I'M IN DESPAIR
"He Really Is A Good Samaritan. It's Nice To Have Such A Good Samaritan Around." (善いサマリア人ね。善いサマリア人は善いね。 Ii Samaria-jin ne. Ii Samaria-jin wa ii ne.) is a pun on a couple of sentences in Kawabata Yasunari's "The Dancing Girl of Izu". The original is "He really is nice. It's good to have such a nice person around." (ほんとうにいい人ね。いい人はいいね。 Hontou ni ii hito ne. Ii hito wa ii ne.)
First published on September 14, 2011.
>Opening text (Magazine)
"A comic we present to our loving readers from a town that's slowly getting darker." is partially based on a song lyric from the folk group Kaientai.
>What's with this beginning?!
The first page is a parody of the long-running drama series, "Kinpachi-sensei of Year 3, Class B" (3nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei)
>Signs (Panel 1)
The signs beside Nami's hand read "The Knowledge of a Third Year" and "Like a Third Year"
>Backgrounds (Panel 5)
The book the guy is reading says "The manga world (shall be at peace)". The calendar, under 14, says "magazine".
>Sign (Panel 7)
The sign says Suidoubashi Station, which is the JR Station closest to Koishikawa.
The store in the background is "Nowdays" a convenience store chain operated by JR East.
The characters not-quite-appearing on this page are probably from Gundam Age
"One Tenth's Labor" (一割の労苦 Ichiwari no Rouku), a pun on an essay by Osamu Dazai called "One Day's Labor" (一日の労苦 Ichinichi no Rouku).
First published on September 21, 2011.
>90 vs. 90 thing
Some code monkeys preach that 90% of the code will take 10% of the time, while the other 10% will take 90% of the time.
The Prime Minister's excuse (arguably justified in this case) for waiting a while between announcing he'd step down and actually stepping down was the problems caused by the earthquake.
If only it did run 54 volumes
>The part after "Farewell, Space Battleship" is even longer.
Reference to Space Battleship Yamato. The final movie "Farewell, Space Battleship" was reused almost in its entirety for the TV series, with only a slight addition before the finale.
>The last part is the longest
Reference to the 20th Century Boys live-action movie trilogy. The last film is the longest, at 155 minutes.
>It's been a while since they did the "Crimson Goddess"
A reference to the series Glass Mask, where at the beginning, the role of lead actress of "The Crimson Goddess" is made out to be the ultimate goal of the series. Well, they've already made it through "The Crimson Goddess", and the manga-ka said she'd end it. Two years later (2011), it's still running.
It keeps happening.
I'M IN DESPAIR, DESMOND MISSING PAGE 2 HAS LEFT ME IN DESPAIR.
>Book (Panel 1)
The book's title is "Gas Mask" (Gabasu no Kamen), a pun on "Glass Mask" (Garasu no Kamen).
>Sign (Panel 6)
The sign says "Seybu – Ikebukuro", a reference to the real department store Seibu.
>After you complete 90% of the Unification on Nobunaga's Ambition, you're close to giving up.
Nobunaga's Ambition is a series of strategy games focused on the time leading up to the beginning of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
>While climbing the mountain without extra oxygen, you can't go on after Entrance No.9 because there's almost no oxygen in the air.
Since there's an entrance number, this item probably refers to Mt. Fuji.
>Cleaning the remaining 10% of contaminated water is the hardest.
Fukushima reference no. 3023709237
>Once he thought he'd meet his mother again, it was a pretty long time for Marco.
Reference to 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother.
A Spanish cathedral that's been under construction since 1882. Current estimates place the end of construction in 2026, with a lot of construction work still remaining.
>"Tristes Absolus" (悲しき絶対 kanashiki zettai lit. "Sad Absolutes") is a pun on a book by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, "Tristes Tropiques" (悲しき熱帯 kanashiki nettai lit. "Sad Tropes"). The book is also known in English as "The World on the Wane", but is generally discussed using its French title.
First published on October 12, 2011.
Absolute music is a branch of music that eschews the idea of musical representations of a concept in favor of music that can stand alone from any form of art outside of music.
Sometimes called the Fate Symphony or Schicksalssymphonie, but more widely known to the layman as Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
From Kumeta's blog
Even when I try to live beyond my Minotake Measurement, for some strange reason, I'm always forced to live according to my Minotake. When I order a set menu at restaurant, there's usually one item missing. The restaurant must've prepared my meal according to my minotake. When I order curry over rice, the only topping I get is thinly sliced almonds... It's like saying "That's all you deserve, you piece of trash." When I order pancakes, I don't get any syrup. When I order a coffee float, I don't get any ice cream. One time a reader sent me a chocolate, and there was a tooth mark in it. It's like not gettig flora when you're playing Dragon Quest. It seems like my life is made up of one loss after another, but I'm not gonna complain because I'm just a simple, "Piece of Trash." I bought a long-sleeved shirt the other day, but it turned out to have three-quater sleeves. I always walk on the edge of the street so I won't get in anyone else's way.
Thanks for the dump