I told my therapist that I always had heated arguments with my mom because she doesn’t allow me to wear shorts thinking shorts are inappropriate where I live. My therapist told that my mom was sorta right because if I wear short clothing id draw too much negative attention and people will think that in spite of being a girl from a respectable family I’m someone of questionable character and I was like wtf? I wanna wear shorts because it’s fucking hot outside and Im sweating like a pig !Why should I care about the opinion of people who don’t even know my name !? I told her that people should stop stereotyping and that my dress doesn’t equal my character to which with a pained smile she replied that “ It’s just the way of the world hun” She even said that she avoided talking to her closest acquaintances on the street if they wore too short dresses that made them look “vulgar”!!!!!! Finally I made her talk to my mom and I came to a compromise that I’d wear long pants if any outsider came to our home and I’m fuming over this.
The point of this long af ramble is that it’s fucking 42°C outside and I have to suffer due to my clothes whereas all the boys in my neighbourhood are smartly walking around in the dumbest and weirdest shorts and no one’s batting an eyelash!! WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE ?????????I CAN’T SHOW MY LEGS ????? IS HAVING ARMS AND LEGS ABNORMAL FOR A GIRL?????OR SOME ASSHOLE JUST CAN’T CONTROL HIMSELF AND WILL CUM IN THE PANTS ?????WHY SHOULD I CARE WHAT SOME INSIGNIFICANT MORTALS THINK ABOUT ME?? I am wearing clothes for comfort not for every person in the town ! And I AM MORE THAN MY CLOTHES I AM DEFINED BY WHAT I ACTUALLY AM AND NOT BY FUCKING WHAT I WEAR YOU HEAR ME ???????????????? DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER
Fujio Akatsuka was a noted fan of Charlie Chaplin. The balance of madcap physical comedy alternating with character-driven pathos is definitely something both their works have in common. Akatsuka wasn’t exactly shy about taking cues from Chaplin, either: for instance, Bakabon’s Dad is known to have been based on Chaplin’s Little Tramp character.
But I think there’s another big one: not in any particular chapter, but across the whole series.
See, in the fluid continuity of the comics, Chibita goes through a lot of parents depending on what the gag calls for at the time. His parental figures have included Dekapan, Santa Claus, and…, er, nobody. But if there’s one relationship that recurs consistently across the whole franchise, it’s gotta be Iyami and Chibita!
There’s something compelling about the idea of a sly but charming hobo becoming an unwilling surrogate father-figure to an abandoned little boy, who then helps him commit various scams and petty crimes.
Their whole dynamic is, I would argue, is an ongoing retelling of Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent movie The Kid. In this 1921 feature, Chaplin’s Little Tramp character is… well, a sly but charming hobo who becomes an unwilling surrogate father-figure to an abandoned little boy, who then helps him commit various scams and petty crimes!
So, was Chaplin ultimately the source of inspiration for this unforgettable duo? Admittedly there’s not much I can do to substantiate this theory beyond a general hunch, but hey… It’s food for thought at least.