Legend of Galactic Girls: Concordance
References about Fenspace itself are not detailed here. Please
consult the Fenspace board on the Drunkard's Walk
discussion board for obscure details about the setting.
Knowledgable readers may have noticed the chapter naming convention
used for this story: all of the titles are variations of anime titles.
The overall title, Legend of Galactic Girls, plays off of
the old series
Legend of Galactic Heroes.
Chapter 1 Chapter 2
- Sangnoir of the Universe
- A play off of
Stellvia of the Universe,
the translated full name of the anime Stellvia.
- "Don't tell me you've heard of me?"
"I asked you not to tell me
- This is a variation of one of the stock exchanges
from the 1960s-era spy spoof Get Smart.
- "... when one of our universe's authors combined the concept
with quantum mechanics' lack of a privileged frame of reference, he
realized that everyone is fictional in some other reality
- Specifically Robert A. Heinlein, in his novel
The Number of the Beast. (Or, at least, that's where Rob
first saw the concept.)
- Oh, wonderful – not again.
Drunkard's Walk X for the first instance of Doug learning
he's a character in a story.
- the International Strike Teams
- According to
this is the original name of the International Super Teams from
GURPS I.S.T. (You learned it here first: Noah's a gamer
geek.) Noah's checking to make sure Doug really is Doug, and not some
other cross-world traveler pretending to be The Loon – or,
worse yet, the evil-reflection "Prateorian Doug", metahuman
enforcer for his homeworld's Music And Film Industry Associations of
America, that may or may not exist somewhere out there.
- Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said,
- "Drawing on my fine command of the English
language, I said nothing."
attributed to Robert Benchley
- When I regained consciousness,
This is a recurring bit
from Dave Broadfoot's stories of his character Sgt. Renfrew of the
RCMP, as told irregularly on the Royal Canadian Air
Farce radio show in Canada in the 1980s.
Mr. Broadfoot told
the Renfrew stories as first-person-viewpoint tales. Often, but no more
than once per story, "Renfrew" would recount doing something
unbelievably stupid and completely avoidable (like jumping out a window
in order to land on his horse without checking that the horse was still
there, or reading a waitress' nametag and asking what the other one's
called.) The very next line of the story always began "When I
regained consciousness, ..."
As for how Doug learned about
Sgt. Renfrew, perhaps one of his quiet untold stops was in an analogue
of 1980s Canada?
- That's the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question
pulp-culture reference that's become mainstream, The $64,000
Question was a television quiz show in the 1950s.
- I thought of Maggie for a moment, and smiled. "When I'm away, I
write home every day."
"And the next line," added
"... And when I'm away,
I'll write home every
And I'll send all my loving to you."
My Loving, by The Beatles,
written by Lennon/McCartney, copyright © 1963 Northern
- Fenspace Explorers
- A play off of
- "What's a DQS?"
- It's a "Douglas Quincy
Sangnoir", or some other trans-dimensional visitor, of course.
- a pop-instrumental version of The Girl from
- Specifically, the version that was playing in the
Cook County Assessment Office elevator near the end of The Blues
Brothers. Noah went to some expense to get that version just
because he wanted that particular cover for Stellvia's
- "Anybody want some watermelon?"
Why did Peggy
choose watermelon? She's been traveling with a number of Japanese
people, and has at least noticed one of their habits – when
you visit somebody, you bring food, and watermelon is one of the more
expensive (and thus impressive) gifts you can bring.
Why did the
BBIs roll their eyes? To quote Buckaroo Banzai, I'll tell you
later ... <g>
- Senshi's Moving Castle
- A play off of
Howl's Moving Castle.
- "I bet no other avatars of my overself have problems with
- Sorry, Skuld, you lose that bet –
the canonical Skuld has even worse problems with Banpei and Sigel, two
robots she built herself. They don't appear in the
Brother universe because Paradox and his ...
"bookends" ... fill their places in the storyline.
- "Oh, my apologies, Ms. Vanette. You and Ms. Skuld sound
- And Kaolla thinks they both sound
something like her big sister, Amalla... It's because they share the
same voice actress,
Hisakawa. (Just be glad Sailor Mercury didn't join the Girls when
they passed through the Sailor Moon Step.)
- Naoko Sato
- A conflation of the names of two people heavily
Moon – story creator Naoko Takeuchi and first
season director Junichi Sato. Rob thinks it seems like an appropriate
name for an important Senshi.
- Maico Tange
A homage to
Announcer Maico 2010 – Maico (who has no family
name) was played by
Tange (best-known in North America as Sakura in Card Captor
Sakura and Kozue in Infinite Ryvius).
recommends this 24-episode series to anyone who enjoys workplace
comedy/drama anime, assuming it's ever licenced and professionally
- "Allez inventer!"
- Rob already knows that that's
fractured French, thank you. So is "Allez cuisine!", the line
from Iron Chef that this references.
- Miyu had jostled Ryoko's arm just as she was serving a special bowl
of soup to the Professor, which made her drop the bowl, but that was the
only mishap during the meal.
- According to their writeups, Miyu
and Ryoko both want to see the Professor dead, but always interfere with
each other's plans. Anyone care to guess what was in the "special
bowl of soup"? <g>
- "Bloody hell! You're turning me into a
- Most Borribles have a distinctly
unfriendly relationship with police officers, which is why Chalotte
objects to becoming one even temporarily.
Chapter Three is currently being written, although the chapter title
has been announced.
- Fist of the Morning Star
- A play off of
of the North Star. Rob thanks Jenn Flack for suggesting the