A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Episode 10

A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Episode 10

August 19, 2019 Anime Blog Hizakurige Japan Jippensha Ikku RobiHachi Tōkaidō Viewers Guide 0
Robby, Hatchi

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***SPOILER ALERT***
This episode guide may include plot and/or character reveals.

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Japanese Title: 相棒喧嘩は犬も喰わない

English Title: Never Get Involved in a Buddies’ Quarrel

Characters: Robby Yarge, Hatchi Kita, Ikku/JPS-19, Yang, Allo, Gras, Young Woman*, Lunar Guard Captain*
*Indicates the first appearance in the series.

Summary: As the Nagaya Voyager approaches the Isekander Checkpoint, Hatchi finds a notice that debtors, meaning Robby, will not be allowed through customs. Robby and Hatchi start arguing about whose fault it is they cannot continue their journey. Ikku notes the dispute is probably due to the stress of being together on such a long journey. The argument shifts to complaining about each other’s living habits and ends up with Robby and Hatchi marking off their territories with spray paint.

Yang is confident Robby will be arrested at the checkpoint, so he makes a side trip to the planet of Pinopendio. Yang, Allo, and Gras enjoy a leisurely day of sightseeing and fine dining before continuing to the Isekander Checkpoint.

Back on the spaceship, the border battle continues. Hatchi installs an intrusion alarm and Robby builds a cardboard wall. After a long day of antagonizing each other, each man sits brooding on his side, remembering happier times. A sudden jolt causes a lit candle to fall against the cardboard wall, which before long is burning wildly. Ikku goes into fireman mode, dousing both the flames and any remaining antagonism between the two friends. The conflict resolved, Ikku composes a poem to commemorate the episode.

Later, Hatchi sits on his bed, viewing Robby’s debt on his Smartbracelet. He sighs, clicks the payment button, and returns to the ship’s bridge. Despite Ikku’s protest, Robby submits their passport codes at the checkpoint. To everyone’s surprise, except for a smiling Hatchi, the officials send them through.

Aboard the Lunar Guard ship, a voice announces the latest Smartbracelet payment confirms its user is en route for Isekander.

Notes

See “Getting Started” for background information on the anime, which is based on an Edo Period fiction series called Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige.

Inside Nagaya VoyagerThis is the only episode where Robby, Hatchi, and Ikku do not leave from or arrive at a planet; it takes place almost entirely inside the Nagaya Voyager.

Inside Nagaya VoyagerApart from glimpses of a woman in Robby’s daydream and the Lunar Guard Captain, the episode does not feature any guest stars.

MimikakiThe woman cleans Robby’s ears with a tiny bamboo scoop called mimikaki. This social grooming is a sign they are a romantic couple.

Inside Nagaya VoyagerIn a tweet, director Shinji Takamatsu reveals early sketches of the interior of Nagaya Voyager drawn by conceptual designer Shin Misawa

Map of Galaxy and Isekander highwaysHinaga Junction—the transfer station between the Galaxy and Isekander Highways—is a parody of Hinaga no Oiwake, the juncture between the Tōkaidō and Isekaidō Roads.

Planet PinopendioThe planet Pinopendio is a parody of Matsusaka, a post-station on the Isekaidō Road. Matsusaka translates to “pine slope” in English. In Italian, pino means “pine” and pendio means “slope.” 

Beef sukiyakiMatsusaka is famous for producing premium quality beef and cotton fabric. The sukiyaki enjoyed by Yang, Allo, and Gras, is a hotpot dish that features vegetables and thin slices of beef cooked in a soy-based broth.

Yang weaving fabricThe Pinopendio Cotton Weaving Center is a parody of the Matsusaka Cotton Center.

Allo, Gras, YangThe Ossu! Yasujiro Seishunkan Museum parodies the Ozu Yasujirō Seishunkan Museum located in Matsusaka. The film director Yasujirō Ozu was known for portraying family relationship dynamics. Ossu! is an informal greeting used by men that means something like “Hey!” or “What’s up?!”

Tatami shotThe photo board recreates a classic Ozu “tatami shot” of a family gathering. The camera is positioned two or three feet from the tatami floor, hence the name of this low-angle perspective. The foreground features a metal teakettle, a signature Ozu prop.

Nametake online storeThe online shopping site Nametake.com, pronounced “nah -meh-tah-keh”, is an obvious parody of Amazon.com. Nametake is a condiment made from mushrooms cooked in soy sauce, rice wine, sugar, and vinegar.

Octopus candleThe octopus candle was a gift from the Mars Tourist Bureau Chief who appeared in episode 2.

Robby holding candlesThe stick candles Robby complains about are handmade from plant-based wax.

Ikku's haikuIkku composes a haikai poem to mark the episode:

  • kabe moete
    kizuna fukamaru
    tabiji ka na
  • burning down the walls
    surely deepens the friendship
    bonds of this journey

This is a nod to the humorous kyōka poems included throughout Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige. A bit longer than haikai (17 syllables, 5-7-5), kyōka consist of  31 syllables (5-7-5-7-7).

HatchiHatchi’s Smartbracelet screen reveals the details of Robby’s debt: 20,000,000 mon (principal), 1,254,316 mon (interest), 21,254,316 mon (total balance).