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November 16, 2002 12:12 PM   Subscribe

Forgive being a day late on the Friday Flash tradition, but WHAT THE HELL? (.swf link) Link via Tom Tomorrow.
posted by XQUZYPHYR (42 comments total)

 
That music... I recognize it from somewhere.. BUT WHERE? ARRGGGH!
posted by Stan Chin at 12:15 PM on November 16, 2002


which part did you not understand?
posted by quonsar at 12:15 PM on November 16, 2002


Mmmmm...that decides it; it'll be sashimi tonight. Thanks, XQUZYPHYR!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 12:18 PM on November 16, 2002


Hell??

So xqwhatever,you got something against people with fishheads? For shame.
posted by squealy at 12:18 PM on November 16, 2002


Like Kikkoman?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 12:20 PM on November 16, 2002


Sorry, wasn't sure if the traditional WHAT.THE.FUCK was acceptable on the Front Page.

I'm frightened beyond belief at the newest Mr. Sparkle. This blows Hi-Ho out of the water. For God's sake, man, THE KITTEN HANGS ITSELF.

I can only assume that this is an ad for Soy Sauce, hence the guy fighting the other condiment-men (the one labelled "Heints," I am assuming is ketchup.)

Aha. On preview, Steve finds the mothership. Oooohm.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 12:22 PM on November 16, 2002


Kikkoman's American Corp Headquarters is about 20 min from where I live. A buddy of mine interned there last summer.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 12:24 PM on November 16, 2002


Hi-Ho? WTF?
posted by DBAPaul at 12:48 PM on November 16, 2002


Hi-ho was a series of Japanese Flash ads for Panasonic cameras. They had the same "For Lucky Best Wash Use Mr. Sparkle" theme, just not as absurd as this one.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 12:52 PM on November 16, 2002


There's a pun. "Shoyu" (pronounced somewhat like "show-you") is Japanese for "Soy Sauce". Was I the only one who noticed Kikoman going to bed with a little girl? What was that about?
posted by alms at 1:04 PM on November 16, 2002


I'm disrespectful to dirt! Join me or die...
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 1:07 PM on November 16, 2002


Isn't anyone sick of the "weird and ineffable Flash movie set to Japanese music" trend yet?

(Actually, upon viewing, this is definitely more interesting -- but not by all THAT much...)
posted by tweebiscuit at 1:14 PM on November 16, 2002


so, it's kiko-man? or Kikkoman-man? or super shoyu man?

the Shoyu pun and hangin' kitty are the kickers.
posted by Duck_Lips at 1:32 PM on November 16, 2002


That was rad.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:50 PM on November 16, 2002


Their clothes are different from my clothes.
posted by PrinceValium at 1:53 PM on November 16, 2002


First let me say that I am disturbed.

Also, did the kitten hang himself, or did fish-head Kikkoman guy hang him? He looked pretty outraged for a second there.

Also, alms- I also noticed that fish-head Kikkoman guy appears to, um, use his condiment prowess(?) in a seductive manner.
posted by footballrabi at 1:56 PM on November 16, 2002


Wait--you're supposed to put soy sauce on corndogs now?! I don't even like corndogs, but that's just plain wrong. What is the world coming to?

And the sex and suicidal cat were worrying, too.
posted by hippugeek at 1:59 PM on November 16, 2002


The "Show Me, Shoyu" jingle almost sounds like a Westley Ellis number.

And hippugeek, those were tempura, not corndogs.
posted by Smart Dalek at 2:18 PM on November 16, 2002


REPLAY?

Uh... no thanks. Maybe later.
posted by Shane at 2:20 PM on November 16, 2002


Here's another japanese export in the same vein.
posted by spatula at 2:43 PM on November 16, 2002


Hmm, I've never seen tempura on a stick.
posted by banjotwang at 2:52 PM on November 16, 2002


Wait--you're supposed to put soy sauce on corndogs now?!

