Good, I got here early this time. If I've just finished watching all the animated episodes, what's the best chapter to start reading at? Should I just finish up by reading the final 'arc'?
Thanks for these dumps, by the way. I haven't read too many of the manga yet, but I love how well the anime managed to maintain the manga's level of humour.
I would say read it all, but probably if you read chapters 280 to the finish, you'll get the last real (and only) arc of the series.
we are near the end in here, but read it all
Thanks for the heads up. I had read that the final chapters are the only continuous part of the manga so I wasn't sure if what wasn't covered by the anime was worth reading. I'll make a habit of reading 5-10 chapters a day (of what's translated, at least) so I don't oversaturate my tolerance level for SZS's humour.
Gensō Sensei = 幻想先生
Based on the title of the short story "肝臓先生 (Kanzō Sensei)" by 坂口安吾 (Sakaguchi Ango) [b.10/20/1906 d. 2/17/1955]
First published March 21, 2012.
>Counterfeit Kafuka bill
Appeared in the previous chapter (292).
"Shared fantasies" means illusions shared by multiple people. This was an idea proposed by writer and philosopher 吉本隆明 (Takaaki Yoshimoto), who died on March 16th, 2012 shortly before the publication of this chapter, and published as The Common Illusion which originated during the security treaty struggles of the 1960s.
Appeared as "Gallery Phony" in the previous chapter.
>P1 Picasso's "The Kiss"
From his later work (1969).
>P6 Land prices
The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (国土交通省 kokudo koutsuu shou) usually publishes real estate prices as of the first of the year near the end of March. In 2012, this happened on March 23rd, 2 days after publication of this chapter.
>P7 Stock certificates
The stock certificates are shown as being for one share of "Corinpas, Inc." Reference to the Olympus Corporation accounting scandal of 2011.
"In late 2011, the company fired its newly appointed British president, precipitating a scandal that wiped 75% off the company's stock market valuation. The scandal culminated in admission by the company that some of its board members had engaged in one of the biggest and most durable loss-concealing scams in the history of corporate Japan." [Wikipedia]
Shout-out to Kumeta's one-time stablemate at Shogakukan, Naoki Urasawa. The character is "The Friend" from his manga 20th Century Boys.
>P10 The safety of nuclear power
In case it isn't obvious, it's a drawing of one of the shattered reactor buildings at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. Ironically, Unit 4 was shut down and defueled at the time of the March 2011 tsunami disaster, the hydrogen explosion that damaged the building may have come from gases from neighboring Unit 3.
>P11 Female Beauty
It's model/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, "Japan's Lady Gaga".
>P5 Nozomu Kiss Tickets
From Chapter 200.
>P1 Kim Jong-un
The North Korean Supreme Leader.
>P8 80's fashion
Bubble-era fashion as epitomized by the brand "DC", which featured loud colors, heavily padded shoulders, and double-breasted suits on men, and skintight body-revealing styles on women.
Hairstyle made popular by the techno/electro pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra.
>P2 "Home Security Guard" file
NEET euphemism for unemployment, i.e. their job is guarding their own house.
>P3 If I work, I lose
A quote from NEET "D-chan" from the Fuji TV talk show "Tokudane!" Also referenced in chapter 115, Zoku SZS episode 8, SZBS 5 & 174, & the Katte ni Kaizō OVA vol. 2.
>P1 Sign on telephone pole
The sign says "most recent mistress". These kanji for 'mistress/lover' read literally as "mattress woman". On a completely unrelated note, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was supposedly nicknamed "The Mattress" in her younger days for her many affairs. Think on that, and truly despair…
>P1 The Little Old Man
Another urban legend of a little man anywhere from 3 inches to a foot high seen in various odd contexts that has apparently become popular in Japan since 2009. A number of celebrities have claimed to have seen this apparition, in some cases as schoolchildren.
>P7 The Kappa of Toono
Kappa legend handed down in Iwate Prefecture.
>P8 The Angel of the Thames
Sightings of an angelic figure in London that were popularly reported in 2006; supposedly dating back to the Great London Fire of 1666.
