The Chan Clan doesn’t show up much these days because, like Josie and the Pussycats, they were a licensed show based on the now relatively obscure Charlie Chan novels. The cartoon is the only time the character of Charlie Chan was played by an actual Asian person.
The pilot episode had Asian voice actors for the entire Chan Clan, but the final series re-dubbed them with Caucasian voice actors, including a young Jodie Foster. The original dub of the pilot episode has not been released.
You know, H-B really liked to push the band angle as a way to explain a bunch of teenagers traveling around and getting mixed up in criminal plots (and to sell records), but for the Chan Clan it’s completely superfluous. Charlie Chan is a famous and respected detective. It would make sense for him to travel abroad and for his kids to come along.
The Chan Clan is in possession of a sentient dog and a shape-shifting truck that can disguise itself as any vehicle. Neither are very useful.
There are a lot of characters in Chan Clan, but really the entire top row there kinda blends together. It’s basically dog, kid, kid, kid, dude with ridiculous outfit, tomboy, brains, tough guy who’s actually weak, Daphne, clown, Fred, and the competent one.
Chan Clan is a bit more realistic than most meddling kids shows, in that the kids interfering with an official investigation just causes problems. There’s a clear formula in Chan Clan, and its different from the other Meddling Kids shows: the Chan kdis themselves never piece the mystery together, and any clues they stumble upon they don’t really understand.
The Chan Clan formula revolves around the kids blundering into comical situations while their father, a professional police detective, does all the work. So, like I said, a bit more realistic.
Tamaki isn’t a random character! She’s a canon character! She is a cat younger shopkeeper
that Itachi Uchiha and Sasuke Uchiha themselves came to collect their weapons. BECAUSE TAMAKI LIVES IN A PLACE WHERE THE UCHIHA CLAN USED TO BUY THEIR ITEMS!
so that means that Tamaki plays an important role for the Uchiha Clan as it is the ONLY last store that hasn’t been destroyed or abadoned. And this is means that Tamaki knows Itachi Uchiha and Sasuke Uchiha more. So they are childhood friends
Tamaki may not be shoown alot (Shown in the series like 9 times officially) However, “Tamaki as a chick which Kishimoto made up 2 minutes ago???” I disagree so much!
If you have a brain, watch episode 189, 121 and episode 498 of Naruto Shippuden and see if she was just made for “Kiba”.
SMH, Tamaki gets hate for what??? Just because she is with Kiba? WTF?! Aren’t y’all suppose to be happy that Kiba ACTUALLY has a partner. I’m not doing this for KibaTama. I’m doing this for Tamaki. Just because you hate a ship, does it actually mean you hate a character? Tamaki is a nice and humble woman who will respectfully treat you. Well, if you go on her wrong side and hurt her comrades, then she will attack you
However, It is stupid to hate a character just because you don’t like the ship and if you think she isn’t in the show at all. RE-WATCH THE ANIME AND RE-READ THE MANGA!
do you know any western cartoons that feature memorable e/se characters? all I can come up with are: Avatar/Korra, Samurai Jack, American Dragon Jake Long, Pucca, and so on
Hi! Tbh, this is a tough question, because I don’t really watch a lot of animation or animated shows… Aside from the examples you’ve listed, there’s that old Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (from the same line-up as Scooby-Doo and The Archie Show). Keye Lukeprovided the voice for Mr. (Charlie) Chan.
Also, We Bare Bears!! Created by an actual Asian (Korean) American animator. The anti-bear sentiment itself is meant to mirror anti-Asian sentiment, but it also stars Chloe Park, a Korean American child prodigy, who’s the most important character after the bears.
I simply love that Kiba addresses his scary, robust and fierce mother as ‘Kaa-chan’ (which basically means ‘Mom’, but more in a ‘Mommy’ direction). It’s not what I expected from the quick-tempered, bad-mouthed Kiba, but… Seems like this guy turns into a docile puppy when around his Mom, which is kind of cute, considering Kiba’s usual brash and straight-forward demeanor. He also does his best to keep Tsume from harm in any way he can. And just look how he stares at her, hanging on her every word! That is brilliant.
