Open Post

Hey, Arama! Japan!  It’s Friday, so it’s Open Post time!  Feel free to chat with your fellow readers about whatever you like!  Enjoy!

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    • Question of the week: What has hurt Johnny & Associates more: other boybands or young actors (including voice actors)?

      • ennie

        I feel at times they are their own worst enemy.

      • neko

        Probably young actors

        • Fur

          +1

          Acting /drama used to be the trigger to Johnny’s groups popularity (Kimura Takuya & Jun’s Hanadan). Young actors like Suda Masaki, Sato Takeru, Miura Haruma, MiyaKen are taking over crucial points of popularity within this media. I’m glad Johnny’s didn’t block them out of their variety shows and co-starring projects (they simply can’t tbh) unlike the dirty deeds they’ve done to control the singing outlets (ie m-ste, etc).

      • surfboardt

        I know it’s not an option, but they honestly hurt themselves the most. From an outsider’s perspective, J&A got too comfortable and complacent with Arashi and SMAP’s success that they didn’t really prepare for what happens when those two disband and/or retire. Given how they more or less have a monopoly on their market, they’re still going to make money, but it’s definitely going to be a blow onto their image as a powerful jimusho that controls the entire male idol market. Frankly speaking, they’re lucky that LDH loves to compete with them in self-sabotage because there was a point where I actually thought it’s possible for LDH to force J&A to share the market.

        I’m honestly kind of mixed about that because LDH’s direction in recent years kind of makes me glad they’re starting to decline, but they were probably the best chance for J&A to lose their monopoly and force them to actually put in effort instead of being able to rest on their laurels.

        • AoZora

          Maybe if the Johnny’s Idol market shrinks,it may open lot of opportunities for well trained and talented singers and performers…….. Lot of Johnny’s talents aren’t good at singing ….

          • yamakita

            Or dancing, acting… and barely decent looking. Still not sure if I understand the appeal of Kis-My-Ft2.

            • AoZora

              Among Singing ,dancing,acting and looks,I feel Johnny’s are more weak in singing talent… J&A doesn’t train them in singing,but they are given dance lessons.. Many Johnnys’ develop singing talent by themselves…. I wish they were given more training in classical singing since that can give more range to their vocals…. On dancing front many can dance pretty decent.. I have no complaints regarding dancing,,,,,,

              I dont follow Kisumai much, but I am finding some good looking guys in Johnny’s Jrs.. Kisumai doesn’t appeal to me much,neither does Sexy Zone..

              Regarding looks, I have some favs among Johhny’s,so I will refrain from commenting …

      • rshina

        if the option only those, than the answer young actors. they haven’t prepared a good actor, and only a few of them that actually make it.

        but I agree that they themselves aren’t doing anything to make it better. I currently live in Japan, and not a lot of people actually know the younger groups. Even Arashi, who is right know the most popular Johnnys group, not all of their recent works is known.

        Johnnys really need to do something to make sure their big name won’t go anywhere

        • Fur

          “Even Arashi, who is right know the most popular Johnnys group, not all of their recent works is known.”
          For example?

          • rshina

            hm…
            from a few people that I know, none of them know their recent song?
            I’m quite sure they don’t know about Arashi recent program/drama (except for Aiba’s TSD, and it’s not even recent)

            • angel223_

              From what I have experience, many japs hate to be called otakus, and there is double standard being a jonnnies wotas…
              International fans are most vocal to express their fave, that is why its easy to spot them on.
              But if theres a concert, you’ll see wotas gathering as they called life group.

              Some Anti Johnnies called th cheap/flashy but they are also the type into VK/indie/Rock but doing exactly what wotas do. Lol

              in JP is rarely to express their likes in a work zone, but if its in school/univ people will chat about it.

      • yamakita

        Johnny Kitagawa.

        • guest

          And Mary who hates the internet.

