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Old 2006-02-15, 13:28   Link #61
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Bin was so cute doing her various jobs. It musta been hot inside the rice cooker though.

Gah! That figurine... I must make it mine.
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Old 2006-02-15, 15:24   Link #62
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A Binchou-tan figurine:

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Old 2006-02-16, 00:31   Link #63
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Is Binchou-tan widescreen or fullscreen? The reason I ask is that two fansub groups produced the first episode in widescreen, while the other two groups produced it in fullscreen. Finally, is the anime series in HDTV?
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Old 2006-02-16, 07:46   Link #64
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Is Binchou-tan widescreen or fullscreen? The reason I ask is that two fansub groups produced the first episode in widescreen, while the other two groups produced it in fullscreen. Finally, is the anime series in HDTV?
It's produced for widescreen and HD, but first airs in 4:3 standard def. on TBS, and in HD resolution on BS-i a week later. Unfortunately there's no real HD raws, all of them seem to be upsized, and have clear artifacts of an analog capture.
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Old 2006-02-16, 09:00   Link #65
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Bin was so cute doing her various jobs. It musta been hot inside the rice cooker though.

Hrm, I dont know, but I took all those ridiculous scene's where binchou-tan was doing jobs that "only she could do" to be elaborate metaphors for her prostituting herself. (It makes more sense than being cooked alive in a suihanki)

perhaps I'm a bit jaded...
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Old 2006-02-16, 12:10   Link #66
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I can't believe i didn't think of this untill now.. but a toy shop selling Panties? >_>

Come to think of it, the shop guy did look a lil' 'different'.
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Old 2006-02-16, 12:22   Link #67
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I can't believe i didn't think of this untill now.. but a toy shop selling Panties? >_>
I thought of that as well. I thought maybe the panties were for "dolls" and not really humans (if it's kosher to call Binchou-tan a human) and that maybe Binchou-tan was (is) so small, she needs to buy panties that are meant for dolls.

Kind of like in Midori no Hibi when they went shopping for clothing for Midori in that "doll/figurine" shop. That was my guess.
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Old 2006-02-16, 12:28   Link #68
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I thought of that as well. I thought maybe the panties were for "dolls" and not really humans (if it's kosher to call Binchou-tan a human) and that maybe Binchou-tan was (is) so small, she needs to buy panties that are meant for dolls.
If you put it that way, then it makes a lot of sense - i think its best we all say that.. so our minds don't lead to anything bad! ;_;
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Old 2006-02-16, 12:30   Link #69
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I can't believe i didn't think of this untill now.. but a toy shop selling Panties? >_>

Come to think of it, the shop guy did look a lil' 'different'.

LOL, i dont know why it didnt occur to me either.

A toy store that sells womens printed undergarments just seemed so natural to me....
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Old 2006-02-16, 12:39   Link #70
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A toy store that sells womens printed undergarments just seemed so natural to me....
Well with what was on some on the Panties.. it just sounded right. ^^;
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Old 2006-02-16, 13:38   Link #71
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i think its best we all say that.. so our minds don't lead to anything bad! ;_;
Exactly. Itís best to think from a purely innocent point of view instead of imagining Binchou-tan straddling that duck sans panties.
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Old 2006-02-16, 17:18   Link #72
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I think someone else mentioned, binchoutan is a pun. Do a web search on binchoutan. It's charcoal, specifically i think its a highly regarded charcoal. Charcoal can be used to absorb impurities, my mom has used it in water. Thats what Brita water filters are, cartridges of activated carbon. Kid swallowed some potentially poisonus stuff? They make them ingest this stuff which is basically charcoal/activated carbon so it absorbs the poison. I think taking it as metaphor for prostitution is a bit far. Yes this is a moe fan show, but I think saying that is a bit much.

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Hrm, I dont know, but I took all those ridiculous scene's where binchou-tan was doing jobs that "only she could do" to be elaborate metaphors for her prostituting herself. (It makes more sense than being cooked alive in a suihanki)

perhaps I'm a bit jaded...
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Old 2006-02-16, 17:32   Link #73
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Hrm, I dont know, but I took all those ridiculous scene's where binchou-tan was doing jobs that "only she could do" to be elaborate metaphors for her prostituting herself. (It makes more sense than being cooked alive in a suihanki)

perhaps I'm a bit jaded...
I don't think so. I think of her as a charcoal spirit. (Binchou means charcoal as ultrataro said.) Remember that Japan has strong cultural roots in shinto which believes that everything has a spirit. Binchou-tan is a spirit of charcoal. A sort of a minor diety.

Those jobs she did are all jobs for charcoal. Charcoal can be used as a deodorant in shoes, purify water or to give flavor to cooking rice. That is why only she could do those jobs.
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Old 2006-02-16, 18:50   Link #74
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Episode #3 Screen Caps

Just a few Screen Caps from Episode #3:

Binchou-tan Episode #3 Screen Caps

A quick visual summary.
Spoiler for for Episode #3:

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Old 2006-02-16, 20:07   Link #75
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I think someone else mentioned, binchoutan is a pun. Do a web search on binchoutan. It's charcoal, specifically i think its a highly regarded charcoal. Charcoal can be used to absorb impurities, my mom has used it in water. Thats what Brita water filters are, cartridges of activated carbon. Kid swallowed some potentially poisonus stuff? They make them ingest this stuff which is basically charcoal/activated carbon so it absorbs the poison. I think taking it as metaphor for prostitution is a bit far. Yes this is a moe fan show, but I think saying that is a bit much.
Ok, it turns out i am jaded.

Now that I get the pun, it makes sense.

And so does the block of wood she carries.

Thanks for the explanation
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Old 2006-02-16, 20:08   Link #76
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I did a little research on the names, and it seems pretty much every character name is related to healt products or charcoal in some way.

Binchoutan (備長炭), I can't figure out exactly what this is, except it's supposed to be an especially healthy form of charcoal.
Chikutan (竹炭) is bamboo charcoal, also supposed to be healthy like binchoutan.
Kunugitan (櫟炭) is oak charcoal.
Rentan (練炭) is a charcoal briquette.
Finally, aroe probably refers to Aloe Vera.
I didn't look at the other names yet, but I don't think they're as closely related to the theme as the other ones.

And yes, in episode 3, stuff actually happens It's big drama! (Not really.)
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Old 2006-02-16, 20:13   Link #77
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Finally, aroe probably refers to Aloe Vera.
Yeah because Asians pronounce their "L"s as "R"s.

Just kidding, I'm actually Vietnamese.
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Old 2006-02-16, 20:15   Link #78
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備長炭 can be pronounced either Binchotan or Binchozumi. It's a charcoal made of Ubamega oak. (Yes, Ubamega is one of the characters' names)
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Old 2006-02-16, 23:10   Link #79
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He he, now you can say this was an educational show! Would you have ever learned about all these types of Japanese charcoal if it wasn't for this show?
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Old 2006-02-17, 08:53   Link #80
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備長炭 can be pronounced either Binchotan or Binchozumi. It's a charcoal made of Ubamega oak. (Yes, Ubamega is one of the characters' names)
Oh, right, explains a bit more. I don't know if it's spoiler or not, but just for proper measures...
Spoiler:
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