A frozen moment of awkwardness in an {{anime}} series is frequently highlighted by the passing of a loudspeaker truck, announcing over its loudspeaker the availability of some sort of item for sale. The scene -- or at least the shocked character -- will freeze long enough for two or three announcements about bamboo poles or whatnot, after which the action resumes, sometimes involving a HyperspaceMallet.

Items announced by loudspeaker trucks include:
* Bamboo poles for drying laundry (most Japanese apartment-dwellers don't have dryers)
* ''Yakiimo'' (broiled sweet potatoes, a winter treat)
* Political candidates
* Collections of old electronics (often hilariously outdated, such as "UsefulNotes/{{Famicom}}, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, tape decks, color [=TVs=]...")

Note that loudspeaker trucks are not only in {{anime}} but often appear in other media, although it is rare for anyone to "freeze" during their appearance in non-anime works.

A common Western variant is the "rag-and-bone man", who'd walk through the streets of a big town -- usually VictorianLondon, but the practice persisted until well into the 1930s -- calling out for people to bring their refuse, old clothes and broken household items and cart it off in order to sell on anything reusable or recyclable. They were normally dependent on a good pair of lungs back then, of course, but the occasional modern example plays the trope straight.

Compare ChirpingCrickets, FaceFault.

Loudspeaker Trucks can also be used to deliver CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth''
* ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow''
* In ''Anime/RanmaOneHalf''; the [[{{Macekre}} Mexican dub]] renders it as [[{{Woolseyism}} Oaxacan tamales]].
** It may be worth noting here that there are similar trucks in similar roles in Mexico.
* ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}''
* An extended scene in the first episode of ''Manga/KareKano''.
* Rather goofy variation in ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'': rather than a truck going by, three guys with FacelessMasses-type detail bounce by on oversized rubber balls, each one singing a line about their ball.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. A bamboo loudspeaker truck even interrupts Wataru in the middle of a speech once, with his immediate LampshadeHanging implying that this isn't the first time it's done so.
* After seeing Rin's awkward attempts at cookery in ''Kodomo no Jikan'', Reiji briefly considers ''stealing'' one of these in order to broadcast how cute she is.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Matarael's attack happened to coincide with a city-wide blackout, leaving the military with no way to warn NERV. Hyuga however happened to be topside and heard about the situation from a overflying military airplane. As he was looking for a way into the Geofront, the political loudspeaker truck ''just happened'' to show up at that exact moment so he used his authority as NERV's BridgeBunny to commandeer it and drive right into the command center to warn everyone.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', in one of its many such gags, has two of these trucks, separated by thirty years for vastly different candidates - and the ''exact same slogan''.
* The opening of ''Best Seller'' has a political campaign truck driving through the streets blaring its message; only it turns out to be full of robbers (in rubber {{Nixon Mask}}s) heisting the police HQ evidence room.
* Film/TheBluesBrothers mount one on the Bluesmobile to advertise their show at the Plaza.
* In Creator/JerryLewis's comedy, ''The Family Jewels'', he hijacks a loudspeaker truck. Hilarity ensues, both before he hijacks it and afterwards.
* Not quite a truck and certainly not a loudspeaker, an old woman wanders the streets of Bangkok, touting knives for sale in ''Film/OngBak.''[[spoiler: Unfortunately, she had interrupted the pursuit of Humlae, the odious comic relief, and his previously unarmed pursuers were now happy to resume their pursuit. With lots of knives.]]


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Red Alert II]]'', the Allies send one of these to Russia to try and get the citizens to rebel and destroy your battle-lab. Wait long enough without destroying it, and they will [[CurbStompBattle actually try this]].
-->Join the winning side!
* These are featured prominently in the "Taisetsu na Mono" stage of ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'', which involves a good-hearted politician and his sleazy rival trying to win over the public. They even get into a loudspeaker truck ''[[CarFu demolition derby]]'' at one point.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged'' turned the Loudspeaker Truck into a tool for the apparently quite proactive Neighborhood Watch Committee.
-->"The Neighborhood Watch Committee would like to remind you that necrophilia is ''still'' illegal!"


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A loudspeaker truck is a plot point in ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'' short "Beauty Queen for a Day". A man drives one past Darla and Pete, announcing the upcoming beauty pageant.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Cape Feare", Sideshow Bob harasses Bart by driving a truck down Evergreen Terrace and announcing the names of people he ''won't'' be trying to kill.