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Japan is good at stuff

There’s a few things we’ll never be as good at as the Japanese : fuel efficient cars, cartoons, and theatrical fighter entrances. The above picture is the entrance ramp for the K1 HERO’s Middleweight Tournament event two weeks ago. This wasn’t even their big New Years Eve show and they still dropped some serious coin to have a rediculously elaborate entrance.

You can’t see it in the picture, but under the white movie placard are water jets, and they created a groovy shower effect that the fighters walked through. Practical? Fuck no. But cool? Hai, imouto-san.

  • garth says:

    they still apostrophize “Hero’s”. Hero’s what? Hero’s pants?

  • sonzai says:

    I used to be bugged out by the apostrophe, too. My roommate speculated that it may refer to MMA being the “Hero’s division” of K-1, so now I’m cool with it. I wonder what K-1 fighters would think of that, though…

    And if you think K-1’s elaborate, check out the annual Kohaku Uta Gassen competition: This is just one guy (Gono’s own DJ Ozma), but this shit goes on for about 3-4 hours every damn New Year’s Eve. This is what K-1 and until last year PRIDE had to go up against for ratings. One thing that always kinda bugs me about MMA ratings reports from Japan is the lack of context. OK, Hero’s did a 13.2 or whatever, but what did other shows do? Kohaku’s LOWEST ever rating is a goddamn 30.8! Makes K-1 look like Cop Rock…

    Tangent over.

  • nois29 says:

    Kohaku, while still popular, has seen a decline in viewership in the past 10 years because the musical talent has been sucking as of late. that and more and more people wanna see fights :)

  • sonzai says:

    Well, Kohaku had the older/female audience mostly sewn up, but is trating to lose them to upstart music programs on New Year’s. Only the young men really watch the fights. And if Kohaku’s lowest is 30 and K-1’s best is 20…you get the point.

  • dignan says:

    After watching last years Pride Shockwave, with that japanese Chorus magling and blasting out Ode to Joy..and that dude in a loin cloth beating on that giant drum, I JUST PRAY that the UFC does something so fucking ridiculous for a year end event.

    No pop-star thing…no celebrity thing…just some good old nonsense. Hire the Japanese to do it, just get it done.

    Its a damn shame that Dana White has the opinion that he has nothing to learn when putting on events. A UFC Absolute Open tournament leading up to a year end final match would be wicked.

    It would actually give people a reason to watch beyond a title fight, and give some purpose to a UFC 76. Jardine and Griffin both would be moving on.

  • Matto says:

    I saw the opening round of the Pride Middleweight GP 2005 live in Osaka. Sakuraba. Shogun. Jackson. Belfort. Vovchanchyn. That lady with the warbly voice.

    The hairs on the back of my neck are STILL standing up from it. It was the single most electrifying live experience of my life, except the time I saw Buster Merryfield from Only Fools and Horses accidentally going into the ladies toilet at the BIC in Bournemouth. That was great.

  • Thomas says:

    Who would like too see Dana White banging the drums all oily in Takada’s loin cloth??

  • I would have loved to have caught a PRIDE event at the Saitama Super Arena :-(

  • garth says:

    of course, Kohaku would be in trouble. he’s still only living because of the tainted jewel shard.