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Japanese TV Is Actually Pretty Dull, But This Show Looks Interesting

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Online in Japan, people are calling new children's show Dxuntsukupa: Music Time, well, "odd," "awful," and even "very interesting."

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When foreigners visit Japan, one of the first things they say is that the country's television is unusual. Generally speaking, I don't think it's too peculiar. Most shows are just people eating stuff or talk shows with people telling jokes or stories. It's all rather same-y and somewhat dull if you don't understand Japanese.

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But then, there's the occasional program like this. Dxuntsukupa, which is set in the world of a "music fairy," looks like it would be a kids' music program—especially with all those pastels, a purple "hip-hop fairy," a sax-playing robot and kiddy cohosts.

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[Photo: 8guumaru8]

But no, the show broadcasts at 11pm, so it's not a children's show. However, the show's official website says it was designed to look like a children's music show, but simply broadcasted at an adult time.

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But, as this 2ch thread shows, the program's graphics are rather unique.

For example, below, that's the floating head of ghost writer Takashi Niigaki, who composed music for Resident Evil while another man apparently feigned deafness and took all the credit. It's interesting to see that Niigaki hasn't been disgraced and is a regular on the show.

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Here he is playing as the kiddy co-hosts sing.

The show features your typical array of Japanese boy bands—as do other music shows on the major networks.

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The show featured a bosozoku choir, singing about a balloon that could go anywhere.

Such nice voices!

And then, there is Bariko-san, the classical music fairy.

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[Photo: seeee74]

Dxuntsukupa does seem to resemble the legendary Japanese kids show Ugo Ugo Lhuga, which was wonderfully nuts. As website Dangerous Minds explains, musical acts ranging from Shonen Knife to Jamiroquai would perform. (See clips here, here, and here.) There was some wild computer animation. Since both shows are from FujiTV, I'm assuming the similarities are on purpose.

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Hopefully, Dxuntsukupa is just getting started and has more insanity up its sleeve. Stagnant Japanese television needs it.

Oh, and Bariko-san? She does this:

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Sleep tight, children!

どぅんつくぱ〜音楽の時間〜 [FujiTV]

「どぅんつくぱ~音楽の時間~」が初回から飛ばし過ぎw【画像集】

フジテレビでやってる新しい音楽番組ヤバすぎwwwwwwww [2ch]

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DISCUSSION

Seems kinda like Japanese Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, at least on the surface.

But bizarre Japanese entertainment aside, how is it even physically possible to call something Dxuntsukupa? Is the D silent? How did that X sneak in there? This feels like a particularly bad Scrabble hand, and just looking at it is making my brain hurt. :X