Little Witch Academia – 12


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Pick two as your roommates

Couple of notes this episode. The Samhain Festival is actually called the Magic Festival in Japanese, but it’s written Samhain everywhere in English. It really has little to do with magic and more to do with the origins of Halloween, so I have no idea what Trigger is thinking.

As for the Grand Triskelion revealed last episode, we have more information now. In Japanese, the kanji given for it are 究極魔法, meaning ultimate magic. That should give us a bit more to work off of if they didn’t already say it in the Witchpedia.

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Little Witch Academia – 11


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excuse me, ma’am, do you have a moment to talk about my lord and savior shiny chariot?

Sometimes, editing is an exercise in failing. Ever try, ever fail. We assume there is a pattern to the spell names, most likely based on some Gaelic or Anglic language, only that we couldn’t confirm it yet; some spells sound dangerously close to having Latin or Ancient Greek stems. And whatever they’re derived from or mixed and matched with, they’re converted from Latin script to kana and filtered through Japanese scriptwriters and seiyuu before they reach our ears (and CCs). Well, fuck.

This episode is introducing a trope from Gaelic folktales. That is good news, since it gives us a solid hint. It is also bad news, since it means I can study phonology charts and keep combining and recombining morphemes for hours on end, but I still can’t not fuck editing this up; I wish I were a savant, but I’m of middling intellect and mediocre skill. No matter, try again: Until we get a definitive source, we have to do something. So we’ll fail again, but maybe we’ll fail better as we keep working towards it, until we find it in our hands.

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Little Witch Academia – 08


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my mom told me not to watch saucy pictures on the internet; i think i’m safe

Spaghetti with mushroom sauce is one of my go-to recipes. Cut mushrooms into stripes, sear them, add cream sauce. Put that on your noodles (you know how to cook noodles, right?), and heap ungodly amounts of grated cheese on sauce and noodles. When I say ungodly amounts, I mean Xenogears-style god-slaying amounts. Eat while watching an episode of anime. Maybe even Little Witch Academia? This episode would certainly work.

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