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The Fuccons are a pop culture phenom in Japan, with a hit TV series, scads of licensed products, and even their own themed restaurants! Japanese fans cant get enough of this quirky, off-thewall, live action comedy series. Now, at long last, American fans get to jump onboard The Fuccons bandwagon!
The Fuccons began as a series of comic sketches on the Japanese TV program Vermillion Pleasure Night: A family of Americans, James and Barbara and their son Mikey, move to Japan "to live as Japanese." The brief skits consist of still photographs of window store dummies in Kennedy-era outfits juxtaposed with over-the-top vocal performances and lots of forced laughter. The humor is labored and inane; the dummies--obviously a Japanese take on Caucasians--recall the American cartoons of the 1930s that trafficked in ethnic stereotypes. Graduate students in sociology may someday write theses about what The Fuccons reveals about Japanese attitudes towards Americans; connoisseurs of outré cultural phenomena may revel in the series' we're-so-dumb-we're-hip charms. Wiser viewers will dismiss The Fuccons as the pointless waste of time that it is. (Unrated, suitable for ages 12 and older: mild profanity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon
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The Fuccon Family, otherwise known as "Oh Mikey!" is a show about an American family living in Japan. In no way do they seem interested in Japanese culture, and all of Mikey's friends are European (or that bizarre clock/robot boy.)
The show is incredibly fast paced, and is very silly, even subtitled the jokes work. "Soi yu ko to!" At the end of every short episode Mikey and his family learn a lesson. They all state what they've learned and have a good hearty laugh-80's cartoon style.
Oh, and it's all acted out by mannequins with voice overs. There is nothing better than watching mannequins swing on swings, and ride down slides. Other than those rare sequences, action is usually implied and when they talk their faces are frozen in those over the top looks of joy.
There are a variety of characters and a storyline that really builds on previous episodes. Tracy, his sexy tutor, Bob the teacher and Bob-Mama, Laura his self-centered hipster cousin, and of course his love interest Emily.
I'd recommend this to anyone with a quirky sense of humour who doesn't get creeped out by mannequins.
For students of Japanese language, however, there is a benefit to this series. The dialogue in the Japanese language version is simple. It is a little fast with no pauses, but there is a lot that even a beginning to intermediate level Japanese speaker can understand. You may also find some of it funny. I laughed out loud on many occasions even though I'm not sure why. If you can appreciate humor where you're the butt of the joke, it can be funny, although its right on the border between off-the-wall funny and just plain stupid. It can go either way.
Buy this lower priced Volume 0 to see what you think.
It all about a mannequin family that moves from the U.S. to Japan. The series is absolutely crazy, it's fun!
The series has generated a fan following in Japan, a fan blog and even OH! Mikey merchandise.).
The episodes are about 2-3 minutes long but it's quite surreal to see a show like this. Wow! Try it! It's unbelievably funny!
This show follows an american family living in Japan, trying to fit in, and failing miserably. Just buy this, for crying out loud, and make sure you watch the episode where Mikey has to go to the store for his mom. Amazing.
My only complaint (but it warrants an entire star being knocked off) is the HORRIBLE DUB JOB BY ADV. PLEASE, ADV! Find some NEW VOICE ACTORS! The dad is horrible and I suspect without looking it up he's the same dude that (horribly) dubbed Ilpallazzo in Excel Saga. The guy sounds like a 3rd-rate actor playing comedy, and Mikey's dad (and Ilpalazzo) were played deadpan. Why this guy can't figure that crap out is WAY beyond me. The director of the american dub needs to get his crap together, or find a new job.
After the rant, I still love it. Watch it, buy it, but mail ADV and send that guy packing.
If you're silly and like stupid jokes poking fun at American sitcoms, then this is for you!
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