Here’s a double dose of Yoshihiko for the weekend!
Episode 7 Notes
To get the Dragon Shield, our heroes visit a 5-floor pagoda where five fearsome enemies await them:
- On the Floor 1F we have Jaitan, the first tenant, who’s a blatant parody of Jaian/Gian from Doraemon. Just like Gian, Jaitan is a bully with a trademark orange sweater and who can’t carry a tune to save his life. At one point, Jaitan gives Yoshihiko a pair of black, round glasses, turning Yoshihiko into Nobi Nobita. Melub somehow ends panicking and starts acting like Suneo.
As a nice bonus: Jaitan’s mom is played by Kazuyo Aoki, who voiced Gian’s mom in the ’75 Doraemon anime.
- On the Floor 2F is Kisara, who’s based on Kimura Takuya from the japanese band SMAP. Kisara is played by the comedian Hori, who’s known for his impression of Kimura. We don’t know quite well how the rest of the gag goes in here, but googling around a bit we found a recollection from a KimuTaku fangirl about a segment on a JE show where Kimura displayed his archery skills.
- Floor 3F has Suzuki the third tenant, played by Suzuki Taku from the comic duo DRUNKEN DRAGON. Suzuki is basically playing as himself here – he’s known for being an amicable, frail, glasses-wearing person who digs fishing. The skill he casts, Zaraki/Thwack, is a spell that can instakill an entire party. In real life, Suzuki is also a good friend of Kimura Takuya.
- On floor 4F we have Takata, based on Takata Akira, the president and main salesman of Japanet Takata (a mail-order company). Takata Akira appears frequently on Japanet Takata’s tv channel, selling his company’s products. This episode’s Takata is selling actual Dragon Quest items at a heavy discount. The actor playing Takata is Kokubu Beauty, known for his impression of Takata Akira.
- Last but not least, we have Ooyama on the 5F. He’s played by Konno Hiroki, who’s part of a comic duo called “King of Comedy”.
Thanks to WolfSpiritZero for the following info:
The Character Ooyama is a parody of an actual person.
Martial artist and karate legend Masutatsu Oyama who was the basis of the main character in two of Sonny Chiba’s movies Karate Bullfighter and Karate Bear Fighter. Oyama supposedly wrestled bulls in real life (52 in total) killing a few. Ooyama in Yoshiko killed 10 black bears at once, a reference to Oyama killing bulls and the movie Karate Bear Fighter which is based on unconfirmed accounts of him killing bears barehanded which is part of his legend. Masutatsu Oyama also suffered from severe osteoarthritis, which is why Ooyama is so frail in the show.
Episode 8 Notes
Huge thanks to FZed for taking the time to write most of these!
- The Dharma Temple is a recurring place in Dragon Quest where you can go to change your class. It was localized as “Alltrades Abbey” in the english versions on the DS. The Dharma Shrine here is written slightly different to the Dharma Temple of the game – that’s ダーマ神殿, this is ダーマ神社.
- Teen Idol is actually a high tier class in Dragon Quest VII. To change to this class you have to have mastered the Jester/Goof-Off, Dancer, and Bard classes. Which references the idea that idols are both singers, dancers, and also comedians/actors.
- Goof-Off/Jester/Gadabout is a class in Dragon Quest. They’re known for being a really bad class that open routes to really good high tier classes later on (like Teen Idol and Sage.)
- The place Yoshihiko is teleported to is an obvious take on the japanese idol band AKB48′s base. The manager mentions wanting to get 48 hopefuls to give them all debuts. They are also divided in teams, just like in AKB48.
- Akibara Village is, of course, based on Akihabara – home of AKB48′s base and theater.
- The manager Akimo is a blatant reference to Yasushi Akimoto, the producer for AKB48 and all its sub-units.
- The song that plays when the party first enters Akibara Village is S/mileage’s Yume Miru 15sai. They won the Best New Artist Award in 2010 and since this show is from 2011 I’m guessing that’s why they went with that song.
- The “vote” they are talking about is a reference to ABK48s “Senbatsu Election” which decides which members are assigned to which “Teams”. The members with the most votes typically get the most attention both in songs and marketing. I don’t think anyone ever gets graduated for having low votes, though, they just don’t really get any good roles.
- The name of Yoshihiko’s four-men unit is Watarirouka de Mamonotaoshitai, which more or less translates into “People who fight monsters”. This is a reference to an AKB48 subgroup, the formerly-four-idol unit Watarirouka Hashiritai (literally translated as “Hallway/Corridor Running Team”, which is fucking terrible btw). We went for “Dungeon Running Team” as a way to keep the AKB48 joke somewhat recognizeable for the fans, while hopefully still evoking the idea of beating the crap outta monsters.
- There’s this weird joke thrown on the scene where Akimo offers Yoshihiko to lead his own unit – “And then, it’ll be avicar and pamshane every day, and hedrot joories every night.” Akimo basically muddles up all the syllables on “Roppongi de sushi, niku, onna wo tabe” (“eating sushi, meat, and women in Roppongi”) We used a muddled up version of “Caviar, champagne, and red hot orgies” in its place.
- The spell learned by Melub, Lulzz, is probably a joke on the spell Mera/Frizz.
- The song sung by the Dungeon Running Team seems to be loosely inspired by Watarirouka Hashiritai’s debut song, Hatsukoi Dash. They don’t sound the same, but they both reference the band’s name in their lyrics.