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Thread: Forgive Me, Topher, for I have sinned

  1. #1

    Forgive Me, Topher, for I have sinned

    (Other considered titles: Japanese Culture Shock, Weeaboot Camp)

    I really enjoy reading Topher Cantler's writing. However, there's a problem, one that I just realised only a day or two ago.
    I don't actually know what the hell he's talking about half the time. This is due to the fact that I am basically completely ignorant of Japanese pop culture in general. I figure playing through The World Ends With You and getting 3/4 of the way into Okami doesn't count towards "Knowing stuff about the place it's set." I was wondering is you intelligent people in Forum Land could help me out in explaining what's worth knowing about in terms of anime, jrpgs, and the like. Thanks.

  2. #2
    Don't worry, Anime/Manga and J-pop are not the best things to come out of Japan. Godzilla (Gojira) and the Samurai are.

  3. #3
    Yeah. I have no intention of listening to J-pop. By the way, that jumbled 4-letter word near the end of my post says J-RPGs. I just was too lazy to use good grammar.

  4. #4
    Hector Garfria's Avatar
    17,894 posts since Mar 2009

    Well, this is awkward.

    http://www.destructoid.com/forum/sho...=13340&page=33

    This will pretty much give you the scoop haagan-daz.

  5. #5
    Oh. That makes me feel stupid.

  6. 10-22-2009, 06:25 PM

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    Harris Bueller's Avatar
    5,395 posts since May 2009

    To understand his shmup talk you need to own a Dreamcast and follow the Japanese XBLA closely. To understand his anime talk, well, watch anime. He seems to follow more shojou (loosely, teen girl/younger girl) series than I do now but when he talks about oyaji characters that's just general knowledge. Can't really think of too much else esoteric stuff that he talks about. When was the last time Topher brought up non-video game related Japanese music on a podcast? And I'm pretty sure he's not too extensive about J-RPGs either. Colette probably talks the most about them and she's mainly on about Persona.

  8. #7
    Yeah... I guess I could figure all of this out with a little Google action. But thanks anyway.

  9. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Necro-B.A.B.S. View Post
    Don't worry, Anime/Manga and J-pop are not the best things to come out of Japan. Godzilla (Gojira) and the Samurai are.
    And mechs. Can't forget mechs.

  10. 10-22-2009, 11:51 PM

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    What, no fucking mech on earth could take down Godzilla, shit imagine a one eyed Samurai Godzilla.

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    Timtoid's Avatar
    1,053 posts since Aug 2007

    Japan is odd.

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    DixieNormus's Avatar
    198 posts since Oct 2009
    You got that right. Perhaps "eccentric" would be a kinder term though? I mean, hell, it's the birthplace of tentacle porn. TENTACLES.

    Oh, and my vote would go to mechs. Specifically, hard-sci-fi mechs. You know, the pseudo-real ones which MIGHT just be possible?

  14. #12
    Mueti's Avatar
    560 posts since Oct 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by Timdabrat View Post
    Japan is awesome.
    Fixed.

  15. 10-23-2009, 11:47 AM

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    Mueti's Avatar
    560 posts since Oct 2009
    Fair enough.

  17. 10-23-2009, 12:43 PM

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    Moe P0w3r's Avatar
    1,048 posts since Mar 2009


  19. 10-23-2009, 12:52 PM

  20. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Moe P0w3r View Post
    ':-|

    What is this I don't even

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    Moe P0w3r's Avatar
    1,048 posts since Mar 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by Mista Smegheneghan View Post
    ':-|

    What is this I don't even
    Exactly.

    But suuuriously, I fucking love Japan.

  22. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Moe P0w3r View Post
    This, I think, is the band Erban Garde. I think that's how it's spelled. Topher knows them, I bet.

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