Video: Genius of Japanese game shows once again confirmed

posted at 6:15 pm on June 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

Yes, technically it’s old, but it’s new to me which makes it new for HA’s purposes. Why, oh why, must our game shows reek when the Japanese are churning out material as brilliant as Human Tetris and Moron Treadmill? The closest we’ve got is Fear Factor, which retains the humiliation component but swaps out silliness for squeamishness; it’s like replacing sugar in a cheesecake recipe with … salt. The unique charm of the Japanese shows, I think, is how haphazard and impromptu they seem, with the contestants seemingly pulled off the street, outfitted with helmets, and told to hop to it. It’s like Nickelodeon for adults. Are there enough kids, stoners, and basic idiots like me to make one of these a ratings winner in America? Hell yes. The demand is there; where’s the supply?

Speaking of recipes, here’s the comedy-gold viral vid I almost gave you instead of this one. Number 11 on all of YouTube today at last check. Something for the, er, ladies.

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Jesus Christ, if we’d only let them win the war we could be doing this….damnit.

mylegsareswollen on June 28, 2008 at 6:23 PM

I have renewed faith in humanity.

its vintage duh on June 28, 2008 at 6:23 PM

That gets a little cacophonic after a while.

The_Freeze on June 28, 2008 at 6:24 PM

I blame it on the lawyers. If they had this here, someone bruised a knee, mega millions for someone even if they signed a disclaimer. It does cost to just go to court.

StuLongIsland on June 28, 2008 at 6:25 PM

You should look up Ninja Warrior, AP

mythicknight on June 28, 2008 at 6:25 PM

The demand is there; where’s the supply?

Hurl starts july 15th, but it’s not the same.

lorien1973 on June 28, 2008 at 6:25 PM

The bread video is WAAAAY funnier, but a lot more subversive.

darclon on June 28, 2008 at 6:26 PM

The best game shows are the ones that abuse Japanese celebrities. If only we could have this game show on TV in America with Michael Moore vs. Sean Penn.

fiatboomer on June 28, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Speaking of recipes, here’s the comedy-gold viral vid I almost gave you instead of this one.

Exit Question: Why is AP watching very hetero-questionable videos of dudes making bread?

lorien1973 on June 28, 2008 at 6:27 PM

See, this is why Admiral Perry was an underrated American hero. Imagine if his ships had never sailed to Japan to open them up to the wonders of Western culture!

radjah shelduck on June 28, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Im just glad it wasnt a video of making donuts

William Amos on June 28, 2008 at 6:32 PM

The demand is there; where’s the supply?

People on game shows want to be stars, they don’t want to be humiliated. The Japanese have no such hangups.

Sydney Carton on June 28, 2008 at 6:33 PM

What’s up with that solid gold dude behind the gun lady about 8 seconds in? Totally creepy.

shazbat on June 28, 2008 at 6:37 PM

the gun lady about 8

The gun lady is a dude.

Remind me what’s creepy again? :P

lorien1973 on June 28, 2008 at 6:39 PM

What’s up with that solid gold dude behind the gun lady about 8 seconds in? Totally creepy.

That’s the Oscar they gave to Godzilla; he needed a big one to fit on his mantle.

radjah shelduck on June 28, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Yeah, the trial lawyers would love this.

Call it the “What Trial Lawyer Wants to be a Millionaire?”

SteveMG on June 28, 2008 at 6:40 PM

After watching this video, my collie has a suggestion to make. My collie says:

I guess that it’s too late for 2008, but why don’t we hold ALL of the Presidential primaries and caucuses in Japan in 2012?

CyberCipher on June 28, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Collie, at the very least, the televised debates should be held in Japan.

CyberCipher on June 28, 2008 at 6:48 PM

who else thinks cyber’s collie would be the best presidential candidate? :P

lorien1973 on June 28, 2008 at 7:06 PM

What’s up with that solid gold dude behind the gun lady about 8 seconds in? Totally creepy.

shazbat on June 28, 2008 at 6:37 PM

I love how he flinches at the starting gun.

I was glued to “takeshi castle” every afternoon on Indonesian television. They imported the game shows and dubbed them. It worked for Woody Allen…

TexasDan on June 28, 2008 at 7:10 PM

In Russia, all runners finish the same.

wccawa on June 28, 2008 at 7:20 PM

These shows are funny in short Youtube bites.

An entire show? Not so much.

mesablue on June 28, 2008 at 7:23 PM

behind the gun lady

That’s a dude.

So, what’s creepy now?

mesablue on June 28, 2008 at 7:26 PM

A rolling giant conveyer belt,or tread mill,
helmets,and hurdles,

Banzai,

now,this is how Congress should be picked
and run! haha.:)

canopfor on June 28, 2008 at 7:27 PM

who else thinks cyber’s collie would be the best presidential candidate?:P

lorien1973 on June 28,2008 at 7:06PM.

lorein1973: I’m in,Cyber’s Collie for President,and if it
all go’s south for Collie,well,I nominate
Cyber Collie for H/A Mascot!——- :) :).

canopfor on June 28, 2008 at 7:38 PM

mythicknight on June 28, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Yep of Banzuke.

Both on G4 (Sometimes Fuse).

catmman on June 28, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Do you think we could trade them the entire MSNBC, CNN, CBS and NBC programming lineup in exchange for 24 x 7 of this on just one channel? Ok, we could throw in Michael Jackson too…it would make America a better country, I think.

AUINSC on June 28, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Anyone watch the new show “I Survived a Japanese Game Show?” I think its on FOX.

rosewaning on June 28, 2008 at 8:09 PM

I think Allah has never watched any American Reality TV.

William Amos on June 28,2008 at 8:04PM.

