僕と契約して○○になってよ![boku to keiyaku shite xxx ni natteyo!]

December 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm (doujin(同人), general, otaku word, slang)

 

 It’s December, and this year is going to end soon. Looking back, so many things have happened…good things and bad things. Of course, I mustn’t forget about the terrible earthquake. But luckily, I am alive and doing okay.

 I have cosplayed so much, maybe too much. Of course I shouldn’t forget what I am supposed to do here in my blog, yes I’ve got to introduce a new term, haven’t I? Okay, let’s start. Because I am a cosplayer, we are aware of what series are the most popular. Tigar and Bunny, Ao no Exorcist, and Uta no Prince-sama(I want to cosplay Tokiya) were really popular. Also, there is an unforgettable series, isn’t it? Yes, that is 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ [Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika]. 魔法少女 [Mahou Shoujo] means a wizarding girl. Yes, there are a lot of anime which follow mahou shoujo, but Magika is absolutely particular. You’ll see what I mean if you watch it.

 Put aside the outstanding storyline, let’s review the history of mahou shoujo anime series. Mahou shoujo is, needless to say, a genre of moe bishoujo anime, and always attracts a lot of fans. A cute girl who can conjure is charismatic for most girls and always grabs men’s hearts. Long time ago, in such an anime just the heroine is a mahou shoujo. If you think of mahou shoujo anime, would there be more than two or three mahou shoujo? But when I was a kid, only the heroine was a mahou shoujo, and she always helps people with her magical power. Speaking of such a heroine I might say Sally from 魔法使いサリー [Mahoutsukai Sally], or Mami from エスパー魔美 [Esper Mami](she is a psychic, though). They go to people who need help, and save them. For what purpose do they use magical power? That is to help people.

  But in the next generation, mahou shoujo evolved out of what they used to be. There are more than two mahou shoujo in the series. They would quest the world and use magical power to fight against the evil. Yes, I would definitely think of Magic Knight Rayearth in which three wizarding girls quest. Before, what a mahou shoujo has in her hand is mostly a broomstick or a wand, but they might have a weapon like a sword or a bow and an arrow. Mahou shoujo not only help people but fight for justice. Speaking of which, Mahou shoujo Lyrical Nanoha has more than two wizarding girls although just Nanoha is in the title. Meanwhile, there is a type of genre called 戦闘美少女[sentoubishoujo] or a fighting girl. In this genre, there are always girls who battle with evil. Maybe they can use magical power. Like I mentioned Magic Knight Rayearth, they could be either Mahou shoujo or Sentou bishoujo. I shall leave it to you. Sailor Moon or Precure could be both. Anyway, why are there more than two wizarding girls after 1990’s? I assume that most girls wish they could fight like boys and adore a strong friendship such as One Piece. So this genre is something most girls want to follow. If the series have several unique girls, it might last very long like Precure or Oja Majo Doremi. Even my niece really loves Precure series.

 Having said that, here is a definitely different type of Mahou shoujo, yes, that is 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ [Mahou shoujo Madoka Magika]. I don’t want to give away any spoilers in case you haven’t watched this anime, but there are two terms to introduce. Both coming from the episodes, so please mind spoilers. The heroine, Kaname Madoka is a normal school girl who has a gentle dad, mom, and a younger brother. One day, a new girl named Akemi Homura transfers to her class and for some reason she warns Madoka not to be a mahou shoujo. Soon after, Madoka encounters a cute creature named Kyuubee, and it says 僕と契約して魔法少女になってよ![boku to keiyaku shite mahou shoujo ni natteyo!] or why don’t you have a contract with me and become a mahou shoujo? This contract is too fateful, but if you have a contract with Kyuubee, you can grant one wish of yours. But you have to be a mahou shoujo. Once you become a mahou shoujo, your daily life would end. Kyuubee doesn’t explain what will happen to a mahou shoujo. Yes, he is so cruel though he doesn’t even care. In this way, lots of mahou shoujo have sacrifised their own lives. That is why Kyuubee’ line got so popular out of the series. You can replace mahou shoujo by anything else.

 

 Meanwhile, there is one more thing which made this anime so popular. That is what happens in episode 3, meaning Mami’s death. Yes, she dies in the middle of the battle. It happens in one moment; the monster bites off Mami’s head when she gets careless. Here comes another term, マミる[mami-ru] meaning this kind of situation. Don’t let your guard down, otherwise you would die in a moment.

