Cultural References in Lucky Star
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EP 20 References Part B
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Suzumiya Haruhi no 巨乳
The big breasted girl asking you to buy her big-sized soft drink is of course everyone's favorite deity, Haruhi-sama. The can in her hand looks like a coca-cola parody, but I believe it should be a self-parody for the
Mikuru Tea drink
sold in Akiba recently. There's even sign telling the otaku to "just buy it".
Although most people know about Coka-cola in Japan, Coke doesn't really make their money with cola. Like other beverage companies, their
main products are tea, coffee, and sports drink
. Cola and other soda don't sell nearly as well.
Tea made by Mikuru!
I don't really know which Coke CM they're trying to parody, so here's a Coke (Tea) commercial featuring, eh, similar theme The actress here,
, is an dorama actress famous for her, eh, attributes (got a famous nude scene to prove it). Plus 2 extra coke CM - featuring two other popular actresses.
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Coca Cola Sokenbicha CM - Tokiwa Takako & Nishida Naomi
Coca Cola Sokenbicha CM - Yada Akiko
Cocal Cola Karada Meguricha CM - Hirosue Ryoko
Algae Monster of Hokkaido
When Kagamin was enjoying Misao's ice cream, she said "(It's like) Marimokkori's Eyes!". What she was referring to was how the ice cream made her so happy that her eyes looked like the funny-looking eye of Hokkaido's Mascot character,
り (Marimokkori). Named after a special local algea, it's a cute green chara with a bulging crotch (see below). Marimokkori is a popular mascot character for Hokkaido; visitors usually brought one home along with other Hokkaido omiyage like the "White Lover" Cookies (
the non-stale kind
Check out his eyes and other interesting bits
How-to Enter ToDai with Manga
When Misao told everyone that she think she can enter
, Japan's #1 University and one of the most difficult place to attend in the world, she go the idea by reading a manga called "
" (Dragon Sakura). The manga was then remade into a highly rated
and Johnny's Yamapi (
). It's basically about a loser of a lawyer who decided that he can help 5 failing students from a crummy school enter Todai with his special training. His "classes" involving mixing sports with rote memorization and ignoring school teachers for subject matter exerts. He also, of course, teachers life lesson to these delinquent kids.
When Kagami was questioning Misao, she was specifically calling her out that such teacher, classmates, environment, and training exist only in manga and TV. It was really a great reference because MANY kids DID believe they have a chance for Todai after watching the dorama. "Hey! Yamapi got in by playing catch while doing chemisty, so can I!". Kagamin is of course, the only one in the room with a real chance at Todai future. Hohoho. I personally liked the show for Abe-san; one of the great Japanese actors unknown to the West. I liked Yamapi in "Nobuta wo Produce", but he's really too Johnny's pretty for me. The show was utterly ridiculous but good acting and style saved it for me.
Abe-sama will MAKE a Todaijin out of you!
Summer Test Preparation
The reason why Konata (and everyone else) is paying attention to Summer assignment this time is because that this particular summer is special. The Summer vacation of a 3rd year HS student is spend doing special home work design to help you review the entire 1st and 2nd year of HS. This is to prepare them for the big tests in a few month. Good schools like Katsukabe would give them a review that's going to really help them do well on the tests, and anyone wanting to be in an elite University has best take advantage of it.
There's a saying: "夏休みを制する者が受験を征する" (Those who controlled their Summer vacation will conquer the test). A student wanting to enter a public college will study for 10 to 12 hours a day. Good schools will even arrange special Summer camp where the students can concentrate on studying all summer long. Still think Japanese school is all fun and games? The Hiiragi girls even said they skipped the Matsuri held by their own Jinja. Even in L*S, the pressure of the 3rd year is evident. It seemed that our little Kona is serious about going to college after all.
Students at a Summer Study Camp:
The Girls and their Eki
This episode finally showed us a couple of JR stations. The following are the new Holy Sites:
Konata's Home Station:
幸手駅 (Satte Eki)
Video of the Satte Eki
Station for the Big Meeting:
東武動物公園駅 (Toubu Doubutsu Koen Eki)
The sign's changed slightly like the other names:
The Great Lucky Star Hanabi Daikai
By now we now know exactly which city Konata and the Hiiragis live, but we were never told here Miyuki/Minami resided, aside that it's closer to Tokyo. Some of you may know this, but Japan has a special breed of otaku called the Densha-Otaku; the train fanatics. Some of them are also anime-otakus. Some of these hybrid-otas analyzed the train scenes, station location, and clues from the dialog in trying to discover which Matsuri the girls went. Basically there are two candidates, and I'll just post them both. You can be the judge.
First candidate is the famous
(Edogawa Hanabi Daikai) held 8/4 of this year. Over 1.3 million people watched it live and over 14,000 fireworks were used last year. Video links below:
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The Second candidate is somewhat famous
(Kawasaki City Hanabi Daikai), held on the 3rd Saturday of August. Video below:
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Tsukasa's Quick Quips
She made two one-liner references during the Masuri scetch:
When she was trapped by the ticket gate in the stations: "
" (Nanja Koryaa!) It was the last word of Detective ジーパン (Jeans) in a legendary police drama "
" (Taiyou ni Hoero!), which was aired from 1972 to 1986.
When Tsukasa was scratching her mosquito bites, she let out "
" (Kai-no~~). This phrase is a famous gag line of a popular comedian named
She also printed on her paper fan her most favorite thing in the world: "バルサミコ酢" (Balsamic Vinegar). I'm sure KyoAni will have this out for sale any day now.
Hazama-san, Master of low-brow humor:
In Lucky Channel, new pretty-boy assistant Ono Daisuke made a reference to the past characters he and Imano Hiromi (Akira's seiyuu) played on the anime "
". He was the character 国崎往人 (Kunisaki Yukito) and she was the dog ポテト (Poteto).
Hiromi-chan was so cute...
The Groom's Rumba
The latest Shiraish ED again featured a song written and performed by the great Mr. White Rock. The song, "お婿ルンバ" or "Groom's Rumba" is a parody of a very popular wedding song by 70-80's idol
(Gou Hiromi), "お嫁サンバ" or "Bride's Samba". I only knew about him because he dated
back in the 80's. You can watch the original song below (not the same one I posted before):
Oyome Samba performed by Gou Hiromi back in '84:
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