"There are now shonen action series being written about everything. Somewhere in the depths of a Tokyo manga café there even exists one such series about... baking bread. [...] On the surface, nothing could be more stupid. And yet, it is charming. All because of the unmistakably Japanese thought process that might lead a character to shout, in amazement, 'I HAVE NEVER SEEN A YEAST SUCH AS THIS!'."
"As with all Japanese popular culture, it appears to delve deeply into and grapple profoundly with the eternal existential-philosophical question, What the Fucking Fuck Was That?"
— Bill Walsh on The Tragedy of Belladonna
"It's kind of like watching the history channel narrated by your ten-year-old nephew after a blow to the head."
Daniel Remar: Don't ask why. Ask why not.
Ludosity: It's pretty much impossible to describe this game. Here's a quote from one player:
M3nTo5: At first I was wtf. But then I was wtf.
— On Garden Gnome Carnage
"Karin suffers from an issue I like to call JYAW syndrome. It stands for 'Japan, You Are WEIRD,' which is something I have to say every time I utter a plot summary like Karin's, and it means the principal reason shows like Karin ever get watched or obtain a following is simply based on their alien premise. Japan just has a knack for coming up with new types of just plain weird."
"Japanese cartoons are weird, man. Though I may be on to something with that blue hair."
"Think you've got what it takes to tap-dance with the monkeys? (Has anyone ever written that sentence before?)"
— Tap Trial's description in Rhythm Heaven Fevernote
"Japan is capable of a special kind of weird that no one else can really get just right. It's that sort of weird that often involves ludicrous concepts mixed with bright colors, notable characters, and an unbridled sense of creativity that dazzles as much as it baffles."