          • yamakita

            So Internet hates her back lol

            • AoZora

              lol…. so true :)

        • rshina

          somebody please throw him out of the throne. I’m tired keep seeing him in that place.

          • guest

            According to his older sister Mary, she’s the one taking care of everything while Johnny is just interested in stageplays.

            Anyway, senile people should be banned from running a business.
            Though I don’t think the future president (Mary’s daughter, Julie) will be any better since she’s a furry…

            • AoZora

              The whole Kitagawa family should go…. Someone saner person should now run the company…..

              • guest

                You know that if Mary had to choose she’d give it to Matchy.

                • AoZora

                  Matchy should take retirement for good.. Otherwise he will keep pushing himself in many of the talents show. I remember very well when he came in one of the new year concert of Johnny’s that most of the audience demanded refund…..
                  I want j&a in hands of persons who have a different school of thought than the one preached by kitagawa family….

                  • guest

                    Right? It was supposed to be a Johnny’s Countdown, but like half of it was made about Matchy and there was like 30 min MC where he talked with Kuroyanagi Tetsuko.
                    J&A never said that concert will look like that (because they wouldn’t be able to fill the Dome if they did, lol) so fans thought they will watch their fav groups, like every year. That is until Matchy went on stage and never left, lol.
                    I wonder if J&A was feeding into his delulu because he has some dirt on them? Because they knew very well people would be pissed off and that’s why it was the only time it didn’t air on TV. I hope people got their refunds (though I’d probably hear about it if they did…)
                    Fortunately after that flop JCD he hasn’t shown up, and hopefully stays wherever he is.
                    I kinda want Shounentai to take over. They seem to be aware of their surroundings and they definitely don’t think they’re still as popular as they once were, unlike Matchy.

                    • AoZora

                      But,Isnt Shounentai has become more and more Higashiyama Noriyuki’s show…. I dont mind Shounentai taking over…

                      • guest

                        Their last group activity was in 2008 iirc. There was no official disbandment but they’re all solo now.
                        I don’t think there was any celebration or even mention of their 30th anniversary 2 years ago (but that was also the year of Matchy’s 35th anniversary and trying to make him happen again).
                        Higashi is mainly doing TV/movie stuff and Nishikiori is doing a bunch of stageplays a year (he also directs or writes some too). Lately Uekusa’s name doesn’t show up as much on jnet, but maybe he’s doing some backstage work or something.

                      • AoZora

                        All have some high post in Johnny’s right? Thanks for the info..

                      • guest

                        I know Higashiyama has, but I have no idea about the others, sorry :x

                      • AoZora

                        Thanks for the info.. You do have lot of info.. :)

            • Kiki

              Julie’s a furry?! lol

              • Fur

                What’s a furry?

                • Kiki

                  1. A person who is attracted to human-like animals or 2. Human-like animals. It doesn’t really seem like there is a general consensus on which one is the true meaning.

            • La

              Is there more information about Julie being a furry? How to people know this?

              Man, what a family …

      • dianablancheneige

        I do like Johnnys groups and there are some promising Johnnys Junior groups around like Love-Tune who could be quite popular if they debut.. buuut what I hate it that almost no other boy group (from other entertainments than Johnnys ) is allowed to perform on tv shows like music station because Johnny only wants his group to get the attention. I prefer “AMUSE Ent” boys when it comes to acting anyway. They are so good looking, most of them can and sing ( like Miura Haruma, Sakurai Dori, Ryo Yoshizawa etc). If they would create a boy group, they would beat Johnnys groups easily.

        • AoZora

          Sato Takeru is my fav among Amuse.. He dances so well….

      • yacchaitai

        I’d say they hurt themselves by being stuck in 1986

        • yamakita

          I think you meant to type 1968 ;)

          • Urara Kasugano

            did something happen that year??

            • yamakita

              Not that I’m aware of. Just my way of saying Johnny hasn’t kept up with the time since its start in the 60s.

