(NB: you might want to make sure no one is reading over you shoulder: includes the titles of some Japanese porn films...)
A good tale of scariness. What could cause the production of such evilness as fluffy seals that can be dressed up as other marine animals? --Vitenka
On a similar note (to the article, not Vitenka's comment), I happened across [Carnage's Anime Reviews]. And he reviews a few porn anime there in amongst the regular stuff. The review of "First Loves" says, in effect, "Wow! A hentai where the main character has morals! If that ain't a reason to buy this, I don't know what is." ...NoComment... --AC
Did you know that in Japan, all the cool kids want to be American, and it's considered sophisticated to pepper your conversation with English words that you haven't a hope of pronouncing correctly?
Guess you just got to love that greener grass.
Crosslinked to that '[why geeks love anime]' article, which addresses this very issue. And indeed sugests that to a certain class of people, the green divide is the whole point. Though I'm not certain that was the article I meant when I first made this request to myself. --Vitenka
As everyone who's anyone knows, all the best things (indeed, pretty much anything worth bothering about) comes from, or was invented in, Japan. The Japanese are so great!
Consider, for example, the electronic computer. Or banoffee pie. Or punting.
S'funny, I was thinking of banoffee pie just now. Yum.. - SunKitten
And this state of affairs is now preserved forever in the eternal [WikiNow]... MuHaHaHa... --AC
As for "O ni! Bikkuri Shakkuri to!" this is sung to annoy someone, if Google tells the truth? (I've not seen the Mikado). Anyway, Bikkuri is surprise, and Shakkuri is hiccup. It's something like "You're surprised so much you hiccup!".
Context correct. Katisha is attempting to tell the chorus that Nanki-Poo is the son of their Mikado. To prevent this, Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum convince the chorus to loudly sing "O ni! Bikkuri Shakkuri to!" over the intended word "Mikado".
National obsession? Is it really fair to tar the entire Japanese nation with the subset of its culture that ToothyWikizens find it amusing to link to? - MoonShadow
We don't know, but it's damn scary. In a fascinating "I can't look away from the Chibi TrainWreck?" kinda way. --Vitenka
Maybe it's linked to the current, probably worldwide, obsession with growing up later. (cf WhenWillYouGrowUp). People getting married before the age of 30 are told that they're "rushing", that they're too young for such commitment, and so on. Churches' "youth" programs and conferences go up to the age of 25 or more. And to think that it's not all that long since 21 was the point at which you were considered "grown up". Anyway, I digress... I think that the 'cute' thing is almost certainly a backlash against something. Perhaps that something is the Japanese brutality of earlier last century, perhaps it's all the technology of the modern world, or perhaps it's something else. --M-A
It seems to be (South) Korean? too. (e.g. ILoveEgg?) --B