Chapter 179 - We Are Linus

Title

"We Are Linus" (われらライナス warera rainasu) is a pun on the song "We Love" (われら愛す warera aisu), which was proposed as a national anthem to replace Kimi ga yo after World War II. Linus is a reference to the character from Peanuts.

First published May 2, 2009.

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May (Panel 1)

Kind of a time dissonance going on here. This chapter was first published in May, but the blackboard a few pages later reads "April 22".

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Coffee mug (Panel 5)

The kanji (変 hen) on the mug means "Strange", which was voted Kanji of the Year for 2008.

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Coffee mug (Panel 1)

The kanji (恋 koi) on this mug reads "Love". Probably chosen because it looks similar to 変

Security Blanket

A term popularized by Linus, who referred to his blanket as a "security blanket".

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Handing out money

Reference to a stimulus program in Japan in March 2009, in which most Japanese citizens received 12,000 yen (~$121 at 2009 exchange rates) as an attempt to revive the Japanese economy, which was in a much deeper recession than the US as 2009 opened.

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Wage rags

A pun on delivery. 給付 (kyûfu) -> 給布 (kyûfu; lit. wage+cloth)

Signs (Panel 8)

"Toushou Mothars" is a pun on "Toushou Mothers", the company that founded the Toyko Stock Exchange; "Okkasan Stocks" is a pun on a company called "Okasan Stocks".

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Maiasauri Shinbun

A mashup of Japan's more prestigious newspapers, Mainichi Shinbun, Asahi Shinbun and Yomiuri Shinbun.

Newspaper (Panel 2)

"'My Clothes Became Invisible!'"; "Something went bad because of Z!" - A reference to a SZBH joke, in which nudity (全裸 zenra) is referred to as "Z".

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Backgrounds (Panel 3)

  • Cat House Mekabu
    • Reference to Mekabu-tan, a cat that got popular on the internet.
  • Earthenware Pot
  • Nobu
    • Nobuyo Ooyama, former voice actress of Doraemon
  • Demi
  • Harmful Books
  • "It's Creaking"
    • Taken from an episode of Sazae-san in which her son Tarao (Tara-chan) feels secure when his tricycle creaks

Despair List

  • Elmo's Blanket -> Jigen's Hat -> Hiroshi's sunglasses.
    • Elmo from Sesame Street
    • Jigen from Lupin III
    • Hiroshi, the main character from “Dokonjou Gaeru”, who is never seen without sunglasses.

Diet items (Panel 5)

"Yasukiyo" is a mash-up of a (now closed) Manzai convenience store named “Yokoyama Yasushi – Nishiyama Kiyoshi” and Matsukiyo, the abbreviation of drugstore chain Matsumoto Kiyoshi.

Chiri's doll (Panel 7)

Very closely resembles Umi's doll from Katte ni Kaizo. >_>

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Despair List

  • The movie "Speed Racer" feels secure by looking at the movie "Dragonball"
    • Speed Racer was okay, but Dragonball was a steaming pile of [expletive deleted]
  • Shouzou feels secure when he looks at Sanpei
    • These are both rakugo artists.
  • Abe-san feels secure when he looks at Fukuda-san
    • Both former Prime Ministers. Abe's official reason for resignation was "poor health", while Fukuda resigned "to improve the flow of the political process".
  • Maehara-san feels secure when looking at Ozawa-san
  • Joe feels secure when he sees Nishi
    • Reference to Ashita no Joe. Nishi is Joe's friend, but is not as successful.
  • Zaku feels secure when looking at Ball
    • Both are weapons in the Gundam universe.
  • When naked (Koji) looks at naked (Tsuyoshi), he feels secure
    • Reference to Koji Kumeta and the aforementioned Tsuyoshi Kusanagi. Especially a reference to this. (NSFW link)

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Neighboring country (Panel 6)

Well, the possibilities are (in descending order of likelihood) Taiwan, South Korea, Russia, China, and North Korea.

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Abe Sada

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