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Sushi Seal Family
January 3, 2003 11:22 AM   Subscribe

The Sushi Seal Family are simultaneously sushi and seals. Actually, judging by the sample movie and the episode guide, it seems more like "Barbapapa" meets Zen koans. But it's big in Japan, apparently. (Via Geegaw.)
posted by staggernation (19 comments total)

 
Each episode is quite different from the other, so even if your cold, charmless heart doesn't cotton to the sample movie, you're bound to find yourself quivering with laughter over one of 'em. Go cable!
posted by DenOfSizer at 11:38 AM on January 3, 2003


None of the links work for me. Anyone else?
posted by mathowie at 12:02 PM on January 3, 2003


I had to go to the home page first before the links worked.
posted by snez at 12:07 PM on January 3, 2003


Hmm, that's odd. I don't have any problem with the links (on either IE5/Mac or Mozilla). What happens when you click on them?
posted by staggernation at 12:17 PM on January 3, 2003


I'm so ashamed. I usually "get" japanimation, but this one competely escapes me. Please to explain...how is this "Teletubbies meets Southpark?"
posted by VelvetHellvis at 12:22 PM on January 3, 2003


Only in Japan. I see that the omelet triplets are named Ta-chan, Ma-chan and Go-chan, from "tamago" (eggs). Still, it's no weirder than "Tokyo Pig".
posted by SealWyf at 12:25 PM on January 3, 2003


Anyone else?

Non of the links work for me either. nslookup couldn't find sigmaxent.com so its probably some kind of DNS problem.
posted by jsonic at 12:30 PM on January 3, 2003


Actually I was trying www.sigmaxent.com. If you remove the www part, the links work for me. Try this.
posted by jsonic at 12:34 PM on January 3, 2003


Strangely, for me it's the opposite
posted by staggernation at 12:38 PM on January 3, 2003


[sorry...] For me it's the opposite: doesn't work without the www, but works fine with it.
posted by staggernation at 12:41 PM on January 3, 2003


I received a stuffed set of the Tamago-Kids for Christmas 2000: "They are always togehter (sic)." Indeed they are; they are attached in a pyramid and it would be difficult to separate them. Dad gets to carry around a slice of salmon and Mom is, fittingly I suppose, the roe.

(I lifted this text from my weblog instead of self-linking ;-).
posted by girlhacker at 1:11 PM on January 3, 2003


Whoa! Something really wacky is popular in Japan?

Who'da thunk?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:45 PM on January 3, 2003


The japanese seem to love combining cute animals and food. I have a Sushi Kitten sitting on top of my monitor as we speak. :) It's from the Nyan Nyan Nyanko character set by San-X.
posted by qDot at 4:02 PM on January 3, 2003


I've never heard of it, but then, I'm no anime fan. However, I refuse to recognize a cartoon about a family with seafood names other than Sazae-san. It's like somebody made a cartoon about a screwy rabbit and named him Rugs Bunny. Teletubbies meets South Park? This just highlights that mouthy sarcasm doesn't work in Japanese. The Japanese dub of the Simpsons isn't funny. You gotta listen in English.
posted by planetkyoto at 5:05 PM on January 3, 2003


I'm disappointed there's no sound in the sample movie. This strikes me as something that would have a really cool theme song.
posted by Gary at 6:21 PM on January 3, 2003


I actually saw this on 50cups and she has a clip of the theme song.
posted by parrots at 6:28 PM on January 3, 2003


Err, she did, anyway.
posted by parrots at 6:29 PM on January 3, 2003


At Uwajimaya, an Asian grocery store in Seattle, you can buy gummy sushi (called osushi gumi) featuring the sushi seal family, with stickers etc. The fish part is gummy and the rice is marshmallow.

Now I must see the show.
posted by wrench at 7:39 PM on January 5, 2003


the faces of the seal family remind me of qoo.
it's a japanese soft drink (sadly owned by c*ca-c*la), and each bottletop has one of a series of qoos on it. i tried to collect the whole set, but my teeth rotted.

going back to the seal-sushi, is the show promoting the idea that seals=rice? are we getting the message that it's cool to eat seals? i guess japanese kids are down with surrealism and don't need warning labels on everything.
posted by nylon at 5:54 AM on January 6, 2003


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