Cultural References in Lucky Star
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Cultural Reference in EP15
EP 15 Spoilers
I got some of this info from this wonderful
and some out of my head or other personal sources. If I personally know about it I will start to rant, if I don't I'll simply translate.
"San-Nen B-Gumi, Kuroi-sensei!"
The sentences before the OP are references to a classic dorama "
" (Kinbachi-sensei of the 3rd year B-class). The phrase was used often in the show and in the OP, only in L*S version it was changed to Kuroi (Nanako) sensei. It's about a teacher in a Tokyo Middle school and the issue he faced educating the often trourblesome kids. The show usually address realistic themes such as child abuse and sex-ed, and it's been around for 25 years. A series' made every once in a while, the last one, 7th, was aired in 2005; it's supposed to be the REAL final series.
"Kokoro no Tomo Yo!"
When Kona started to say this while hugging her new "Heart Friends" for winning the pre-sales ticket to Haruhi concert, it was a reference to Doraemon. "Jianan" or Giant, was this big bully kid in Doraemon who tortured the other kids daily. But once in a while during the one of Doraemon's big adventure movies, Giant became part of the group and sometimes he will display unusual bravery and love for his friends. During times of crisis he would show his display of friendship by hugging Nobita and the gang (sometimes under coercion) and scream "KOKORO NO TOMO YO!" (You are my Friend of Heart!). It can usually bring tear to a kid'ss eye to see this usually selfish bully doing something brave for his suddenly Heart Friends. Of course when the adventure's over and they're all back home, Giant would start taking money, candy, Nintendos, or Doraemon gadgets from Nobita just like before.
Picture of Jaian, killer of Nobita:
Although this is anime related I wanted to mention it. Not many current anime fans has seen Doraemon, unless they've grew up in Asia.
When Konata first heard about Kagami's fat gold fish, she said "でかっ！将軍！" or "Big! Shougun!" This is a reference to a very popular dorama "
" (Kareinaru Ichizoku), a huge TBS production starring Kimura Takuya of SMAP. It's about the family intrigue of a Japanese Oil Tycoon family and it's based on a best-selling REAL novel. "Shougun" in the dorama is a huge carp kept by the Grandfather (head of the family) which would appear when you tap on the water. Many people who watched the dorama were impressed. No he's not a gold fish. The show got pretty high ratings and again proven the "Chicks Dig Kimura" rule. Will the guy ever stop being the top male idol? Yes I've watch a few episodes but I'm not a SMAP fangirl so I didn't really finish it. It aired back in 01/2007 so this is a really new reference. Must be something from the dorama watching female animators. No otaku will reference a Kimura dorama.
Kimura-san on the lower left:
When Kagami's dreaming about the reincarnation of her fat gold fish becoming her future husband, she was worried that he'll become a "DV man". DV = Domestic Violence, of course. Pretty easy to us gaijin-tachi.
According the above blog, the TV show that's airing while Kagami and Tsukasa discuss telling lies is the a TNT original crime drama series "
r" starring Kyra Sedgwick. Yeah she's pretty hot, and the show has strong review and ratings for a TNT show. I guess it's popular in Japan too. Even the blogger isn't sure about this, and I'm not even going to second guess him since I have never watched a dubbed American show in Japanese.
Big in Japan!
The question Hiiragi family tried to answer the first time was "What was the humble form of "行く" (go)? and the answer was "参る". I am kinda shocked that they missed it because even I know the answer. Perhaps we as gaijin tend to learn keigo before we learn normal Japanese, but I don't think "mairimasu!" was that rare, especially they all being mikos, shouldn't they know more keigos than normal folks?
"All-Star Appreciation Festival"
The quiz show Hiiragi family was enjoying is a twice a year special that has been aired since 1991 called "
". The Hiiragi girls and man were watching the Spring Special. All I know about it was that the male host, Shimata Shinsuke, is pretty famous and appears on several other shows as guests. It is pretty popular special; there's even a PS2 game made from the show.
Compare this to the anime TV picture.; KyoAni does its homework:
While talking about the mythical house Miyuki lived in, the girls walked past a sign that reads "Delicious Chinese Noodle, 390 Yen". It is a sign for a super-cheap chain raman place called "
" (Raman no HidakaYa). I've never eaten there so I don't know how good it is, but here's what I do know: "Chuuka Soba" or Chinese noodles is another name for good old raman. Raman is actually treated as foreign (Chinese) food in Japan, but we all know it's Japanese. Kinda like how they see things like "Omu-Rice" as Western, but you'll be hard to find an ketchup-rice filled omelet in any Western kitchen. Since they have all 200 plus stores listed on their site, I'm going to be an ota and guess that the store they walked by is this one:
071 春日部店 春日部市中央1-9-1 048-753-0355
Picture of a random Hidakaya:
"I'll be the Class Rep!"
When Yukata volunteered to be the Class Rep, she was referencing a line from a TV dorama, "
" (NecchuJidai). It was an OLD dorama aired in 1979 about a group of grade school students. I suppose it's very fitting for Yukata. It was white hot when first premiered, as it has a 47.5% rating. That means almsot 50% of all Japanese were watching it at the time. I don't know much about it.
He had a lot of fangirls back in the days:
When Nanako-sensei woke Konata with a knock on the head, Konata said "ポチョムキン" or "Pochumukin". Apparently she's dreaming about a famous Russian Battleship called "
" (Потёмкин). I'm not going to elaborate it as you can read the wikipedia yourself. What kind of dream could she be having? Of course I thought she said "Ocha Mochi", which is a mochi made with sencha powder. I like my version better.
is the very text book she was holding while giving Kona a hard time.
It even the cover looked boring:
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