History Headscratchers / CastleInTheSky

5th Feb '18 9:41:30 AM triclon
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** It appears that the royal family originally did plan to return to Laputa after everyone left. Pazu even speculates this is the case, that Laputa was waiting for the rightful ruler to return. They left it floating in the sky surrounded by an endless storm until that day was to come. The royal family later decided not to go back, but maybe they decided to keep the control crystal and Laputa intact in case they wanted to go back eventually. Over time their secret became more of a legend and a family tradition and the decedents of the royal Laputians continued to pass the control crystal down, not realizing how powerful the crystal was or that Laputa was still floating up there in the sky. Sheeta seemed quite that Laputa was still around, so clearly her family forgot some stuff over time.

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** It appears that the royal family originally did plan to return to Laputa after everyone left. Pazu even speculates this is the case, that Laputa was waiting for the rightful ruler to return. They left it floating in the sky surrounded by an endless storm until that day was to come. The royal family later decided not to go back, but maybe they decided to keep the control crystal and Laputa intact in case they wanted to go back eventually. Over time their secret became more of a legend and a family tradition and the decedents of the royal Laputians continued to pass the control crystal down, not realizing how powerful the crystal was or that Laputa was still floating up there in the sky. Sheeta seemed quite surprised that Laputa was still around, so clearly her family forgot some stuff over time.
5th Feb '18 9:40:49 AM triclon
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** It appears that the royal family originally did plan to return to Laputa after everyone left. Pazu even speculates this is the case, that Laputa was waiting for the rightful ruler to return. They left it floating in the sky surrounded by an endless storm until that day was to come. The royal family later decided not to go back, but maybe they decided to keep the control crystal and Laputa intact in case they wanted to go back eventually. Over time their secret became more of a legend and a family tradition and the decedents of the royal Laputians continued to pass the control crystal down, not realizing how powerful the crystal was or that Laputa was still floating up there in the sky.

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** It appears that the royal family originally did plan to return to Laputa after everyone left. Pazu even speculates this is the case, that Laputa was waiting for the rightful ruler to return. They left it floating in the sky surrounded by an endless storm until that day was to come. The royal family later decided not to go back, but maybe they decided to keep the control crystal and Laputa intact in case they wanted to go back eventually. Over time their secret became more of a legend and a family tradition and the decedents of the royal Laputians continued to pass the control crystal down, not realizing how powerful the crystal was or that Laputa was still floating up there in the sky. Sheeta seemed quite that Laputa was still around, so clearly her family forgot some stuff over time.
5th Feb '18 9:38:45 AM triclon
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** It was probably a failsafe in case someone evil was trying to take control of Laputa, perhaps while trying to take a member of the royal family hostage. With hardly any time to react, this failsafe would need a spell that could be uttered quickly.


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** It appears that the royal family originally did plan to return to Laputa after everyone left. Pazu even speculates this is the case, that Laputa was waiting for the rightful ruler to return. They left it floating in the sky surrounded by an endless storm until that day was to come. The royal family later decided not to go back, but maybe they decided to keep the control crystal and Laputa intact in case they wanted to go back eventually. Over time their secret became more of a legend and a family tradition and the decedents of the royal Laputians continued to pass the control crystal down, not realizing how powerful the crystal was or that Laputa was still floating up there in the sky.
15th Dec '17 12:47:07 PM petrandreev13
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** Their love was simple and childish. It's clear that they see her as a sort of mother figure (she cooks for them, etc.), and it's sortof a humorous commentary on how their actual mother isn't remotely maternal in the usual sense of the word, so Shita is their first encounter with this kind of feeling. This is even more clear in the original Japanese. It's not meant to imply anything creepy.

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** Their love was simple and childish. It's clear that they see her as a sort of mother figure (she cooks for them, etc.), and it's sortof sort of a humorous commentary on how their actual mother isn't remotely maternal in the usual sense of the word, so Shita Sheeta is their first encounter with this kind of feeling. This is even more clear in the original Japanese. It's not meant to imply anything creepy.
8th Jan '17 2:07:05 AM Emperor_Oshron
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**** [[FridgeBrilliance Which means that the "original" name being volucite actually makes sense--if it DID come from the Spanish "volar", then it has the same rough linguistic origin as Laputa!]]


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*** That and the film is implied to take place at an earlier time than when it was made, or even before Miyazaki himself was born, if it even takes place on Earth at all (the implication seems to be that it's an alternate history where air travel [[IncrediblyLamePun took off]] early). If they ''were'' trying to court Sheeta, they were probably simulatenously abiding by other old traditions of romance: if one of them proposed and she agreed, they would've waited until she was older to consummate if for no other reason than for her own health.
28th Dec '16 5:46:59 AM HighfalutinQuelea
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* I understand why this is in the film, different culture, innocence, yadda yadda yadda. But it just bugs me that the pirates seem to love the girl a little too much. I've never been able to thoroughly enjoy the film solely for this reason - which makes me feel sad.

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* I understand why this is in the film, different culture, innocence, yadda yadda yadda. But it just bugs me that the pirates seem to love the girl [[PedoHunt a little too much.much]]. I've never been able to thoroughly enjoy the film solely for this reason - which makes me feel sad.
24th Dec '16 12:03:38 PM sonicsuns3
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** In-universe, I assume it was a Laputian accent. Her family has been speaking that way for generations.
24th Dec '16 12:01:57 PM sonicsuns3
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** Sounds like a case of TheyChangedItNowItSucks.
24th Dec '16 12:01:04 PM sonicsuns3
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** Indeed. Irresponsibility and neglect probably helped the empire collapse in the first place. Also, my headcannon is that someone ''did'' try to use the spell of destruction, but he was interrupted before he could say the final word. That's why Sheeta and Patsu only need to say one word to activate the spell.
24th Dec '16 11:59:13 AM sonicsuns3
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** My personal headcannon is that someone tried to use the spell hundreds of years ago while the empire was in the process of falling apart, but he was interrupted before he could say the final word. The beginning part of the spell is still stored in the crystal indefinitely, so Sheeta just has to say the final word and then the entire spell activates. It's a theory that suggests an interesting backstory. (Also, see the next question.)
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