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Thursday, September 6th, 2007

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Show #49 - Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! Elite Beat Agents and Macho Cheerleaders
Show #049 Direct Download:
押忍!闘え!応援団! Elite Beat Agents and Macho Cheerleaders

With special guest Ed Chavez!

Brought to you by Yanjing Beer - the official state beer of China!

OP: Tomoyasu Hotei - "Thrill"
ED: The Blue Hearts - "Linda Linda"

Special Guest: Ed Chavez from the MangaCast


Trying to describe this game makes it sound like we're playing Taboo.

Videos of people playing this game on youtube.

Features J-pop music and Visual-Kei bands, like L'Arc-en-Ciel

What is an Ouendan?

What's a Yanki?

You can read my review of Kamikaze Girls, the book and movie, here. Yankis play a prominent roll.

Also in Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno, the new book on Japanese fashion by Patrick Macias.

In Yu Yu Hakusho, Yusuke and Kuwabata are on the verge of Yanki-dom.

(the Yu Yu Hakusho dub is terrible by the way - one of the worst)

Ouendan wear Haramaki and Hachimaki

The way they dance is almost like Para Para - but manlier.

Sometimes Ouendan cheer on love confessions! Where did the Japanese fascination with confessing one's love start? Was it the Tale of the Genji?

The Manga Love Roma actually starts with a love confession.

To we Americans, Osu Tatakae Ouendan is as realistic as Katamari Damacy!

Taste of Tea has some Ouendan in it, here's my review of the film. But there, they run off with the local Bosozoku

The end of the previous season of Naruto featured Naruto as an Ouendan:

Are there Ouendan in Water Boys?

Erin: Water Boys is not the Fireman series, called Fireman and released in English by Viz - there's also a live action drama. Called Sea Monkeys, or Omisaru or Water Dogs

Noah: The live action drama may not be called Water Boys, but it *is* called Fire Boys, which yes, is an adaptation of Megumi no Daigo, but still, it isn't *called* Megumi no Daigo. So there.

Megumi No Daigo! (Firefighter Daigo of Company M!) is not actually a musical, but the show Noah is thinking of is TV drama adaptation called Fire Boys

Are high school teachers in Japan much younger than uh... mine were?

We talk about High School Girls. How old is Hottie Odagiri? What about Macho Matsuo? Mario-sensei?

Ed compares Noah's realistic Super Mario Bros. fanfic to Old Boy.

Thank You, But Our Princess is in Another Castle!

Tale of the Heike (Hickey)?

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