 So far we have seen encouragement, friendship, and justice in mahou shoujo anime, however, everything is not necessarily good. Fighting against evil is very dangerous. Magical power is not only to save people but to use for your own. You can make your wish come true, but you have to give up so many things once you become a mahou shoujo. Little girls would say like I want to be like Cure White when I’m grown-up, but mahou shoujo is a steep and horrible world. If you want to keep your daily life, don’t get yourself into such an extraordinary world. In many ways, this anime is absolutely a new type of mahou shoujo anime. So what type of mahou shoujo would come next?

 Lastly, since I am a cosplayer, I have to say this; 僕と契約してコスプレイヤーになってよ![Why don’t you have a contract with me and become a cosplayer?] No, don’t get a contract!

19 Comments

  1. Mardy_96 said,

    Wow… Bangin-san. I must say, that’s a good read. A great, interesting and helpful post, as always! You sure put a lot of useful information, thank you.^^ I’m glad to know you’re doing well. Keep up the good work!

    I can’t wait to see more of your cosplay! Oh, and please do cosplay Tokiya! I love him in Uta no Prince-sama! Miyano-san did a splendid job for voicing him… but somehow, I like Otoya-kun better. He’s a lot more cheerful and friendly towards others. Now I think about it, you sure like stoic and quiet characters, ne, Bangin-san?

    • bangin said,

      Yes I like Tokiya because he is stoic. His singing voice by Miyano Mamoru is great. It sounds like whispering and it’s very sexy.^^

  2. Filip said,

    Another great post, as always! I really enjoy reading things you write : )
    I’m actually curious about the マミる term – could you please give some exaple, how does it function in a sentence?

    • Filip said,

      *example, of course

    • bangin said,

      マミる works only when you talk about this anime. So when you say マミる, you give away a spoiler. So please make sure a person you speak to has already watched this anime or not.
      Or else, if you witnessed something like this, you could say あっマミッた![Ah, mami-tta!]. But I don’t think it’s nice, though.

      • Filip said,

        Thanks for the explanation! I guess references to anime are the last thing to think of while seeing someone’s violent death in real life… =_=;

  3. 僕と契約して○○になってよ![boku to keiyaku shite xxx ni natteyo!] | Anime said,

    […] you have a contract with me and become a cosplayer?] No, don’t get a contract! Japanese words of anime fans, by anime fans, for anime fans Posted in Anime Tags: keiyaku, natteyo, shite, 僕と契約して○○になってよ!boku […]

  4. Arikoto Madenokoji said,

    Merry christmas Bangin-san! Lots of wishes for you & you loved ones.

    • bangin said,

      Thank you, and have a happy new year!

  5. Miki Fang said,

    Ah I do quite like mahou shoujo series, especially Magic Knight Rayearth. I used to think when I was a lot younger it would be good to be able to live in Cephiro and travel to all the other worlds they had in the second season of the manga.

    • bangin said,

      I wanted to be a Esper when I was a kid, but sadly those who can be chosen as a mahou shoujo or a Esper are always girls. ><

      • Little Anon said,

        Hello! I check your site a lot but this is my first time commenting. Your cosplay is awesome.

        I think there should be more mahou shounen. (lol) I guess the closest thing we have are superheroes though, huh?

      • bangin said,

        Hello, thank you for coming! Please come anytime.
        Yes, what about Supernatural? Nah, they are exorcists.

  6. 6hours said,

    I wouldn’t necessarily call QB cruel; his philosophy is different, even if he’s a troll :’D

    • bangin said,

      I agree with you. Because he just asks potential girls to be a mahou shoujo. That’s her choice, not his.

  7. Trollock said,

    Mahou shoujo Madoka Magika is mediocre animated series at best. Bland stock characters, grimness for the sake of grimness, worthless pseudophilosophy based on misunderstaning of thermodynamics and art direction on the level of first year animation student. Its success only demostrates how deep has animation fallen. It is pretty much dead already and I am glad I choose to pursue chemistry instead of geting a degree in animation.

    • bangin said,

      I don’t see your point. At least, I don’t think this anime is mediocre mahou shoujo series.

      • Julia said,

        I bet that comment is a troll. His name “Trollock” seems to hint at it.

        I also think there should be more mahou shounen anime. It would be an interesting take on the genre.

      • bangin said,

        I just think of Harry Potter, but it is not anime though.

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