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Wed 18 Aug 2010 by mskala Tags used:

I've reached agreement in principle with people at the University of Manitoba for me to go there as a postdoctoral researcher. Details are still to be worked out, but it looks like that'll be my next career step. At least until I learn enough Japanese to pass the entrance exams for TouDai, thereby fulfilling a childhood promise.


I await further blog entries detailing your near-death experiences at the hands of crazy women. trythil - 2010-08-19 03:15
Isn't that kiwano's line? Matt - 2010-08-19 09:18
OH! You mean the Love Hina reference, of course. Sorry, I was thinking too much of his "Wanting to be approached equals wanting to be killed by a crazed stalker." thing.

Unfortunately I don't think they have hot springs hotels in Manitoba - you have to go further West for that. Matt - 2010-08-19 09:20
Was that a promise made to you or by you? I am curious. Axel - 2010-08-19 10:16
Neither. It's a joke. I did not make any relevant childhood promise in real life.

There is a famous anime series called Love Hina in which a teenage boy fails the entrance exams for TouDai (Toukyou Daigaku - the top university in Japan) and spends a year (maybe more than one? I forget) studying hard to try again, during which time he manages a girls' dormitory (I thought hot springs hotel, but Wikipedia disagrees, so maybe I confused it with another series) whose residents compete for his affections by means of extreme slapstick violence. It's considered a classic of the "harem" genre of romantic comedies.

The reason he wants to get into TouDai so much is that as a young child he promised a mystery girl that when they grew up they would attend TouDai together, and he's become obsessed with fulfilling this promise even though he doesn't remember to whom he made the promise. Childhood betrothals are a staple of a certain class of Japanese romantic comedies. It's pretty clear to the viewers that one of the female characters A. is probably the mystery girl, and B. she and the boy ought to end up together whether she really is the mystery girl or not. But some amount of plot tension is eked out of the characters' uncertainty over the whole thing. Matt - 2010-08-19 10:45
That explains the earlier posts., Sorry to spoil the joke. Axel - 2010-08-19 12:14
Well, if you didn't get it, others won't, and I don't necessarily need to start another round of wacky rumours about myself, so maybe explaining the joke is the best thing after all. That's part of the fun of having a diverse readership. MAtt - 2010-08-19 12:27

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