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It looks like Heiji’s plan is beginning to pay off. People are willing to pay dearly for a chance at more life. You can see middle-aged and elderly people lined up, each holding a number tag, waiting for their turn to lick. Kyōden’s depiction of the mermaid here is once again adorable (and brave in the face of an embarrassing situation). I love her hood, and her sarcastic commentary on the customers.
Mermaid: “Oh sir, your breath smells terrible!”
Heiji stood next to the mermaid and performed¹, cheering the customers on.
Heiji: “Follow the rhythm, and lick her to the beat!
Let’s follow the rhythm, and lick to the beat!
The customer licks so nervously!
Is it your first drink with a prostitute?
Or a wife whose husband is away?
Are you playing cards and don’t know what move to make?
Lick like she’s water candy, hishio, kinzanji miso!
Sesame miso, yuzu miso, sweet miso!
Ha! Follow the rhythm, and lick her to the beat!
Doko-tsuku doko tsuku, suko-doko-don suko-doko-don!
Okay, next customer!”
As the guests lined up one by one in the order of their numbered tags, their faces looked so stupid.
Heiji: “Follow the rhythm, and lick her to the beat!”
Customer: “If given the choice, I’d rather lick you much lower down². Ehehehe!”
The mermaid felt embarrassed and covered her face with a hood.
- Heiji is basically doing the job of a sideshow barker. He’s doing a song and dance while tapping on a drum, improvising rhymes to attract customers.
- Yes, this means what it sounds like.