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I'm a bit stumbled on why he's using 舟 here. 22のカラ舟が積み上げる is this a way of saying? If I had to guess it may be related to how much he can eat in the context? Give the other character is a 18舟

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  • It refers to the stacking object on the right of the first panel.
    – sundowner
    Commented May 2 at 0:14

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Takoyaki use 船皿{ふなざら} or alternatively, 舟皿{ふなざら} as their dish. Note the resemblance of its shape to that of a ship. So in this case, the comic is shortening 舟皿 to just 舟, and is simply counting how many plates the competitors have gone through.

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