One of the great things about Hime-chan no Ribbon is the sheer amount of little details that pop up during the course of the show. In the first picture, it seems like Inu-Yasha has decided to drop by. The curious thing is that the manga for Inu-Yasha was first serialized in Japan in 1996, but, as I mentioned before, the Hime-chan anime ran from 1992-1993. While it would be fun to think Takahashi Rumiko got her inspiration from watching this show, the true origin for this character probably lies in the many legends of Japan. Another curiousity is that the person in the costume referred to herself as “nekotama” – neko means cat, which is puzzling since the inu in “Inu-Yasha” means dog

Inu-Yasha? and Kobayashi Daichi from Hime-chan no Ribbon   HAL 9000 Shirt from Hime-chan no Ribbon   JEF Logo on Train from Hime-chan no Ribbon   JR Logo on Train from Hime-chan no Ribbon

Moving on to the second picture, it’s hard to see the text, but it reads HAL 9000 – if you don’t understand the reference, then ask your local science fiction fan. Obviously, the animators put this in there since the target audience for a magical girl show are typically Sci-Fi fans in the 30-40 age range. Of course, they aren’t always perfect. As we can see in the last two pics from another episode, in consecutive scenes, the lettering on the trains changes. It’s probably due to different teams working on different scenes of the same episode.

Almost good…

As I had expected, on January 5th, I received the following email from an “Alexandria S.” with the enlightening subject “lyrics”:

Thanx for the lyrics! Even though i didnt get it at first i really understand now!

I think someone’s messing with me…