February 24th, 2013


Magical Girl Theory

We made it home sooner than expected today! Yay! We kind of expected there to be a big dinner at Mom's house tonight, since we knew Celeste was in town, but it turns out she was having dinner with her boyfriend's family, so when we walked to Mom's house after choir practice, she just took us home. And here I was thinking we might miss updating all weekend.

Yesterday was a little busy. We probably could have updated if we had not watched so much anime, but...we like to watch anime. And we watched extra anime, because we had a friend come over for that very purpose! Yay! We didn't really have any specific plans of what to watch, so in the few minutes before our friend arrived, we pulled up Hulu on the Wii and started browsing their anime (even though we have lots of perfectly good anime DVDs that our friend has never seen). That's when we discovered that Hulu has Pretty Cure. We were like, "For real?" Yup.

We'd been mildly interested in Pretty Cure for several years now, and I don't even remember why, but we never watched it on Crunchyroll, because as far as we could tell (and maybe we were wrong), they only had one season, and we wanted to watch the episodes with Miyu Irino (which we're pretty sure aren't in the first season, but we have nothing to back that theory). Since Hulu claimed to have four seasons, and our friend had no objections, we watched the first episode. And then, despite the series' fairly slow pace, we all got addicted and ended up watching six or seven episodes. (The series' Jadeite equivalent looks like Kabuki Jareth!) It just served as a reminder that magical girl shows do tend to take a while to pick up.

Watching the show, I developed a theory on how to tell how truly typical a magical girl anime is, and it has to do with toyetics. Chrome is trying to tell me that "toyetic" is not a real word, but I learned it from Freakazoid!, and subsequently heard (or read?) it in an interview with a guy who directed a Batman movie (I think it was the third or fourth one), and it refers to how easy it is to create and market toys based on the series/movie. For example, Sailor Moon has all kinds of magical wands, transformation sticks, lockets, etc. that can easily be mass-produced and sold to adoring little girls. And oh my goodness, Pretty Cure is toyetic.

Of course, the reason I came up with this theory is that we were watching a magical girl series after reading comments about Princess Tutu, in which the comments suggested that it seemed like a typical magical girl series. Well, it definitely is a magical girl series, and it does follow the formula (episode one: introduce the premise, episodes 2-x: have the magical girl help one guest character per episode; once a sufficient amount of filler episodes have been produced to meet the total episode quota, start injecting Overall Plot). But it lacks the commercial qualities of what we consider to be a typical magical girl anime. The only really marketable item she has is her pendant, but the way it changes when she's in Princess Tutu form is a little less mass-produceable.

So that's our Magical Girl Theory (it's a field of study, like music theory) ramblings.

Today I'm thankful for getting to go to choir practice today, the delicious sheet cake we had after Relief Society, getting a ride home from church, getting to have a friend over to watch anime, and getting to watch Pretty Cure.