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Jun. 7th, 2009

02:05 am - New icon, and Kasou Taishou

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I just made a new icon! And yes, it is solvable.



Ever heard of an internet video called "Matrix Ping Pong"? It comes from a Japanese show called Kasou Taishou. Here's a bunch of clips from the show:

The famous "Matrix Ping Pong" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dcmDscwEcI
Karate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dv13HOn4xY
Olympic highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciqmlQgHpy0
Food fight, and why it happened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhDdZWUQngs
Washing machine (funny!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKcETJ1R7eg
Graffiti friend (aww, sad ending): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njgvEX-JtUc
Hot mascot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIHULa8Zg6g
Manzai comedians: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeiZ82pcrtw
Get the Donut! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRT1tOVOZg8
Rocket Launch (very funny!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MdJ0YvlUqU

There's a bunch of other good ones in the "Related videos" sections of those.

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From:wbwolf
Date:June 7th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
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The majority of these acts are variations of bunraku, or Japanese puppetry, where it is traditional for figures dressed in black to manipulate the large puppets on stage. A recent US commercial follows the same principal.

However, manzai simply refers to a two person comedy routine. It originated in Osaka and has it its origins in the Tokugawa era, but it is readily adaptable, since it does have the archetypes of a straight person and a "dumb" character (think of Burns & Allen for a US example). The manzai example here is clearly an exaggerated version.

BTW, the signs held behind the comedians read 「ペラ」(pera), which is the general onomatopoeia for chatter. ペラペラ means to speak quickly or fluently.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 7th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Ah, so if it were being done in English, the signs would probably say "BLA BLA BLA"?
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From:wbwolf
Date:June 7th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Pretty much.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 8th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
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(Whoa, white text on a black background. I dunno about this.)

I'm glad they didn't stop with the ping pong. My personal favorite is the food fight. The rocket launch brings to mind Japan's reputation for lewdness.

I may solve your icon, but I'll have to copy it by hand.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 8th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
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Solved it!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 8th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Yaay!

I wondered if anyone would actually bother. :}
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 8th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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I switched to white on black a few nights ago when my eyes were really bleary; it was easier to read. I dunno if I'll keep it that way.

There's a setting somewhere that lets you view other people's LJs and entry pages in your own LJ's style.
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