Officially known as Kisaragi Artificial Island in 2015, Umihotaru is a rest stop off the inter-Tokyo Bay highway, Aqua Line. It houses shops and restaurants and other entertainment facilities. Its operation started in 1997 together with Aqua Line.
In the 20th Century Boys universe, the tunnel accessing mainland Tokyo has long collapsed and Aqua Line is no longer functioning. Umihotaru now has a second life as a maximum stockade prison island.
Otcho is prisoner number 3 at Umihotaru Prison. The number 3 has a special connotation in Japan's popular culture. Shigeo Nagashima is the legendary third base player for the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, who played with the team from 1958 until 1974 and his uniform number was 3. The star player was dubbed Mr. Giants and even Mr. Professional Baseball League. When he retired, it was decided that the number 3 would never be used again by any other ball player.
Nisshin Cup Noodle
Known around the world as Cup-O-Noodles, this instant noodles-in-a-cup was born in 1971. The pioneering food product was introduced as a simple and quick food that could be eaten with hot water and a fork. Sold now in 80 countries, Cup Noodle has a universal appeal.
A white mask kid Sadakiyo wears. National Kid was a super hero in the TV show of the same title. The show was aired between 1960 and 1961 on Nippon Kyoiku TV (now TV Asahi Corporation).
Tokiwa-So Apartment House
In the movie, comic book artist Mr. Ujiko and Ujio live in an old wooden apartment house. The name of the landlady is Takako Tokiwa and the apartment house is called Tokiwa-so (Tokiwa House). It's named after an apartment house that once existed. Tokiwa-so in actuality was a famed apartment that hosted many famous comic book artists in their early years, starting with Osamu Tezuka who went to live there in 1953. Following him were Shotaro Ishinomori (then Ishimori), Fujio Akatsuka, Yoshiharu Tsuge, Tetsuya Chiba and more. In 1982 the building was so rundown it regrettably was demolished.
In 1974 Yuri Gellar, a self-claimed psychic, visited Japan. He bent a spoon with his psychic powers on national TV, resulting in the nation-wide ESP boom. Many kids at the time tried to bend spoons, without success. Successful cases were later revealed to be some kind of trickery.
Sadakiyo drives this famous sport car. The development of the car started in 1965 and it went on sale in 1967.
Takasu drives this popular Nissan sport car from the 1970s. Made popular with the advertisement catch copy, "A Skyline for Ken and Mary" it earned the nickname Ken-Mary. The Ken-Mary Takasu drives has a license plate number "39-39" for its phonetic pun, San Kyu San Kyu--Thank you, Thank you!
Tetsujin Number 28
Popularised overseas as Gigantor, it's the name of a popular manga book story and its title character, a walking robot weapon. It was serialised in Shonen (Boys) magazine from 1956 to 1966, penned by the late Mitsuteru Yokoyama. The premise is that the Imperial Japanese Military forces developed a series of robot weapons and years after the end of the war, a boy genius Shotaro Kaneda acquires and remote controls Robot Number 28 to fight crime. It was later adapted into both TV cartoon and live action series. In January 2009 Mamoru Oshii will direct a stage production of Tetsujin Number 28, his debut theatrical outing. There's a glimpse of the Number 28 robot hanging from the rear-view mirror in Sadakiyo's Toyota 2000GT. One more reference in the movie is the name of the university student who died of the viral infection in Chapter 1 who was also Shotaro Kaneda.
Son of Godzilla
Kiriko watched this Toho monster movie with young Kenji when it came out in 1967. In this 8th edition of the Godzilla franchise, Minilla, Godzilla's child hatches from an egg. The original Godzilla was made in 1954, reflecting the horror of a nuclear threat as the nuclear-mutated monster strikes back. For half a century after the first movie, there were 28 Godzilla movies made, including a Hollywood production.
An elongated Bye Friend uses. It was the trademark farewell used by Keroyon, a man-sized frog character in a popular TV show Mokubaza Hour (Mokubaza is a theatre company lead by Seiji Fujishiro) in 1966 on Nippon TV Corporation. As Keroyon became a household name, he had many sold-out shows at impressive venues such as Budokan and Expo '70. In 1968, Keroyon starred in a feature movie, Keroyon and the Great Auto Race (Directed by Seiji Fujishiro) when he drove his favourite Toyota 2000GT.
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