Friday, May 19, 2017

The New Kurosawa Chapter 57

"You can look forward to volume 8 soon."
-a big idiot, October 2, 2016

Over 7 months later, Kurosawa has returned. The delay is entirely my fault, so feel free to lynch me in the comments.

Thanks to Crump Biggums for the cleans and Tambur for the typesetting.

The New Kurosawa Chapter 57

"Our taxes... are burning into thin air!"




It's been a while, but hopefully everyone remembers what was happening. After Gasoline and Gas's crazy barbecue debacle, Tsukamoto invites the two brothers to a reception of their own. It's an elaborate affair with lavish accommodations, including a built-to-order fancy restaurant and millions of yen worth of expensive fireworks. Of course, since this is Kurosawa, everything goes horribly wrong and the two brothers become convinced that they're victims of a terrorist attack. God bless America.

Honestly, this chapter was really funny to me. My favorite moment was when Gasoline and Gas are drowning, and the attendant in the boat just deadpans that he can't swim either because he's from Saitama (a landlocked prefecture). Also Gasoline mixing up Okutama was great (special shout out to my man bab_B for coming up with the pun, I really like it). In case anyone's interested, the original was "Okutama wa chou" (Okutama is a town) being mistaken for "Oku-sama wa majo" (My wife is a witch, a.k.a. the Japanese title for the American sitcom Bewitched).

Finally, I just want to dump a big lame tl note about Kachi Kachi Yama here, because it's the one cultural reference that probably deserves a proper explanation.
Kachi Kachi Yama (roughly "Fire-Crackle Mountain") is a folk tale about a tanuki that killed a man's wife and tricked him into eating soup with her flesh in it. A rabbit who was friends with the man takes revenge on the tanuki by pretending to be his friend, while torturing him in various ways. To steal from Wikipedia:
"The title of the story comes from the especially painful trick that the rabbit played. While the tanuki was carrying a heavy load of kindling on his back to make a campfire for the night, he was so burdened that he did not immediately notice when the rabbit set fire to the kindling. Soon, the crackling sound reached its ears and it asked the rabbit what the sound was. "It is Kachi-Kachi Yama" the rabbit replied. "We are not far from it, so it is no surprise that you can hear it!". Eventually, the fire reached the tanuki's back, burning it badly, but without killing it."

10 comments:

  1. What taxes are you talking about, Kurosawa? You're a homeless man!

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    1. Yeah, I figured it'd sound like that, haha. He means the Japanese citizens' taxes, but I figure it's okay because he's Japanese and invested in Japan's well-being (kind of like a sports fan referring to their team as "we").

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    2. But they do buy things from time to time, and in doing so they end paying taxes, so yeah, he can complain a bit.

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  2. KUROSAWA IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. it is good to have kurosawa back =) thanks for a great works guys.

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  4. Awesome, thanks a lot!

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  5. Fukumoto seems to have a personal vendetta against fireworks.

    And you missed a "There's no sea in Tennessee" pun there.

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    1. There was that part early on in Ten as well where Ten spent all of Hiroyuki's money on one.

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  6. This is just what happens when you go full tryhard.

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