Box Wood

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Box Wood (BOX WOOD) is a witch that appears in the first episode of the Magia Record Anime. It is first attacked by Iroha Tamaki on a train after kidnapping a cat. Later on it appears on the train again with Iroha and Kuroe where all 3 end up getting transported to Kamihama within Zenobia's barrier. It is then caught and subsequently killed by the other witch.

This witch does not appear in the game and is instead exclusive to the anime.

Witch

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石中魚の魔女。その性質は蟄居。自身の結界内に特定のガラクタを収集し巣を作っている魔女。チューブ状の巣に引きこもってる時間が何より大好き。普段は巣の内部を泳いでいるだけだが、迷惑そうな侵入者に対してはエリマキを出して威嚇しながら体当たり攻撃をしてくる。砂場の魔女には一瞬で引き裂かれてしまったが、魔女の中で特段弱いわけではない。結界の中の空がパスタであふれているのは、かつて見たパスタの姿をした神様を模しているらしい。

Box Wood

RunesBOX WOOD
TypeStone-dwelling Fish Witch
NatureBeing confined
EpisodesEpisode 1

Caption in Official Art from twitter : The Witch of Stone-dwelling Fish. It appears as a Giant Salamander. Iroha who hasn't embarked on her journey yet, fights against a witch who went into her shell. She shimmers in fluorescent colors when it's swimming inside the tubular structure that is her nest, but is solid black when she's outside. It swims like a lizard, winding itself.

Caption in Official Guidebook : The witch of Stone-dwelling Fish. Her nature is Being confined. A witch who collects certain junk and builds a nest within her own barrier. She loves the time she spends holed up in her tube-shaped nest more than anything else. She usually just swims around inside the nest, but if some troublesome intruders come, she threatens them with her frill and attacks them with her body. She was instantly tore up by Sandbox Witch, but she is not particularly weak among witches. The sky inside her barrier is filled with pasta noodles that apparently in imitation the pasta-shaped god she once saw.

Minions

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Unknown

TypeStone-dwelling Fish Witch's minion
DutyFlotsam
EpisodesEpisode 1

A minion of the Stone-dwelling fish witch. Its role is flotsam. The unborn lives drifted into the witch's barrier. They and the witch don't interfere with each other but, they cooperate and eliminate intruders when they visit.

In the Anime

Trivia

  • The eye-like design of this Witch can be a reference to a drawing for a flower bed entitled "Tearful Eye" from "MEMO FLORA", Kenji Miyazawa's gardening notebook. This sketch shows the eye-like design of the flower bed and the plants to be planted there, but there is not a name of Boxwood (Buxus).
    • Boxwood shrub wood has been popularly used for miniature Christian sculptures, instruments, chess pieces, and the handles of daggers.
    • Coincidentally, boxwood shrubs are food for the box tree moth, which can devastate a shrub very quickly; this may relate to Shitori Egumo (Embryo Eve)
  • Yoshiharu Tsuge is Japanese manga artist. His surname "Tsuge" means boxwood in Japanese. The Witch may be referred to him and some of his work.
    • Sanshōuo (山椒魚, "Salamander") is a monologue story of a giant salamander living in the sewage pipe. He does not remember how long he has lived there. Once he was also uncomfortable in the sewer environment, but eventually he adapted to the environment, his constitution changed, and the sewage became his home where he could behave freely. He enjoys exploring the sewer system and inspecting the flotsams every day. One day, he encountered the strangest flotsam he'd never seen before. It is a dead human fetus flushed down the drain, but he can't understand what it is. He puzzles over what it is for three days, but in the end he has no idea, and finally gets angry, head-butts the flotsam and leaves. The story ends with his monologue in which he looks forward to his next encounter with anything he have not seen yet.
    • Uoishi (魚石, "Stone of Fish") is a story about a questionable stone which is said that fish lives inside.
    • Nejishiki (ねじ式, "Screw Style") is his most famous work. The scene in which the protagonist with an injured arm, looking for a doctor, wanders into a street full of eye doctors is one of the most famous panel in the manga. The signboard with an eye illustration appearing in that scene, also appears as one of the flotsams in Sanshōuo.
      • The author, Tsuge, said that this story is based on a dream he had while he was sleeping on the roof of a Ramen noodle shop. Noodles that exist inside the Witch and its barrier could be a reference to this.
  • Box Wood's identity as the "Stone-Dwelling Fish Witch" and the description of its familiars has been provided by Mizuna anon on 4chan's /pmmm/ general. (archival images here).

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