August 10, 2016

Let us meat

There's a kind of food I have been seeing in anime ever since I first started watching it.




It's a single bone, with symmetrical lobes on both ends. And it's surrounded in the middle with red meat.

So what's wrong with that? There ain't no such beast! There is no such bone on a mammal skeleton. The fibula and tibia have a lot of meat but it's all on one side, and it's two bones together rather than one. (And neither of them is shaped like that, anyway.) The radius and ulna are symmetrically surrounded by meat, but again it's two bones together and neither of them are shaped like that. The femur and the humerus don't have symmetrical lobes like that. And that's it for long bones; there aren't any others.

It always bugs me when I see it; where do the artists think that bone is coming from?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Rants at 09:22 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 The fibula and tibia are the lower leg bones. The radius and ulna are the lower arm bones. The femur is the upper leg bone and the humerus is the upper arm bone.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 10, 2016 09:33 AM (+rSRq)

2 So I got a very "Flintstones" vibe off of that, but an image search is only pulling up relatively plausible cuts of meat in actual screencaps of the show, be it roasted whole bird, cuts of steak, or plausible-enough drumsticks.

But I'm not the only one with that association, as it turns out:

So I feel like I've only deepened the mystery; I "know" I've seen it in American cartoons, but all the evidence I collected was to the contrary. (But I hardly expect a couple of Google image searches to completely index the Flintstones. Still, honestly compels me to admit the evidence is all against my "knowledge".)

Posted by: Jeremy Bowers at August 10, 2016 10:17 AM (qPsU5)


I think you're right. I think that did come from the Flintstones.

Anime faces, and particularly anime eyes, go back to Betty Boop; that's well known. So this wouldn't be all that far-fetched.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 10, 2016 12:03 PM (+rSRq)


My world is a lie.  I was sure this would be a TVTrope... but I can't find it.

The symmetrical bone with (apparently) a knee on both ends is a "stock femur bone", but no link to the meat-wrapped food version.

Posted by: Mikeski at August 10, 2016 02:37 PM (vBu7I)

5 They have a section in GJ Club where they talk about "manga meat" (which one of the characters is at that point eating...)

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at August 10, 2016 09:20 PM (v29Tn)

6 I know that type of meat from video games; I haven't watched a lot of anime.

Posted by: zadieldurid at August 11, 2016 04:35 AM (DInF9)

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