Chapter 214 - Sliding New World!


"Sliding New World!" (滑りゆく新世界 suberiyuku shinsekai - literally: The new world that goes slidlingly) is a pun on the title of Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel "Brave New World". In Japan the novel is known as "Wonderful New World" (すばらしい新世界 subarashii shinsekai).

First appeared in Shonen Magazine on February 24, 2010.

Page 4

A certain mangaka (Panel 3)

Of course, Kumeta's referring to himself here. I don't know if he attended a special art school or not or if he failed to enter some prestigious one, but he studied at Wako University's Art Faculty and graduated from there.

Page 5

Miscellaneous stuff scattered across Page 5

  • Picture on the right-hand wall
    • Appears to be one of those courtroom sketches of Sensei :')
  • Calligraphy on the rear wall
    • These all read yu-ai, literally "bonds" or "fraternity"; when this wall is shown, “friendship” is usually written there instead. "Yu-ai" was a favorite buzzword of then-current Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama who often used it in speeches and commercials to describe his vision for Japan's relations with other countries.
  • Shoe locker full of pigeons
  • Box that Manami is sitting on
    • This is an item from the game "Sunshine Ranch" on social networking site Mixi. "Sunshine Ranch" is one of those games that encourages you to buy virtual items using real money.
  • Box that Nami is sitting on
    • This is a die used in the vapid daytime TV show “Raion no Gokigen'yô” (Lion's Greeting). In Panel 7, the die reads something like "story without pun" which is apparently a reference to some commercial. These dice show up a lot; for example, in Chapter 196 where they are part of the Monkey Intelligence Test. More obsessive readers may recall that this is the same show that Kiri was watching when she was first introduced all the way back in Chapter 3.
  • Things underneath Nami's box
    • Characters read "Heart" and "Seed". These are magic "heart seeds" from the magical girl anime "Heartcatch Pretty Cure!" which had premiered two weeks before this episode was published; one aspect of the show that was attracting attention at the time was that heart seeds are defecated onscreen by mascot character Coffret.
  • Box that Itoshiki-sensei is sitting on
    • Reference to LEGO… a LEGO Revolution maybe? :D

Page 6

Reformed far beyond reason (Panel 2)

Literally: “…are reformed in the direction of the day after tomorrow”

Commercials where you can't figure out what they're advertising (Panel 3)

Refers to a series of surreal (even by Japanese standards) commercials from chemical manufacturer Kuraray that featured a talking alpaca repeating the made-up word "Mirabakesso!"

Matoi's List of New Stuff

  • Toupee rentals
    • At the time of publication, wigmaker Aderans had recently introduced a highly publicized service called "Hair Club" that lets you rent hairpieces for a monthly fee
  • Pet telephone numbers
    • Japanese telecommunication provider NTT really lets you register a telephone number for your pet called “Wannyanba” (lit. "Bark Meow Number). These had just been introduced at the time of publication; they are marketed to people who are afraid of putting their real phone numbers on their pets' tag. The idea is that if your pet gets lost, the person who finds it calls the Wannyanba and the message then gets forwarded on to you.
  • Miss Universe Japan's costume
    • Miyasaka Emiri won Miss Universe Japan in 2009 with a costume that was far more revealing than the usual ones, which spurred furious debate among people with nothing better to do with their time.
  • Serialization continued on the web
    • Shogakukan's “Club Sunday”. They cancelled several comics from the usual magazines and continued them online. Chapter 62 goes into this subject in depth.
  • "Beauty Giants" narrators
    • Beauty Giants (美の巨人たち) is a show on TV Tôkyô where a narrator explains several artistic works. Inoue Marina (Chiri's voice actor) had recently done guest narration on that show, which prompted this light-hearted jab.
  • Dubai's "The World"
    • An artificial archipelago off the coast of Dubai in the shape of a map of the world, with miniature-sized islands in the shape of various landmasses. They were intended for sale to wealthy individuals for private homes or resorts, but they went unused and as of 2011 only one of the roughly 200 islands has anything on it. At the time of this chapter's publications it had been recently discovered that the islands were sinking back into the ocean.
  • Singing while mixing Bibimbap
    • Bibimbap is a Korean dish. God only knows what Kumeta is referring to here.
  • Kochi prefecture manga department
    • There really is one! It's in charge of organizing the Manga Kôshien that Kafuka talks about in Chapter 15. Koshi prefecture is located on Shikoku.
  • Hard online income tax report
    • Japan's e-tax software for filing taxes online is too complicated for most individuals to use.
  • Scammers who visit you in person
    • Widespread awareness of wire-transfer and ATM fraud in Japan led fraudsters to start visiting their victims directly to collect payments. More than half the cases of remittance fraud reported in January 2010 involved a face-to-face exchange of money with a scammer.
  • Blowoff who makes a veteran artist do Moe Manga
    • Joshiraku, a collaboration between Kumeta and Yasu. Yasu is the artist; Kumeta is the blowoff.

