I’ve long championed the notion that the Japanese are some of the most insanely awesome people on Earth. Look no further than their obsession with all things robotic, which are bound to turn on us and kill us all! (Thanks for the warning Ron Moore)ction-packed affairs starring famous landmarks as giant robots that battle a runaway mechanical squid hijacked by vengeful aliens.
So it should come as now surprise that the Hakodate board of tourism commissioned three videos to drum up tourism to their fair city, and they did so using that staple of Japanese culture: mechs and giant monsters. As Pink Tentacle (Oh! Tentacle, tentacle) says they are “action-packed affairs starring famous landmarks as giant robots that battle a runaway mechanical squid hijacked by vengeful aliens.” Awesome indeed.
The Japanese love them some squid, so it should be no surprise the squid-like aliens (the Ikaaruans) don’t take kindly to their Terran brethren (terraren?) being consumed with wasabi. They commandeer a giant mechanical squid (Ikabo, Hakodate’s official mascot. Awesome, as I said) and go on a rampage through the city. Oh, the irony!
And just when our heroes think they have won, more alien spaceships are on the way. Better go visit Hakodate before it gets wiped off the map! As with many things Japanese, I find it’s best to just nod your head and enjoy the madness…
Now, would any city in the U.S. have the guts to do something this cool? No! Instead, we get the Beastie Boys.
Any music video that starts out with Mussorgsky can’t be all bad (in my Modest opinion. Oh yeah, I went there.)