Rob Abrazado (flatvurm) wrote,
Rob Abrazado
flatvurm

Cultural exchange

It all started when, during my Internet roaming for today, I was flipping through the dorky newsletter I get from GameStop. They were pimping a game coming out called OneChanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers. I decided to follow up on that thread a bit, just because...well, you know. I mean, it was probably too much to hope for, but the way that's worded, we could be talking about zombies in bikinis here. Ah, but, no...it appears that you are a bikini-clad chick running around and chopping up zombies with a katana. Uh...sure. Oh, by the way, did I also mention that you are a Japanese cowgirl?!?! Christ. (Yeah, you wear a bikini and a feather boa. No, I don't know why.) This is apparently the latest in a long line of video games in this franchise, most of which have just been Japanese releases. But that's not the real score. The real score is that they've made a movie out of it. Here's the trailer.

See...here's what I find so bizarre about this whole situation. If I just saw that trailer on its own, I would just be sitting in shock, slack-jawed, going "Whaaaaat the fuuuuuuck..." But because I know it's based on a video game, I just shrug and go, "Oh." And that got me to thinking about how much leeway video games are given in the absurdity of what they present. Like...okay, just to pick a title that's hanging around my house, take Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. (Picked up on the recommendation of gmonger.)

The premise of this game is that you're this kid who gets sucked into some magical land whose normally peaceful inhabitants have come under the oppressive rule of an evil army, which you help overthrow. So far, so good; no one would raise an eyebrow at this plotline. It's like Narnia. The fact that this magical land is populated by birds hardly even bears mentioning. You are on the side of the kindhearted chickens, who have been subjugated by the evil crows. No biggie, right? During the game, you find and nurture eggs from around the land and hatch them into animals that help you in your quest. Fine. If this were pitched as a movie or a series, I could see it. Now...for some reason...you do all of this wearing a magical chicken suit. I mean...come on! Just that one little element catapults us from somewhat normal to passing strange. And there's just...there's just no reason for it.

So. Kid helps friends in magical world repel evil invaders. Great. Kid does so wearing a chicken suit. WTF! Girl slays masses of shambling undead using samurai swords. Great. Girl does so as a bikini-clad Japanese cowgirl. WTF!

Anyway. So it was in this mood of pondering some of the bizarre shit that I see coming out of Japan, when I ran across this Onion headline: "Japan Pledges To Halt Production Of Weirdo Porn That Makes People Puke." Heh. I just found that noteworthy because, well...the most memorable porn I saw out of Japan actually revolved around people puking, so...that headline kind of struck an extra chord with me.

Anyway. So that's it. Carry on.
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