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requires a redesign, I don't know how to do it..

Like, a new template which includes the japanese info, the english intepretation, and a thumbnail? --Sayaka 05:54, 20 January 2011 (CST)
exactly Commie 05:56, 20 January 2011 (CST)

If anyone is a coding wizard, please redesign the template at Template:Card_2 so that it looks nicer!

--Fallacies 03:12, 28 January 2011 (CST)


[edit] japanese translations only?

I noticed that the last sentence of "Soul gem" is not translated from the glossary on the webpage. Should we separate such things out, or is it fine to mix? Oatmeal 10:46, 16 February 2011 (CST)

I noticed it too, but I left the sentence since it explains a former unknown side of soul gems. Perhaps we could divide the official definition and further notes, e.g.
Official Text
--Anon-kun 11:15, 16 February 2011 (CST)
I think we better put non-official info outside the template (see below), so we can add miscellaneous informations this way too, e.g. barrier's appearance, familiar's role when they're not fighting (in Inukare interview), grief seed appearance and such. --0x99 12:00, 16 February 2011 (CST)

[edit] Purposed page style


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Barrier (結界 Kekkai)
An otherworld used by Witches to conceal themselves. Should a normal human wander in by accident, it is impossible for them to escape.
Image: Madoka and friends entering Gertrud's barrier.

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Familiar (使い魔 Tsukaima)
Lesser monsters divided out of the essence of a Witch. Though normally assigned the task of maintaining and defending their parent-witch's barrier, it seems that they can eventually gain independence and stray to form their own barriers. Further growing, they take on the form of their parent.
Image: Ulla, Suleika's familiar in his own barrier.

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[edit] Familiar vs Minion

What's the wiki-wide guideline on usage of familiar vs minion? A quick search shows that we use the two words interchangeably. Should we just stick with familiar, since it's in the glossary? Prima 07:31, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

Up till now I don't think there has been any guideline. Since the "official" term is familiar (使い魔) and not minion (手下), it would be relevant to stick with "familiar". The problem if we want to revert the existing pages is to skim through all the pages and change it (plus sometimes, "minion" is used to avoid repetition so we can't really use an automated solution either) --Homerun-chan 10:34, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Puella Magi vs. Magical Girl

Let me make my reasoning a bit more clear: The important part of Kyubey's words in episode 8 is "In this country," In other words, the characters are speaking normally: plain, everyday Japanese, which, by extension, would be translated into plain, everyday English subtitles. If we were really supposed to be hearing the more exotic "puella magi" whenever we heard the words "mahō shōjo":

  • Kyubey wouldn't have emphasized this in the first place, and it would have been kept vague.
  • We would have heard "puella magi" in Engrish (Ratin?), as with Soul Gem and Grief Seed, anyway.

I always preferred magical girl, myself, but I'd admit it was a bit of a toss-up—until now. —MomoiroKakarichou 01:04, 25 February 2011 (UCT)

Eh. It's not like "magical girl" isn't already in the entry. What it's listed under is largely a matter of aesthetics. --Fallacies 01:07, 25 February 2011 (UCT)
Addendum: There is an argument to be made for the simultaneous correctness of multiple 'possible' interpretations. --Fallacies 04:15, 25 February 2011 (UCT)
The title's one thing (Japanese to Latin by the creator's choice), but then there's the actual term used in the dialogue (Japanese to English). I don't think the characters themselves would could be saying either/both at this point.
MomoiroKakarichou 03:37, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

Another theory - "Puella Magi" represents the term as coined originally, since Kyubey obviously isn't Japanese :D It may be the term in Kyubey's original language. Your reasoning does make sense in a way, but firstly, "Puella Magi" is in the "official" romanized title, and secondly - well, it's all over there in the wiki. Editing every entry to change "Puella Magi" into "magical girl" would be too much of a burden :D --KFYatek 02:24, 25 February 2011 (UCT)

