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December 18, 2005 / kraal

Even though I've seen Birdy the Mighty a few times, I didn't notice until recently that two of the posters (bottom left) in Senkawa Tsutomu's room are of Izumi Noa from Patlabor. More specifically, they're illustrations by Takada Akemi who worked on the TV series. If you didn't already know, Yuuki Masami is the artist for the manga of both Birdy the Mighty and Patlabor.

Izumi Noa   TONAMI

It's obvious that "TONAMI" is a spoof on the video game company, but I can't help but think of Cartoon Network...

Before it gets too silly, let's look at some other pics.

The next three are from Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. In the first pic, I think that they left out the UC between the F and K on purpose to be more subtle. Nice.

FK 1337  KING ROBERTO  I help you

Speaking of subtle, it took me a little research to understand why they put "ROBERTO" in the second pic. At first, I thought it was just a random decision, but it bothered me a bit. I found out that the brand's actual name is "KING ROBERT II". Those Japanese and their wicked, wicked puns.

The third pic may or may not have any social ramifications - I just happen to find it somewhat amusing...

Amusing or not, one can't stay cooped up one's room all day watching anime, so I hitched a ride to Best Buy to see if there were any good deals. Unfortunately for my wallet, I noticed a figure of Raquel-nee in the anime section so I picked that up (it even comes with another figure and a DVD). On the way to the register, I noticed a box with the number "137" on it, and I couldn't resist the temptation to take a picture of Raquel-nee over 137.

Raquel-nee over 137

The fine-structured oneesan.

While there, I did some shopping for the regular readers of this site.

Merry Christmas (x12)

Even though they all have the same boxes, there are different things inside each of them so nobody thinks I'm favoring certain people - gift giving, Vegas-style. I hope the twelve of you enjoy your gifts.

The giving doesn't stop there. I have a couple spatulas for you to look at to go along with the Pic of the Week.

December 11, 2005 / idem

A swirl on an index finger or thumb is a common sight in anime, but one on Monica's foot in Yakitate!! Japan was a curious sight indeed...

Finger Swirl   Foot Swirl

Sorting through my screen caps of Kaleido Star, I found quite a few interesting things. First, the poster for "The Mermaid" seemed odd. Since it's a bit hard to read, it says, "The mermaid has only three wishes - to live together with humans, to receive eternal life and to marry the prince." Living together with humans and marrying a prince seem like reasonable wishes, but asking for "eternal life" feels a bit greedy to me...

The mermaid has only three wishes...  KRTTOSAURUS  POTATO

Now, I assume that they meant to write "KRITOSAURUS" in the second pic. Of course, it seems odd to me that there would be a shop named after a dinosaur (I wonder what's sold there). The animators probably theorized the existence of an American that would put a sign on a building just for the heck of it; those Japanese and their strange theories...

Speaking of strange, is it just me, or does it seem odd that on a container of French fries the word "POTATO" is there, even though Kaleido Star takes place in America? Curious...

Moving right along, the number "213" appeared on the footage of a girl being rescued (below left). This tells me that the action takes place in the greater Los Angeles area, but it makes me wonder why a camera happens to be in the best possible location. I'm no expert on amusement parks, but this implies that the management puts cameras everywhere in order to facilitate excellent coverage of park mishaps or spy on the visitors (or both). And all this time my friends thought I was just overly paranoid...

213   10 SANTA MONICA   big blue bu

I mentioned earlier how I thought that Cape Mary was based off of Santa Monica, and the latter two pictures confirm my suspicions. It's not all that surprising, but I'm easily amused...


Finally, it's interesting to note how the spelling of Cape Mary occasionally changes. I'm still wondering why the "H" was changed to an "X"...

Those of you on the frontier of doujin gaming probably already heard of a game that French-Bread is working on; it's based on Maria-sama ga Miteru and apparently called Lilian Fourhand. Looks useful...

Enough blathering; trot on over to the latest spatula and Pic of the Week while I go check for hidden cameras on the rides at Disneyland...

December 4, 2005 / gingham

The first pic on the left comes from Gad Guard and the next one is from Speed Grapher. I've mentioned a link between these two series before, but I overlooked the use of "Sunday" so I thought I'd mention it here.

Gad Guard  Speed Grapher    Gad Guard  Paradise Kiss

The third picture is also from Gad Guard, but the fourth is from Paradise Kiss. Given the similarities between these two series, the link between the two seems obvious. Tabun.

Now, the pic below on the left is obviously from Super GALS, but can you guess where the pic on the right is from?

Super GALS  Gad Guard

If you said Gad Guard, you are well on your way to becoming a detective like those kids from Tantei Gakuen Q. I'd give you a gold star as a prize, but that's too much trouble, so settle for a pat on the back (you'll have to do that yourself of course). I wonder why I never noticed it before...

While I sort through my modest collection of screencaps, double your pleasure with the latest spatula and the inevitable Pic of the Week.

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