Notes for Discommunication Seireihen chapter 10

v1.0.2, 2010-12-21
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Page 92-93

There's a lot of stuff here that I don't know what to make of. On Togawa's side, the upper-left box says "Kundalini." The lower-right box says "Komainu." To Yoshimoto's left, the demonic-looking thing is a Yamabiko, one of the yōkai from the Gazu Hyakki Yakō. On both sides, the Niwaka Senpei mask makes another appearance. Yoshimoto is saying "Ah" and Togawa is saying "Un," not sure what that means. which is explained nicely in Wikipedia as one might expect (hat tip to Tadashi Oshima). Here it appears to symbolize a deep connection between the two girls.

Page 97

Kageman is a reference to Tantei Shonen Kageman, a 1970s manga that saw a 2001 anime adaptation. (This chapter ran in the April 2000 issue of "Afternoon," so perhaps there was an announcement about the anime.) The "3rd Grade Science" plankton set is sitting on the desk in front of Rinko.

Page 98

There's lots of stuff on this page too, but it's most worth pointing out the Devilman sticker in the last panel.

Page 99

The Kuidaore Ningyo makes another appearance.

Page 100

On the Colgen frog at lower left is the slogan, "Get well with a 'kero'!" This slogan wouldn't work so well where frogs 'croak' rather than 'kero'.

Page 102

On the wall of the bottom-right panel is Baron Ashura, one of the villains in Mazinger Z.

Page 104

Behind the altar is a "Can o' Toys," flanked by Kikaider and Mazinger Z. The wall hanging features the kanji character for "play."

Page 107

The benzene and Devil's Trill stories are fairly well known, but so far I've been unable to find sources for the Yukawa and Dickens ones.

Page 108

Haven't done a whole lot of research on this, but Emperors Suinin and Yūryaku are legendary rather than historical figures. The Ryonoshuge is real, but I'm not about to go verify that it talks about Tsubura-me no Ou. The other thing mentioned, Aratama/Tatari-gami, are basically the Shinto answer to the problem of evil. They're the spirit bits that carry all the bad stuff, versus the Nikitama that have the good stuff. The monster that shows up at the beginning of Princess Mononoke is a Tatari-gami.

Page 112

It's worth noting that they're using the more serious/familial verb for love, "ai," rather than the more casual "suki."

Page 114

Toby the Dog is a pull toy from the French company Vilac.

Page 118

The last panel shows the house where Matsubue lives, which readers of Discommunication would have recognized.

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