Chapter 180 - Tacit Fairy Tale


"Tacit Fairy Tale" (暗黙童話 anmoku douwa) is a pun on Otsuichi's "Dark Fairy Tale" (暗黒童話 ankoku douwa).

First published on May 13, 2009.

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Books (Panel 4)

Kudo's book, "Parade" is a reference to parades at Tokyo Disneyland. The other book, "Northern Europe", is a reference to a genre of gravure idols from Scandinavia.

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Kafuka's magazine (Panel 4)

"Magazine - Magazine, Sun X Ma 50" is a reference to the joint Shonen Sunday and Shonen Magazine 50th anniversaries. (Despite being owned by two different parent companies, Shuiesha and Kodansha, both collaborated with each other in celebration.)

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Pinboard (Panel 1)

"It's Alive - Shikachi" - Shikachi is a play on Chidejika, the mascot for digital terrestrial broadcasting in Japan.

Harumi's magazine (Panel 1)

Harumi is holding a copy of Weekly Shonen Jump, with a picture of Kyoya from Reborn! on the cover. The pinboard in panel 2 keeps up the Reborn! references, as "Woo" is commonly said by Kyoya.

The Real Study Method (Panel 2)

Refers back to Chapter 177.

Public Morals Committee

Many Japanese schools (in the manga realm at least), have someone in charge of "public morals" of each class or grade.

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Despair List

  • You don't say anything to the granny in the shop, and just give her the money so she'll get your item
    • Kind of common for frequent buyers.
  • No more than 2 glasses of Shouchuu at a certain Yakitori-Restaurant
    • The restaurant in question is called Kawajirou, which primarily serves eel. It's located in Nakano, Tokyo.
  • Double-dipping is forbidden
    • Mostly a health thing.
  • The first move in Go
    • Black moves first in Go, and generally, the first move is to the upper right.
  • Don't put in another coin at the arcade
    • So the game keeps going from where it ended.
  • Don't question the "Entertainment God" and their laughing.
    • When they're being horribly unfunny and laugh at their own jokes.
  • When Oh-san follows it until the end, it's a ball
    • See the chapter about Oh-ball
  • Don't dribble with your three strongest players only
    • Refers to the soccer game Winning Eleven
  • Separation of church and state is official
    • Tell that to the large number of Japanese political parties with religious affiliation
  • If you can't pay them back, you go missing
    • Refers to debts, both as an option for dealing with it, and how some debts are dealt with. See also Chapter 160.
  • The person who turned himself in isn't the criminal, so you let him work off the penalty
    • The Yakuza will sometimes use a "decoy" to confess something to the police that he hasn't done, who then give him a somewhat reduced sentence to serve in lieu of the real criminal.
  • Numbers and histories are forged, so you take them with a grain of salt
    • Refers to the fact that a large percentage of the Japanese population believes that China and Korea overexaggerated the numbers of people killed and raped by Japanese soldiers during WWII.
  • An author you know says "I'll send you a book!" and you say "Fine, I'll buy it."
    • If the author sends it to you, he's likely to be fishing for a good review, so if you want to give a true criticism of the book, it's more polite to buy it instead.

Sign (Panel 9)

The sign says "Chidedjika" (see above), except that the ジ(zi/ji) in the original name was replaced with the similar sounding ヂ (di/ji).

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The rules "You don't draw a male character's nipples" and "You don't apply screentone to nipples" were broken in Chapter 101

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"I'm the rulebook"

A quote attributed to baseball referee Nobuaki Nidegawa (1959).

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  • Don't do dangerous things on school grounds (hanging yourself)
    • [[[nozomu-itoshiki|Sensei], and occasionally Matoi break the rule about hanging yourself; Class 2-F usually does something dangerous every week.
  • Don't grow mushrooms
    • Maria usually has mushrooms
  • Do not drink unboiled water
    • Probably another rule Maria disregards
  • Wear pants in school
    • Maria definitely breaks this one on a daily basis
  • Don't bring blunt weapons to school
    • Mayo and Matoi usually disregard.
  • Loose socks are allowed
    • See the Red Data Animals chapter
  • Don't set fires
    • Mayo's already burned down the school once.
  • Please go voluntarily when the police ask for you
    • Chiri's already been collected by the police at least once
  • Charge cell phones no more than once
  • Advertisement and Sales Seminars are not allowed
    • Miko and Shoko break this rule every time they appear.
  • Do not live within the school
  • Do not hold unauthorized ceremonies or assemblies within the school
    • aka do not summon aliens from planet Pororokka
  • Nuclear weapons are forbidden on school grounds

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Morality and Justice

Typical Yakuza rules.

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