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Anime Spotlight #37

Akko, and a lot of “Shiny” things…

“You’re a witch, Akko.” — Little Witch Academia and the ...

As is typical of my Anime-watching ways, it’s what lies just beyond the usual plot elements that most people look forward to in Anime shows that particularly interest me here.

As is typical of Anime from Studio Trigger, Little Witch Academia is filled to the brim with symbolism and esoteric references that will usually go over most people’s heads.  For example, Chariot’s “Shiny Rod” possesses seven nodules — seven being the number of the divine — arranged in the shape of the Big Dipper — a constellation considered by some ancient cultures to resemble a wagon/carriage, hence Chariot’s own name by analogy.  Alcor, Chariot’s pet bird, is one of Mizar’s three companion stars, where Mizar (in Arabic refers to a cover used for wagons) is a Chikadee in Mi’kmaq lore (Alcor is the Chikadee’s cooking pot).  Other cultures have seen the Big Dipper as rod-like, hence the wand itself.

My BFFs!! by Onigensou
from Onigensou

 

Little Witch Academia is an Anime Harry Potter, in many ways.  Several of the characters have names that map their character — the best example of this being Diana, whose silvery hair symbolizes the Moon and whose purpose, as decreed by her family, is to perform an important ritual on a very important Full Moon.  The main protagonist, in this case Atsuko (“Akko”), has two best friends who follow her everywhere and help her out whenever possible (note also that Akko has Harry’s dark hair, Sucy has Hermione’s dirty-blonde hair, and Lotte has Ron’s flaming red hair — even Akko’s “rival,” Diana, has Draco’s silvery hair).  Finally, Akko, like Harry, is raised in the non-magical world and so comes into the magical world completely clueless as to what this other world is all about.

To prevent further potential spoilage, I’ll leave you all to watch the show itself to experience the rest of what this show has to offer you — which is an awful lot.  Enjoy!

Never forget:  Believe in yourself.  That is your magic!

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Work of the Week #24

Ancient relics of Breykaria:

Minkathnaazrah’s helmet:  Most prized war-helmet in Breykaria, given that it once belonged to King Minkathnaazrah himself.

Minkathnaazrah helmet

The Warrior plaque:  Etched, gold plaque containing the poem “Warrior.”  It now resides at the Aealian museum of Ancient Relics (founded by the Professor), alongside the above helmet.

Azuephoydah:  Breykaria’s largest and oldest lighthouse.  Built by an ancient clan of Yoleukara, it comes with its own shield and a fibre-optic cable linking it to an equally sophisticated communications base.

So long as my light guides you You shall return home

Triickulea:  A siege weapon resembling a trebuchet, made from hardwood with Yoleukaran writing along its main beams.  It is another relic of the long-lost tribe that once inhabited Agrobask.

The Great Chain:  Built in Minkathnaazrah’s time, it spans considerable swaths of barrier reef along the southern and eastern reaches of Orimar.  Made from massive chain-links of solid iron, this defensive measure can be raised up from the water to restrict the movement of ships and even low-hovering craft.