I was surprised when this post popped up on Tumblr this morning:
Not because it’s old manga, but because the big bold text at the bottom reads “Lubbock Light” — a reference to a weird meteorological phenomenon in the ’50s which many people take as some sort of evidence of UFOs. More like it was something to do with the nearby Reese Air Force Base or possibly even a light being cast into the clouds from some sort of experimental project out of New Mexico. Growing up in Lubbock, I heard a lot about the Lubbock Lights… mainly because that’s all the city could really claim for itself as a point of interest, besides Buddy Holly.
This marks the second time I’ve stumbled across a reference to Lubbock in old manga, the first of course being this rather fanciful take in Golgo 13: The Ice Lake Hit. Silly Saito Pro, Lubbock doesn’t have any buildings that are taller than six stories! But I can see the appeal of using Lubbock as a locale in manga: It’s a decently large city, more than a quarter of a million people, but no Japanese national in their right mind would ever, ever go there to be able to call foul on its depiction.