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Megiddo



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:50 pm Reply with quote
Looks like I finally have an anime to watch on Crunchyroll now... other than Eve no Jikan.
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Tenchi



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Is "PiPoPa" a generic magic word in Japan, sort of like the way "Abracadabra" or "presto" are used as generic magic words in English?

That combination of syllables is used in at least two different Pretty Sammy songs (the "Magical Girl Pretty Sammy" song used at the end of the Tenchy Muyo Mihoshi special and the theme song for the Pretty Sammy/Magical Project S TV series).
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:13 pm Reply with quote
Tenchi wrote:
Is "PiPoPa" a generic magic word in Japan, sort of like the way "Abracadabra" or "presto" are used as generic magic words in English?

That combination of syllables is used in at least two different Pretty Sammy songs (the "Magical Girl Pretty Sammy" song used at the end of the Tenchy Muyo Mihoshi special and the theme song for the Pretty Sammy/Magical Project S TV series).


Yes and no. The specific combination "pipopa" is nothing special, however all of the "pa pi pu pe po" syllables are commonly used as parts of magic spell phrases dating back quite a long way... I'll have to look it up but I recall that the magical phrases for Ojamajo Doremi were things like:ピリカピリララ ポポリナペペルト pirilapirirara poporinapeperuto

If I had to guess this might be influenced by Disney, specifically "bibidebabedi boo" from cinderella.
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