      • AoZora

        Their own marketing strategy,,, Its so out dated and needs fresh ideas.
        Also they need to lift those ridiculous rules imposed on their Idols as well as their fans…………

      • AkaneHaga

        not now maybe later
        mixed blood artist will be rise and that will hurt them

        • yamakita

          That’s another thing. J&A doesn’t really seem to like them, even though it’s part of the reality in today’s Japan. If you look in the hair mags, esp. for men’s styles, half of them are hafu. There was this Jr who was half Pakistanian, I believe. Great looking by any standard, sings well, and all, but was always always the sideshow. He finally left the agency :( doesn’t seem right…

          • Guest

            I remember looking at old jr pics and I saw this white ginger kid in a group photo, I think he was ginger? lol I forgot what his name was it started with the a if im correct

          • Anna

            Wait..Masuda Ryo left johnnys? Being a pakistani,i was so proud of his vocals.The four jrs. including him(jesse and taiga were in it too) sang Ballads which really made my heart at ease.. i’m sad to hear about his departure:(

    • HyperMoot .

      Watch of the week: The Vancouver Asahi (2014). Based on a true story. Everyone’s heard about Japanese communities in the US before and during WW2, but what happened in British Columbia, Canada, is not that well known. A group of young immigrants in Vancouver try to cope with the harsh realities of being Asian in that part of the West: hard jobs, low pay, scorn, discrimination, the same old story. Baseball fans, they set up a team that gets trashed at the beginning but soon, using clever tactics, they become remarkable and talented opponents, forcing the admiration of the Canadian public. Then comes Pearl Harbour, the internment camps etc

      If you like baseball, a bit of history, Satoshi Tsumabuki and Takahata Mitsuki, this is a film for you. A very pleasant watch imo.

      Rewatch of the week : Children of the dark (2008). A journalist and a young NGO volunteer investigate child prostitution in Thailand. This will lead them to find out even more horrible –if possible?- crimes, the trafficking of human organs (taken from children) and a connection with families in Japan. The film is extremely difficult to watch not only because of its themes but because the director chose to make things ultra realistic, be warned, it’s sometimes unbearable.

      From an artistic point of view, Ive always appreciated the fact that Aoi Miyazaki frequently gave her name and support to non mainstream projects.

      To watch (list getting too long) : Fires on the plain 2014, Shinya Tsukamoto’s remake of Kon Ichikawa’s classic

      • ennie

        I’ve seen Children of the dark. It’s one of those movies that haunts you…I don’t think I could ever watch it again.

      • yamakita

        This week’s recommendations are a bit hard to stomach…I tried watching Children, but I just can’t. Movies about Third World conditions are never fun.

        • HyperMoot .

          The Vancouver Asahi is a fine watch, sad but not disturbing. For a change, next week or the week after cause I’ll be pretty busy soon I’ll suggest cute films with tons of honey and butterflies and cuties who fall for handsome blokes ;)

          • yamakita

            I’m sure there is a happy median :D I guess I have a limit on disturbing.

            • HyperMoot .

              surely everyone has. However, when you feel in the mood i.e. not tired, sad or troubled have a go with Children of the dark, it’s definitely worth a watch in as far as it is a true film/work of art, with a powerful script not just a documentary.

              • ennie

                It’s a hard movie to watch, but I think it needs to exist and be seen. Hopefully my words make some sense. I don’t regret watching it.

      • Jo

        Fires on the plain is really hard to watch… I saw people walking out of the cinema with disgust…

        • HyperMoot .

          I’m bracing for it. Not surprised, the topic + Tsukamoto = :-O

      • SlyMoonFox

        I like watching movies/documentaries that portray and talk about issues or just history. I don’t know why I like them because I always end up being sad, bitter, and lose faith in humanity a bit more. Anyways, I’ll watch them.

    • HyperMoot .

      Anoice (Ricco Label, post-rock, neo classical), live in China, track written by Yuki Murata. When Asian melody melts into Debussy.

    • HyperMoot .

