Cultural References in Lucky Star
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Somewhere, between the sacred silence and sleep
It's getting really long, so I split my posts.
Here's episode 5-9.
-Obvious online MMORPG jokes... tons of commonly used MMO terms like pulling, tanking, death penalty, debuff, etc.
-A lot of people may not be familiar with traditional Yukata wearing called "kitsuke".
Tying the sash properly is very hard, and not commonly known how to do by most people..
-The obvious Comiket references. Yes, you stand in the line from the morning (or for some people... from night before!)
and is very tiring, and East and West sides are far apart. Summer time Comiket is hell on earth... I will never, ever go there in the summer again.
-Konata's relative policewoman is wearing the mask of
Full Metal Panic
-Kagami's "Getto daze!" when she catches the goldfish is catch phrase (no pun intended) of
in american version) of
-Kagami names her goldfish
, which is the name of the goldfish in
Kingyo Chuuihou! anime
-Tsukasa's "Balsamicosu" line is refering to Balsamico Vinegar, popular italian vinegar.
-Konata and Tsukasa's conversation on the phone "looks like a frog" "I see, depleted uranium" is refering to the mech
-The chat window on the MMO they are playing is very faithfully Japanese. The use of "WWWW" is like american "LOL", and one of the quote said by one of the quoters is famous quote from a FF11 player.
-Nekama is refering to guys who use female avatars (toons, characters, w/e) and pretend to be a female player in the game.
The opposite of that, girls pretending to be guys, is called Nenabe.
-"Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah" in front of the fan. Come on, I'm sure it's an universal thing, and not unique to Japanese. You know you're guilty!
-Konota's talking about experience in the popular online game
Monster Hunter 2
in the preview for the next episode.
-Ending song is the world-famous Dragon Ball theme song
, but does anyone even need to mention this?
. Need I say more?
-Konata wearing her grade-school issued swimsuit from sixth grade and saying some people like it, is referencing to some Japanese otaku's fondness with "sukumizu" swimsuits. Those lolicon bastards.
-Watermelon splitting is a traditional summer event in Japan, where you hide the participant's eyes with cloth, and spin the person. After several spins, he/she has to swing the stick aimlessly, and hope to hit the watermelon, busting it open.
The "busting the Watermelon with gun" bit that Konata mentions is reference to
Full Metal Panic
-The "take off your glassess and your eyes look like this ( 3 3 )" was a commonly used expression in old manga, notably
-When Tsukasa sits down, she says "Yokkoishouichi"... ths is a very, VERY old fad from the 70s. It's mixing "dokkoisho", and the stranded Japanese soldier
(Yokota shouichi). It's one of those old phrases that used to be popular, but no longer used in modern times.
-Umi no Ie (house of sea) are beach side restaurants, that serves very simple food for jacked up price. Like, curry rice with nothing but curry and rice.
-When asked if the food tastes that good, Konata says it's not so good that I'd run around the beach in fundoshi underwear.
This is a joke referencing to the cooking manga,
-Konata does parody of
poo commercial from the 80s.
-Konata's "Mmmmm... Mandom" is also a TV ad reference. In the 70s, they had
star in the ad, saying those exact phrase. The ad got so popular, this phrase was widely used by many during the 70s.
-Konata's "Save very often! Are you throwing rocks?" is a joke from
Fintal Fantasy Tactics
online help, Japanese version.
-Konata's scary talk ends with the man singing
DANZEN! Futari wa PriCure
, the popular theme song from the girls anime
Futari wa PreCure
-Both the Konata's scary mask and sticking leg upside down are reference from
Inugamike no Ichizoku
TV Drama series, based on the novel of the same title. "Sukekiyo" is a character in the drama.
-The TV show Kagami and Tsukasa are watching at home is obviously "
Trivia no Izumi
" TV series. (Fountain of Trivia)
-Akira's "Kyaru-n!" is famous greeting from
Can Can Bunny
's mascot character
, a gal-game incarnation of the goddess Sarasvati.
-Shiraishi's "Maicchingu!" is from the famous 80s anime,
Maicchingu Machiko Sensei
-Shiraishi's phrase "That's when our agent saw..!" at the end of the Lucky Channel show, is famous phrase from the popular variety TV show,
Toukou! Tokuhou Oukoku
-Ending theme is
in the 80s.
The characters are talking about how people get the singer
's name wrong often.
Perhaps they picked them because, Onyanko Club's most famous song was "
Sailor Fuku o nugasanaide
"...(Don't take off my Sailor fuku)
And Lucky Star's opening them song is "Take away the Sailor Fuku"
Maria-sama ga miteru
-Sebastian is a popular name for butlers, starting with
Anything from Disney's
, to adult game
, anime series
It's even funnier that Tsukasa responds to this, since she looks just like
from To Heart.
-When Konata turns on her TV, it's playing the 2nd opening theme song of
, a yuri anime series.
It seems Konata is into yuri anime these days, along with Marimite. Watch out Kagami...!
-Anime shows often gets pushed back... or in worst case scenario episode canceled entirely because of baseball game getting extended. Damn those sports!
-Curry doesn't usually go bad even if you leave it out a day, if you keep the lid on the pot.
HOWEVER. Just like Konata in this episode... I have had a full pot of curry go bad after one day. I was literally in tears!
Learn your lesson before it hits you kiddos, just to be safe.. always put the pot in the fridge. Those molds can get through anything!
