In this episode of rescue soldiers: Matoi gets a delightful helping of karma.
Episode 45 Notes:
0:02:40 “Looks like you’re ready for Shichi-Go-San though…”
Shichi-Go-San is an annual festival where boys aged 3 or 5 and girls aged 3 or 7 are brought to a shrine to celebrate the growth and well-being of children. The festival entails dressing the kids up in kimonos (sometimes for the first time), with the girls wearing a vest over it called a hifu. The intent behind this line was Shou saying that Matsuri wearing their mother’s kimono makes her look like a little kid going to this festival. Essentially like playing dress up.
0:06:32 “Hey, why’re you playing “Lucky Laugh” at a time like this?”
What Matoi originally said was fukuwarai, a game extremely similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey, wherein kids (or adults) try to put features onto a face and laugh at the result. It’s usually played during New Years.
Though not stated in the episode, Nagare and Kyoko are playing hanetsuki. Hanetsuki is a Japanese traditional game, similar to badminton without a net, played with a rectangular wooden paddle called a hagoita and a brightly colored shuttlecock. Often played by girls at the New Year, the game can be played in two fashions: by one person attempting to keep the shuttlecock aloft as long as possible, or by two people batting it back and forth.
0:22:16:14 “To do well in the Firefighter Parade tomorrow!”
The “Firefighter Parade” is an event called dezome-shiki in Japan, a New Years event where firefighters put on an acrobatic show of sorts to warn the public of the dangers of fires. The main attraction is the ladder stunts. Men dressed as firemen of the Edo Period (hence Matoi’s choice of attire in that short scene) perform circus-like acrobatic stunts on top of bamboo which tower over the heads of the men supporting them. These demonstrations have been held since then to warn people of the dangers of fire.