- ↑ All The Tropes: Yume Nikki/WMG § Madotsuki, Mafurako, and Kamakurako are triplets
- ↑ The console's name is untranslated in the English fan translation and translated as "Famtendo Game" in the official English version for Windows. (The mobile ports just call it a "Video Game," presumably to comply with the policies of the respective platforms' app stores.)
The console appears to have two cartridge slots. Although there exist famiclones with both 60-pin and 72-pin slots, the NES version of Lemmings was not officially released in Japan, and Lemmings itself was created rather late in the time that the authentic Famicom was contemporary; hence a legitimate cartridge would have to be for a 16-bit system. (TODO: "legitimate"? How common are pirate cartridges of NES Lemmings?)
Among other things, experience with Lemmings would explain the appearance of the Midget effect, in particular why there can be more than one midget at a time and why the midgets explode so spectacularly.
Cartridges traded with friends would count as "lost."
- ↑ Kawase's original Super Famicom sprite and Madotsuki's official in-game sprite have distinctly similar hair colors, a pinkish brown somewhere between bole and cordovan.
More loosely, compare the checkerboard motifs in some levels of Umihara Kawase (Super Famicom) to the Checkered Tile Path and the checkerboard squares on Madotsuki's shirt as commonly depicted in fan art. The overall structure of Umihara Kawase levels is vaguely reminiscent of the Block World.
Some developer interviews suggest that the premise of the Umihara Kawase series involves a mental world. Others mention that the protagonist is a traveling chef who specializes in fish; this would explain why the knife of the dream world is labeled as a kitchen knife rather than a weapon. Perhaps the fish aren't happy about Kawase's mission, and perhaps she is beset with guilt over harming innocent life.
- ↑ As Preston Xander of Cracked points out, Doug is in questionable mental health and often acts out his fantasies dangerously.
Doug already keeps a diary; a dream diary is a logical next step.
The oddly-colored supporting characters resemble the Mall Shoppers.
- ↑ Charles Bonnet syndrome, now properly known as visual release hallucinations, often produces Lilliputian hallucinations similar to the Midget effect and leads to social isolation. See also the BBC's report on one case, in which the patient wrongly perceived water as blood.
TODO: consider optic neuropathies, especially of the nutritional type associated with an eating disorder, as causes for the underlying vision loss
TODO: hair ripped out during the bicycle accident = bloodstains near the Mouth Monsters?
- ↑ Supporting the possibility of a performance recorded on film, the Jellyfish resemble the hoods historically attached to large-format cameras, with the photographers' feet visible underneath, or incompletely-assembled reflectors or softboxes.
- ↑ In other words, Madotsuki's apartment bedroom is a stylized representation of a womb. This explains her super-deformed proportions, her inability to voluntarily leave by any means that does not shed blood, and the absence of visible food or drink (provided through the placenta and umbilical cord).