Sorry about the delay.
This episode features tiny tinkerers and megaton monstrosities, a drill or two, and perhaps even a smile well deserving of your protection.
I made several bad calls in editing in a previous episodes, one of which was corrected for this one. The spells will remain unchanged for the sake of consistency until we get an authoritative source on their spelling. I’m sick of them to be honest, but sometimes you have to go through hardships to the stars.
I’d like to apologize for the additional delay. Our initial 12+12-hour release window for this episode was a tad bit too optimistic, which is entirely my fault. Direct your sticks and stones at me. This was our first bad weekend out of 13 so far, and I hope it will be the last. At least the Wixoss crowd knows the pain of >waiting for Asenshi.
This was a neat mid-season finale to the first cours of Little Witch Academia. Some bits reminded me of Umakoshi’s mushi animation in Mushishi Zoku-Shou, which is a cool thing to be reminded of. They say the fun times are over now that we are entering the second cours, but we’ll see if our girl Akko will let that happen.
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.
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.
Filthy animals that you are, I bet you wouldn’t complain about doing the laundry for a whole school of little witches.
Are you on Team Arthur or Team Edgar?
I like Ooshima Michiru, been liking her ever since ICO actually (yes, it had a soundtrack), and her Little Witch Academia score is good stuff. But man, it doesn’t really go so well with the show; at times, the disconnect is almost jarring. That’s about the only gripes I’m having, though.
Another word on last week’s Akko-tan: I made the call to use a Japanese honorific (well, a cutesy one) for this single instance as an exception to our editing policy for this show. Wangari is a fairly colorful color commentator, and if you’re watching sports, you’d know that color commentators love their signature tics and reiterating certain phrases (think Walt Frazier’s shaking and baking ad nauseam). Akko hasn’t established herself as a household name at the Academy yet, so Wangari couldn’t exactly give her the “Mushroom Poison Queen” moniker treatment, but she still tried to draw out some characteristic of this cheeky little Japanese witch for the viewers. Hence her deliberate and ostentatious use of “-tan” in a show that is low on honorifics even in the Japanese audio, particularly outside the easily translatable ones. It’s about as foreign to Wangari’s imagined viewers as it is to the averagely informed people watching fansubs.
tl;dr I regret nothing.
Akatsukin: I wonder how many times I can speak of my love for support characters before everyone realizes their greatness. If there was any hesitation in your mind this was made with the spirit of a children’s anime, this episode should put your doubts to rest. I don’t even need to say anything because Lotte explains herself perfectly for you. Here’s to hoping we can have a constructive week of discussion about the merits of Lotte’s character. Also, fuck yeah Morohoshi Sumire loli. And I told you Barbara was the best bully.
This episode comes with a neat idea how to combat Christmas dinner bloat and maintain your exercise routine over the holidays. If your parents ask you what the fuck is wrong with you, just tell them Asenshi made you do it.