A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Episode 3

A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Episode 3

May 25, 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: 冥王星の惑星恨み

English Title: Pique on Planet Pluto

Characters: Robby Yarge, Hatchi Kita, Ikku/JPS-19, Hizakuriger, Yang, Allo, Gras, Mars Tourism Bureau Chief, Pluto Tourism Bureau Chief/Mr. Pluto*, Chief’s daughter/Ms. Denshi*, Mr. Kodai*, Ms. Morisugi*
* Indicates the first appearance in the series.

Summary: After watching an old TV cartoon starring Hizakuriger, Robby remembers his father received the robot from alien traders. A strange spaceship collides with the Nagaya Voyager, forcing it to land on the icy planet Pluto. Two pilots emerge from the Plutonian ship wearing mascot costumes—Mr. Pluto and Ms. Denchi. Ikku stays to repair the Nagaya Voyager, while Robby and Hatchi are escorted to the Plutonians’ homebase.

The pilots are the Pluto Tourism Bureau Chief and his daughter. They saw Robby’s success on Mars and implore for his help in promoting their campaign to restore Pluto to planetary status. The Chief hired an ad agency; however, they haven’t seen any positive results. Robby advises targeting young, female tourists by promoting a huge, heart-shaped ice field as a romantic power spot and broadcasts a promotional video starring Hatchi and the Chief’s daughter.

Ad agency agents Mr. Kodai and Ms. Morisugi arrive and excitedly announce the completion of a gigantic Mr. Pluto robot. Realizing they have competition, the agents board Mr. Pluto and challenge Hizakuriger to a mecha battle. Just after Hizakuriger sends Mr. Pluto flying into a crevasse, Ikku radios that repairs are complete. Robby and Hatchi eagerly leave Pluto, neglecting to collect any fees for their services.

Yang, Allo, and Gras arrive on Mars and are disappointed to find nothing but desert—no takoyaki stands, no octopus hostess clubs, and no Robby. They learn from the Mars tourism chief that Robby is headed for Isekandar.

The closing scene shows an active tracking program displayed on a computer tablet. Two offscreen characters discuss pursuing an unidentified Smartbracelet wearer.

Notes

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

Mr. PlutoMr. Pluto is a parody of a mascot named Plutokun (Pluto Boy) used during the 1990s by the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute to promote nuclear reactor technology.

plutodaysThe “Make Pluto a Planet! Make Mondays Plutodays!” movement is a parody of Pluto being downgraded to a dwarf planet by astronomists in 2006.

chura-churaThe chant “tyura-tyura” (チュラチュラ) means beautiful or graceful in the Okinawan dialect.

kakigoriThe signature Plutonian shaved-ice dish is a parody of regionally branded food products. Locally produced, edible souvenirs are important sources of tourist revenue and many date back hundreds of years.

kakigoriInstead of shaved ice, Robby suggests Pluto’s signature food should be oden or heart-shaped tama konnyaku. Oden is a type of stew, usually eaten during the winter. Tama konnyaku are small dumplings made from finely ground konjac root.

[censored] matsumoto memorial hallThe [censored] M*ts*m*t* Memorial Hall is a parody of Seichō Matsumoto Memorial Hall, a museum dedicated to the award-winning author of detective mysteries that frequently included references to railroads and trains.

tombo fieldThe real Pluto is covered with enormous fields of frozen methane that from certain angles appear heart-shaped.

aizen myōō jinjaRagaraja Shrine (Aizen Myōō Jinja) refers to Aizen Myōō, a deity of sexual passion among some esoteric Buddhist sects.

dontsuu incThe ad agency ship is named Dontsū (Inc.) [(株)ドンツー]. Dontsū means “dull pain”. Don is also onomatopoeia for an impact sound like “thud” or “boom”.

mr. kodai, ms. morisugiThe ad agency agents’ names are Mr. Kodai (“hyperbole”) and Ms. Morisugi (“exaggeration”).

plutonium bustershining hIzakuri attackThe ultimate fighting techniques (hissatsu waza) “Plutonium Buster” and “Shining HIzakuri Attack” are parodies of combat video games, where the  characters frequently have an ultimate killing technique..