All of the above only proves my theory that this man is putty when it comes to women he loves, and that despite his usual bitching and pretending to be an alpha male, he values the girls that rule his life.
Sorry to bother you, but do you have headcanon about Shino ? (i read yours and it was awesome, plus, Shino is my favorite character ever)
I’M… going to have to make a part 2 for this. (btw good choice shino is a darling)
There are so many interesting interpretations about his eyes! But here is just one: Aburame eyes are extremely light sensitive, but they are able to compensate by utilising the senses of their kikaichu. Their eyes are also subject to a limited range of visible colours.
The rest of his team don’t pick up on Shino’s colour blindness until Hinata sets off a smoke signal and Shino mistakes red for green and acts accordingly, almost jeopardising the entire mission. Kiba gets a laugh out of it later.
Afterwards, they come together and devise a more reliable method of long distance communication to accommodate for him. It involves a relay of information and subtle fluctuations in volatiles the kikaichu emit. Both Akamaru and the kikaichu tagging his teammates are able to sense it, and the insects have different flying patterns to convey a certain scenario to Hinata and Kiba. His teammates are then able to return the signal as the insects respond to sudden controlled spikes of chakra.
Team 8 are also able to send more detailed messages to Hinata through hand signals as long as they’re within the range of her byakugan.
Of all the people for him to befriend outside of Hinata and Kiba, perhaps the most surprising is his bond with Sai. Shino could have easily been Sai. They both had ‘brothers’ whom they weren’t related (closely) to by blood, and Shino would have been recruited into ROOT had Torune not volunteered as in his place. It would be all too easy for Shino to have been raised without emotions and act as nothing as a tool, just as Sai had.
Sai is so eager to be friends. Shino appreciates how he makes an effort to listen and remember his likes and dislikes. He always notices Sai, and tries his best to include them both in activities with the others around their age group. Shino brings entomology books and points out all the different insect species and Sai draws them and brings them to life.
He remains unbothered by Sai’s occasional awkward comment, because they’re never about his identity as a bug user. He doesn’t hesitate to correct any offensive comments about Hinata and Kiba, but it doesn’t affect their odd relationship. And Naruto has already talked enough about his dick SO.
He’s always been the tallest out of all his classmates. Puberty hit him early (how else could his voice be that deep at 12 haha…) and he started shaving around 14. Kiba’s so disappointed with himself. He’s so jealous it keeps him up at night. (As an adult, Kiba can finally wear that stubble with pride.)
Shino opts not to grow any facial hair because he wants to distinguish himself from his father, who looked almost identical to Shino at the same age. Shino is all about being an individual. o/
Although he’s finally found comrades and lifelong friends in the Konoha kids, Shino has always been better with kids and the elderly than people his own age. Old people love him, because he’s such a good listener and takes everything they say very seriously. They always cluck at him and tell him to stand straighter, or comment how it would be nice if they could see his face properly.
Little children are not phased they don’t think the insects creepy at all. He’s a hero. Shino is oddly happy that someone is eager listening to him.
His skin is riddled with pock-marked aberrations left from the kikaichu. The kikaichu are able to stitch them back together with a substance they excrete, but they never heal properly because the insects are repeatedly entering and exiting his body, following the same pathways left behind from the insects before. As a child he spent more time amongst other clan members where it was a normal occurrence. After he entered the academy and interacted with others outside the clan he became a little more conscious over it, but now they are a source of pride for him as an Aburame. He still covers them up though, mainly to avoid exposing his jutsu to the enemy.
The kikaichu take up a significant amount of mass in his body. At any point in time there are always some insects that remain in him, mostly those necessary in reproduction. His insects have relatively short generation times. If all of the kikaichu were somehow flushed out of him, his organs would probably collapse.
Aburame women are hardcore. Child birth in their clan is associated with a high mortality rate for both the infant and mother. Aburame women basically spend 9 months holding back their kikaichu from devouring the faint developing chakra system of the fetus. Shino’s mother died shortly after the symbiosis between him and the kikaichu was established.
