...Probably not; everyone takes it for granted that that's just a thing, and all they need to know about that is that it zaps people. This side chain thing seems to be more specific...or not. Who can say? Probably a Japanese manga editor from 25 years in the past. But certainly not any of the Japanese readers, or at least not any of the ones with blogs that are still up.
Eventually we decided to just forget about it and maybe come back to it later, but by then it was too late. We pretty much hit our limit at about eight-thirty and decided we might as well just watch UQ Holder! instead. So we did! And then we looked up our translations of those events in the manga and once again cracked ourselves up at our own jokes. I mean come on, "Guardian angel to all damsels in emotional distress." It's brilliant! Who comes up with this stuff? (Ah, so modest. I'm pretty sure it was inspiration.)
And now here we are. We're not on schedule, and this is a dangerous thing. We may have to ask for more time on our next assignment. On the bright side, it looks like we probably won't be interrupted with a trip to Disneyland until next week. (This is also not-so-bright, because we have reason to believe this week will be less crowded. If there's even a remote chance we'll have the time, maybe we'll go by ourselves.)
Today I'm thankful for getting to watch UQ Holder!, knowing that (at least a couple years ago) we can (could) write stuff that at least we think is really funny, making some progress at work today, the little striped kitten appearing to have less of a goopy eye, and finding a book of corny cowboy jokes.