Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Japanese for Normal

It's not necessary to know Japanese to appreciate Gimme Gimme Octopus, an example of the sort of children's television that sets the stage for Japanese adult television.

Once upon a time, there was a terrestrial octopus with four vestigial arms. It joined its peanut friend in placating a cottage-shaped computer with offerings of gourds, data cards, and a couple of items that look like either flashlights or eggplants. This failed -- or maybe it succeeded, it's not clear -- and the cottage-shaped computer moved to the side, whereupon an obese, fanged, knife-wielding ghost suspended its camping to menace the octopus and peanut. Sheep or possibly dolphin vocalizations accompanied the menacing, but the ghost vanished to the great relief of the octopus and peanut. The end.



(via Portland Mercury)

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