If puella magi was the original term, I think it would only strengthen my case here, since both terms would exist side-by-side in-universe (expanding on the Ratin bullet point above).
I went into the difference with the title above. The title was what actually what kept it either/or for me, but I think this line gets rid of that ambiguity rather handily. I agree that changing it everywhere would be a royal pain, but, well, it wouldn't have to happen overnight or anything. Another thing for the "To Do" pile, I guess.
MomoiroKakarichou 03:37, 3 March 2011 (UTC)
Let me put it more directly:
  • The Mahou Shoujo -> Majo Pun does not work in English, given that the term "Magical Girl" does not have anything to do with the term "Witch."
  • Per the above, "Mahou Shoujo" being correct in Japanese does not make "Magical Girl" a proper parallel term / equivalent in English; it doesn't have the same lingual characteristics that make the pun succeed in Japanese. If the term for "Witch" in English were not "Witch," but something like "Magical Woman," I would not be saying this.
  • The only official translation for "Mahou Shoujo" in Roman alphabetization is "Puella Magi." Regardless of whether or not this is proper Latin, it's official.
  • The term "Mahou Shoujo" is intended for consumption by a Japanese audience. No actual officially approved translation of the term as it appears in dialogue presently exists, and no translation fans provide can be officially correct.
I really don't understand why you're being so insistent on an unofficial translation like "Magical Girl" being "more" correct than something supplied by the creators. If you must, add this thing as a speculah. It's bad form to make out a pet theory as something resembling an official translation or canon by editing the title of the Glossary term. Further, how exactly does this one line by Kyuubey get rid of the ambiguity? Regardless of how you cut it, we don't know what precisely the creators' intended translation is -- only what they intended for the Japanese. --Fallacies 04:48, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

when you take the first and the last kanji of mahou shoujo you get majo. it´s better to leave it at this 魔(法少)女

Not that argument again... How many times has it been discussed in the threads up till now? Nobody uses Puella Magi in the actual show, the only occurrences being the title (which is the title of the franchise, just like the "(...) Lyrical" in Nanoha's titles) and gg being gg. Anyway, if people insist in thinking gg's right, then why can't we admit that both translations are possible? Why don't we just put "Puella Magi (Magical Girl)" in the glossary entry or something? --Homerun-chan 09:39, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

gg's subs is not only occurence save the title. Shini-tan's scanlation of the manga also uses "Puella Magi" where "mahou shoujo" originally was. But you're right in the point that this discussion is quite meaningless. --KFYatek 12:23, 3 March 2011 (UTC)
Note that I'm not saying that "Puella Magi" is a more or less correct translation for "Mahou Shoujo" than "Magical Girl" as it appears in dialogue. I'm saying that in the absence of an official translation for the term in dialogue, nobody should be discarding "Puella Magi" as being less correct than "Magical Girl" -- given that it's actually supplied by the creators. Further, the current entry title is "Puella Magi" (魔法少女 Mahō shōjo, lit. Magical Girl), with the unqualified "Puella Magi" simply being a header used for purposes of neatness and organization in wikicode and layout. Per the above, argument that "Magical Girl" is more correct on the basis of a pun that only works in Japanese doesn't really make a lot of sense to me. Argument for the exclusion of one of the terms from the glossary entry or the superiority of one term over the other doesn't make sense either. This is not a defense of gg's translation. --Fallacies 18:48, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

the soul of the mahou shoujo becomes the witch while the body is left empty (makes sense since the soul is seperated from the body). the fact that the soul gem turns black during the transformation may be because the soul leaves gem

Bringing back this discussion because I would like to clear up a common misconception, and you can base your opinions on that: "Puella Magi" is not intended to be magical girl; however, "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" does indeed mean "Magical Girl Madoka of the [male] Mage" ("magica" being the correct adjective for "magical"). Being a Latin student, I believe the entire title was supposed to be taken together, "magica" connected to "puella magi", so I really don't think "puella magi" should be cut off from the rest of the title like that. Do what you will with the thought, since I know how much hell it is to change an entire wiki to one term or the other, and at this point I believe it's too late to make any changes. But seeing as we've never seen any "Puella Magi" term without the "Magica" whenever it's used officially, I think one should reconsider the merits of that title. (Unless you want to call it "Puella Magi ________ Magica" every time, and that's just ridiculous.) Aster Selene 18:27, 23 April 2011 (UTC)

