Chapter 283 - Uji Juui Story


"Uji Juui Story" (宇治拾位物語 - Uji Juui Monogatari) is a pun on "Uji Shuui Monogatari" (宇治拾遺物語). Uji Juui means something like "Ten rank".

First published December 12, 2011.

Page 1

Sign (Panel 1)

"Clothes Ohara" is a reference to the NHK Telenovella "Carnation". In that show there is a store called "Dressmaker Ohara".

Poster (Panel 2)

The poster says "Amaou's Place", a reference to one of the main characters in the drama series "Watashi no Host-chan Shichinin no Host". Amaou is the owner of the Host-club "Vanilla".

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Sign (Panel 2)

"Pen Coffee - Coffee Northwind" is a reference to both the cafe chain "Key Coffee", as well as a reference to Adachi Mitsuru's "Touch", which features a cafe named "Southwind".

Page 3

Perfume Best 10

Perfume is an electropop trio.

Page 4

Ten Best Wards in Kawasaki

Kawasaki has only seven wards: Kawasaki-ku; Saiwai-ku; Nakahara-ku; Takatsu-ku; Miyamae-ku; Tama-ku; Asao-ku/Kawasaki City

Signs (Panel 7)

All of the restaurants in this panel are puns on real-life restaurants. "Royal Fost" -> Royal Host; "DeNiro's" -> Denny's; "Seizoriya" -> Seizeriya; "Gwast" -> Gast.

Best Ten Akamatsu

Ken Akamatsu series. #1: Love Hina; #2: Negima?!; #3: A.I. Love You

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Segment on O-Tameshi, which airs on TV Asahi.

Shigarami University

Carryover from Katteni Kaizo. The university ("Shigarami" meaning "obstacle") is located on the border of Tokyo's Nerima ward and Saitama prefecture. It has the nickname "Trauma University".

Tane Kitsu

On the bonus page for her introduction chapter, her student papers list her as a student at Shigarami University, working in the department of humanities and environment.

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Posters (Panel 1)

"10 Wins"; "10 Promises To My Dog" - Both movies.

Page 8

Domestic Automobile Producers

In Japan, there are 9 major ones, not including truck manufacturers: Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki, Daihatsu, and Mitsuoka.

Despair List

  • Top 10 Prefectures on Shikoku
    • There are only four prefectures on the island of Shikoku.
  • Top 10 currently airing historical dramas
    • There are usually only 2 or 3 airing at any given time.
  • Top 10 children of the Sanada household
    • Reference to the series "11 nin mo iru", featuring a family with 8 children and the ghost of the husband's former wife.
  • Top 10 HDD Makers
    • Only three companies made them (although they were sometimes sold under other brands): Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba
  • Top 10 from the Caiman Islands purchased by Olympus
    • (TL note when I'm less tired)
  • Top 10 terrestrial TV channels in Tokyo
    • Only 9: 2 NHK channels, Nihon TV, TV Asahi, TBS, TV Tokyo, Fuji TV, Tokyo MX and Housou Daigaku
  • Top 10 cell phone companies
    • Japan only has five: Softbank, NTT Docomo, au, Willcom and Emobile

Rankings in Magazine

The issue of Shonen Magazine that contained this chapter had a 22-place ranking for the series "About!"

Isn't it great she's ranked in the top 10?

Yuzuki from "A Town Where You Live" was ranked #10 (out of 11)

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Shakyamuni Buddha's Ten Great Disciples

Page 10

Top 10 Renhou

Refers to politician Murata Renhou. Normally, when she's mentioned in manga, the name is censored to something like "R*hou" or "Renh*", but her full name appeared recently in a chapter of Gintama. Kumeta didn't censor it in this chapter either, and may be referring to the controversy that erupted after the Gintama chapter was published.

Renhou and collars

A lot of the jokes in the top 10 list have to do with jacket collars. One of her signature appearances is to wear something with a large collar and let the collar stand up.

Yuuya (Panel 10)

Musician Uchida Yuuya

Collar (Panel 11)

Her collar says "YamaP", the nickname for Yamashita Tomohisa, a former member of the Johnny's group NEWS.

Page 11

Top 10 Electric Companies

There are 10 electric companies in Japan.

TEP (Panel 6)

Most well known for their ownership and poor response to the Fukushima crisis.

Page 12

Best teachers in Magazine

Zetsubou-sensei is ranked #10, but since GTO has finished its run, he's the only teacher in Magazine.

Ending text

"This year's Zetsubou-sensei was of such high quality that it is the 10th best year of it's seven years of serialization. Please confirm this by reading the old volumes!"

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