      Amenoto (Midori Ishii) will release a new EP (5 tracks) in October .

      https://twitter.com/amenoto_oto
      http://www.lavaflowrecords.com/amenotoweb/

      as a reminder of their sound and style

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzf0CQjotQU

    • Ryusenkai

      Finally have the free time to write more regularly again, so I suppose you could say that I’m back now. Since I was busy for almost the entire month though, figured that I might as well share a bit of the music from August that I enjoyed, but didn’t actually have time to post any articles about.

      First off, we have Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi’s “BLACK TRAIN”. While the album has yet to leak in full, I’ve enjoyed listening to the lead track a fair bit. It manages to merge what, as someone from the US, I think of as a “Western” sound with pop-rock and some of the subtle jazz influence that pervades a lot of Japanese music. The kind of spoken-word singing that characterizes a lot of the verses really stands out when enunciated by a voice as gravelly as Nagabuchi’s, and I’ve caught myself humming the melody on occasion while I’ve been doing other things. On the whole it’s a really nice track (though I’m not a huge fan of the lyrics), and hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on the rest of the record soon.

      Next, there’s SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS x Yojiro Noda’s “Yume Makase”. When I first heard the Noda was going to collaborate with a band more typically known for their wild jazz songs, I was wondering how exactly this was going to work out. As it happens, pretty darn well. Noda’s vocals pair surprisingly well with the arrangement here, and I love the attitude that pervades the entire track. It’s smooth, yet also very in your face, combining two of the aspects of jazz that I love most. Also rather a fan of the style selected for the PV; think it works great with “Yume Makase” as well.

      https://playit.pk/watch?v=Z6AOla2IKUA

      Then there’s Ohashi Trio’s “SHE”. This is a fairly recent edition to my rotation, and had I gotten free time a little sooner, would have been part of the blitz of articles that I ended up posting in the past day or so. His first new song since his album this past winter, this track is bright, glittering, and summery, and makes deft use of a fair bit of vocal echoing. Really makes a song whose main instruments are piano and acoustic guitar feel a heck of lot ‘bigger’ in the scheme of things. That’s not to say there aren’t other sounds involved though (I think I hear a xylophone and another string instrument in there somewhere), and they play a pretty big role in establishing the tone and atmosphere in “SHE”. It’s a pretty peaceful, yet fun listen, and one that I think I’ll be playing a fair bit for the next little while (at least).

      Last, but certainly not least, we have Kuwata Keisuke’s new studio album “Garakuta.” This was easily my most anticipated release of last month, and it did not disappoint. The mix of styles on display here is staggering, from southern rock, to baroque mixed with Spanish guitar, to minimalist jazz, to a funk and hip-hop blend, to full on electronic, and more. There’s just a ton of interesting sounds to be found in here, and they’re all held together wonderfully by Kuwata’s distinct attitude and vocals, which make the whole record a joy to listen to from start to finish. This is not to mention the lyrics, which are at times funny, at other times touching, and at still other times shockingly self-aware. The strength here is in the overall package, how everything comes together. And it comes together great. This is one of my favorite records (potentially my actual favorite) to come out this year, and I cannot recommend it enough.

      https://playit.pk/watch?v=32SIXAogkYI

      https://playit.pk/watch?v=PtpeHZUh8z8

      Hope that you’ve enjoyed my long-winded rambling (as per usual), and once again, I’m glad to be back.

      • yamakita

        BLACK TRAIN sounds like a gag song, tbh.

        • Ryusenkai

          It sorta does, yeah. I’m honestly not super familiar with Nagabuchi’s back catalog, so I can’t say how it compares to what he’s done in the past. While the song’s not likely to make my year end list, I’ve found it to be a good bit of fun to fill in the gaps in a month where I didn’t have a terribly huge amount of time for it. Does its job, I guess you could say.