Team 8 all grew up in single parent households… as will Kurenai’s child one day.
Shino respects Kurenai so much as his teacher, a kunoichi, and mother. He - as well as both Hinata and Kiba - are especially protective when Akamaru picked up on her preganancy. Kurenai always wondered why it seemed like insects would follow wherever she went. He brings her a different kind of flower from the Yamanaka greenhouses every time he visits. Poppies are her favourite. Kurenai’s apartment has more pot plants than she knows what to do with. It’s okay though because team 8 water them all for her on a regular basis. Kurenai comments that they show up at her doorstep a great deal, and their excuse is that the plants need water.
DOO CENTRAL’S FUN FACT FRIDAYS - SCOOBY-DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED PART 1
It’s that great day of the week again guys! And this Fun Fact Friday is Part One of Two where we’ll be looking into all the cultural references made throughout the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series! This one was very fun to research because I found a lot of cool references I hadn’t noticed before and also learned a few other things about the show itself. I didn’t want you guys to have to read an obscenely long post so this Fun Fact Friday will only be looking at Season One of the TV series episode by episode.
Episode 1 “The Beat From Below” contains two cool references. The first being one of the Crystal Cove tourists/citizens resembling the actor Don Knotts. Don Knotts has been resembled by characters before in the Scooby-Doo franchise. He was the groundskeeper in the video game Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights and actually guest starred in a couple episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies!
Another reference in this episode is when the Slime Mutant confronts Daphne in the Fruitmeyer’s shop. The shot of their faces facing each other is a reference to the movie Aliens 3.
Episode 2 “The Creeping Creatures” references National Lampoon’s Vacation with the appearance of the Griswolds at the beginning of the episode! In fact, the mother in this appearance is voiced by the woman who played Ellen Griswold!
Episode 3 “The Secret of the Ghost Rig” doesn’t really contain cultural references but it does reference another Scooby-Doo series. When Daphne is finishing making a new ascot for Fred, she is humming the theme song of The New Scooby-Doo Movies!
Episode 4 “Revenge of the Man Crab” has multiple cool cameos in it. The episode begins with the Man Crab attacking Dylan and Brenda, two characters that resemble those by the same name from Beverly Hills 90210. They appear in other episodes as well throughout the series. Characters who appear in the background of this episode include grown-versions of Pebbles and Bam-Bam from The Flintstones and Suzie Chan from The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan! Suzie Chan makes other appearances in the series as she is a classmate of the gang’s at Crystal Cove High School.
Episode 5 “The Song of Mystery” references two movies. The first being Quarantine when Shaggy is pulled back into the darkness by the monster children. The second is when Shaggy and Scooby is hiding in the closet. They tied the closet shut with Fred’s ascot and the scene resembles the scene involving Laurie Strode in the horror film Halloween!
Episode 6 “The Legend of Alice May” makes a few neat references. The beginning of the episode features a family that references That 70′s Show! Also, when Daphne and Fred are dancing at prom, two of the background dancers resemble Coilman and Multiman from Hanna Barbera’s The Impossibles! The really cool one of this episode is about the antagonist Alice May whose character design resembles Gwen Stacy from the Spiderman comics!
Episode 7 “In Fear of the Phantom” has a plot that could reference The Phantom of the Opera. Episode 8 “The Grasp of the Gnome” contains a couple references as well including background characters resembling Dirk the Daring, Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe from Emergency, and a book titled “I’m Okay, You’re a Scary Gnome” which references a very popular book titled “I’m Okay, You’re Okay”.
Episode 9 “Battle of the Humungonauts” has a plot that resembles a Toho movie titled War of the Gargantuas. The Humungonaut monsters themselves including their color scheme and fighting style resemble Hulk and Red Hulk.
Episode 10 “Howl of the Fright Hound” references the Terminator movies in many ways. The most prominent being when the Fright Hound is burned by fire.
The cell that Professor Pericles is kept in in this episode resembles that of Magneto’s in the first two X-Men movies. One of the characters introduced in this episode is the classmate Jason Wyatt. Jason Wyatt also happens to be the name of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s producer!
