History Headscratchers / CastleInTheSky

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.)
24th Dec '16 11:54:37 AM sonicsuns3
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** The poem is about being happy with the natural order of things. Plant your seeds in the spring, harvest them in the fall, and generally be happy with what you've got. Laputa, in contrast, defies the natural order. And what's really relevant about that defiance isn't that it's physically floating in the sky, it's that it's housing a ''superweapon''. As Musca reveals, the Laputian empire once dominated the entire planet. And while that probably felt great for awhile, in the end the entire empire collapsed and Laputa was abandoned. Sheeta is arguing that the empire fell apart because its rulers were too greedy and tyranical. Instead of just working the land and enjoying ordinary lives, they decided to dominate other people. She's arguing that Musca is making the same mistake, and that even if he succeeds in reviving the empire he still won't have the ''moral'' right to rule over anybody. People aren't supposed to be tyrants to each other. They're supposed to live in harmony with the earth, and with each other. Hence, the bit about planting seeds leads right into "A king without compassion does not deserve his kingdom." In fact if she ''had'' said "You cannot live, parted from the Earth", what the heck would that mean? Obviously you ''can'' live in the sky; we've got a fully-functioning sky-castle right here! There's no physical reason why living in the sky cannot work. It only makes sense if she's talking about morality, and if "living with the earth" is a metaphor for living a moral life. The dub just took the metaphor and made it more explicit. Personally I prefer it that way.
24th Dec '16 10:46:45 AM sonicsuns3
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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 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 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.
24th Dec '16 10:44:37 AM sonicsuns3
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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 this is even more clear in the original Japanese. It's not meant to imply anything creepy.
10th Sep '16 2:39:02 AM dieseldragons
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* Why did the Ancients not use the spell i.e. command of destruction on Laputa? So their technology could not be used to wage war? Why not destroy all the crystals? There seems to be a bit of irresponsibility and neglect going on.
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