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PostSubject: Balala The Fairies   Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:19 am

So, I just found out that this is a thing that exists! Balala The Fairies (also known on the MG wiki as Balala Little Magic Fairy) is a Chinese magical girl series. There has been a live-action TV show, a few live-action movies, and some animated spinoffs.

Here's the MG wiki page about it -- this seems to be the only page I can find that has a lot of details on it. Wikipedia's article only talked about the live action show, and was pretty bare.

This trailer was the only subtitled thing I was able to find. You can find the cartoon and the live-action show on YouTube, but it's raw. Here's a trailer for the cartoon, if you want to see the animation in action. I think someone one time uploaded a few subtitled episodes of the live-action show, but those appear to have been taken down for copyright. I haven't been able to find anywhere else to watch it.

Which is a shame, because I'm actually really interested in this. The character designs are adorable, and remind me heavily of Pretty Cure. Plus, it would be really cool to see a non-Western cartoon that comes from somewhere other than Japan. I wouldn't say no to the live-action version, either -- I loved PGSM. Oh, well.
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PostSubject: Re: Balala The Fairies   Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:11 am

Ahhh I'd forgotten about that wiki. Just looking at it brings back the warm fuzzies. Most of the time I can't fault them for putting things that are arguably magical girl or not, but  Shinryaku! Ika Musume? Really? XD
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PostSubject: Re: Balala The Fairies   Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:34 pm

So, I did recently watch the first two episodes of the live-action show, with no subtitles. And actually, watching it raw was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be! The show is pretty simple to follow along with, and while there were times that I wished I knew what was being said, I had a pretty good understanding of what was going on.

Something I find really cool about this show is that, since it's not Japanese, it doesn't conform to the typical super sentai color scheme thing. The leader, Sally, is the yellow one, and she's quite a bit older than the other two girls. I think she becomes their nanny/mentor. Maggie, the blue one, is outgoing and quite rambunctious, and Michelle, the pink one, is quiet and studious. It's just nice to see a show that does something different with the colors and personalities. I wish more anime did this, truth to be told.

Also, not having dialogue sometimes creates unintentional hilarity. There was one scene in particular in episode 2 that had me going "WTF?" and cracking up at the same time:

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Honestly, I'm not sure about the cartoon, since it's a sequel to the live-action show, but I totally recommend watching the live-action show. If you don't mind using your imagination a bit for the dialogue, it's pretty self-explanatory, and just generally fun to watch. Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Balala The Fairies   Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:19 pm

Good news! There are two episodes of this subtitled up on GoGoAnime!

Bad news: It's Finding Melody, the sequel show. I tried watching the first episode and gave up fourteen minutes in. I understand why they subbed Finding Melody instead of the original -- the original is a live-action show, and not as many people are as interested in that as they are in the cartoon. But there is SO MUCH CONTEXT missing, that I'm even more confused. I actually understood watching the original much better, and I didn't even have subtitles! I hope that one day, someone can actually sit down and sub the original show. I really wanna watch this, but I want to understand what's going on first!

Also, gotta love the translator's note during the scene with the butler saying "best fucking boy right here". Classy.
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