This strip is an exaggeration of the Further Misadventures of my Father! After I had my wisdom teeth removed, my dad bought me some anime DVDs to distract me from my pain and swollen face. He knows I’m a huge fan of the manga group CLAMP (see my Halloween strip where Chapel dresses as Cardcaptor Sakura), and he knew I’d never seen Chobits, so he bought the DVDs. And my mom and I settled down for some Wholesome Family Anime Time.
It turned out that Chobits wasn’t wholesome at all, so my mom and I turned it off. Then we watched one of the many Jane Austen mini-movies on PBS, where the ending always turns out the way it should in real life.
The hat Chapel’s wearing is a reference to a (non-yucky) anime called Azumanga Daioh! Azumanga is a hilarious anime that I’ve loved ever since 4th grade. The hat Chapel’s wearing is one that appears in the show. It’s called a “dad cap,” in reference to the cat-like entity that represents the father of Chiyo-chan, one of the main characters. This is also apparently a political reference, but I don’t know anything about Japanese politics, so I don’t really understand it! Azumanga Daioh is one of my favorite anime and you should definitely go give it a shot! It’s very weird at the beginning, but it’ll grow on you, I promise.