Japan By River Cruise

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Summary

Everyone and their mother are getting into the animated series "Kimetsu no Yaiba," in which demons brutally slaughter... everyone and their mother. Film critic Matt Schley tells us why the series resonates and, more importantly, sells.

Show Notes

Everyone and their mother are getting into the animated series "Kimetsu no Yaiba," in which demons brutally slaughter... everyone and their mother. Film critic Matt Schley tells us why the series resonates and, more importantly, sells.

Ollie recommends a cruise that gives a 25% half discount.
 
Bobby congratulates a cruise on making history and violating boat capacity restrictions.

Topics discussed on this episode range from:
  • Why Japan Doesn't Hire Native Speakers to Check their English, and what you can do about it
  • Matt's experiences at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and how it's very very very different this year due to reasons
  • Roppongi as a hive of scum and villainy
  • Filmmaking and how Japan could do more to support them
  • Movie theaters suffering during the pandemic
  • Using "Gaijin Smash" as a professional interview technique
  • Why Japanese entertainment reporting is so boring
  • Our SMASHING success with predicting the trendy words of the year
  • Kimetsu no Yaiba's origins in Shounen Jump
  • What records the Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) destroyed
  • The broad age appeal of the series even though it might not be age appropriate
  • Bobby and Ollie's differing approaches to interview prep
  • The rarity of closure in manga/anime series
  • How Kimetsu differs in terms of accessibility/barrier to entry
  • How the above factors affect our relationship with entertainment content
  • The Kimetsu Popularity Feedback loop across differing media
  • How Corona created the perfect storm for creating Kimetsu fans AND driving them to the box office to help break the records
  • The current lack of competition 
  • The potential for cross-over appeal in the states
  • Japan's UNIQUELY JAPANESE taste in supporting certain movies
  • How we REALLY feel about the show? Does it get negative reviews?
  • The (international?) phenomenon that is Kimetsu Harrassment
  • Why Bobby couldn't make it through more than one episode
  • The lack of creepy, age-inappropriate sexual elements in Kimetsu 
  • People who feel that the female protagonist Nezuko's ball-gag is a deal-breaker

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What is Japan By River Cruise?

Stand-up comedians Bobby Judo and Ollie Horn purport to report on the Japanese river cruise industry each week.