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A carnival-style booth game usually found at [[FestivalEpisode festivals]] in Japan, called ''kingyo-sukui'' in Japanese. It consists of a large tank of goldfish and a number of scooping "nets" made of thin paper or fragile gauze. The player tries to catch a goldfish before the "net" breaks or falls apart from the soaking it receives. If they succeed, they get to keep the goldfish. If not, that'll be another 500 yen (about $4.39 USD) to try again. This and other [[NintendoHard maddeningly-difficult]] (if not outright rigged) carnival games are referred to as ''kodomo-damashi'', or "cheating the kids", for obvious reasons. To avoid tears and accusations, operators will often give single goldfish as a consolation prize after multiple unsuccessful attempts.

There's also a similar game involving "fishing" for yo-yos floating in a tank of water, using a paper string; the yo-yo must be removed from the tank before the string breaks. Another variant has the player fishing for baby turtles instead of goldfish. The American equivalent is where you use a ping pong ball and try to get into the fish's bowl to get the fish.

Not related to the GoldfishPoopGang.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The goldfish game can be seen in the {{Festival Episode}}s of the following series:
** ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' - Before they go to the festival, Tomo says she'll catch them all and release them to the sea[[note]](goldfish are ''fresh''water fish)[[/note]]. At the festival, the turtle variant is considered by Osaka and Chiyo.
** ''Manga/ElfenLied''
** ''Anime/MaiHime''
** ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' (manga only)
** ''Manga/LoveHina''
** ''Manga/CheekyAngel''
** ''Manga/LuckyStar'' - Kagami overfeeds the goldfish, and it grows to an unusual size. During flower-viewing, she happens to be facing a goldfish-scooping booth while considering putting him on a diet, leading Konata to wonder if she's planning on replacing him.
** ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl''
** At least two versions of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''.
** ''Manga/SailorMoon''
*** Played for for laughs when Minako (who is helping at the stall) deliberately weakens the nets after being mistaken for older than she actually is by the children who visit the stall.
** ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}''
** ''Anime/HandMaidMay''
** ''Anime/GeneratorGawl'': Gawl and the magician-generator compete by catching an insane number of goldfish before continuing on with their battle.
** ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': And when Noboru expresses sympathy for the goldfish (as they obviously don't live very long compared to pet store fish), this wins major points in the eyes of his TsunDere LoveInterest Anko.
** ''Manga/ZatchBell''
** ''Anime/DennouCoil''
** ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Especially shown because it was "a rare request from Mikuru", in Haruhi's own words.
** ''[[GroundhogDayLoop Haruhi Suzumiya]]''
** ''[[OverusedRunningGag Haruhi Suzumiya]]''
** ''[[InternetBackdraft Haruhi Suzumiya]]''... you get the idea. There's a reason that particular arc is called "[[GroundhogDayLoop ENDLESS Eight]]".
** ''Manga/NyoronChuruyaSan''
** ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''
** ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. They actually had two booths, though the creatures in Ryoko's booth were most definitely ''not'' goldfish.
** ''Manga/KingdomHeartsII'' - The party attend a festival in Twilight Town after waking up from their year-long sleep; Goofy is shown at one of these booths with a broken net, asking for another go.
* The FestivalEpisode of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' involves [[MundaneMadeAwesome a climactic showdown]] between Natsumi and Keroro in the turtle-fishing game. Keroro threatens to send Natsumi to a space festival's Earthling-scooping game if she loses.
* Similarly, the FestivalEpisode of ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'' has one of these. The goldfish are actually shown in later episodes of the anime, remarked upon as getting bigger.
** Miu is scarily good at this game, but she believes in catch-and-release, so the money spent on it was purely for the experience of doing so.
* Happens in ''Manga/NyoronChuruyaSan''. She fails, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption nyoro~n...]]
* In ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'', Rokugou attempts to keep a diary about a goldfish caught during a festival, to replace the died-in-one-day coloured chick she had previously attempted to keep a diary on. Rei comments that she should find something that lives longer.
* In the second episode of ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' Nagasumi plays several festival games rigged by San's {{Yakuza}} father, who'd like nothing better than for Natsume to suffer an "accident". This leads to Nagasumi playing a goldfish game containing a Great White Shark. Which he then suplexes when it attacks him.
* ''Manga/ImoutoWaShishunki'': While playing the game, Manaka gets quite a few fish and attributes it to her [[http://mangafox.me/manga/imouto_wa_shishunki/v04/c043/3.html scoop not breaking because she is still a virgin]].
* The game itself is not directly seen in ''Anime/WeissKreuz'', but flashbacks to Fujimiya Ran's StartOfDarkness show him and his little sister Aya attending a festival, and include a shot (poignant or {{Anvilicious}} depending on your perspective) of a goldfish caught in such a game flopping helplessly on the ground after Aya-chan is run down by a car.
* In ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'', during the town fireworks festival, Yotsuba Koiwai goes both goldfish scooping and yo-yo fishing, the latter successfully with [[GentleGiant Jumbo's]] coaching. When she's offered a consolation fish after the former, her response is ''[[DontYouDarePityMe "Don't pity me!"]]''
* Natsume and the fox-kid play this in an episode of ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the titular character is visiting a festival and, frustrated by his inability to catch them, decides to [[MundaneUtility apply some ninja magic]]. The proprietor grabs his hands and [[CantYouReadTheSign points at a 'no jutsu allowed' sign]].
* In the ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic! Overload!'' manga, Kaname and Sousuke attend a festival and try their hands at the GoldfishScoopingGame. Kaname's efforts are completely fruitless, but when Sousuke's turn comes, he drops a grenade into the tank: "The shockwave from the explosion stuns the fish. ''That's'' an efficient method of fishing." We're talking about a man who detonated his school's entry hall with a plastic explosive ''because his shoe locker may have been opened''. If he didn't respond to everyday situations with [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill gratuitous overkill]], it wouldn't be Sousuke.
* In [[Anime/BaronOmatsuriAndTheSecretIsland the sixth movie]] of ''Manga/OnePiece'', the main characters participate in one as their first challenge in order to stay on a resort island. Of course, it comes with some sort of catch - in this case, their opponent owns the goldfish, the goldfish is the size of a whale, and the tiny paper nets that they are equipped with aren't required to be used. They win anyhow.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** This game makes a cameo during Mousse's return. Mousse, armed with water balloons filled with Junsenkyo water, chases Ranma through a festival, intent on splashing him with water from the Spring of Drowned Duck. When Ranma is forced to hurdle over a goldfish-catching game in order to escape, he quickly pulls some kids out of the line of fire -- though that doesn't stop Mousse from turning the stand into a ''duck''-catching game...
** At another point, Akane tries unsuccesfully to get a fish for a crying child. Then Ranma ([[GenderBender stuck as a girl at the time]]) realizes that this is the same principle on learning a technique she's trying to master and succeeds in catching all of the fish. The enraged owner makes her scoop piranhas with her bare hands if she wanted to keep them all. [[spoiler:She succeeds]].
* In the 5th ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novel, Mikuru suggests doing this for the O-Bon festival. She doesn't catch any goldfish, but Haruhi gives her one.
* In the ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' OVA ''I was a Cat I was a Fish'' Kyosuke has his mind shifted into a goldfish and attempts to get caught by his two love interests, HilarityEnsues.
%%* Shows up often in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
* In ''Anime/{{Potemayo}}'''s FestivalEpisode, Potemayo uses part of her allowance to go yo-yo fishing and succeeds. Then, given that she's only about a foot tall, she proceeds to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny get the crap beaten out of her by]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhf7Tz0M1xU her own yo-yo.]]''
* ''Manga/DamekkoDoubutsu'''s FestivalEpisode shows us just what happens when you let [[CatGirl Catgirls]] [[HilarityEnsues run one of these]].
* In the festival chapter of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', Honoka manages to scoop a yo-yo, but is not so successful with goldfish and enviously watches [[BadassAdorable Chikage]] successfully scooping them.
* In ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Haruhi and Mei [Haruhi's dad's coworker's daughter] are playing the goldfish game, when Kasanoda steps in to chide them for hogging the scoops, as part of the Host Club's plan for getting Mei and her father closer together.
* In the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' episode ''Historical Mystery Tour!'', Team Rocket runs a Goldeen version (with giant scoopers) of these during the Twinleaf Festival. It's not rigged (despite accusations), and James proves himself to be a bonafide master at it. An oddly sane subplot, considering [[MindScrew the rest of the episode]].
* In ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', a booth operator calls on them to try it, but Yuno turns him down, as once, the fish she caught at a booth died the next day. She had named it Toyama Kin-chan.
* ''Manga/PlaceToPlace'' takes it to [[MundaneMadeAwesome another level]]. Sakaki actually lifts the fishes into the air, and he spins them. Io on the other hand the fishes willingly jump into his bowl.
* In Manga/KillMeBaby Yasuna attempts (and fails miserably) to catch one, after Sonya tells her she's just bad she prometly tells her to do it... which Sonya of course promtly does, catching a fish in the first try.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Kaneki and his gang spend some time playing the goldfish game during a Festival omake. After [[TheCutie Hinami]] expresses disappointment at how difficult the game is, [[LargeHam Tsukiyama]] steps in to win the game for them.
* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', Isogai plays the goldfish game during a local summer festival, and (probably thanks to his assassination training) manages to catch ''a plastic bag full of goldfish''. [[SupremeChef He cooks those fish as meal later on]].
* The boys in ''Manga/KimiToBoku'' wonder the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman morality]] of the game when they note it potentially dangerous for the fish due to the quality of the nets. They end up catching several fish when they bug the shop-owner to give them better nets.

