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Nina's Mobile Phone

    Volume 18, Chapter 162

    In the last chapter Nina uses Nokia 2110, first announced in 1994.


Prague: Jomama and Jodaddy

"Their names… Their names are unimportant."
© Volume 16 Chapter 140

1. A cafe in the Grand Hotel Evropa
(Václavské náměstí, 25)


2. Franz Kafka Square, right next to Kafka birthplace plaque
(náměstí Franze Kafky)


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Traffic Lights

– One thing that is not correct in the anime: the traffic lights in Germany are red-yellow-green not red-yellow-blue.
– There is a little bit of Japanese intention here. Traffic signals in Japan in the 1960s were also “red-yellow-green.” However, people called them “red-yellow-blue.”
This is because in Japanese:
“red-yellow-green” = “aka-ki-midori” (2 syllables, 1 syllable, 3 syllables)
“red-yellow-blue” = “aka-ki-ao” (2 syllables, 1 syllable, 2 syllables)
And, there were issues about color-blind people having a hard time distinguishing between “red” and “green” colors on the traffic signals – hence, after 1970 all traffic signals in Japan became “red-yellow-blue”

    Maybe it’s not a mistake at all. Indeed, in Episode 03 when Adolf Junkers runs out in front of a passing car, leaving a potentially fatal head injury, the traffic light we see a minute before the accident is "red-yellow-blue”. However… in all other episodes, Episode 27, for example, – it’s “red-yellow-green”:

    The traffic light in Episode 03 is twice as important, since it appears in the manga. It’s not just a minor detail added by animators in order to represent a transition between two scenes, it’s a symbol included by Urasawa himself and it is meant to catch one’s attention.


    Also, It should be mentioned that Episode 03 is the same episode which already includes a funeral scene right from Twin Peaks – https://erich-springer.livejournal.com/81617.html

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Prague: Jan Suk's apartment

    Vol. 14, Ch. 115 / Vol. 11, Ch. 98

    "Grimmer and Suk parted ways, before going to his house Inspector Suk left the cassette and the documents with his mother.
    In his house he found two detectives who were investigating him for ties with the Secret Police, while they were in there the two detectives were murdered..." (c) wiki


cz: Bretfeldský palác (Breitfeldský palác, U léta a zimy, Léto a jaro) --
en: Bretfeld Palace (Breitfeld Palace, At the Summer and Winter, Summer and Winter)
(Nerudova Street 33/240, the view from Jánský vršek)


    Originally a Baroque town house was rebuilt in 1765, probably by J. J. Wirch for Joseph, earl of Bretfeld-Chlumčanský. A relief of St. Nicholas on the façade and a group of statues on the staircase are by I. F. Platzer, wall paintings were discovered and restored in 1900 on the first floor. Earl Bretfeld kept an extensive collection of books and paintings in the palace and made it a well known centre of social life as many popular balls and concerts took place there; guests included W. A. Mozart and G. G. Casanova.

    "Further up the street, according to Prague folklore Casanova and Mozart are believed to have met at a ball given by the aristocrat owners of no. 33, the Bretfeldský palác, in 1791, when Mozart was in town for the premiere of La Clemenza di Tito."

Prague: Nina Fortner's apartment

    Vol. 14, Ch. 115 / Vol. 15, Ch. 128 -- The place Nina and Dieter stayed at while in Prague.

Míšeňská 9


    "Over 2005 and 2006 FIM Group carried out a sensitive reconstruction of this historical 18th-century building, located not far from the Charles Bridge in one of the most charming areas of Prague.
    The historical tenement house was redesigned, respecting its original aesthetic aspects, into one commercial unit on the ground-floor and four luxury apartments of medium size above."

    It's a bit confusing, but it seems there were no wooden shutters even before the reconstruction. Urasawa must have seen them somewhere else. The first photo was taken in 1960:


Eva: Funeral Flowers. Part 2.

    Guess who is rewatching Twin Peaks. This is definitely an allusion, as we know Urasawa is familiar with the series.

(Monster v01ch05 / Twin Peaks s01e03)


    The previous post about the Baby aka The Man from Another Place and his dance – http://erich-springer.livejournal.com/63268.html

Another Monster: Jablonec nad Nisou

1. Poppe's house

    Chapter 29: Was this elegant house on a hill in the residential area the home of Terner Poppe? Czechs of German descent live here now, but the landlord said, "It was transferred from someone in my grandfather's time, but I don't know any more than that." Is this where Bonaparta was born?

28. října 2001/35


    The house was built in 1908 by someone named Richard Jahn.

cz: "Výstavnou secesní vilu si nechal v roce 1908 postavit pasíř Richard Jahn. V jejím architektonickém a dispozičním řešení jsou patrné jak vlivy hnutí Arts and Crafts, tak i místní lidové architektury."

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Tape Recorder

Sony Microcassette-Corder Type M-727V


-- I was divorced three years ago. No... Really, it was more like my wife just left me. It was because I didn't pay as much attention to her, as I did to this thing right here. I have over 20 000 cassette tapes in my study at home. My wife told me: "You're mothing but a collector who looks into the hearts of others.
-- Doctor...
-- Yes?
-- You've got problems.

500 Czech koruna banknote

    Vol. 12, Ch. 99 / Episode 49.: When Milosz finally reached the red light district, he started asking people where his mother might be. A man said he could be ‘any one of those 50 women,’ as an attempt to make a joke regarding his sexual affairs. This made Milosz quite confused and he continued walking around in high hopes to see his mother.

    At some point he arrived at a dark alley where another prostitute and her customer were conducting business. The prostitute was requesting that her customer take her somewhere private, but he insisted that they do it right there. The man saw Milosz and asked him to stay so he could watch the show.


    Then, he revealed that he was a teacher, and a respectable one at that. Milosz witnessed the man having sex with the prostitute sadistically.

    After the customer was done showing him their performance, he gave Milosz 500 czech koruna banknote.

Portrait of Božena Němcová (1820-1862), Czech writer of the final phase of the Czech National Revival movement (Czech National Revival was a cultural movement, which took part in the Czech lands during the 18th and 19th century. The purpose of this movement was to revive Czech language, culture and national identity); rose.
Laureate woman symbolizing all women characters in Němcová’s books; Coat of arms of the Czech Republic at right.

    “Němcová’s heroines were industrious girls, who spun at their wooden or golden spinning wheels and gained the hearts of princes and kinds, thanks less to the grace of the supernatural than to their own virtue,” wrote Milada Součkova in her “The Czech Romantics”.

    Němcová’s own life contained elements of the fairy tale: her parentage was possibly noble, though she was raised among the household servant class.
    When she was 17 years old, she married Josef Němec, fifteen years her senior, who worked as a customs officer and was therefore a state employee. The marriage was arranged by Barbora’s parents and became an unhappy one, as the married couple did not understand each other very well. Němec was said to be a rude and authoritarian man. He was a Bohemian patriot, which did not sit well with his superiors, and he was often transferred to different locations and later lost his job. The couple had four children and suffered from a lack of money. Němcová died in poverty, estranged from her husband.

Eva: Funeral Flowers

manga – Gladiolus / anime – Campanula medium