Chapter 225 - Seibee Has Become the Gourd, the Gourd Has Become Seibee


The title of this chapter (清兵衛が瓢箪で瓢箪が清兵衛 Seibee ga hyoutan de hyoutan ga seibee) is a mashup of two different titles, Shiga Naoya's short story "Seibee and the Gourd" (清兵衛と瓢箪 Seibee to Hyoutan) and Yamanaka Hisashi's "I've Become Him and He's Become Me" (山中恒の児童文学 Are ga aitsu de aitsu ga are de)

First published on June 2, 2010.

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Capgras Delusion

Cagras Delusion is a psychiatric condition in which a person believes that someone close to them has been replaced by someone else. Oddly, when a person suffers from this delusion, the delusion seems to only center on a single person they know, while everyone else appears "normal". More here.

Signs (Panel 8)

Da Pump and Sophiya are references to Japanese bands.

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Signs (Panel 8)

"Gangan" is a reference to a group of manga magazines published by Square Enix. The sign above that says 'Mitokomon', the name of a historical drama. At top left, the sign reads "Yoshinoya", a chain of beef merchants. Below it is a banner that reads "Hollywood Dragonball"

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Voice actor change

Reference to Detective Conan, the show seen in the last panel on the previous page. Refers to the voice actor for the character Kogoro Mori (or Richard Moore, for those used to the Americanized version), who was changed in 2009.

Choco Bowl

Reference to the candy brand Choco Ball. It's a chocolate shell containing a filling that is changed on occasion.

Death Note -> Literature

Reference to No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. A surge of reprints of classical literature featured covers designed by manga artists (in this case, Death Note's Takeshi Obata) in order to draw in the younger crowd.

Electronics Store

Reference to the chain "Laox", which was bought in part by a Chinese company. See here.


A reference to an apparent dream that Kumeta's assistant Maeda had. Apparently, Maeda fell asleep and had a realistic dream about another (non-existent) assistant named Yamashita. When he woke up he told Kumeta to fire Yamashita or else he was going to quit.

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Signs (Panel 1)

"Yukio's Office" - Reference to then Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. Some of the banners say "Plan", which is a reference to the DPJ's platform of removing the American airbase in Okinawa. The plan involved a landswap to move the base elsewhere, but this fell through and the "plan" turned into quietly extending the American lease on the base. "Eco Tax" is a reference to a green tax that the DPJ also wanted to implement. The failure of both of these is seen for the reason that Hatoyama's cabinet collapsed.

Panel 4

The person in line is supposed to be Kim Jong-nam, son of Kim Jong-Il and one time heir apparent. In May 2001, he was arrested at Narita International Airport for entering the country illegally on a (forged) Dominican passport. His reason for being in Japan was apparently to visit Tokyo Disneyland. There's a little switch here, as the series puts this in Haneda Int'l Airport, which only received the international terminal shortly before this chapter was published.

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B-But I'm a girl!

Sensei uses some feminine words here.

Kaere's personalities

Kaere's name is based on the verb "kaeru", which can mean either "to change" or "to go home". Her multiple personalities are conjugations of this verb. Kaero is the imperative form, "Change!" or "Go Home!". Kaeruna is the negative imperative form, "Don't Change!" or "Don't Go Home!". Kaereba is the conditional form "If I/you change/go home…".

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