Notes for Discommunication Seireihen chapter 16

v1.0.0, 2012-4-17
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Pages 100-101

The title page poses/forms are derived from Getter Robo, yet another classic robot series from the '70s. According to Wikipedia, Getter Robo is the first series with individually-piloted machines that combine into one. There are three configurations, with different weapons and abilities: Getter-1 (youtube), Getter-2, and Getter-3.

Page 106

Oh Touko, you so hax.

Page 121

Mogari, as Touko says, is an period of mourning that has interesting parallels with many other cultures around the world. It has its roots in neolithic practices, and was officially adopted by the ruling class around the sixth century. Further reading:
Eugene S. Baksheev, The Mogari Rite Through the History of Japanese Culture.
Gary L. Ebersole, Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan.

Page 129

Matsubue is saying the sacred syllable (or seed syllable, bijakshara) associated with Kangiten. He is using the traditional pronunciation in the Japanese syllabary, but the table on Japanese wikipedia gives the romanization "gaH."

Page 132

I'm not interested in looking up occult terms right now, so we'll leave it to next time.

Where I've put the word "figurine," the term seems to refer to stuff akin to those figure-drawing dolls artists use; not sure I got the nuance right. At the bottom, we've got Ueshiba making his Ultraman references, and Rinko as Dokin-chan again.

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