LAST EDITED ON May-25-17 AT 01:18 PM (EDT)
Notes from Gryphon
Notes from Matt
what might rhyme with "comeback" - Rejected candidates: hardtack; racetrack; skipjack.
Donut Dynasty - The humble donut is one of the United Republic's most popular imports from the "big universe", and Donut Dynasty was the first - and is still the most successful - entirely-home-grown chain of shops to sell them, competing quite respectably with outsider franchises like Tim Hortons and Honey Dew.
the barest outline of why - That is, that Kate had adjusted poorly to being away from home at WPI, but not the reasons why that, in turn, was the case.
Student Drivers - A riff on the canonical name of the band Ui and Jun are in, the Green Leaf Girls, so called (according to the translation notes in the K-On! High School manga) because a green leaf decal on a car is a signal to other drivers in Japan that a student driver is at the wheel.
an Air Nomad and her Air Acolyte husband - We've actually had Mr. and Mrs. Hirasawa's local-version backstory floating around since early in the project, there just hasn't been a good place to show them before now. It's an attempt to reconcile their (on the face of it, kind of unlikely) never-home shtick with what we know about how the world works in Dìqiú - and also to explain why Yui and Ui are, in spite of the former's reputation for being a bit of an airhead, so adept at managing their own affairs. They haven't been raised as Air Nomads, but some of the tradition of Air Nomad children being a self-sufficient bunch has come across to them anyway.
that's why you're never home - In the canon, Yui and Ui's parents are away all the time because their father travels extensively for business and their mother tags along. In this setting we've reversed the wherefores of that (and given them a slightly more compelling reason, since, as flight crew for Nomad Air, traveling is their business).
the nice old lady next door - On the show, this lady is in fact just a nice neighbor, as far as I can tell.
and what might that be? - Oh, Azusa. Did you seriously think Yui was putting a move on you? Seriously? If nothing else, you should know by now that if she ever did anything like that, it would be completely unpremeditated. There would be no calculation, maneuvering, or introductory dialogue. :)
mistakenly threw the chorus - Based on an incident described by Henry Rollins on his 1998 album Think Tank (in the track "Nothing Can Go Wrong", of which I once did a "Hōkago Tea Time at 25" riff on the Forum).
CAN WE PLEASE JUST PLAY THE SONG - The conversation in this scene references canonical events in the first season of K-On!, most notably episode 6.
perfectly executed pro-wrestling flop - The specific works of Ric Flair himself are probably not well-known to 25th-century wrestling fans, particularly in Dìqiú, where all of that is filtered through Zipang; but the Flair Flop, like any great bit of shtick, lives on in its own right.
a love hotel with Sawa-chan - Ritsu said this mainly in an attempt to get a rise out of Mio, but she surely must realize that such a thing would be completely unnecessary - Sawako lives alone.
chicken katsu - A traditional "good luck" food eaten by students in Zipang, the western United Republic, and the Fire Nation (and, uh, parts of Japan :) on the evening before a big test.
Orange Stuff - This is the actual brand name. The drink itself is comparable to orange Hi-C.
There's humming... and then there is humming - This exchange and some of the other dialog around the episode were my main contributions this week for various reasons, but I am especially amused with how this came out after G. and I bounced things off of each other.
when we had it in school last year - Please note that by "we", Yui means her class, which at the time was the tenth grade - which means Ui explained it to her the year before her own grade got to the actual course.
Chameleon Bay - A city on the east coast of the Earth Kingdom. The flight from Caldera City to Chameleon Bay via Sakuragaoka and Ba Sing Se is just about the longest route in Nomad Air's network, comparable to flying from, say, Reykjavík to Vladivostok.
a white and blue sailor outfit - This is not Iona's regular costume from Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova, but rather the naval academy uniform she had in the flashback scene in the first episode. She thought it would be more appropriate, since they were going to a school; Corwin didn't have the heart to tell her it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference.
lines painted on the... floor - Also known as the Les Nessman Memorial Office technique. (My father had both a real kitchen and a Les Nessman Memorial Kitchen in his house for years owing to a stalled remodel.)
"Singing!" - This is the end titles song from K-On! the Movie, and so (apart from one last reprise of "Fuwa Fuwa Time") the last song we hear Hōkago Tea Time play in the anime canon.
that silly giant robot show - The show in question, Republic Television Network's Super Mecha-Titan Defense Force One, depicted the fictional adventures of a branch of the United Forces equipped with, well, giant robots, defending Republic City from giant monsters of unspecified provenance. In tone, it was more than a little like the notional Evangelion parody in NXE Bonus Theater!! 3-7, Evangelion FLASH!
"Love Has No Brakes" - One translation of a line from the first bridge in "Singing!"
Valerie Kitty Starr - I got a very painful shock earlier in the week when Val's husband, Talcott, let us know that she had passed away unexpectedly.
