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Nov 17, 2019 6:33 PM
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"closely aligned with the Kyubey". Also "not super mean", actually, maybe.

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She sides with the Kyubey and is their close ally, but she's not one of the crueler magical girls.

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Side with them - if you argue that Kyubey are bad, or in some kind of fight...?

Uh oh, what do cruel magical girls do?

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If you argue they're bad or get in a fight, and the girl also acts as their enforcers sometimes.

Cruel magical girls sometimes attack and even kill other girls for their grief seeds, tend to be more aggressive with maintaining territories, and will run witch-farms where they'll intentionally let witches feed on humans so the witches grow larger.

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Do people fight Kyubey often? How does that happen? What does enforcer mean?

eep!! (What is a grief seed?)

...is there something she should be prepared to do if other magical girls come attack Nausicaa them? Or if witches try feeding on them?

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Directly fighting Kyubey's rare - they tend to select against girls who'll do that - but fighting the girls who're considered more closely aligned with their interests counts. Enforcers mostly get rid of girls who're being really inconvenient to Kyubey? Like, if a girl's trying to break the masquerade. 

A grief seed is a witch's soul gem, pretty much. If a magical girl witches her soul gem becomes a grief seed, and you can offload grief from a soul gem into a grief seed.

Witches can't feed on magical girls. It's pretty unlikely they'll get in a fight with other magical girls - they have an established territory, and they're a team. Most magical girls work solo, and wouldn't be willing to try to steal territory from a team.

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...So magical girls want grief seeds to offload into, because that way they get hope and magic back?

She's not a magical girl, can witches feed on her? (She's less worried about that than about them hurting Nausicaa but it still seems like that would be bad). Also do they have to worry that enforcers will see them doing something weird and not like it?

Why aren't there more teams? (How did they get to be a team? If it's ok to ask.)

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Yeah. Grief seeds are incredibly important.

Nausicaa doesn't know, but it's decently obvious to trained outsiders if someone's being influenced by a witch, and magical girls can disrupt that.

Enforcers might object to them disrupting the witch economy, but also Kyubey tends to be fairly cautious?

There aren't more teams -  well, Sue thinks Kyubey is intentionally keeping girls from building any kind of alliances that might threaten the Kyubey. The Kyubey claim that magical girls are natural loners, and will inevitably come into conflict over limited resources like grief seeds.

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Do most magical girls not get really lonely? ...Does that make anyone suspicious, that sounds like a kind of suspicious thing to say. Or do they say it differently?

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"They're really blunt and often push that they don't think like humans. But - they say it in little bits, over a longer time?"

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That makes sense.

Do magical girls really not get lonely? She's pretty sure regular humans get lonely.

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She thinks they do, but...

Kyubey seems to not mind a state of affairs where most magical girls end up witching.

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Well that's terrible.

...and she should know more about that (if Nausicaa is ok telling her), but first she should rest and watch a movie like they were going to. ...Assuming she has understood correctly that this is not the kind of problem where she should skip rest as much as possible and work as much as she can as long as she can.

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It's unlikely to get worse fast, yeah. So rest.

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Movie?

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Movie! Nausicaa finds a light hearted romantic comedy! About vampires, after some teasing of Sue. (Vampires do not exist.)

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She is confused by the teasing of Sue.

What happens in the movie? Does it tell her anything interesting about this world?

What if a magical girl wanted to be a vampire?

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Movie: girl is swept off her feet by a handsome, mysterious boy, who turns out to be a vampire! The thing is says about the world seems to be there's an ideal at least in romance of girls being the ones seduced; the romantically aggressive female vampire is the rival and villain. (Sue keeps throwing popcorn at the screen over stupid sexist portrayals, too, and then getting her popcorn taken away by Sakura.)

Vampires don't actually exist, Nausicaa explains, and the makers of this movie don't know about magical girls. 

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She will miss a lot of the general gendering/sexism, since she's currently only seeing the one movie and doesn't have the background, though she'll get more of it with Sue's contributions. What she gets of it she'll find weird and kind of upsetting (she's still missing the full force of it all).

Does the movie tell her anything about things like 'what do people in this world do all day'? How about, how do you tell if someone might be interested in you? And if there's anything you can do to maybe be interesting that's still ok if they're not?

 

But if a magical girl wished to be a vampire, could that happen, or do wishes not do that?

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The movie doesn't seem to concern itself with daily activities, except a vague concept that teenagers usually go to high school. You apparently tell someone is interested in you via smoldering looks and dramatic sighs. This movie doesn't seem aware that attraction is ever not reciprocated. 

"I think if she felt strongly enough? She'd become whatever she thought a vampire was, probably, not like exactly what's in this movie."

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She is curious about that! What's high school? Do they go there? Does she need to go there?

...She's not sure if that sounds like a good idea. And she wouldn't want to try it without knowing if it is or if it's like vampires and not real in this world, or like the things Sue is mad about and bad whether or not it's real....Also, you probably wouldn't get really good information on what to do in real life from the romance plays she'd seen at home either. Except in really specific situations. So she is probably not going to try this right now.

Nod.

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She explains high school! None of the magical girls are attending - Sakura graduated early, Sue's being home-schooled by her uncle, and Nausicaa's technically also being home-schooled but is mostly just not attending. People under eighteen are supposed to be getting an education, and high school's for teenagers who need an education, but if you're not a citizen it isn't required.

And yeah, Nausicaa wouldn't recommend actually becoming a vampire.

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