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Dec 11th, 2005 | Filed under News

A swirl on an index finger or thumb is a common sight in anime, but one on Monica’s foot in Yakitate!! Japan was a curious sight indeed…

Swirl on Finger of Pierrot Bolneze from Yakitate!! Japan   Swirl on Foot of Monica Adenauer from Yakitate!! Japan

Sorting through my screen caps of Kaleido Star, I found quite a few interesting things. First, the poster for “The Mermaid” seemed odd. Since it’s a bit hard to read, it says, “The mermaid has only three wishes – to live together with humans, to receive eternal life and to marry the prince.” Living together with humans and marrying a prince seem like reasonable wishes, but asking for “eternal life” feels a bit greedy to me…

The mermaid has only three wishes... Sign from Kaleido Star  KRTTOSAURUS Sign from Kaleido Star  POTATO Box from Kaleido Star

Now, I assume that they meant to write “KRITOSAURUS” in the second pic. Of course, it seems odd to me that there would be a shop named after a dinosaur (I wonder what’s sold there). The animators probably theorized the existence of an American that would put a sign on a building just for the heck of it; those Japanese and their strange theories…

Speaking of strange, is it just me, or does it seem odd that on a container of French fries the word “POTATO” is there, even though Kaleido Star takes place in America? Curious…

Moving right along, the number “213” appeared on the footage of a girl being rescued (below left). This tells me that the action takes place in the greater Los Angeles area, but it makes me wonder why a camera happens to be in the best possible location. I’m no expert on amusement parks, but this implies that the management puts cameras everywhere in order to facilitate excellent coverage of park mishaps or spy on the visitors (or both). And all this time my friends thought I was just overly paranoid…

213 on Monitor from Kaleido Star   10 SANTA MONICA Sign from Kaleido Star   big blue bu Sign from Kaleido Star

I mentioned earlier how I thought that Cape Mary was based off of Santa Monica, and the latter two pictures confirm my suspicions. It’s not all that surprising, but I’m easily amused…

CAPE-MARY Sign from Kaleido Star   CAPE MERY XOSPITAL Sign from Kaleido Star

Finally, it’s interesting to note how the spelling of Cape Mary occasionally changes. I’m still wondering why the “H” was changed to an “X”…

Those of you on the frontier of doujin gaming probably already heard of a game that French-Bread is working on; it’s based on Maria-sama ga Miteru and apparently called Lilian Fourhand. Looks useful…
Enough blathering; trot on over to the latest spatula and Pic of the Week while I go check for hidden cameras on the rides at Disneyland…

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