She was one of those people who almost could have been a K-On!! character in her own right. Masters in History working in a shop by day, wild haired goofy anime superhero karaoke dork by night.
I had the privilege of being the photographer for her wedding, and I still cannot believe that she is gone. But I know that she would rather see her friends go out and rock than sit at home mourning, so this seemed like a very fitting way to honor her memory.
the mover trailer guy - There are actually several of these, but they all sound very similar to each other and they all sort of use the same shtick, which can trace its honored lineage back to the Earthman Don LaFontaine (1940-2008).
It's a fair cop. - Part of Yui's charm is her honesty, really.
but that's not important right now - For the record, Mio doesn't like movies about gladiators. Too violent.
Sumire Saitō - Originally introduced in the K-On! manga story arc that dealt with Azusa's senior year after the Original Four graduated, Sumire is canonically several years younger than Mugi (having been a freshman the year after Mugi graduated). We've made her Azusa's contemporary in order to facilitate the tighter timeline we're working with, as part of the same modification that sees Ui and Jun joining the Light Music Club two years sooner than they did in the manga.
Giving her a little screen time and time and introducing her into the club now works a lot better than her rather abrupt intro in the manga.
Mugi, whose instrument was borderline "heavy equipment" - Mugi's Triton Extreme 76 keyboard weighs nearly 40 pounds—about the same, as this illustration shows, as a shoulder-fired anti-tank missile launcher.
offered the sky bison an apple - Yui may actually know Mogi already, but it's never bad form to offer the Sky Bison some fruit.
don't be scared, Azu-nyan - There is no canonical indication whether Azusa has any particular trouble with heights or flying, but I suspect the sky bison experience would take a good many people aback who customarily aren't bothered by either, just because it's so strange. And so open-air.
"It's a castle!" - One of the challenges was describing Bellehaven from the perspective of someone who hadn't seen it before. We've seen it from Corwin and Korra's perspective during design, the main OOTR cast during construction, and the initial debut in Taken by Storm, and didn't want to repeat ourselves - and to remember that this needs to come from a fresh perspective, and capture that excitement.
willing to arrange a water landing - Honestly, Korra would have...five or six options to protect Ritsu and get her down safely (probably more with Avatar State tricks), but that doesn't make nearly as good of a joke.
an elaborate maid uniform - I found this outfit and this whole scene clicked into place for me - though obviously she's not packing the battleship hardware. :)
Yamato - She resents being compared to a hotel, but one has to admit that she's on a level above pretty much anyone else in the fleet as regards her knowledge of and adeptness with hospitality preparations.
Master Ikki? - Heh. Heh. Heh.
I got better! - The setup for this is tucked away in Taken by Storm, if you look hard enough...
I don't really have any annotations for this one, as such, but I would like to note that Niri's behavior at the end of the episode is based on something my late co-beagle did once. He lived with my mother, and it was his habit to go with her whenever she left the house, but one day she had to run so many errands on so many different occasions that she finally exceeded his threshold of interest in leaving the house. When she called him for that one errand too many, Nah, I'm good. You got this. is a fair summation of his response. When she got home from said errand, she found that he hadn't budged even slightly from the couch. :)
I already play a little - In the original K-On! High School continuation manga, Sumire becomes a drummer more or less by default, simply because she's terrible at everything else. Here, we've done her the courtesy of at least making her interested in it.
Satotronic ST-8 - A digital synthesizer similar in many respects to the real-world Yamaha DX7.
engrossed in a telephone conversation - Given the sort of lifeform Miku is, it's likely that isn't really a telephone, just a visual macro providing an outward indication that she's having a VOIP conversation with someone.
the fastest around - The historical Shimakaze was not quite the fastest warship in the world—the French Navy had a class of large destroyers, Le Fantasque and her sisters, that were faster (before they were remodeled into more heavily armed, but slower, light cruisers by American shipyards during the war). Since the French were not significantly involved in the Pacific War, however, she was the fastest ship she could ever expect to encounter, and that fact shapes her current incarnation's worldview.
I refuse to believe that Yui uses the word 'therapeutic' - Nodoka's right, what she actually said was that it's good for you.
Western Empire - This game has no exact parallel in reality, but would feel very familiar to anyone who has played, say, Anno or Sid Meier's Civilization.
ornate sex tent - A joke borrowed from one of the Yogscast streams in which Lewis and Duncan played Anno 1404.
Azusa's eyes didn't need a lot of ambient light - Enhanced night vision is one of her cat-spirit traits, along with sunbeam preference and a slightly exaggerated sense of personal dignity.
it makes me confused - Oh, Azusa. In the movie, she was so rattled by the thought that Yui might be pursuing her (note: she wasn't) that she did the poor girl a violence. Here... well, at least she's got more time to think.