[[folder: FanFic]]
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' Trucy convinces Apollo to try to win a bear for her from one when they visit the Obon Festival. Apollo tries recruiting Klavier into helping him, but he doesn't know how to do it either so he decides to fund it.

[[folder:Video Games & Visual Novels]]
* In the second Naruto Xbox 360 game, this is one of the minigames available at the festival. Naruto has to play this game to win the water balloons required for his training.
* One seasonal special event in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' includes a goldfish scooping minigame.
* Occurs during the festival in ''VisualNovel/KanaLittleSister''.
* At the Cyrum Bazaar in ''VideoGame/GrandiaII''.
* This is a recurring mini-game in the ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' series, occuring during the Summer Festival.
* ''Momotaro Matsuri'' has a goldfish scooping bonus game.
* ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'' has a goldfish-scooping game in Hartschild during Hartsfest season. [[spoiler:Altair and Vega also partook in one during their days together; the memory for this corresponds with Ba'al iv: Goldie.]]
* Mentioned across different routes in ''VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome'', though the only route where actually doing it is an option is in Kent's.

* Goldfish in plastic bags were part of a Japanese item set on ''Website/GaiaOnline''.
* Similarly, they can be spotted around as solo items in ''Blog/PoupeeGirl''.
* [[{{Real Life}} There is a goldfish scooping competition held each August in Yamatokoriyama City, Nara,]] [[{{Serious Business}} with contestants from all around Japan.]]
* Due to complaints from animal rights groups, some festivals have banned the use of live goldfish, as they often end up being won by those who have no understanding of proper goldfish care. Some even get dumped into nearby ponds or rivers. Because of this, many goldfish scooping stalls replace the live fish with toy fish or specially-decorated bouncy balls instead.