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22 June 2010 @ 06:37 am
It's The Little Things  

Through an mysterious and incredibly silly transformation Sandpanther has suddenly turned into Teppei-panther. We now join this blatent self-insert, already in progress.

Scene: The DIRECTION ROOM of the PHOENIX NEST. On the screen is a picture of a parking lot at night. In the background we can hear the sound of a giant monster walking around.

Ryuu: Teppei-panther! What kind of car is that?

Teppei-panther: *sucks air through teeth* I'm not sure. An Integra? Maybe a Celica. I can't really tell from this angle.

The picture shifts to ground level where we see two people standing in front of a car.

Teppei-panther (exclaming): INTEGRA! And it's a USDM front-end conversion!

Mirai (puzzled): USDM...?

Teppei-panther: It stands for "United States domestic model." For the DC2 model Integras the front end, and in particular the headlights, was different for the version released in the United States from the one released in Japan. You can easily tell the difference by the rounded headlights here, and--

Tori-pi (interrupting): Who cares? Stick to the point!

Teppei-panther: Sorry.

George: So are you saying this is an imported car?

Teppei-panther: No. Some car enthusiasts in Japan will convert the front end of their domestic Integra to look like the US version. It's a very rare car in Japan!

Marina: So what's this got to do with the monster?

Teppei-panther: Uh... Probably nothing. But it's really interesting!

TPC, you are so made of WIN! I bow before your incredible attention to detail.
SnarkyLlama: WRC - LOLllamabitchyo on June 22nd, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)

That makes me very nostalgic. I remember random conversations... well... excited explanations about the fine points of headlights and car identification.
Cirdancirdan_havens on June 22nd, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oddly very interesting. Did one actually show up in Ultraman or was this just one of those very random split thoughts?
Sandpanthersandpanther on June 23rd, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Yup, it actually showed up. Mebius, episode 5, about 16 minutes 9 seconds in, you can see the car in the background. Round Integra headlights are pretty distinctive, and easy to spot. There's a random girl and guy talking, and they're standing in front of it.

I was particularly impressed that they model they use of the car in the establishing shot just before the actual car shows up is identifiable as an Integra. I'd been thinking for years that it was one, I just hadn't ever realized before that the actual car shows up in the next shot, and that it's a USDM. Someone on staff is a car nut.

(I think the model of the car shows up later, 'cause I remember somewhere else there's a model car that I thought was an Integra. I just can't remember where right now.)
Cirdancirdan_havens on June 23rd, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Ah! Yeah, I'd say those Integra headlights are pretty distinctive. Didn't know it wasn't native Japanese though. Hm, if I find my Mebi episodes, I'll have to check it out. (I actually never got around to getting the last few episodes. Maybe I should do that too someday.) Heh, but it makes sense to slip in little things like that, and Marina is kind of billed as a biker/car girl.
Sandpanthersandpanther on June 24th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Remind me and I can hand you copies. I've got them all, after all.