Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY! 11/6/13!

(魔法少女) mahou shoujo / majokko [ma-hoh-shoh-joh / mah-joh-koh]
1. Japanese. Literally translates as "Magical Girl", it refers to the classic and popular sub-genre of Japanese manga/anime that feature young girls using magic. The common tropes in this sub-genre include children and teenagers using magic to fight evil, magical transformation sequences, talking animal sidekicks, and themes of friendship & love between the characters. The most well-known of this genre in America is the Sailor Moon anime.

EX. Hey guys! Cartoon Network just aired a new animated TV show created by Rebecca Sugar, one of the most celebrated writers and storyboard artists of Adventure Time behind the Emmy nominated episodes "It Came From the Nightosphere" and "Simon & Marcy."

The show is called Steven Universe and takes many of it's cues from mahou shoujo as it depicts a world threatened by evil and protected by the intergalactic majokko and intergalactic warriors with special gems embedded in their bodies to summon magical weapons and save the day. The members of the group include:

The logical and strategically minded Pearl.

The care-free and wild Amethyst.

The strong and disciplined Garnet.

 And Steven.

Um, he is still in training. But really, I don't think I should have to go any further to sell you on this show; check it out at the link at the top of the article.

The First Episode is about Steven's favorite ice cream sandwich being discontinued. This is still a better premise than most episodes of Sailor Moon. Think about that.

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