The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (TV)
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In episode 1 at about 10:19, the shop owner utters the words “Boys meet ambitious” while pointing to a statue. The shop owner was misquoting William Smith Clark, American professor of Botany and Zoology who founded the Sapporo Agricultural College in 1876 and was its first vice president. Clark taught there for 8 months before moving back to the US. He is famous in Japan for the deep impact he had on the students while teaching there and for his farewell speech on the day he left Japan which started with the words “Boys, be ambitious !”. Many statues of him (like the one in the episode) have been erected across Hokkaido prefecture to commemorate him and many of these statues have his famous parting words engraved at the base.
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