-Konata's phone ringer is Kanon und Gigue in D-Dur, from German composer
. Well, it's a very popular classical music, so I'm sure everyone has heard it sometime in their life.
-Konata's ringer is, obviously,
's ending song.
-Tsukasa is reading the manga
. Don't know which volume though.
-Kagami asks them how they felt about
, a popular tennis manga and anime series from the 70s.
-Konata goes into the ojou-sama mode, and says the line "Osoroshii ko..." which is a famous (and overused) line from
Garasu no Kamen
(Glass Mask) manga from the 70s and 80s. Amazingly enough, this manga is still serialized, and has not concluded
Full Metal Panic
's new book is out, and Konata notices
's new issue is out too.
So she offers to go to "
", a popular anime-oriented book and goods store in Japan.
-With the points acquired at Gamers, Konata wants to buy a Shakugan no Shana item.
-Lucky Channel's Shiraishi has his hair in twin-tail. This is a inside-joke from the Weekly Lucky Channel online radio show.
Here you can see the real Minoru Shiraishi in twin tail
-When Akira says make it twin drill, he imagines the drills and say "Don't underestimate the speed of Getter", to which Akira
replies "heh, Getter 2 eh?". Shiraishi's quote is famous quote by
, the pilot of Getter 2 in
-The ending song is
Chijou no Hoshi
(The star on earth) by
Prior to this, Konata asks her to sing
, which is an ending theme song to the anime "
That's why she mentions the Miyuki connection.
-Teacher "It's a mistake, blamed on youthfulness" Konata "So you're a kid"
These are reference to the famous (and again, over-used) lines from
Mobile Suit Gundam
-The video game they are playing is
And yeah, the metal ruler method seemed to be the fastest way of getting fast record.
Used to beat the crap out of that special controller...
-Konata says "Girls have to be elegant", which is a line by
, who happens to have the same voice
actress as Konata, Aya Hirano.
-At the hardles, Tsukasa says "Ajapa-" as she fall to the ground. It's a famous joke by
, a famous comedian
during and after WWII. He passed away in the early 80s.
-The BGM playing during the relay race is from
-When Tsukasa was imagining her and her sister's role reversed, the background effect is the same as that of Gundam's
's contact scene. It even does the newtype flash effect at the end.
-Konata mentions that her letter sent to
was published on the new issue.
This really happened. If you check the June issue of Newtype, her letter really is there.
-Accourding to fans, the book Konata has in her right hand is
, a spin-off manga of .hack series and right is
Suzumiya Haruhi no Koushiki
official fanbook. Otaku fans have keen eyes...
-When Konata finds the Shuffle! volume 5, it plays the newtype awakening sound from
, as well as the effects.
I guess all these Gundam in-jokes suddenly popping out all over this episode is because of Konata's Newtype letter event.
-The book shelf at the store has tons of galgame/eroge related books... most are vague, but you can spot stuff like
. For some reason, adult porn manga artist
's manga was there too.
-Ending song is,
, the theme song for the
live action TV series in the late 70s. This series
aired in some english speaking countries as
. Awesome, awesome show. There hasn't been ANY TV series, live or
cartoon, based on Saiyuuki that comes even close to this show, even to this day.
-Konata's "pochittona" when she pushes the key is famous and overused line from the
anime series. The skinnier bad guy (who's name is diffrent from show to show) always says that when pressing a button in the robot.
-The TV Drama Tsukasa wanted to watch (but decided to record) is
14 sai no haha
(14 year old mother) series.
-Kagami says she likes shooting games, and Konata likes gal-game and RPG.
When Japanese gamers say "shooting games", we don't usually mean FPS. The old-school shoot-em-ups where you control a flying fighter, and shoot stuff off the screen like Gradius, Xebius, 1942, R-Type, and whatnot.
-The reason why the girls are laughing about Konata being a "gari" on the sushi-fortune telling, is because gari is a side-dish and not really a sushi at all.
-As some mentioned, the horror flick the girls went to see seems to be
Dunno, I don't watch scary movies. I like to sleep.
-Konata's line "Buffet... it's land of women's greed" is a direct reference to a line from
novel series, except in there the chararcter says "Pudding in bucket" instead of buffet. Japanese refer to buffet as "Viking" style restaurant.
-The girls keep saying "that" athelete, but they are all refering to real-life sport athletes of course.
-When Kagami said this year's championship was "that" team and "this" team, she meant
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
That's why Konata asks "isn't there something like bargain sales on ham?"
-When they introduced Tsukasa, Akira starts to say "
?", which Shiraishi bleeped out by yelling out Koi no Mikuru densetsu from
. It's yet another joke at Tsukasa looking just like Akari of To Heart.
-Shiraishi wimpering as he mutters "I've never been hit even by my dad" is a famous and popular line by
Mobile Suit Gundam
-Ending song is
Kogarashi ni Dakarete
... affectionately known as "
", idol singer in the 80s.
-Konata is talking about the famous
Super Mario Bros
. trick in the preview of the next episode.
Where you could stomp on a turtle shell on the stairs infinitly, and get infinite 1UPs... but when you hit 129 man, it reaches a cap, and if you die even once after you reach the cap, it's game over.
Last edited by aohige; 2007-06-05 at
. Reason: Thanks for correction. I played both To Hearts, but got 神崎あかり from 大運動会 confused. similar names.
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