226 (Panel 8)

Reads "Nitsuru 226". A pun on an illustrator whose pen name is 326 (Mitsuru) and the February 26 Incident, an attempted coup d'état in 1936 that indirectly led to stronger military influence in Japan's government. The next few pages are a parody of this incident. Note that this chapter came out on February 24th, two days before the 74th anniversary of the uprising.

Page 7

"The Japanese need reforms!" (Panel 1)

Chiri's uniform here is that of a low-ranking Imperial Japanese Army officer from the 1930s. The February 26 Incident was incited by young army officers who issued a manifesto demanding government reforms and the arrest or dismissal of high-ranking generals and politicians. They conducted several assassinations and occupied a number of government buildings in Tokyo including the National Diet Building, which Chiri's troops also take over on page 11.

"You flipped her switch!" (Panel 3)

Callback to Chapter 163, which details in depth what happens when you flip somebody's switch.

Coach of the national soccer team (Panel 8)

Takeshi Okada, who was drawing a lot of flak because of Japan's disappointing third-place finish in the 2010 East Asian Football Championships two weeks before this chapter was published. Japan had already qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and there were many calls for his replacement before the championship. He ultimately led the team to a satisfactory 9th place finish at the World Cup and was named AFC Coach of the Year, but was replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni two months later.

Tax-evading Prime Minister (Panel 8)

Yukio Hatoyama, who was embroiled in a scandal at the time involving improperly-reported gifts.

The "Gymnopedie" that makes you randomly float into parallel worlds (Panel 8)

In the animated movie The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, released on February 6th, 2010, composer Erik Satie's Gymnopédie #1 is one of the "keys" needed by protagonist Kyon to restore the world to normal.

Page 9

New textbooks (Panel 4)

Refers to a series of controversies involving how various Imperial Japanese actions before and during WWII are portrayed in certain history textbooks. Kumeta touches on this subject in many chapters of SZS.

Blackboard Ideas (Panel 7)

  • Switching Seats
    • Happened in Chapter 7 when Zetsubou-sensei made Meru and Kafuka exchange seats in order to stop Meru from sending abusive text messages
  • Shifting Characters / Changing Gender
    • Happened in Chapter 72 where Sensei exchanges bodies with Chiri and one of Kaere's personalities as a result of them falling down the stairs together.
    • Also happened in Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei Episode 6 where the voice actors were randomly exchanged.
    • Went on to happen again a few months later in Chapter 225 where everyone claims to be someone else as a result of the Capgras delusion.
  • Changing the # of Pages
  • Drawing life-sized characters
    • If you rip out all pages of Chapter 187 and glue them together, you get Meru-papa and he WILL in fact be life-sized (roughly 180cm for the tankobon format).

Page 10

Changing the venue (Panel 2)

Literally, “change the riverbank”. Comes from an old saying.

A certain magician (Panel 4)

Japanese stage magician Mr. Maric. Left Japan in 1990 to go perform his act throughout Asia and returned in 1996.

Mangaka who changed venues (Panel 5)

Self-reference by Kumeta, who moved from drawing Katte ni Kaizô for Weekly Shonen Sunday to drawing SZS for Weekly Shonen Magazine. The artwork and general formula of SZS and later chapters of Katte ni Kaizô are pretty similar, although they feature different characters.

Provincial Tour (Panel 6)

In Japanese, the words 授業 jugyô (classes, lessons) and 巡業 jungyô (provincial tour) can sound very similar.

Round sign on School (Panel 7)

Reads "Neighbor".

Page 11

"Election Season, Election Season" (Panel 1)

The chapter was published about halfway between 2 elections (August 2009 for the House of Representatives and July 2010 for the House of Councilors); this might be a reference to that fact.

A different prefecture (Panel 6)

Specifically, Osaka.

"Our provincial tour is already done" (Panel 11)

Now they're in Sapporo.

Page 13

"almost half the world" (Panel 1)

All the places that they've gone were targets of Japanese imperial ambition in the early 20th century

  • Hawai'i: was attacked during WWII but an invasion never materialized
  • Russia: was roundly defeated by Japan during the Russo-Japanese war in 1904-5 which left Japan as the only serious maritime power in East Asia
  • "farther south on the continent": … would take you through Manchuria, the Korean Peninsula, and coastal China; these are all territories annexed or occupied by Japan in the years leading up to WWII
  • the place where Maria is: probably Saipan or the Philippines, which were captured from the US by Japan in 1942 and occupied until 1944-1945. Maria is strongly implied to be Filipino. The American campaign to retake the Philippines was among the last major campaigns of the war; it resulted in the final defeat of the remaining Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and Japan lost hundreds of thousands of troops defending the islands.
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