      • HyperMoot .

        will try to explore Ohashi Trio’s discography, thanks

        • Ryusenkai

          Of his more recent albums, I’d recommend “PARODY” and “Blue”. The former is a really pleasant jazz and funk record, while the latter mixes folk and piano rock, with a few jazz/funk touches here and there. Both have gotten plenty of spins from me, and the title song off of “PARODY” was my favorite track from 2015.

    • Ntouch

      Daoko is the future of Jpop

      • Not Polka Dot

        Bleak

        • Ntouch

          Bleak? Daoko can drop 16 bars and thrash any new age artist today

      • yamakita

        If you meant for the idols to be more one-person entities like in the 80s when SOME singing ability was still important and less mega groups that looked like lolita hostesses on steroids, then yes.

    • Reileen

      Is anyone checking for the box office charts in Japan? I used to do it but my template is so tedious to do so I dropped the updates lol
      Was thinking I could do a simpler one but is anyone interested?

      • kogamo

        I’m checking them every week, elsewhere, where it’s nicely presented.

      • Dalooshe

        I check them out :)

      • AoZora

        Most of the charts mention weekly ranking(eiga.com) or total collections(box office mojo).. None mention the profits they earned and neither they mention the status of BO i.e. blockbuster,hit,avg,flop etc…

        Supposedly if a movie is made on a lavish budget,even if the collection seems big,it might have not recovered the investment. In this case,its a flop.. There are some low budget movies who are never up in rankings,but have earned profits… So either the profits or the BO status gives us more clarity on movie’s performance at BO.

        • Reileen

          They actually report on numbers (weekly and total) altho the analysis of how much a movie earned vs cost is not readily available as not every movie has their production costs reported.
          For huge movies, it will be kind of obvious bec of high expectations/assumed production cost/hype etc which can be easily compared to the outcome so there will be lots of written articles on it.
          There are as much xxx movie is a flop! articles as much as there are xxx movie is a hit! on the net.

          Those who follow BO numbers will have an idea as to what is a flop, average hit, or a huge hit based on opening weekend numbers and coming weeks, also relative to expectations.

          • AoZora

            Thanks for the info:)

      • yamakita

        Now you’ve mentioned it, I miss the manga charts.

    • yacchaitai

      The j-pop selection of spotify is still really dry and they’re even region locking some artists, I wonder how many years it will take for them to actually let people listen to j-pop legally.

      • gus

        whomstve those artists?

        As for J-Rock, thank god lots of Japanese bands already come to their sense and upload their works to Spotify. Now if only Sakanaction and Judy & Mary make their music available there, my fav playlist will be complete.

        • yacchaitai

          “whomstve”

          • gus

            Im sorry, I mean whoms’t’d’ve

            • yacchaitai

              whomst’d’ve’ly’yaint’nt’ed’ies’s’y’es

      • The Dark Dudette

        That’s interesting. Twice fans have been bragging on twitter about how TT J.ver was the sole Japanese song in some ‘top 10 list’ (most streamed maybe?) on Spotify Japan , in a sea of western songs. As much as I like Jyp groups, that was so odd to me. Now, it’s beginning to make sense. Sure, why not?

        • yamakita

          Oh now I get it. The fandom thing is a contest of “I’m better than you” nonsense.

          • The Dark Dudette

            Yeah. If you are going to be bragging about something, you could at least check if the playing field is level. How can you gloat about TT being ‘the only Japanese song’ on the list when there aren’t too many Japanese songs there to begin with and is Spotify even a thing in Japan?

    • JJ

      So I was watching some Generations; performances and it got me thinking, would an LDH type group ever work in kpop? I mean considering some some members in some some kpop groups barely sing because they obvs can’t sing and are tagged as the dancers or “visuals” or pseudo rappers of the group, wouldn’t it be better to just drop the singing and rapping part and get good dancers to focus on dancing entirely? Heck the company will even save on $$$ since the dancers can create the choreographs for the songs themselves like all of the LDH groups.

