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Let’s Watch Japanese Fairy Anime: Ideology And Educational Values

Two biggest fairies in Japan: Cocotama and Fairilu

There are two Fairy animes living long on Japanese TV: Cocotama and Fairilu.

The concept of Cocotama comes from Japanese beliefs. This anime tells the importance of treasuring things.

On the other hand, Fairilu is the character produced by Sanrio, well known for Hello Kitty. This anime depicts the fairies that live in human society secretly.


Both of these programs are instructive for children. This article introduces you to the two fairies.

 

 

 

Kami-Sama Minarai Himitsu No Cocotama

A spiritual photo that depicts a crystal reflecting flower.

Photo by Yeshi Kangrang on Unsplash

 

What is Cocotama?

A Cocotama is not a fairy but a Tsukumogami.

Tsukumogami(付喪神) is what the Japanese believe to exist in any goods, and the reason why people take care of things.


In other words, any goods in this world have spirits in it.

They will curse people if people do not treasure them.


Since the concept of Tsukumogami is the worship of idols, some foreign language adaptions call them fairies instead.

 

Plot of Cocotama

The human protagonist Kokoro treasures her colored pencil.

One day, she sees the birth of the Cocotama of her colored pencil.


However, an immature Cocotama will disappear, if it is seen by a human.

The only way for the human to protect them is making a contract with Cocotama.


As a result, she makes a contract with Rakitama, the Tsukumogami of colored pencil.

After that, she finds that there are 8 other Cocotamas in her home.

She keeps them in Cocotama House, and take care of them.

If she successfully makes them full-fledged Cocotama, her dream will come true.


Early in this program. Cocotama’s were bothering Kokoro, but recently they help her very much.

 

Cocotama House

Cocotama House, the main toy is a fusion of dollhouse and mother.

Children take care of Cocotama dolls in a small dollhouse.


Even though the main Cocotama house is so big, there are many extensions.

There are small versions, though.

 

Cocotama Dolls

Cocotama dolls are put in the Kakure-Tama or Concealing shells.

They look like eggshells, and we can open them by cracking it.

Kon Kon Paka is an onomatopoeia of cracking a Kakure-tama, as well as an egg.

 

Rilu Rilu Fairilu

Rilu Rilu Fairilu is a story of fairy children that contribute to human.

Fairilu (fairy) makes a contract with Humalu (human) to realize their dreams together.

 

Plot of Fairilu

The Humalu protagonist Nozomu hopes to be a Fairilu researcher.

The Fairilu protagonist Lip hopes to make people happy.

They make a buddy contract to fulfill their dreams.

 

Reason For Mimicking Human

A Fairilu must mimic Humalu for 2 reasons.

First, to fulfill their dream, they need to adapt themselves to the human world.

Actually, some Fairilus pretends to be a Humalu and got jobs.

Some of their buddies are co-workers.

 

Second, because of people without understanding, they need to hide themselves.

Although the existence of Fairilu is not well known in the world, some people including Fairilu buddies appreciate Fairilu’s.


Nevertheless, there are some people with evil wills.

That is why Fairilu must hide from Humalu.


Effectively, children must not follow or tell about themselves to strangers.

This concealing rule seems instructive for children in reality.

 

Demand for education is still strong

Recently there are many kids animes for entertainment rather than education.

However, many people think that anime should not be inappropriate.

Some people even criticize midnight anime programs as inappropriate for children’s education.


Therefore, this kind of anime will remain in Japan to educate children and satisfy these critics.