Another cool reference in this episode is at the end when the Crystal Cove Animal Asylum for the Criminally Insane is rounding up all the escaped animals. One of the escaped animals happens to be Yogi Bear!
Episode 11 “The Secret Serum” features an auctioneer that resembles David Dickinson. In the crowd at the auction, a background character resembles Cass Elliot who was a celebrity once guest starring in The New Scooby-Doo Movies! The episode includes a restaurant named Crab Net of Dr. Calimari which is a reference to the movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. At one point in the episode, Angie Dinkley is on the phone discussing an order of Sumatran Rat Monkeys, a creature seen in the film Dead Alive (also titled Braindead).
Episode 12 “The Shrieking Madness” plays a lot of name games. The character Howard E. Roberts references the pulp fiction author Robert E. Howard. H.P. Hatecraft as well as his work in the episode references H.P. Lovecraft and his work. Harlan Ellison plays himself in this episode. Also, Mayor Fred Jones Sr. at one point says “By Grabthar’s Hammer” which is a blatant reference to Galaxy Quest.
Episode 13 “When the Cicada Calls” has a plot and title that resembles that of the Japanese film Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni which translates to “When the Higurashi Cry”. Higurashi is a type of cicada.
Episode 14 “Mystery Solvers Club State Finals” features Hanna-Barbera characters including Jabberjaw, Speedbuggy, The Funky Phantom, and Captain Caveman! The dream sequence in this episode is drawn in the style of Iwao Takamoto’s classic animation!
Episode 15 “The Wild Brood” references The Wild One. The episode has a character named Odnarb, whose name spelled backwards is Brando who happens to be the main character in The Wild One.
Episode 16 “Where Walks Aphrodite” contains a plot that resembles that of Carrie. The behavior and shrieking sound of the hypnotized resembles those of characters in the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Episode 17 “Escape from Mystery Manor” is a reference to the Saw films.
Episode 18 “The Dragon’s Secret” contains a creature that resembles a Gremlin. The wizards in this episode resemble Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China.
Episode 19 “Nightfright” revolves around Vincent Van Ghoul. Vincent references the warlock Vincent Van Ghoul from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. In this series he’s a movie actor/director and has been in multiple films which are parodies of those made by Vincent Price.
Episode 20 “The Siren’s Song” contains references to both Scrappy-Doo and Flim Flam in the Crystal Cove Spook Museum. The episode’s antagonist Ernesto also says “We have to destroy the environment in order to save it” which could be referencing a Vietnam-era phrase “We have to destroy the village in order to save it”.
Episode 21 “Menace of the Manticore” contains a reference to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! A fortune-teller machine in the amusement park resembles Carlotta the Gypsy from the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts”. Episode 22 “Attack of the Headless Horrror”’s character Dr. Rick Spartan is based on Indiana Jones. Episode 23 “A Haunting in Crystal Cove” has a subtle reference to Mystery Inc’s famous pose from the intro of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in which they’re all gathered around a book. Episode 24 “Dead Justice” contains a phrase reference. Dead Justice says “Hi Ho, Greg” to his horse which is a reference to The Lone Ranger saying “Hi Ho, Silver”.
Episode 25 “Pawn of Shadows” contains multiple references. The first being the book series Dusk in the episode which is a parody of the Twilight saga. Also, when Shaggy and Scooby go with H.P. Hatecraft to his home, Hatecraft has posted multiple posters in his study which picture Wonder Wheels, DC Comics Prez, Schleprock from the Pebbles and Bam-Bam Show, Drak Jr. from The Drak Pack, Josie and Alexander from Josie and the Pussycats, Butch Cassidy from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, and Suzie and Stanely Chan from The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.
Another reference in this episode is where Alice May retrieved her technology. She got it from Quest Labs with a flashback in which we see Dr. Quest and the other characters from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Johnny Quest!
