Monday, May 27, 2013

(Subbed) Downtown - In their younger days.

The “senpai and kōhai” relationship is an integral part of growing up and living in Japan. It’s a mentor system woven into all types of social settings including school, sports teams, and business settings.

It goes without saying in Japan that freshman are expected to behave a certain way towards students in grade levels higher than their own. And any student, regardless of age, must speak politely to his teachers. This custom continues as you venture into the business world where respect is strictly shown to coworkers with more experience.

You can imagine how this could get complicated once you're faced with an ambiguous situation. For example, there have been times when my good friend introduced me to a friend of his for the first time, and I spoke to him using タメ語 - Tamego (casual language). Then I later found out he’s much more “Senpai” in age than me. Looking back, my first clue should have been the honorific “san” (“Mister”) my friend placed behind the name of the person during the introduction.

As you watch the following video, you might not understand or appreciate the severity of DOWNTOWN's inexcusable behaviors in their younger days. But if you can grasp how rude it would be to address someone senior to you by their first name without using an honorific label, then you get the idea. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

(Subbed) Human Amputation Machine

Who doesn't like Doraemon, right?

The earless cat has time traveled from the future to help a boy named Nobita with his less than steller life. During its running, Doraemon has introduced numerous gadgets to help Nobita cope through his hardships.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

(Subbed) Tetsujin Tiger Seven

Not all the Superhero shows were successful back in 70's. To be fair though, there were more than two dozen superhero shows produced between 1972 and 1973. Here's a show that only ran for a season called the "Tetsujin Tiger Seven"- 鉄人タイガーセブン. The production team must have felt pretty confident following the final season of a pretty successful show called "Kaiketsu Lion Maru- 快傑ライオン丸. There were three major differences between the two shows;
  1. Main character's head is changed from lion to tiger.
  2. Ride of choice is changed from a horse to the motorcycle.
  3. Period piece to a modern age.
Though the show was not embraced among kids, its legacy lives on as one of the more daring shows today. Here are some of the examples of innovative and carefree writing;
  1. As the main character morphs into Tiger Seven, he abandons his motorcycle, which goes on to run over a small child.
  2. A villain from "lost continent" befriends a little girl and dies together as they hold hands.
  3. Tiger Seven puts on his "special glove," but finishes the villain with his kick.
The show deserves a come-back.

Enjoy the short clip.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

(Subbed) Japanese Prank Show

The premise of "Devilman" is simple - defeat demons by becoming one. The 70's popular animation was adaptated from the "Devilman" comic book series which chronicled a simple school boy who becomes a part-time "Devil" and fights against demon clans about to take over the earth.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

(Subbed) Downtown's Habit

Japanese has a specific term for when we shake our leg or shake our knee as we're sitting down. And it's called 貧乏揺すり- Binbou Yusuri, which roughly translates to "Poor man's shake."
Why the "poor"? There are several theories:

Sunday, February 24, 2013

(Subbed) Catch a fly like Musashi Miyamoto.

Before Mr. Miyagi or Jackie Chan boasted their ability to catch a fly with a pair of chopsticks, there was Musashi Miyamoto, perhaps the most celebrated Japanese swordsman from 17th century, whose tale about him catching a fly in the air with his chopsticks, has been passed onto for many decades.
You can read more about Musashi Miyamoto here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

(Subbed) 爆発卵 Bakuhatsu Tamago - An Egg Bomb

Here's another classic episode from a long-lasting Japanese television show called "Tantei Knight Scoop" (Detective Knight Scoop)

Disclaimer - Please, please, please, do NOT try this at home.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

(Subbed) Create the Yonkoma Manga with Celebrities

This show features four celebrities who compete in making their drawing, chosen by the host Hamada, to be the part of 4-cells manga piece.
Do you recognize the girl in this show? Her name is Shoko Nakagawa who appeared as a host in the "Urban Legend - My Neighbor Totoro" which I worked on a while back here.