Hey everyone. No this is not a new subbed video post sorry lol.
From time to time people post links on this site about already subbed Shabekuri 007 episodes. I was hoping that I could get you guys to let me know of all of the ones that you know about, so that
1. People who don't know about them could watch too
2. So that I don't end up subbing it as well
3. So I can make a more comprehensive list of subbed Shabekuri episodes.
I'm really happy about how popular it has started to become, and it seems that more people become fans once they give it a chance to watch. It's good to know that Japanese (verbal) humour also gets across to people of different nationalities, and not just crazy "Jack Ass" style visual humour.
I think that's the main reason why I started subbing actually. I really wanted people to understand that Japanese comedians can actually "say" funny things rather than having to resort to whacking each other in the balls with some strange contraption. The past few times I've gone to Japan, I stayed at some hostels where many other "foreigners" stay for cheap accommodation. Since it's just a budget lodge, there's only one TV in a common room, and at night a group of them might gather around it to watch.........English dvd's. Sure, it's because they don't understand Japanese, and so there's no point for them to watch TV, since its boring for them. Fair enough, sort of, although I'd prefer them to have some curiosity for the culture that they're visiting and just watch some Japanese TV even if they don't understand it.
It's just that one of the highlights for me of going to Japan had always been being able to watch Japanese TV and yet my hopes were always foiled by people watching movies like Avatar and.....some Lindsay Lohan movie lol. At times I'd be able to get to the TV first and turn on a funny Japanese show, but end up just laughing by myself and enduring lame and annoying comments made by the "foreigners" because they couldn't understand what was going on. They'd quickly get tired of watching stupid Japanese people making noise and then say "Hey let's watch some shit movie" to the rest of the people watching, to which they inevitably reply "Yeah!" as I slink of somewhere in disappointment.
I suppose it's also because a lot of the people there aren't really that interested in Japan in the first place. They just go there for a holiday because they're mildly curious about the place, rather than actually wanting to know about the culture and people, which is fair enough. Not everyone likes Japan as much as I would like them to.
Even so, some people that do like Japan, or have stayed in Japan for still don't like Japanese TV anyway. In that case that's just the difference in taste and expectations for what they want to see on TV. I would have to agree that most of stuff on Japanese TV is non-informative and depending on the way you think, can be just a waste of time. One thing I do wish they had more of are documentaries.....
Nevertheless, it doesn't really make Western TV much better, if any better at all. What, with all of the shitty American reality shows, crime shows and cheesy as sit-coms. Seriously, why are there so many crime shows? Surely you only need one CSI or one Law and Order and a Miami, New York, California and Hawaii or whatever version? Do people really like it that much? They don't even give you a good mystery to think about. And then there are about 10 more different crime series' to choose from anyway.
Also, the sitcoms, like the one with the geeks..........I can't remember its name, and rubbish like "How I Met Your Mother" and "Three and Half Men" ( or was it two?) I can't remember that either..... Well, that's how little interest I have in them. From watching some of these shows, the main differences in Japanese and English (well American) comedy, is that America seems to be obsessed with "come backs" or snappy little comments to put others down. Some times they can be funny, but these shows are full of them, with 95% being very lame anyway, making it boring extremely quickly. I also can never come to like any of the characters, as they just seem like selfish assholes.
That doesn't mean Japanese comedy is much better though. It can be overly slap-stick and cliche. There are also things called "gags" which can be extremely lame and as far from funny as you could possibly get. The worst thing is that there are some comedians that base their act solely on "gags". It's not really surprising that these people disappear after a year, or never reach TV to start with. Horiuchi Ken is a gag comedian who is an exception to this. I'm sure you know how random and notoriously unfunny he can be after watching Shabekuri. (Although he can be hilarious too. It's kinda "hit and miss").
Anyway, I went off topic a bit and wrote more than I was expecting....lol
Hmm....well I hope you find this somewhat interesting to read nonetheless.