We’re caught up to the Japanese raws for real this time!
And as I predicted a few months back, we got a New Years chapter. The credits page was filled with TL notes about all the Japanese culture references in this chapter, but there was so much we didn’t have room for the Otaku Culture! And so, here are the rest of the TL notes.
Otaku Culture TL Notes
- Washinomiya Shrine is a real Shinto shrine in Japan, one of the oldest shrines in the region. In the anime “Lucky☆ Star“, the shrine that Kagami and Tsukasa work as shrine maidens at is based off of the real life Washinomiya. As a result, the shrine ended up becoming a “holy site” for otaku, who travel there frequently during New Years and other holidays. While Akina might consider something like this a sacrilege, the shrine itself is more than happy to welcome the increased traffic, going as far as selling various otaku themed goods.
- Suwa Grand Shrine is a different Shinto shrine, and it is the real life inspiration for the Moriya Shrine in the Touhou series. Located in the Nagano prefecture, it is quite a distance away from Tokyo, over 200 km away! Assuming they took the train, it would be a three hour trip each way to get there, Hibari really is dedicated!
- Comiket is a 3-day event, but the unofficial “4th Day” of Comiket takes place in Akihabara, where the doujinshi shops receive tons new products fresh from Comiket. It is a good chance for otaku to pick up any books or games they might’ve missed out on during the actual event.
- Miko are shinto shrine maidens. They do not normally wear outfits that expose their armpits. However, Reimu from Touhou is a miko, and her outfit shows off all of the armpits. Kaede is clearly more used to seeing fictional miko than real live ones.
Volume 6 of the manga has just recently come out! In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a few places you can visit to buy a copy for yourself!
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