      • The Dark Dudette

        Korean pop already has Super Junior and Seventeen doesn’t it? *hides*

        Although SVT overall is a much more balanced and rounded (and infinitely times better looking) group ; some members of SuJu are useless musically and contribute nothing. The performance unit of SVT was just an excuse to fit in Chinese members. Sure they dance well, but if you took them out, it’d not really make any irrepairable difference. Nonetheless, their company is doing the commendable job of bringing out the group dynamic where all the members get gif-able moments without outshining one another. ‘Mansae’ and ‘Very Nice’ were brilliant. Not one dull moment there.

        So in my humble opinion, I think it could work, why not? The extra members will have to be very skilled either in dance + variety for it to work. Why let the likes of Shindong mouth one line per song when they could remain in the background and contribute to the dancing.

        Can’t see a kpop E-Girls happening. They’ll get ripped to the shreds sadly

        • JJ

          Curious to know why you think a kpop egirls type group won’t happen? There ain’t no girl groups known for their kickass dancing currently (correct me if Im wrong) so if it does happens they may be popular because there is a market which doesn’t exist yet.

          lol SJ is definitely not the same as LDH level (unless you meant that sarcastically). There is only like 1 good dancer and 3 good singers and the rest are filler members.
          Ain’t too familiar with 17 but from the vids I’ve seen, the dancing performance group don’t seem to add much difference in their choreographies and they do sing one or two lines so Im kinda guessing they don’t really have much talent in the singing area so the company just conveniently tag them under the performers’ unit.

          well, I guess it will be interesting to see if an actual LDH group can work out in kpop. Winwin for potential stans I’ll say, you don’t have to tolerate listening to weakass vocals and you get to see visually stimulating dancing on the vids.

          • The Dark Dudette

            As somebody who danced at one point, I think Miss A choreography was great. I liked Red Velvet too. Not a fan of BP, decent but very overrated. E-Girls look elegant and fun. Kick-ass? Eh, not really.

            I think the GG market is too saturated at this point for kpop to tolerate any groups that don’t have well rounded members. The boy group market too, but the internet tends to favour the latter more kindly (fangirls boo hoo). If this experiment has to be done, it has to start with the men. NCT is what Red Velvet was origonally supposed to be, with multiple sub groups aiming for different sounds. I guess the company realized they couldn’t take this risk with girl groups. Even the decently talented female vocalists have repeatedly been screwed over for not hitting those unnnecessarily strained high notes. I couldn’t imagine the hate an E-girls like female idol group would get for one or two girls singing while the rest not add nothing to the song.

            No no. I wasn’t specifically talking about skill, rather the whole facade of letting talentless (in terms of vocals)/good looking people do the rapping/sing-talking ; and in case of Suju, the plain/ugly looking ones, if my point was not clear enough. I did talk about how most members of Suju don’t add anything to their songs. They’re like main vocalists + BG dancers, which is how I’ve always seen LDH groups. And honestly, I don’t think the LDH boy group sound itself would work anywhere else outside Jpop, sorry. It doesn’t always work for j-pop either. It’s frankly a bit outdated. The concept of having this honest division between members based on skill could work. Kpop has copied and lifted AKB48, V6, Visual Kei…etcetra. Why not this?

            • JJ

              whoops. for my last para, I meant to say an LDH type group with a dance and vocal distinction and not a LDH group itself. Sorry if I wasn’t being clear as well.
              Yes I agree about the group sound too, despite ppl always commenting “sounds like kpop” on their vids, I always thought it sounds like pop but not the kpop flavor that Im always used to hearing in kpop. So I don’t imagine their music will be too popular there.

              Right. valid points about the girls groups, come to think of it, they always seem more heavily criticized on korean SNS so a guy group would have the best chance of success with this system. With how bland and boring kpop is recently, Im just waiting for a high risk company to take a chance with this vocal+dancers concept.

