Chapter 269 - The Summer Guy

Title

"The Summer Guy" is based on the title "The Fall Guy", which is the English title of the film "Kamata March" (蒲田行進曲 Kamata koushinkyoku). The original title of this chapter was 蒲田未更新曲 (Kamata mikoushin-kyoku), which translates to something like ''Kamata not-yet-renewed-sound''.

First published on July 27, 2011.

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While homecoming…

Summer is one of the homecoming seasons (people go home to visit families, etc).

A den of dark history

Probably a reference to Turn A Gundam, in which "Dark History" is the period during which most civilization on Earth was destroyed, and what was left of humanity relocated to the Moon.

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Piro-piro

A reference to Hiroshi Kamiya, who gave himself the radio nickname "Piro-piro" for Macross F-radio. This nickname may stem from the nickname he had in high school, which is "Piroshi". He has been known to use "Piroshi" on SZBH, in which he plays a character named "Piroshi, 17 years old".

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Store (Panel 1)

The store is called "Warabe Yuusai Toy Store", which is a reference to the anime/manga series Yume Tsukai, in which the main character's parents own a toy store called "Warabe Yuusai".

Mippy

Play on Miffy/Nijntje.

Ma**shin Hamburger

Reference to Marushin-brand hamburgers, which were popular during the 60s and 70s.

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Ken-bou's House

Reference to actor Miyawaki Ken. The name plate behind Sensei in panel 1 reads "Miyawaki".

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Sign (Panel 2)

The sign reads Yokosuka Chuo, a train station in the town of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, which is Kumeta's hometown.

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Mutsugorou-san

Mutsugorou-san is the pen name of Hata Masanori, who writes a lot about animals and their growing up. In a column, "Sayonara Donbee" he relates an experience in which he gets injured in the same way Abiru does in this chapter.

Salvia Honey

Refers to Nami's story in chapter 207.

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"A Town Where You Live"

Perhaps more widely known as Kimi no Iru Machi.

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Despair List

  • Brushing your teeth vertically
    • It's been studied, and probably the best way to brush your teeth is in a variety of directions.
  • Safety myths
    • Fukushima reference!
  • Sitting in the bathtub shoulder-deep
    • It used to be thought that this was the only way to warm the body properly, but it's been found that the body can be warmed by bathwater with only half of the body immersed.
  • Marking the place you were stung by a mosquito with an 'x' drawn by your fingernails
    • Not really effective, as scratching tends to increase the itch. (Slapping the bite seems to work for me pretty well, though…)
  • Burning trash at school
    • Is longer done at Japanese schools (but is still a trope in certain genres anime/manga).
  • Punishment by hitting
    • Hasn't been done by schools in Japan for a very long time. (Incidentally, Japanese schools were the only place in which this punishment was ever employed, more than likely being imported American schools during the late 1800s)
  • Rub the site of the injection, and don't take a bath.
    • Rubbing the injection site was thought to increase the circulation of the medicine, while bathing was thought to remove it from the system. Neither are true, as most injections are either directly into the bloodstream (in which case the medicine is rapidly carried through the body by the bloodstream), or meant for localized areas (in which case circulation isn't generally needed).
  • If you have a nosebleed, look up and hit the back of your neck
    • The proper method of stopping a nosebleed (tried-and-true by a couple of us editors) is to look down and hold the nose.

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World 5 Minutes Theory

To quote Bertrand Russell: ''There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population that "remembered" a wholly unreal past. There is no logically necessary connection between events at different times; therefore nothing that is happening now or will happen in the future can disprove the hypothesis that the world began five minutes ago.''

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Kochi Kame

The nickname of a horrendously long-running Shonen Jump manga (175 volumes and counting), Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo

Giants

The Yomiuri Giants, usually a dominant baseball team, finished the 2011 season 5th (out of 6) in their league.

Shimiken

Reference to singer/actor Shimizu Kentarou.

Ending text

If me and "Zetsubou-sensei" were created like this so close to the deadline 5 minutes ago, dear gods, then you are too cruel. -Author

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