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YMMV: The Mikado

  • Artistic License: Completely and intentionally misrepresents Japanese culture for Rule of Funny purposes.
    • But subverts this by including an authentic Japanese marching song, Miya Sama.
    • Also subverted by dint of the fact that its actual purpose was (as with most things G&S) satire on contemporary British society.
      • Let's put it this way: Gilbert understood the correct way of writing period pieces: Do as much research as possible, and forget everything that doesn't fit what you're trying to write.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Pooh-Bah is one the more popular characters from Gilbert and Sullivan's shows.
  • Memetic Mutation: It's the source of familiar phrases such as "A short, sharp shock," "Let the punishment fit the crime," and even "grand Poohbah."
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The Mikado has always been very popular in Japan. It helped when Prince Fushimi Sadanaru saw the play at his own insistence in 1907 and was "deeply and pleasingly disappointed" to find that instead of being insulting, it was a fun show to watch.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This was something of the climax of their career.
    • Their next show, Ruddigore, was quite successful but looked like a flop in comparison; Gilbert remarked, "I could do with a few more such failures."


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