With Discotek Media having brought out a license-rescued version of Magic Knight Rayearth back in 2015 on home video, some new distribution for the show has now landed. The folks at TMS have opted to start bringing the series out on YouTube for viewers with the English dub version, which you can see below. It’s being released what’s expected to be weekly with new episodes and it’s available to viewers in North America, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.
The first season ran for twenty episodes and had Toshihiro Hirano as the chief director with Keiko Maruo handling the series composition. Atsuko Ishida adapted CLAMPS original character designs with TMS Entertainment handling the animation production.
The English dub was produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment with Eric Sherman as the ADR director working from translations by Rika Takahashi. The English cast includes Julie Maddalena as Hikaru Shidou, Ruby Marlowe as Fuu Hououji, Wendee Lee as Umi Ryuuzaki, and Kaeko Sakamoto as Mokona.
The Japanese cast includes Hekiru Shiina as Hikaru Shidou, Hiroko Kasahara as Fuu Hououji, Konami Yoshida as Umi Ryuuzaki, and Yuri Shiratori as Mokona.
Check out our review of the series.
Plot concept: 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.