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So I was on this internet archive site and I looked up the old Lazytown website and discovered all of these cute character descriptions and I thought I’d share
(I will never get over the fact that Bessie was supposed to be Sportacus’ mom, or that Stingy was originally supposed to be the youngest of the group)

Skam without the texts

Can you imagine watching skam without the textmessages?

I can’t…

Because then I wouldn’t have know that Isak will never hate Even. I wouldn’t have known that Isak texted Even and told him to let him know if he wanted to talk. I wouldn’t have known Jonas had texted Isak to know if he talked to Even already. I wouldn’t have known his mom was looking forward to seeing Isak in the church he was baptized in I wouldn’t have known Vilde heard gossip about Even and confronted Isak with it. They had a little misunderstanding about her intentions, but she apologized for it. I wouldn’t have known that even tho Isak wasn’t in school on Monday, he texted Sana to hand in his assignment. I wouldn’t have known Magnus is just the best bro EVER! Just supporting him and helping him in understanding Even just a little bit better and letting Isak know no one is the same.

Overall I wouldn’t have known just how wonderful Isak’s friends are and just how much they all grow with everything they do.

And this is just from last week.. You miss all these things if you don’t know about the website and how skam works.. And I feel so bad for the people who don’t know this..

Juvia and the Teru Teru Bozu

For all of you that remember Juvia’s Phantom Lord days (almost all I’d bet), I’m certain you recall her wearing this small ghost-like doll.

Now, if you’re like me you probably didn’t think of it as much more than a fashion accessory. However, that little doll is a lot more important to Juvia’s past self than one would guess. Time for a little Japanese Culture education!

Those dolls are called Teru Teru Bozu. The Wikipedia definition is this: A teru teru bōzu is a small traditional handmade doll made of white paper or cloth that Japanese farmers began hanging outside of their window by a string. In shape and construction they are essentially identical to ghost dolls, such as those made at Halloween. This amulet is supposed to have magical powers to bring good weather and to stop or prevent a rainy day.

Example:

Let’s take a look at one of Juvia’s flashbacks, shall we?

When I first saw this I assumed she was making herself friends because she was lonely. I immediately thought, “That must be why she still wears one, it’s so she’s never alone!”. However, with the knowledge of what these small dolls were, it shows just how terribly she struggled with her rain. She must have sewn hundreds of these in the false hope that it would end her rain. Consider how hopeless she felt, day after day, crying tears over her dolls that were supposed to stop the rain that followed her. Juvia probably knew it wouldn’t actually work, but she had nothing left to cling to for hope and kept making them anyway. This also shows exactly why this flashback was included when she heard Gray complain about her rain; it wasn’t to show how lonely she was because of her rain, it was showing how long she’d fought against her rain and continuously lost. It’s no wonder Juvia looked so emotionless when she first appeared. The poor child had already accepted that nothing would stop her rain, and as her hope disappeared, she probably stopped caring having companionship. I can’t find the exact manga panel of when she said this, but Juvia screaming “Juvia doesn’t need love!” during her fight with Gray drives this point home.

This isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it is interesting and hopefully makes people appreciate Juvia a little more as a strong female character. She tried for so long to fight her rain, but sometimes there are things you cannot overcome on your own, and Juvia learned that. Even so, let’s all give this little angel some major points for trying.