              • The Dark Dudette

                Nah it’s cool. I think we are on the same page but only half-succeeding at making sense to each other 🙆
                I wasn’t talking about skill sets either, couldn’t care much for it tbh. It’s just pop music . But I do appreciate that LDH groups aren’t trying to fool their fans. The good vocalists sing, the not-good ones don’t. I’m not too convinced this concept will actually help the promote the members individually in the long run, but from a group standpoint, it’s closer to the ideal. And I never got those sounds/look like kpop comments either. Yeah, they dance in sync to electronic music. But that’s hardly a trait unique to kpop, though kpop does it better for most part . I try to force myself to love LDH boy groups but I fail because the company has obvious European EDM influences (like the rest of the world frankly), but their music isn’t as catchy. Plus autotune, which I can’t stand.

                I am not too caught up in Korean pop, but it’s only inevitable with the innumerable groups debuting and the no. of fans exploding that the music should get repetitive stagnant for a while. Wonder how long ‘a while’ lasts.

      • trufax

        Kpop fans want to see their bias sing even if they objectively cant tbh

        • The Dark Dudette

          True

    • The Dark Dudette

      ‘Anime vs Ani-made’. This was fun 🙌

      youtu.be/SLD-kBdr-PM

      If you are a long time anime fan in the west, you will get this:

      Totally shipping Funimation and Crunchyroll, yo

      https://www.twitter.com/ArcanaLegacy/status/906299761669664771

    • The Dark Dudette

      A Japanese song. The singer pronounces the lyrics in a way that it sounds as though he were singing in English

      Very creative video by a Korean animator, a certain Mr. Kim

      NSFW! If you are piece of furniture that isn’t a legal adult yet, don’t watch this age verification necessary)

      • Not Polka Dot

        lol. the Roof Sex one is a nostalgia for me. I’ve seen it before on Shockwave website years ago when they used to post some animations produced by independent animation fimmakers. This one was funny.

        • The Dark Dudette

          Same here! And there was no age verification then. This video got flagged too many times lol. It’s not even raunchy enough to offend anyone? 😝

          I found Roof Sex through Western Spaghetti.

          This one by the sane team got an Oscar Nomination. The best stop motion animation out there!

          • Not Polka Dot

            I haven’t seen that one yet. Very creative. Thanks. :D

      • yamakita

        Music Station has been making a big deal of that guy. I didn’t realize what the deal was until now! The animation is cute.

        • The Dark Dudette

          The video reminded me of this :

    • hasawa

      Just so you know guys, some people are comparing the Japanese situation after Fukushima to the reaction of people from the oversea french islands islands devasted by Irma ouragan after shops have been looted. Those people were like how it was telling of the difference of values between “dignified” and “respectful” Japanese, when African descendants (who are a huge majority amongst these island population) were absolutely denued of any.
      I’ve seen this discourse on a alt right website which is the nest of a bunch of racists assh*les, but reading made me realize that even on the racialist outlook, some races were more worthy comparing to others. I think the money is the only (serious) privilege so I tend to think that Japanese being one of the only ‘non White’ economically powerful country definitively helps even the more racists d*ckhead to look up to this nation. The country overall discipline after the Fukushima disaster brings some water to the narrative saying that black people are low IQ savages with no values (self) respect or whatsoever and this shit highkey hurts me considering all the wonderful things I’m witnessing in Africa.
      I’m probably won’t be on this world at the time Africa will finally rise and see the upcoming of a new era, but I know this time will come and it helps me a little to bear with the overall worldwide disrespect and condescension African people have to face~

      • yamakita

        People with agenda and propaganda to promote will look for things to help that narrative while ignoring others. Being unfair and unbalanced is part of the game. Don’t let them push your buttons because that only gives them power.

        There are some cultural differences here. This is a huge generalization, mind you. Japanese culture is adamant about conformity. They’re more likely to accept their fates when things go wrong. That’s why there are so many movies about the side effects of that kind of oppression.

        China might disagree with that statement about Japan’s economy. Japan benefits a lot from its past glory.