Chapter 177 - It is Generally a Man Who Writes What is Called a Dream Diary, but Now a Woman Will See What She Can Do

Title

"It is Generally a Man Who Writes What is Called a Dream Diary, but Now a Woman Will See What She Can Do", based on the first sentence of the early Heian period novel, "The Tosa Diary", written by Kino Tsurayuki. The original sentence is "diary", instead of "dream diary".

First published April 15, 2009.

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"I had a dream like this."

Probably a reference to Natsume Sôseki'sTen Nights of Dreams”, as this sentence is identical to the first sentence of the story.

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Sign (Panel 6)

"Is it a dream…? -Hiroshi" A reference to SZBH No. 82, which ended with Hiroshi Kamiya asking this after a discussion on the space between a woman's breasts. He also has frequent dream endings in Dear Girl Stories, another radio show.

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Tamori

Tamori is regarded as one of Japan's big three comedians. He hosts a show called "It's Okay to Laugh!".

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Automatic Writing

Dream diaries and automatic writing really are two different things entirely. A dream diary is simply a record of a person's dreams. Automatic writing is more of a stream-of-conscious writing technique. Back in the Victorian Era during the height of spiritualism, it was thought to be spirits telling the medium what to write.

An author (Panel 4)

This is a reference to Tsutsui Yasutaka, author of the novel "Paprika" (Yes, that Paprika), who claimed in an essay that when he was writing the novel (itself about monitoring dreams), his hair turned white overnight.

The other author mentioned in this panel is Natsume Sôseki, who reportedly became neurotic after publishing "Ten Nights of Dreams".

Freudian dream analysis

As outlined by Freud himself in "The Interpretation of Dreams".

The statement about dreams being an expression of an unsatisfied libidos reminds me of the dream analysis from Welcome to the NHK. "There was a huge, rigid snake that reared up and then dived into the sea… then skewered an apple with a broadsword, and then fired off loads of shots from a huge black handgun."

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Book (Panel 10)

Sensei's holding a copy of Edward Gorey's book, "The Doubtful Guest". Chiri's art style on the next page is rather Gorey-esque.

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Peruguro Diary

A rather gory pun on “Tokyo Peroguri Diary” by Tanaka Yasuo.

Books on shelf (Panel 10)

  • Future Dream Diary
  • The Tosa Dream Diary
  • Coffinman: The Dream Journal of a Buddhist Mortician
    • "Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician" is the original book. This is also the book which the movie "Departures" is based on.
  • Disappearance Dream Diary
  • Mikan's Illustrated Dream Diary
  • Fishing Fool's Dream Diary
  • Bridget J's Dream Diary
  • Demon Wife Dream Diaries
    • Demon Wife Diaries, a blog about a guy dealing with his terrible wife, which was turned into a multimedia franchise.
  • Gatcha-p's Dream Diary
    • Reference to the children's show character "Gatchapin", and more specifically, a DS game, "Gatchapin's Diary".

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Yamashita-kun

Kumeta makes several references to this, so it seems likely that Maeda was sleepwalking, and Kumeta's ribbing him for it.

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