JAPANESE LUCKY COIN : …And here is a bit of Japanese Culture IN JAPANESE :D

HI there Classic But New viewers!  Long time since your buddy Ray posted anything huh?  Well this time, I won’t be analyzing any anime or movies, but instead, I give you a Japanese Vlog on culture.  For any native Japanese speakers who noticed the grammar mistakes I made in the first half of the video, FORGIVE ME!  Lol, I am still learning.  I am still a scrub 😀

Anyways, I am entering the videoblogging realm, and will be using it probably for Japanese culture stuff, because why not right?  Hope you guys enjoy!

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“You got to be a Bulworth, You Can’t be no Politician”

When a political leader reveals a set of unspoken truths in a way that perceives to be unacceptable, we can come to a realization about politicians. This epiphany is that, “the bullshit spoken by politicians is worthless, but the worth of how they present it is what lasts”.   Warren Beatty’s Bulworth, satirizes the typical apathetic politician and the corrupt process of elections.  The film also comments on politicians’ relationship with big businesses, the media, and the divide between poor black communities and the outsets politicians promise for them.  While in a cultural immersion process and with an attitude of no longer caring, ironically Senator J. Bulworth is able to show how much he truly does.  The film conveys that to be a good senator you must be able to criticize your prior ideals and the theatrics of politics along with all of its beneficiaries. Bulworth achieves this by listening to the voices of the poor black community to make an everlasting change rather than being an ominous presence.

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“Family Guy’s Cutaway from Tragedy”

I know you thought they went too far on that last one, but it can’t be as bad as that time Family Guy, went back to the past to yet again make an offensive 9/11 joke. At this moment, a random cutaway flashback will be appropriate, but as funny as it may be, to what purpose does it serve? Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy, a show well known for its offensive satire and crude humor, has often referenced the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the zeitgeist surrounding it during 2001 and up until now. Some of these jokes may have a deeper satirical meaning, but as of recently they have become outright offensive and have a sole purpose of offending the public. In comparison to many other comedy shows, specifically animated cartoons, the topic of 9/11 has been talked about, but never in a way to simply rouse excitement and negative temperament. Family Guy however has determined that ten years is a long enough wait, and uses this opportunity to set the precedent for disassociating the events of 9/11 from tragedy and allowing all stages of comedy to comment on it freely.

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Nast Versus The Mask: Thomas Nast Versus Banksy as satirists in the lens of Superman vs Batman

In his time, this one man was a hero. When the country needed him the most, he was the man people felt they can trust. Although he himself is not American, he has given birth to many American symbols. He fought for what he felt was right and had the power to move a nation. Yes, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Thomas Nast. Thomas Nast, German political cartoonist, can be comparable to Superman in many ways when we consider his power and level of trust during his time. However; rather than comparing this cartoon god to a god amongst cartoonist, adding two more characters, one much more modern, can interestingly complicate the story. The rich boy vigilante, Bruce Wayne, A.K.A Batman, who operates in the darkness and whose identity is unknown, is very similar to the street artist Banksy who vandalizes the streets with his satirical images to convey to the world his messages. To retreat once again into fiction, a common debate is whether or not Batman or Superman is stronger, and whom the people favor more. Well, if we look at Nast’s past accomplishments and popularity, and the influence of modern day Banksy, a proportion can be made to answer such a frivolous question, but with results that likewise clearly differentiate the two satirist. Both Banksy and Nast may be considered heroes in their respective era. However; through clear distinctions between good and bad, and the ability to sympathize, Nast won the hearts of the public and in turn gained a general power over the mass, while Banksy’s mysteriousness and role as an outcast yields his possibility to become such a man.
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