>P10 Nessie & Friends
UMA = Unidentified Mysterious Animal; the flying saucer is labeled "Area 51". Nessie previously appeared in Chapter 165.
>P9 Little Renhou
Murata Renhō. The file under her arm is labeled "2nd place", and is a reference to remarks she made in questioning government ministers before a special fiscal committee meetings of the Diet in September 2009.
>P1 8 more?
Number of remaining chapters until the end of serialization as of the blackboard date
>New * Declaration * People = 新・陳・人
Japanese reads "shin chin jin", apparently a play on the title "kami doro hito", a book by Japanese author KAI Daisaku.
- Note that Fuura Kafuka does not appear with the rest of the class.
>P1 Sign 3.1-F
Closing in on the finale for the seniors of class 3-F.
Wednesday, April 11 - Day Duty (Tsunetsuki / Marui)
>P1 Nami's Posthumous Buddhist Name
The name on the pillar reads "Hitonamifutsuumenjoshi" meaning something like "Average ordinary noodle woman".
>P6 Nami portraits
3rd from left is how Nami first appeared in Chapter 10; all of these are Nami variations through the series.
>P5 Go!! Southern Ice Hockey Club!
The two pages are from Kumeta's debut work "Yuke! Nangoku Ice Hockey-bu". Kumeta changed his art style drastically when he switched from hand-drawn pages to drawing on the computer. The storytelling would also shift from sports comedy to dirty gags with some sport elements.
>P7 Naoto Kan
The pictures both show former prime minister Naoto KAN. As a student, he had been involved in left-wing extremist activities.
>P2 No! sign holder
The person depicted is an actor names YAMAMOTO Tarou. Before becoming an actor, he appeared on a TV program that had a "High School Koshien Dance"-section in which he would do silly gags wearing goggles and swimwear.
>P3 …but she turned out like this
ONITSUKA Chihiro, female singer-songwriter. She used to be dressed pretty plainly but changed to a more eccentric style. Apparently, this has been discussed wildly on the net.
>P4 …turn into this
Depicted is the talent Kaba.chan. He used to be part of a dance group and more of the silent type, but after openly admitting he's gay in 2002, he started acting as the eccentric gay/transgender type of tarento on several variety shows (I guess that's the only way to actually get accepted as a gay person in Japan -_- ). He's also the one who plays the donut shop "lady" in Kamen Rider Wizard.
>P5 Things that are only names now.
The "So" on the bulding refers to Sony. They are highly in debt and while they were known as a company producing HiFi-related eletrocnics, they're nowadays known for games, music, anime (Aniplex is a Sony company) and even finances.
The "ND DOG" on the CD refers to the Band "Hound Dog" that currently consists of just one member.
>P9 Transplant Memory
There's a theory that organs and cells have their own memory, known as "body memory". There also is another theory that this kind of body memory can be passed on with organs if they're donated to another person. Case cited is that of Sylvia Claire. (Seeing as this ran in the Daily Mail, it might be suspect…)
From Kuemta's blog
I don't know why you got angry. Calling you the emperor that's placed at the sunset... It's about the shadow emperor.
I like the shade. Every time I move, I choose a place facing north. Even in the shade, I wear sunblock. Of course, I hang my pants in the shade to dry.
I'm attracted to shady women. I support the shadow leader Yoshiko Sakurai. If there are rights to sunlight, I think there ought to be rights to shade. To think that shadow art's popular now, with the spotlight being cast on shadows - we're in strange times. They say that the shadows are getting more popular, but please don't put the spotlight on the. What are you trying to do by shining an inquisitive light?
I'm an advocate for shade. I don't like sunlight. I love the Toshigu shrine in Nikko, because there are monkeys.
See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. See no dreams, Hear no surveys, and say nothing when people ask, "So, what type of work do you do?"
It is so very hard sometimes to identify who is missing from a group shot. Took me a while to realise it is the normal girl.
nope, she is there
>nope, she is there
You know what I mean...