The BEST Episodes of Magic Knight Rayearth
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 9, 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 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#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 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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...
#8 - 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?
#9 - The Crown Room and the Pillar's Memory
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Oct 16, 1995
Eagle escapes from his cell and searches the castle for a way into the crown room. Since Eagle has biological data on Lantis, the intruder searchers for him and his sword. Eagle finds Lantis interrogating Alcyone and the two confront each other. Lantis sets to attack when Hikaru suddenly jumps into the battle! Meanwhile, Clef's rig and Lantis' sword start to glimmer...
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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!
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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!
#17 - Eagle's All-out Attack on Cephiro Castle
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 21, 1995
Hikaru has returned after reviving Rayearth's sword, but doesn't remember confessing her love to Lantis! Hikaru later bumps into him in the castle garden en route to see Clef. Meanwhile, aboard the bridge of Autozam's battleship NSX, Eagle commands for the launch of the Laguna Cannon to see how Cephiro will react. The attack on Cephiro castle has finally begun!
#18 - Chaotic War at Cephiro Castle!
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 27, 1995
Eagle, in combination with Geo's GTO, manages to break the barrier and enter Cephiro Castle. Inside, Alcyone responds to Debonair's call and allows the dark lady and her monsters to enter the castle! Selece and Windam attempt to block the GTO. Meanwhile Lantis heads for the top floor to confront Debonair at the crown room.
#19 - Magic Knights and the Calm After the Storm
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Sep 4, 1995
Hikaru dreams of Cephiro from when it was peaceful. There, she sees the conversation between Lantis and Zagato, with princess Emeraude watching from behind the columns. Zagato asks Lantis about the Pillar system, and he answers...
#20 - Nova's Battle, and the Monster's Identity
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Sep 11, 1995
Umi and Fuu continue fighting the monsters in the castle's residential quarters. Hikaru chases after Nova, who had threatened to kill Lantis. Nova finds him with Eagle, and promptly attacks! Meanwhile, Umi and Fuu are struggling against the monsters, but they realize that the black sphere is taking in the children's fear to create monstersâ€¦
#21 - Giant Sang Yung versus the NSX!
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 18, 1995
Hikaru confesses her dreams concerning Nova and Debonair since she got back to Tokyo. Geo, worried by the loss of communication with Eagle, decides to attack. Just then, Aska's Dome reappears! Seeing that the Run-Gods are not out to battle, Aska thinks that Fuu has been defeated and calls giant Sang Yung to protect her!
#22 - Desperate Situation: Crisis Upon Lantis
Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Oct 30, 1995
As Umi and Fuu are continuing to fight the invasion of monsters storming the castle they discover the source of the monster's power are the children's fears being taken in like a big black ominous cloud spreading. Worried he hasn't been able to contact Eagle Geo makes the decision to attack, just then Aska shows up, not seeing the Rune Gods around she assumes that they have been defeated and calls out Sang Yung to protect her.
#23 - Hikaru in Shock: The Truth About Nova
Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Nov 6, 1995
Eagle having been captured breaks out and starts searching for Lantis with his bio info he can then access the crown room. Lantis continues to interrogate Alcyone when Eagle confronts Lantis then all of a sudden Hikaru jumps into the middle of it as well.
#24 - 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.
#25 - The Revival of Selece, the Legendary Rune-God
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 8, 1995
Umi becomes ill and is separated from the other two girls by a painting of a blue dragon that has comes alive. Ascot then shows up with his monster, and they battle Hikaru and Fuu. Ascot runs off. Meanwhile, the blue dragon tells Umi she must show her courage of the heart.