"The Flying Miranda-Man" (さまよえるミランダ人 Samayoeru Miranda-jin) is a pun on "The Flying Dutchman" (さまよえるオランダ人 Samayoeru Oranda-jin)
First published April 28, 2010.
>Sign (Panel 3)
"Joshi" is a reference to Joshiraku.
Reference to Chapter 1 of Katteni Kaizo. Kaizo thinks he's been turned into a cyborg, and fearing that he's about to run out of power, sticks a battery up his ass.
Missed a page
It's a song about a guy who's told by a girl that "the men these days are no good".
>Even if I become an old lady
Another song. Japanese title is "Watashi ga oba-san ni natte mo".
It's time for the best time of the day
>Hull Note, a miranda warning for war.
Refers to the final attempt at a diplomatic solution to rising tensions between the US and Japan before Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
>If you overlook burps, terrible things will happen
Frequent and chronic belching can be a sign that something is wrong with the stomach.
>The explosion warning on official orders in "Spy Taisen"
A TV series. "This message will now self-destruct…"
>If you turn around - dododo - will be followed by a hole
"dododo" is a sound effect in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
>J*sef, the protagonist of J*J* pt. 2, is a Miranda protagonist
Again, I'll let the wiki page speak for itself
Ravine (渓間 keikan) is a pun on warning (警醒 keisei)
Can be read as Ku-ru-shi-i-na-ra-go, which when added before soudan (consultation) will make the phrase Kurushii nara go-Soudan (If it's painful, get a consultation)
“The Ground Would Rather Be Poor Than Lucky” is a reference to James Hadley Chase’s novel, “I Would Rather Stay Poor”. In Japan, the novel is known as “The Ones Who Would Rather Be Poor Than Lucky”.
First published on May 12, 2010.
"Hallo Walker" is a combination of several walking magazines such as “Tokyo Walker”, “Yokohama Walker”, or “Hokaido Walker”, and a magazine called “Hello Work!”.
The bag she is holding identifies it as originating from Miyurata. This is an actual chain store in Japan, but on the bag the kanji for ‘ya’ in is different.
If you don’t remember, “Deadend-san” and “Disappointed Tourism” were both introduced in the chapter where Sensei and the class go for a preview of their class trip.
FOTNS is the abbrievation for “Fist of the North Star”. The other poster in full read “CN Eva”, which is a reference to Evangelion. Both franchises had movies with theatrical releases around the time this chapter was published in early 2008. Fist of the North Star had three movies released between 2006 and 2008, while Evangelion began the Rebuild series in late 2007.
The restaurant they go to is “Saizeriya”, a real family restaurant chain, but again, a different kanji is used for the ‘ya’.
A dish that at its simplest, is rice covered with beef and onions, and drizzled in sweet rice wine and a special sweet sauce flavored with fish and seaweed stock. Sometimes, noodles, raw egg, pickled ginger, and/or chili pepper are added to the mix. Many family restaurants specialize in some version of this dish.
>Empty lots completely forgotten when the Lehman Shock hit during the middle of redevelopment
“Lehman shock” refers to the sudden bankruptcy of Lehman Bros., which sparked the Great Recession of 2008. Due to the collapse of the financial sector, a lot of redevelopment projects were ended early or cancelled.
>Graffiti written in tourist areas in foreign languages.
When making an appearance at the Baltimore anime festival Otakon in 2008, J-Pop group AAA staged a photoshoot somewhere near a tourist area of the city. Their coordinator told them it would okay to add graffiti to a rock, so they sprayed “JPN AAA 2008” on the rock, and inadvertently landed themselves in hot water. This act of vandalism lead to the joke of "AAA" appearing on random surfaces in every chapter.
>This world, where only that stuff sells.
According to Japanese Kumetan, a reference to series like Hayate and Negima
>Poorer Spot 4
The book on the shelves is "Love +", the sign underneath the cashier says "Nonexistent Petition", a reference to the Tokyo Manga ban, which was supposedly supported by a survey sent out to store owners. (Results of the survey were never published.).
>Sign (Panel 7)
The main sign says "Antonio", while the smaller sign says "Energy Shot - 1000 yen", a reference to wrestler Antonio Inoki, who sells a power drink to "Give you a shot of my energy!".
“Pluck or No Pluck?” (摘むや摘まざるや Tsumu ya tzumazaru ya) is a pun on shogi master Sokan III Ito's book "Mate or No Mate?" (詰むや詰まざるや Tsumu ya tsumazaru ya), a collection of shogi problems and puzzles written in 1735.
First published on May 5, 2010
“Summer’s growing near, 88 nights” is a traditional folksong sung during the tea harvest.
>Coloring hair and altering your clothes
This stuff is not allowed at most high schools, so naturally these are some of the behaviors of delinquent students.
>Tea Plantation Sky Girls Radio
The Japanese for “Tea plantation” is “chabatake”, making this a pun on the radio show “Habatake! Sky Girls Radio!”
>Sprouts of Sin
A parody of a popular Shogakukan magazine about raising and caring for children.
“The first signs of badness” (Hajimete no akugo) is parody of the manga Hajimete no aku. “The bomb that destroys the world” is a reference to a weapon in Doraemon.
The ‘it’s me’ fraud sprout
A con in which a scammer calls an elderly person and convinces them that they're the con man's grandparents so that they'll deposit money in the con man's account to get them through whatever financial difficulty they claim to be experiencing.
A pun on “Ciao”, a Shogakukan shojo manga magazine.
The kanji in the magazine on panel 2 are commonly used on 2ch as an emoticon for a cup of tea sitting on a dish.
From Kumeta's blog
I received a complaint from a certain manga artist, but I never actually said anything about this manga artist. I was actually referring to that "other" manga artist. But both of them are making more money than I am anyway, so what's the big deal?
The certain manga artist I was referring to (A women) came down with an infection. The infection spread to her staff, and now they all wear the same kind of frilly outfits.
Viral infections can be scary, but don't worry... this manga is not infectious.
You'll be the last one to read it.
Thanks for the dump