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In season 1 episode 6, Shirogane says that he wants to have 9 kids during a psychological test; the same is referenced in season 2 episode 1, when Chika and Shirogane have 9 kids (when playing a game). So what does having 9 kids refer to other than a baseball team?

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    There are nine fielding positions in baseball. That's part of the joke. What else is there to infer.
    – кяαzєя
    Jul 29, 2020 at 8:30
  • @кяαzєя Well, why don't you post as an answer?
    – BCLC
    Mar 30, 2022 at 16:58

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In season 1 episode 6, Shirogane was taking a psychological test from Fujiwara:

Imagine there's a cage of pets in front of you. How many kittens can fit in there?

The number given, as explained by Fujiwara, would reveal how many children the test taker subconsciously wants to have. The kitten quiz is obviously a reference to "cats have nine lives".

Then in season 2 episode 1, the student council members were playing a custom board game, and Shirogane and Fujiwara stepped onto the "marriage" and "childbirth" spaces, which resulted in them having nine children in-game. I believe the "having nine children" gag is based on the nine sons of the dragon lore, and incidentally, dragons and cats are symbols of fertility and sexuality, respectively.

I don't know if one could make an additional connection to the imagery of Hou Yi "shooting down" the nine yellow, oval "suns", but his wife, Chang'e, is the Chinese counterpart of Princess Kaguya, our titular character! This doc explores the series' references to the Japanese folklore in more details.

Although both Hou Yi and the nine sons of the dragon originated from Chinese mythology, it's not the first time that Love is War has borrowed Chinese elements in its storytelling, so it's very likely that these are what are referenced in the joke.

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