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Why Magical Girls Are Never Attacked During A Transformation

  • Source: NMB to Manabu-kun episode 56 (airdate 15-05-2014)

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 ages-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.

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

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"Even when I was little, I was thinking 'Hey! Attack them now!'"

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"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!"

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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..."

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

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

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"So they're using 21 TIMES the amount of energy the whole of Japan can generate."

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

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"He would EVAPORATE INSTANTLY."

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"DEATH AWAITS ANYONE WHO DARES TO DISRUPT A PRETTY CURE TRANSFORMATION."

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

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

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