I just got this at bestbuy tonight. Ive never seen any commercials for it, but read that it was a popular hit on japanese tv. And i was looking for anything i could find that had something to do with japanese contemporary life, culture, society, etc; the only things i found were first Lost In Translation and this odd show on dvd.
It was 5.99 so i gave it a try...So far ive seen 9 of the episodes, which are real short. About 5 minutes, more or less, each.
I was dissapointed becouse i realised these "mannequins" were literally that. Motionless dumbies, like something you'd find in a scary department store. I really didnt expect they'd actually use mannequins in this show. And they dont walk around....THEY'RE FROZEN MANNEQUINS ...not to be confused with marrionetts.
I thought this show's characters were done in CGI, all computer generated, but using a real-life backdrop of modern day japan.
The first two episodes or so were just kind of confusing for me, i didnt know if i was annoyed, or if i was still giving this show a chance.
But so far i feel now im glad i kept watching it, cuz i was introduced to
Teacher Bob" and his Mom. LOL.
Thats the suttle simplicistic genuious shining through in this show, and for me, it all starts when Teacher Bob takes a visit to Mikey's house to meet and talk with him and his mother and father....accomanied by Bobs Mom.
To me its not fall-outta-your-seat hilarity....i wouldnt call this show even 'hilarious' to begin with. But its still kinda funny. Its the kind of humor that you laugh a lot on the inside and lough out loud here and there.
If you like japanese pop culture or are fimilar with their 'unique' sense of humor, then i think you'll appreciate it. I for one do. So far, so 'OHKAY', is what i think. Im despret for anything current in japanese culture, in ways of movies and music, and fashion. So i just take it all in.
The family is sort of a mocked-up exaggeration of a 50's nuclear family...or something...kinda having fun with the sorta Leave It To Beaver, Danna Reed , Nick At Night/ Tv Land family of that era.
By the way , the sets and places used in the show are fresh and sterile looking. Like its all a lifesize doll house come to life...sort of.
And the characters do show some movement...in a way...for instance, youll suddenly see a door open , suggesting someone is opening it themselves, or youll see someone moving back in forth on a swing. lol. I dont think they invested too much money on this show, but either way its paying off i think.
As you might have noticed, the dvd comes with the choice of watching it with japanese language with english subtitles, or just English voice dubbing.
I wanted to experience this show in its original way, so im watching it with original japanese language.
It took me a little bit to get used to...Heck, im still getting used to this ...8 more "episodes" to go lol. ( I wish atleast they could of made the episodes longer...thats the one thing ill really critize about this show. Ill be open minded to the strange style and even with the lifeless mannequins...but these "episodes" are more like brief skits...and yes i heard that this show original started out as little short features...still...i wish they were longer. Oh well.)
I think ill end up liking this show a lot.
And so far , i owe it all to Teacher Bob....and his mom.