the symbolism of red

As we already can see, Kyouko is symbolized with the color red. I decided to look more in-depth into what it means to be associated with the color, and I found out some interesting information.

Red is a color that is associated with extreme events: violence, passion, seduction, adventure, danger. It is also seen by the Greeks as a religious color of super-human heroism. I though that point was interesting, especially because of Kyouko's background with her father owning his own church. She took on the magical girl powers in order to "save" him and his religious ideas, becoming a "super-human hero." The color is also warm and positive, signifying the physical need and willpower to survive. Red is energizing which excites our emotions and allows us to become energized. Wearing red also builds up confidence and determination to succeed.

One of the facts I found about the color red actually made me smile: "The color red can stimulate the appetite, often being used in restaurants. It also increases craving for food and other stimuli." I dont really even need to explain this and how it relates to Kyouko because its extremely obvious: She is ALWAYS eating!!! I wonder if the character design was purposefully red because of all of these similarities, or if the designer just wanted her to be red in general. Either way, it really works for her character in many ways that she is in a red outfit with reddish hair as well.

Now, I also looked up what it means if red is your favorite color and what that says about your personality:
→ You are extroverted and optimistic, courageous and confident.
→ You are action oriented and physically active
→ You are ambitious and competitive and like to be the winner
→ You are achievement orientated and second place is not good enough for you. With you it is all or nothing
→ You have a passion and enthusiasm for life and are not afraid to pursue your dreams and goals
→ You are impulsive - you should count to 10 before reacting to situations as it is in these situations that your anger and aggression often appears
→ You are always in a hurry, wanting to do everything right now. Patience is not one of your strong points
→ You can be aggressive and easy to anger, often exhibiting a violent temper - this is negative passion and energy. You flare up instantaneously but calm down quite quickly once you get it out of your system and then forget it ever happened
→ You have a strong need for power and control which is connected to your basic survival instincts
→ You can be somewhat of a know-it-all, not wanting to appear unintelligent or ignorant
→ You are a good worker, although not necessarily a good boss - your aggressive nature doesn't serve you well in management positions. Because you are action orientated you are good at meeting deadlines and getting the job done at the right time
→ You want it all and you want it now!
→ You may have an over active ego and appear over confident with a super inflated sense of your own worth

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