science and magic

Why Magical Girls Are Never Attacked During A Transformation

As some of you might already have guessed, I’m a fan of Japanese girl idols. One of the many, many idol groups in existence today in Japan is NMB48, a Osaka-based spin-off group of the (in)famous AKB48. NMB has a weekly show that’s surprisingly entertaining as well as educational called NMB to Manabu-kun, in which the members of NMB and a few comedians listen to guest lectures by experts in various fields.

Back on May 15th, the theme of the episode was pataphysics/the science of sci-fi. One of the topics of the lecture held by university professor Yanagita Rikao was the age-old question of “WHY ARE MAGICAL GIRLS NEVER ATTACKED WHILE TRANSFORMING???”

This was his answer, based on the magical girl series Futari wa Pretty Cure.

Question: The transformation scenes in Pretty Cure are very long, so why don’t the bad guys attack the girls in the meantime?

“Even when I was little, I was thinking ‘Hey! Attack them now!’”

“I found this odd as well, so I watched the transformation scene many times. And what I noticed is, when the Pretty Cures yell 'Dual Aurora Wave!’ and transform, a rainbow-colored column of light shoots up from the ground, going BOOM!”

“And then the Pretty Cures levitate, and go up into the air. Based on this, I believe the protagonists of Pretty Cure are being held up in the air by the power of light.”

“When we think of light, we usually think it heats up things or lights up things. But in reality, light has the power to hold up things as well.”

“When the sun is beating down on us in the summer, the human body is being pressed downwards by the sun beams with a force of 2/100,000g.”

“But this is only about a one-hundred of the weight of a mosquito, so no matter how hot it is, we don’t feel that sunlight is heavy.”

“So that means the light holding them up must be extremely strong. If we assume that the two Pretty Cures each weigh about 45kg and do some calculations…”

“It means the light during the transformation must have the energy of 2,100,000,000kW per 1m2.”

“While the entirety of power that Japan is capable of generating is only 100,000,000kW.”

“So they’re using 21 TIMES the amount of energy the whole of Japan can generate.”

“So what would happen if a bad guy jumped in to try to sabotage their transformation?”



“So this means the best thing to do would be to transform close to any bad guys.”

“Yes. They are the strongest while they transform, and are practically invincible.”

I love the pagan community, but sheesh you guys.

Spells and herbs and crystals and deities etc. are great. I work with all of these things. But there is a time and a place for these things. I know not everyone can afford doctors, medications, treatments, etc., but if I see one more post about how to cure cancer with turmeric and crystal therapy I am going to lose my damn mind. 

I feel like I shouldn’t have to say this. Science is not our enemy. Science is wonderful. Science helps us live longer and understand the world around us that many of us revere as an entity in itself. Denying scientific evidence doesn’t make you quirky or more of a practitioner/pagan/witch/believer than someone else. It makes the rest of us look bad. 

Nerdy Witch Idea

Use molecular structures as sigils. For example, I’m trying out a DMT molecule for enhanced dreams/visions. One could also try a melatonin molecule for sleep, or a dopamine molecule for happiness. Or use the molecular structure of a crystal or herb with the properties you need. The possibilities are endless!
This 22-Year-Old Is Already An Engineer With NASA
And she’s yet to graduate from MIT... with a 5.0. Yah.

“You have to look forward to your dream and you can’t let anybody get in the way of it,” she said. “No matter how tough it may be, no matter how many tears you might cry, you have to keep pushing. And you have to understand that nothing comes easy. Keeping your eyes on the prize, you can succeed.”

what she says: i’m fine

what she means: newt scamander’s expeditions in “fantastic beasts and where to find them” suggest that there’s a definite sense of scientific curiosity in the wizarding world- researching and categorizing magical creatures must follow some sort of scientific method- so why haven’t we heard anything about the wizarding stem community??? there has to be someone who wonders how magic actually works- there’s no way an entire society has just resigned themseleves to the simple “it’s magic” fallacy to explain away the blatant contradiction between the laws of physics and magic. what makes a wizard a wizard- are they biologically different than muggles? is there some sort of chemical basis for “magic”? there’s had to have been some nerdy muggle born who read up on quantum physics before going go wizard school and thought “maybe magic can be explained at a subatomic level”. why have we heard so little about magical research??????

For all of you who are into crystals and their power and stuff, a quartz watch is basically the best talisman ever.

Quartz clocks are a type of clock regulated by a piece of quartz that resonates naturally. Basically, deep within all that electronics, all the man-made stuff which is pretty cool and smart and all that, there is a tiny piece of natural crystal, a minuscule seed of earth itself, doing what it naturally does, obeying the natural laws. And this results in far, far more precise measurements than anything man made which does not have this crystal heart.

Plus, watches can be really pretty.