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What is Magical Font?

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"Magical Font"(Named by TSN, Yanchuu@CHACHA STREET, Japan) is an alternative form of Kana(仮名), which was used in the anime version of Akazukin Chacha. it's also called as "MAGIkana".

How to read them?

As we can see the picture( from Ep.60) above, it says

"se ka i i chi ma ho u tsu ka i"

"so u ta' tsu se n"

"CHI (small ya) CHI (small ya) ta i PI (small tsu) KE RU”

(the ta' is representing "da")

which is:

世界一魔法使い

争奪戦

チャチャ対ピッケル

(The competition of the World's greatest Magician, Chacha v.s. Pickel)

Other examples?

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This one is from Ep. 48,

the yellow flag on the leftside says:

ma shi' ka ru

'hu ri n se su

shi' (small yo) a n

(shi' is "ji"; 'hu is "pu")

(マジカルプリンセス ジョアン, Magical Princess: Joan)

the purple flag is:

shi' (small yo) a n

shi n e i

ta i

(ジョアン親衛隊, the Protection Squadron of Joan)

And this one is from OVA1

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which Rascal-sensei worte is:

na n ka yo ku wa ka ra na i ke (to')

ko re wa ka (ru) **** n ka na

me n to' ku sa i yo

なんか よく分からないけど

これわかる**** んかな

めんどくさいよ

(Translate: How? I don't understand this well. (do you)**** understand this? it's a trouble.)      ... waiting for editing...     

  • Dorothy's dairy, Ep. 33
  • Dorothy's dairy, 2
  • Dorothy's dairy, 3
  • Access' letter, Ep. 36
  • Access' letter content
  • Ep48, the promo of "Love Fountain"
  • Ep48, A I NO I 'SU(ZU) MI
  • Ep 60, Pickel's letter
  • Ep 60. drinks.
  • Ep 60. drinks2
  • Ep 60. Riiya's snack
  • Ep 60
  • Ep60. Rascal's drum
  • Ep60. the banner
  • "Ep60." YA tsu KO JI RU SHI NO
  • Ep42. the banner
  • Ep42. 30 HI'(BI) yo U KE (?) tsu KI N KE'(GE)
  • Ep42. "GASU"(gas)
  • Ep66. Rascal(RA-SU-KA-RU)
  • Ep66. "Ma" on Mayachon's hat
  • Ep66, A I TO YU U KI TO / KI HO*(BO) U NO SO*(ZO) U
  • Ep66. Yakko's drag, U tsu SHI tsu C, (coooow C)
  • Ep 72. the titles.
  • Ep72, "E n" (円)on the coins
  • Ep72,
  • Ep72 (A I) SU KU RI MU, ice cream
  • Ep72 A I SU KU RI (MU), ice cream
  • Ep72, Doris' sign. A NA TA NO DO RI SU YO RI
  • Ep72, cash of magicland
  • MA SHI(JI?) KA RU u
  • Ep72, "MI-RU-KU"(milk)
  • OVA1, texts on television
  • OVA1
  • OVA1
  • OVA1, the black borad
  • OVA2
  • OVA3, GE-e-~-to-o(gate)
  • PCFX op, U RA RA KA'(GA) KU E N 大 U N TO'(DO) ~ KA I
  • HE N TA (I) (へんたい,変態)
Ep.33 Dorothy's dairy

(表紙) にっきちょう        どろし

(本文) きょう まかいから はくばにのった かめんのけんしが やってきた

まかいからきた けんしは わたしにあかんぼうを あずけ さっていった

とっても まじめそうで かわいいこだ

Ep.36 Access's letter

わがいとしのしいねちゃん  げんきにしておるか  せいなる いずみから

 わきだす おんせんは  1にち1にちとちちの  きずを いやしてくれる。。。 

 いつのひか おやこ  3にんで

(From TSN, カラオケ男爵, and Doujin 戦乙女の輪舞 by 夢人工房 / 四季童子)

The Property of Magical Font

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Real-World Tamil scripts

"MAGIkana"'s characters are based on Tamil alphabets, an Indian/Dravidian writing system. Most of them are Tamil alphabets rotated 180 or 90 degree.

The connection of Tamil/Dravidian language and proto-Japanese language, was stated by the famous linguist and the editor of 岩波古語辞典 (The dictionary of Ancient Japanese Language), Susumu Ōno(大野 晋).


There is a chance that the anime Akazukin Chacha uses this relation to represent its "ancient" property.

The Alphabetum

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This is the MAGIkana chart based on Yanchuu's version, with few minor modifications. Some letters are modified to close their real world Tamil form. And we can see there are 8 lines of MAGIkanas, and 7 letters per line, therefore total 56 (7*8) characters.

This chart reads:

             
MU KE HI TSU KI KU yo
             
I KO a SU NI MI e
U E NU YO RA ya o
             
A SA NO HA RU RE N
SO SHI TE HU HO YU tsu
            
TA TO NE ~ i KA NA
CHI MA ME MO YA RI RO
O HE u WA WO SE yu

the lowercase Roman alphabet is refer to small kanas, like あぁ いぃ やゃ よょ つっ,

unlike Hiragana or Katakana, "MAGIkana" small letters are totally different from their normal one,

~ is the Katakana " ー ", represent long vowel.                                  

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Yanchuu, 米⛤花, TSN version of 魔法文字 chart: arranged by traditional Gojuonzu .

Now we call the straight line in a character ( hard, strong ), and the curve line in a character ( soft, flexible ). Then the "begin" of a character's natural order of strokes , the "end" of strokes .

For example, in ( modern style ) Latin alphabets, character E is 剛起剛終 ( initial stroke is straight line, end stroke is straight line ), character B is 剛起柔終 ( initial stroke is straight line, end stroke is curve line ), character G is 柔起剛終 ( initial stroke is curve line, end stroke is straight line ), character S 柔起柔終 ( initial stroke is curve line, end stroke is curve line ).

By this 4 catalogs, we can divide these 56 MAGIkanas into 7 : 14 : 14 : 21 four groups, like the chart above.

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That's a strong evidence that these MAGIkanas do relate to 7 and 8. Despite the 剛起剛終 one, the 2 : 2 : 3 ratio is same as the the "3 groups" ratio ( despite Chacha ) shown in Ep. 48.

...editing...


The "links" between two characters

As we can see the char o (ぉ, small o) and tsu(っ, small tsu) has a "flip vertically" relation (both they are Tamil மு / மூ ).

And YU and SA is Tamil ௸.

HO and SU is Tamil பூ.

WA and MU is ங ( ஙூ )

The "old" form of MAGIkana

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These "old" writing style are from Ep9 and Ep22, which had not been decrypted by TSN or Yanchuu yet.

We can see the char like HE, CHI, small YA, SE, and small I are similar to their later form (thus the name like "Ri i (ya)" "chi ya chi ya" or "se ra u' i -" are readable).


As for what we know, those are not regular Japanese like the later one, those "old" writing are series of Japanese vocabularies and lack of Joshi like wa, ni, de, wo.

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