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Trivia:

In episode 3, right before Junkers runs out in front of a car and is hit, we see a traffic light. Although this takes place in Germany, the traffic light is Japanese-style: Red-yellow-blue. No such traffic lights are in use in Germany, anywhere.

Every Episode corresponds to 2 chapters in the original manga. Wich means Episode 1 is vol.1, ch.1-2, Episode 2 is vol.1, ch-3-4, and so on...

Revelation 13:4-5 “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”

In ep 16. General Nogi (1849-1912) was the victor of the critical siege of Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-05, and he is famous for commiting “junshi” (殉死 = loyalty suicide) at the death of the Meiji emperor in 1912. The old Turkish man is probably referring to the famous Ertuğrul incident, June 3 1890, where the Ottoman frigate Ertuğrul, in Japan for a diplomatic mission, foundered at Oshima island, off the town of Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, with the loss of 587 sailors and passengers. The efforts of the locals in rescuing the survivors became a symbol of Turco-Japanese friendship (both countries shared an enemy, Russia, and were quite friendly at the time).

In episode 31, when Dr. Reichwein is looking for Richard's profile, you can see that his other documents are labeled with the names of famous German actors and directors.

At the beginning of episode 6 you can see Tenma reading a German document in the archive, but his eyes are actually moving in the Japanese right to left style.

In episode 6, Nina receives an email about the meeting at the Heidelberg castle. The German in the email uses the reformed German spelling ("Schloss") which was introduced in 1998. The story is set it 1995 though.

The Quiet Village is the only book written by Klaus Poppe which does not contain overtly disturbing nature. However, The Quiet Village actually represents a place on Germany's map, Ruhenheim, whose name according to the manga means "Quiet Village". Ruhenheim was however a more ancient name, as the town is now known as Laubenheim, meaning something like "Summer Village/House".

The wine ordered by the English couple and Dr. Tenma in the 20th episode of the anime series was named Forster Ungeheuer. It was the favorite wine of Otto von Bismarck and its name actually translates into English as the Forest Monster.

On episode 11 "511 Kinderheim" Dr. Tenma sees a ruin in the eastern part of Berlin with a graffiti of the German band Einstürzende Neubauten on it.

On the map Tenma looks at, Ruhenheim lies in the vicinity of Oberstdorf and Tiefenbach; however, in reality, this place on the map is occupied by "Obermaiselstein".

In Episode 68: "Ruhenheim", the newspaper read by the woman who won the lottery and by the concierge, is actually a newspaper published in Upper Austria called "Oberösterreichische Nachrichten" (abridged OÖN).
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Wow, excellent research and great trivial info, thanks very much. awesome.
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