|Note: Tomo's "what do y'all mean" ("nande yanen" in
Japanese) is a well-known retort used in the Manzai comedy style from the Kansai district, where
Kasuga-san comes from. There are 2 parts in Manzai: Tsukkomi and Bo-ke. Generally, the Tsukkomi part is
a tall, slim person with a loud voice, while the Bo-ke part is played by a short and chubby person.|
Manzai typically starts with the Bo-ke actor saying something that is obviously unbelievable or ridiculous. The Tsukkomi actor then butts in with exaggerated gestures and a loud retort ("nande yanen") to correct or criticize. Hence Tomo's extreme (and mistaken) overreaction.
This is such a distinctly Japanese (and Kansai) phenomenon that it's hard to translate, so we've done the best we could by rendering the Kansai speech into something like a US southern dialect. [Ed.: Much thanks go to Takagi-san for explaining Manzai comedy to us (and for pointing out Azumanga to us originally)! :) Any mistakes in this explanation are, of course, solely ours.]