Chapter 297 - Five (More) Melancholies

Title

Five (More) Melancholies
In Japanese, (あと)五回の憂鬱 (ato) gokai no yûutsu. A pun on a novel called Tokai no yûutsu (Urban Melancholy) by novelist Satô Haruo (1892-1964).

First published May 16, 2012.

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P2 Sign 1104-き-024

The phone number can be read as "Itoshiki Enishi".

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P1 Shopping Bag 東京ば奈々

Parody of well-known Tokyo confectioner 東京ばな奈 "Tokyo Banana".

P3 Takasago

For Takasago, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takasago_(play). Other than this play, the word takasago can also refer to a certain table the groom takes his place at during a wedding.

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P4 Posthumous Wedding

Posthumous marriage when ONE of the partners is dead is performed in some countries, e.g. France. Marriage of two dead parties can rarely be seen in China.

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P3 Japanese Posthumous Marriage Ceremonies

The panel background shows a priest praying before wooden plaques painted with a wedding scene, which is a funeral custom still maintained in Aomori and Yamagata prefectures in the Tohoku region as part of the mourning for children who die very young. The offering plaques are sometimes accompanied by dolls representing a married couple.

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P1 Right Portrait

Mahou Shoujo Madoka ☆ Magica Tomoe Mami.

P4 …character from the same series

Mahou Shoujo Madoka ☆ Magica Sayaka Miki, Sakura Kyouko, and of course /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\

P5 …character with the same hair color

Shown are Cure Peace, Kiniro no Yami from To LoveRu, Sailor Moon and Nagi from Hayate the Combat Butler.

P10 Items in coffin

A picture of the head of witch form Charlotte, and a headshot of Mami, as well as just the head from a Mami figure (you may notice a pattern here), and a small Mami figure. The kanji on the book reads "Tomoe". "Omoshiroi guy" also sneaks in here…

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