Why do I get the feeling this sentence is going to be the next "these brooms...they vibrate?!?"
posted by Succa at 3:12 PM on November 16, 2002


Maybe it would make sense if I understood Japanese. Wait. No, it wouldn't.
posted by ncurley at 3:21 PM on November 16, 2002


Someone called?
posted by Kikkoman at 3:26 PM on November 16, 2002


Very funny Kikkoman...perhaps you would care to translate? ...also one of the strangest things I have seen in a while...will have to send that link to my brothers girlfriend (she's Japanese). I think she will get a kick out of the fact that I have run across that.
posted by SweetIceT at 4:14 PM on November 16, 2002


I've never seen tempura on a stick before either. I guess it makes sense, but that's some mighty regular-shaped tempura, if so.
posted by hippugeek at 4:43 PM on November 16, 2002


Those wacky kitten-killing, plastic-fish-headed, singing pedophile superheroes really embody salty condiments, do they not?
posted by hama7 at 5:22 PM on November 16, 2002


Hama7, I for one welcome our new wacky kitten-killing, plastic-fish-headed, singing pedophile superhero overlords.
posted by oflinkey at 5:31 PM on November 16, 2002


I often wonder how I can find Japanese engrish and stuff so jaunty and funny and wacky and amusing, while the Korean version just depresses the hell out of me.

Actually, come to think of it, the only Korean flash things I've seen the Worldwide Craphunters come up with and propagate via the usual meme-channels in the last couple of years have been completely concerned with defecation, nose-picking, rape, or some combination of the three. Maybe that's it.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:38 PM on November 16, 2002


concerned with defecation, nose-picking, rape, or some combination of the three. Maybe that's it.

That is it, actually. It's hard to laugh aloud at defecation, nose-picking and rape, and if it's animated, it's just all the more bleak.
posted by hama7 at 11:46 PM on November 16, 2002


It's hard to laugh aloud at defecation, nose-picking...

You don't teach elementary school, do you, hama7?
posted by hippugeek at 2:19 AM on November 17, 2002


You don't teach elementary school, do you, hama7?

No, not yet. But wait about six months and I may change that answer. *cringe*
posted by hama7 at 2:41 AM on November 17, 2002


This, and other flash animations like it, are actually full of in-jokes and references to a popular Japanese message called 2channel.

Here's something similar, though more inexplicable -- and not safe for work:

http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~helpme/flash/chinko_anesan.swf

(that site has an English translation of the same if you poke around)

Here's a page that lists many more, some NSFW, some offensive in some other way, almost all inexplicable:

http://zerobrid.tripod.co.jp/
posted by atholbrose at 3:25 AM on November 17, 2002


tofu-block-head-man is my favorite
posted by soplerfo at 8:51 AM on November 17, 2002


Here in the UK we get our take-away soy sauce dispensed in these fish shaped dispensers, is that the case elsewhere?
Why a fish shape has owt to do with the soya bean, I do not know. I would have thought that fish sauce would be more appropriate.
posted by asok at 9:33 AM on November 17, 2002


Why is there so much advertising on MetaFilter?

Only kidding.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 10:31 AM on November 17, 2002


Also, did the kitten hang himself, or did fish-head Kikkoman guy hang him? He looked pretty outraged for a second there.


The kitten was hanged for refusing to use soy sauce. See that shake of the head with the outstretched tongue? That's what really got Kikkoman's goat. Disobedience and insolence is too much to take in a pet.
posted by MUD at 1:34 PM on November 17, 2002


Color me biased, but it would have been nice if Kikko-man could have worn some Kikko-pants.

Anyone know if this came from the Kikkoman Co. themselves or some other kitty-hatin' kiddie-lovin' corndog'n'shoyu-fetish'd third party?
posted by chicobangs at 8:39 PM on November 17, 2002


Probably too late for this thread, no one has posted in a couple of days, but if anyone's still reading...

Verthandi on LiveJournal has posted an almost-complete translation, complete with footnotes explaining some of the Japanese cultural references.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 8:30 AM on November 19, 2002


thanks! (my best friend, husband, and I watched this in horrified giggling fascination on Sunday.)
posted by epersonae at 4:24 PM on November 19, 2002


Yeah, cheers Slithy!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:17 PM on November 19, 2002


From the translation:
Soy sauce is good for you.
It also works as a disinfectant.


Prior-Art-O-Matic, anyone?
posted by hippugeek at 6:53 PM on November 19, 2002


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