Today’s podcast is all about leaf hats!
Okay, so they’re not really “hats,” but I didn’t know what to call them. I’m talking about when an anime character wears a leaf on their head.
Aww! Hamtaro is so cute! But, wait. Haven’t we seen this somewhere before?
Oh, yeah! I knew that looked familiar.
Maybe it’s a trend to wear a leaf on one’s head… Right, Naruto?
So, what’s this all about?
Remember our friend and neighbour, Totoro? Well, he’s got relatives.
These are tanuki. Maybe they can explain what the leaves are all about.
And here is a tanuki, drawn in another style (by someone named vantid).
The resemblance is certainly there.
Leaves can imply magical transformation abilities.
Leaves can mean a character is sly and sneaky…
…or cute and naive. Ve~
Finally! It is explained how a leaf makes Mario fly.
This is a continuation from last week.
-“Rayearth” by CLAMP (I’m linking to their Anime News Network page because their official site is in Japanese only)
-“Wish” by CLAMP
-“Nightschool” by Svetlana Chmakova
The Path of the Wind
I referred to the twinkly sound as pizzicato, but that’s not quite right. I don’t really know what to call it. What is that? Is it even strings? Xylophone? What?
Shell (Instrumental Version)
Finally, here’s the other episodes of this podcast I referenced.
–Girl Power and the Stories We Don’t Tell
In this very off-topic podcast, Errol and I attempt to scratch the surface of Studio Ghibli. Soot sprites, kodama, and totoros abound. Well, they’re there, anyway. It’s mostly off-topic asides that abound. 🙂
…Something tells me there will be more Miyazaki/Ghibli podcasts in the future. 🙂