowly come back to him, and is it revealed that he is Princes Emeraude's younger brother. He then runs to the girls. The girls are really losing, and when all seem lost, Ferrio communicates thru the orb, and tells them that Innova's weak spot is the jewel on his head. Hikaru manages to hit the jewel on Beast-Innova's head, killing him. Ferrio finally reaches them, and sees the girls trimuph over Innova, and tells them to save Cephiro! With everyone gone, Alcyone, begs Zagato to kill the girls, but he just leaves her begging.
#18 - A Departure and New Ties
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 10, 1995
Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu have been reunited with their families, but their hearts are still not at ease. The three promise to meet each other at Tokyo Tower, the place where they first met. Suddenly, with another mysterious flash of light, the three girls are whisked back to Cephiro, where Mokona and Clef await them.
#19 - Cephiro and the Three Countries
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 17, 1995
Now that Cephiro has lost its Pillar, Princess Emeraude, it is under attack from three countries â€“ Autozam, Chizeta, and Fahren! Clef doesn't want the girls to get involved in this new war, but Hikaru Umi, and Fuu agree to it on their own.
#20 - Hikaru and Nova in the Dream
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 8, 1995
Hikaru and company head out to survey the NSX, but before them stands Alcyone! Hikaru, amidst the attacks from Alcyone, tries to convince her to fight along side them, but suddenly a change befalls Alcyone! She beings talking with an eerie voice that Hikaru has heard in her nightmares!
#21 - The Magic Knights and Aska of Fahren
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 22, 1995
Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu ask Eagle why Autozam is invading Cephiro, when a giant metallic dragon appeared above them! It is Dome, the mobile fortress of Fahren, led by First Princess Aska, who wishes to become the Pillar of Cephiro. The girls follow Eagle's FTO which flew off to spy on Dome.
#22 - The Secret of the Pillar of Cephiro
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 5, 1995
The deterioration of Cephiro gains speed, and the girls must find a new Pillar soon. When about the qualifications for someone to become the Pillar, Clef shows the girls Princess Emeraude's crown. He tells them that only the one worthy of becoming the Pillar can touch the crown.
#23 - Hikaru and Lantis' Dangerous Journey
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 12, 1995
Hikaru and Lantis embarked on a journey in search of a new Pillar. Before them is a desolate wasteland so different from what Cephiro once looked like. In addition, the monsters that roam the land have grown in power. Eagle attacks the traveling pair and captures Hikaru. Lantis tries to follow, but Alcyone stands in his way!
#24 - Chizeta's Mobile Fortress and a Powerless Hikaru
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 3, 1995
Hikaru returns to the castle, but with her sword broken, she cannot call for her Rune-God. Meanwhile, Clef's group captures Alcyone and interrogates her. Clef, feeling something more behind Alcyone's words, becomes even more concerned. Suddenly, Bravada â€“ the mobile fortress of Chizeta â€“ arrives at Cephiro carrying the two princesses Tarta and Tatra.
#25 - Umi and Fuu and Fahren and Chizeta
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 10, 1995
Umi and Fuu head out to investigate without Hikaru, and encounter the guardian spirits of Chizeta. Aska from Fahren reappears in the skies above Cephiro for a rematch. Aska tries to prevent the Djinn from taking the two Rune-gods...