William Amos: Now thats nasty,how about this,waterboarding
has been shelved temporarily,and Hot Rocket
Bungee is the new torture technique’!haha:)

canopfor on June 28, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Wipeout is going to be on ABC. It’s basically MXC. I can’t wait.

Nethicus on June 28, 2008 at 8:37 PM

It’s the world’s longest shortest race!

badpenguin on June 28, 2008 at 8:52 PM

We love Ninja Warrior and Unbeatable Banzuke in our house…good for some laughs :)

ConMom on June 28, 2008 at 9:02 PM

Anyone watch the new show “I Survived a Japanese Game Show?” I think its on FOX.

rosewaning on June 28, 2008 at 8:09 PM

The whole 1st episode is on the ABS website. Unfortunately it is in a reality show format, meaning that you have to suffer through watching the most insufferable group of people the show could find. I suggest just skipping to the contests.

Dead Hand Control on June 28, 2008 at 9:04 PM

Sorry – ABC.

Dead Hand Control on June 28, 2008 at 9:05 PM

why do i have an uncontrollable urge to want to yell “Godzilla” when they start to run

Mojack420 on June 28, 2008 at 9:18 PM

MXC!!!

Vntnrse on June 28, 2008 at 9:48 PM

why do i have an uncontrollable urge to want to yell
“Godzilla”when they start to run

Mojack on June 28,2008 at 9:18PM.

Mojack: Here ya go! Blue Oyster Cult’s ditty,Godzilla!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTW19g-uUTw

canopfor on June 28, 2008 at 10:09 PM

man, i miss japan!

i lived there almost 9 years. the best stuff on TV was always the game/quiz shows and the comedy stuff. their dramas are total crap. but they do good documentary stuff too…

homesickamerican on June 28, 2008 at 11:23 PM

It reminds me of some of the dreams I’ve had.

Running and running but just staying in one place, never moving forward.

Then I try to look behind me to see what is chasing me and I awake screaming, only to realize that it was only a horrible dream.

Then I remember that it was a “Obama monster” chasing after all of us.

I think I’ll never fall asleep again.

1GooDDaDDy on June 28, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Vntnrse on June 28, 2008 at 9:48 PM

True enough- That show worked for a couple of reasons. The goofy dubbed commentary, almost impossibly silly contests, and it was in small, manageable doses of 1/2 hour each. I guess there is supposed to be an American version of this on air shortly (was it “I Survived A Japanese Game Show”? I thought it was called something else- eh, no matter), but I’m gonna bet it’ll be pretty lame compared to MXC.

BillH on June 28, 2008 at 11:34 PM

Wipeout is the answer to this (although MXC certainly scratched the itch for a long time — recycled Japanese TV, but with funny English voiceovers).

Mark Jaquith on June 29, 2008 at 1:13 AM

canopfor on June 28, 2008 at 10:09 PM

now I would go more for this clip of big G

Mojack420 on June 29, 2008 at 1:19 AM

Wipeout- that’s the one. Thanks Mark.

BillH on June 29, 2008 at 2:37 AM

So full of win as to make me cry.

Speaking of recipes, here’s the comedy-gold viral vid I almost gave you instead of this one.

Dude, srsly, are you like teh ghey?

spmat on June 29, 2008 at 2:51 AM

A once proud people..

..That being said, I did find myself cheering them on.

Reaps on June 29, 2008 at 4:24 AM

Funny!

petefrt on June 29, 2008 at 9:19 AM

It’s like Double Dare, all grown up (sorta).

raiderdav on June 29, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Japanese game shows have owned American game shows for a couple of decades at least. I lived in Japan in 1989 and loved watching them. The show “MXC” is a rerun of just one of the shows that I watched back then.

For some real fun try looking up “silent library” on YouTube. Contestants have to do painful things without making sound. Slaps, wasabi rolls and more. What fun! Here’s a sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO9dN9zpmiA

cannonball on June 29, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Do I have to ruin a good shirt every time I make bread now?

thebrokenchair on June 29, 2008 at 10:03 AM

…Right you are Ken.

MXC baby. Sinkers & floaters.

ChipDWood on June 29, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Now I would go more for this clip of big G.

Mojack420 on June 29,2008 at 1:19AM.

Mojack420: There pretty good,French death metal band,
of course any tune with Godzilla in it is a
plus.Thanks.——————–:) :) :).

canopfor on June 29, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Jesus Christ, if we’d only let them win the war we could be doing this….damnit.

mylegsareswollen on June 28, 2008 at 6:23 PM

But this may explain why Marines killed them 20 to 1 in the Pacific.

TheSitRep on June 30, 2008 at 8:35 AM

ABC is running a version of Takeshi’s Castle, otherwise known as MXC, on Tuesdays. A good mix of the fat and stupid.

Krydor on June 30, 2008 at 9:17 AM

William Amos

I am going to have to wholeheartedly disagree. American reality TV /= Japanase game shows!! The day I leave my whiny co-workers to come home to watch whiny mini-celebs preen is the day I enjoy eating my own barf. Japanese game shows are ridiculously funny and far removed from reality. Thank God too… if I want to watch reality, I’ll turn off the TV.

craig on June 30, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Speaking of recipes, here’s the comedy-gold viral vid I almost gave you instead of this one. Number 11 on all of YouTube today at last check. Something for the, er, ladies.

It’s good to see that Patrick Swazey is feeling better.

srhoades on June 30, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Most Extreme Elimination Challenge is one of my favorite shows…ever. Yes, you can call me a sadist but I just need a fun outlet (laughter) for my bitterness and xenophobia. (S/off)
My lib brother loved to watch Roller Derby and Big Time Wrestling in the 60′s…now he watches MXEC in the closet.

Christine on June 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM

The closest we’ve got is Fear Factor, …

The closest we’ve got is American Idol.

Lawrence on June 30, 2008 at 2:38 PM