Episode 26 “All Fear the Freak” doesn’t really contain any cultural references. However, I did discover some interesting foreshadowing in the episode. After Mystery Inc. locks Angel Dynamite in the K-Ghoul Radio Station, we see a scene where Ed Machine enters his home. He’s surprised to be met by Professor Pericles. The way Professor Pericles has a shadow on the wall references his transformation in the very last episodes of the series. He then attacks Ed Machine and his shadow overcomes Machine similar to how his shadow overcomes both Mystery Incorporated groups during his transformation.
Those are all the cultural references I was able to find throughout Season 1 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated! I give a special thanks to Scoobypedia for many of these references! Let me know if you may have spotted any in Season 1 that I may have missed in this post!
Stay tuned for next week when I go over all the cultural references in Season 2 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated!
I like your thoughts on Kiba's and Shino's interaction with the Hyuuga's. How do you think the team gets along with the Aburame and Inuzuka?
The Aburame compound is quiet like the Hyuuga compound, but Hinata says the atmosphere is somewhat different; it lacks the claustrophobic feeling she receives from her own ‘home’. There are bugs everywhere, but it’s nothing compared to knowing that everyone could be watching through the walls, that they’re judging her every action. Instead, Shino’s home is incredibly tranquil. Clan members are always going in and out, sometimes absent for long periods of time on extended missions so it’s hard to pin them all down. Over time, Hinata and Kiba come to know the names of each and every one of Shino’s relatives.
Shino actually isn’t the one who is first to suggest his teammates visit. It’s Shibi! Shibi is so happy to see his son is making friends. He’s very subtle about it because he doesn’t want to pressure him, but one day he remarks how Shino must have some wonderful teammates and how he’d like to thank them one day for having his son’s back… and that’s all Shino needs to hear to know it’s okay.
Shino’s room is actually ridiculous. There are tanks of insects lined up all along the walls Kiba doesn’t understand how Shino can even SLEEP with them there. That is, if he even sleeps??? It’s hard to tell sometimes. Shibi tries so very hard to make sure Hinata and Kiba are comfortable without trying to interfere. He even brings them snacks. They mostly stay within the living quarters of the compound as there’s a lot of things the Aburame clan prefers to keep hidden. Even so, there’s always something new to learn at the Aburame’s.
The Inuzuka fam is a completely different story. It’s rowdy and chaotic but warm, nevertheless. Shino is an expert dog dodger. There are so many dogs running around the place but somehow he has never managed to trip. Hinata did once and everyone felt bad. The first time Shino and Hinata are invited over for dinner Tsume’s sense of humour is so off-beat sometimes Hinata isn’t sure whether she’s supposed to laugh or not.
Tsume loves Shino and Hinata so much. She’s so proud her son picked up such sweet kids to bring home. In fact, she is always saying that Kiba could afford to take a lesson from those two. Tsume always ends up embarrassing him until his ears turn red and he has to yell across the room how “you don’t need to tell my friends about that dynamic marking!” Kiba is doing a great job of embarrassing himself.
They always offer to help clean up afterwards but Tsume refuses to let them do the housework under her roof and just makes Kiba do it. Shino and Hinata are shooed off to go play with the puppies (Hinata, mostly) while Kiba grumbles over soapy dish water. Shino for some reason seems to entertain Kuromaru as he tells old dog legends and his own war stories fighting alongside Tsume, whilst Hinata tags along when Hana tends to all the dogs at the kennels. Hana doesn’t have a little sister so she’s basically adopted Hinata forever. Hana doesn’t tease her as much as Kiba does, but she always has this knowing look so Hinata has suspicions that Kiba’s sister knows more than she lets on.
Tsume won’t stop them from eating awful junk food or staying up late. Basically it is FREE FOR ALL SLEEPOVER except Shino and Hinata are kind of boring. Sometimes Hana comes in and spoils the movie for them and Kiba tries to push her off the couch and but Hana won’t budge. Shino and Hinata don’t move to help because literally no one cares but Kiba. Hinata just doesn’t pick sides. They stay up so late they’re too tired to pull the futons out and end up falling asleep on a massive pile of dogs.