If you’re grabbing the HD and sufficiently technically inclined (and motivationally inclined) to do so, I’d recommend grabbing the script and using that rather than the included track, if you’re using Track 1 (and if you’re not, you’re a terrible person.) It fixes a few little timing niggles and one editing tweak that aren’t worth re-distroing a 400MB file for, but a new version of the script? Sure, why not. The SD already has them fixed because I caught them while encoding it V:
Notes after the jump.
A whole week later.
Let’s see. First off, green tea ice cream is actually a Thing in Japan, and quite popular it is too. Referred to as “matcha soft” in Japan (‘matcha’ meaning powdered green tea, and ‘soft’ derived from the English ‘soft serve’) it’s a popular treat to tickle their so-inclined tastebuds.
The key facet of this episode revolves around the fortunes one can draw at shrines – called ‘omikuji’. These are the precursors to the fortune cookies we have today, and are a staple feature of olde schoole Japanese shrines. You take a fortune slip, which contains a generalized good/bad fortune and then a breakdown of more specific things. I don’t even think one can really call it divination, based on the utterly random nature of just picking a slip which may or may not have anything to do with your immediate future, but such is the way. Nowadays it’s more of a novelty, and the seriousness with which Miyuki takes it kind of underpins the episode’s secondary moral that pessimism tends to be self-fulfilling.
While not really something that needs ‘explaining’ in the traditional sense, as it is a blatant (and mentioned as such) literary reference, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is referenced in this ep in one scene. The story revolves around a lunar Princess found on Earth by a lonely bamboo cutter – and amongst all the bamboo Candy takes it upon herself to play the role of the (very demanding, apparently) princess.
And I think that’s about it. Hope you enjoyed the ep!