Chapter 251 - The Refugees Coming Into the World


Umare idzuru nanmin = 『生まれ出づる難民』
Reference to the novel 「生れ出づる悩み」("The Agony of Coming Into the World") by 有島 武郎 Takeo Arishima

First published January 26, 2011.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa


Based on the famous painting by Hokusai, first in the series "36 Views of Mount Fuji".

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P4 Internet Cafe Refugees

Reference to the practice of homeless sleeping in net cafes which are open all night.

P4 Employment Refugees

Companies with shady business practices that frequently exploit employees by making them work large amounts uncompensated overtime or otherwise not conform with the (generally already loosely enforced) employment law of Japan are popularly called burakku kigyou or "black companies".

P6 Namagami

Reference to Enterbrain's dating sim game "Amagami"; a limited edition was scheduled for release the day after the sale date for this issue of Weekly Shounen, but as it happened the limited edition ended up being delayed until March.

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P1 Maywa Denki

The original is 明和電器 or "Meiwa Electric Products", a reference to the art collective 明和電機 "Meiwa Electric Appliances" Maywa Denki. Confusingly, there is also a company called Meiwa Electric that makes electric power generation and motor equipment.


The Japanese digital terrestrial broadcast standard. Japan made the transition from analog to digital TV broadcasts in 2011. As part of this, a widely mocked mascot character called "Digital Deer" was hastily introduced after the arrest of the previous spokesperson for public indecency, leading to the creation of "Analoguma" or Analog Bear, basically the infamous Pedobear with an antenna on his head.

P3 Signs

ルシャダイ - 3D action game "El Shaddai" released 4/28/2011.
ちゃり 馴染 - In full, 「ぽっちゃり幼馴染」or "chubby childhood friend", the catchphrase of Amagami heroine Rihoko Sakurai, incidentally voiced by Nami's seiyuu, Ryōko Shintani.
ラブ+ - Love Plus.
ナマガミ 限 特大 - Reference to Amagami Limited Edition with extras.

P5 Kunimasu

A type of freshwater salmon thought to have gone extinct in Japan in 1940 when a dam was built on its native Lake Tazawa, a living population was found in 2010 in Lake Saiko, where 100,000 eggs were transferred in 1940 in what had been thought to be an unsuccessful attempt to save the species.

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P1 Kunimasu no matsuri

Reference to the Ando Yuma / Asaki Masashi manga Kunimitsu no Matsuri.

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P1 Blowfish

Ryōko Shintani had expressed a desire to eat blowfish sushi (fugu) on both the SZBS and Amagami net radio streams at various times.

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P5 Wooden Storm Doors

This shutter story also appears in Joshiraku ch. 10 and the Katte ni Kaizō 「かってに研究しやがれBOOK」("No way I'm studying this BOOK") p118. The assumption is that this is some incident that happened to either Kumeta-sensei or someone he knows.

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