That's an interesting twist, but it feels contradictory to the official Japanese title, 『魔法少女まどか☆マギカ』 (Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magika) - "Madoka Magica" stays there in both version, and 『魔法少女』 (mahou shoujo - magical girl) gets directly substituted by "Puella Magi". That's why "Puella Magi" is used interchangeably with "magical girl", even though the meaning is not the same.
As you're a Latin student, I'd like to ask one thing - how would you pluralize "Puella Magi"? If my grammar googling skills are correct, the correct Latin plural would be "Puellae Magorum", but that somehow feels ridiculous. I read many other versions - "Puella Magi", "Puella Magis", "Puellae Magis" and "Puella Magi", ie. using the singular form as plural. What do you think? --KFYatek 18:48, 23 April 2011 (UTC)
Coincidentally, should we try to stick with one form over the other in the episode summaries and character pages -- especially since we aren't sure of the plural form for "puella magi" right now? It's just a matter of searching and replacing, nothing difficult. Momoism 18:57, 23 April 2011 (UTC)
Well, there are a lot of pages to edit. The plural form of "puella magi" should be "Puellae Magi", however (replace the nominative only). "magorum" is only viable if there is more than one mage ("Girls of the Mages" versus "Girls of the Mage"). Aster Selene 19:11, 23 April 2011 (UTC)
It's been a while, but IIRC we reached to the conclusion that both terms are correct, and we can use both interchangeably. However, while I was a supporter of "Puella Magi", given the pluralizing controversy, I now use "magical girls" everywhere I need to use plural...
"Puellae Magi" makes sense, thanks. --KFYatek 19:20, 23 April 2011 (UTC)

Isn't an alternative translation for Puella Magi "Slave of the deceiver"? Given the nature of the show, I think that the title is supposed to be a hint towards the dual nature of the characters, both being the protectors of the world whilst also being tricked into one day becoming the very thing they're fighting. ( 01:53, 27 April 2013 (UTC))

...just where did you hear that? --Universalperson 21:16, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

[edit] Separating manga from anime references

As with the guest example of adding Kazumi reference of Jubey to the glossary, this is what I meant when I said manga references are going to mix in with anime and confuse people who aren't familiar with both. Either we need separate sections or pages for both or people need to keep an eye out and make sure things that are added are clear as to the source. -randomanon 18:21, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

As per glossary, I believe it's good to be generic and as spoiler-free as possible. Aside from being manga-centric, the mention of Jubey is a spoiler for Kazumi. Mention of the word "Incubator" would be generic, but even more spoilerish (spoiling as far as ep8). I believe I managed to word it in both generic and spoiler-free way in the last edit, but you may disagree. --kFYatek 18:32, 17 May 2011 (UTC)
Re: KFYatek's comment: it's kind of hard how to word it; the existence of Jubey makes it clear that there are more Incubators, but we shouldn't use the word "Incubator" or mention Jubey to not spoil...
The problem is not all fans are going to consider what happen in the spin-off manga Kazumi to be canon to the anime. For all we know, Kyubey may be the only incubator in existence in Madoka the anime so even implying there are more out there is speculative as far as the anime is concerned. So that's why it's just best to keep things separate and not revise the anime glossary based on what we learn from the manga. Another example to give you an idea is Oriko's Kyubey that flies. He doesn't in the anime and maybe he can't there and it's just Oriko's creativity on writing that in. I wouldn't want to see that either in the glossary page that currently is dedicated to only the anime, as well as the locations and episodes page. It should all stay canon to the anime in my opinion, and manga sections clearly separated out. Like the character page, where the categories of manga-only characters are in their own sections. -randomanon 18:34, 17 May 2011 (UTC)
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