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Cicada

The Cicada is associated with the summer season in Japan.

Since the cicada emerges from the ground to sing every summer, in Japan it is seen as a symbol of reincarnation and new beginnings. Of special importance is the fact that the cicada moults, leaving behind an empty shell. Furthermore, since the cicada only lives for the short period of time, long enough to attract a mate with its song and complete the process of fertilization, they are seen as a symbol of evanescence.

TriviaEdit

  • The noise the cicada makes are often used in Japanese film and television to indicate the scene is taking place in the summer. This trope reveals a cultural gap between Asia and the West because cicadas may sometimes appear year-long in the former.
  • During the summer in Japan, it is a pastime for children to collect both cicadas and the shells left behind when moulting.


Characters
Main Characters Kanako UrashimaKaolla SuKeitaro UrashimaMitsune "Kitsune" KonnoMotoko AoyamaMutsumi OtohimeNaru NarusegawaShinobu Maehara
Relatives Haruka UrashimaHina UrashimaJulia McDougalKeisuke UrashimaMei NarusegawaNatsumi OtohimeNoriyasu SetaSarah McDougalTsuruko AoyamaAmalla SuYoko UrashimaYasuharu MaeharaShinobu's MotherTsuruko's HusbandUncle
Minor Characters Adult SuAkiko TaichiLamba LuKentaro SakataKimiaki ShiraiMasayuki HaitaniEma MaedaHinata EldersKen AkamatsuLittle Match GirlMiracle Maid MotokoMizuho FujisawaMoeNittaNyamo NamoThe "Promise Girl"Sachiyo MatsumotoEmi IchikawaKikuko OnoueTakeshi KodairaSoujiro NatsukiVengeful Spirit
Groups Beauty and BladeFour Eyed Freak FestHarem Protection AgencyHinata House Liberation FrontThe Hinata ResidentsKaolla's BodyguardsThe Masked MaraudersMotoko Aoyama's Fan ClubMotoko Rescue and Return BrigadeNarusegawa FamilyNeo RoninzOtohime FamilyPuffy MushroomRonin StonesShinmei-ryuThugsUrashima Family
Animals/Pets CicadaGidgetHayateHot Springs TurtleKuroLeonMonkeysPochiShippuShiroTamago OnsenTanukiWhite Dog

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