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How is the title of the well-known cartoon となりのトトロ supposed to be perceived in Japanese?
What is the device behind the トトロ? Is it alliteration, word-play or something else?
Mei, the main character in the movie, has a tendency to mispronounce words.
「トトロ」is a mispronunciation of the word「トロル」or 「トロール」, meaning "troll"— which may refer to the antagonist of the classic children's story "The Three Billy Goats Gruff".
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