Long Long Man is a series of advertisements for Sakeru Gummy, a Japanese brand of candy. It became famous on the internet for its interesting narrative filled with plot twists, making it half-commercial, half-Soap Opera.
Tooru-san and Chi-chan are a happy couple who love eating Sakeru Gummy candy together. However, their love life is thrown into chaos when they encounter the Long Long Man, who eats Long Sakeru Gummy (which is one long strip of candy, instead of several smaller ones like the regular version). Chi-san finds herself conflicted between her current relationship with Tooru and her love of long things which the Long Long Man can satisfy.
See all of the commercials put together here. Note that, as mentioned above, the plot goes through a surprising amount of twists and turns for an advertising campaign, so beware of spoilers below!
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- Affectionate Parody: Of Japanese dramas, especially since much of the series' conflict is driven by candy, of all things.
- Aborted Arc: Chi's Secretly Dying sub-arc is never further explored after the segment it makes it debut in. The next segment implies she was just faking it as an excuse for cheating on Tooru, with her coworker scolding her for it.
- A Day in the Limelight: The final commercial is from Long Long Man's perspective, helping to explain his motivations and actions throughout the prior segments.
- All for Nothing: Chi abandoning Tooru a second time, and on their own wedding, ultimately leaves her empty-handed and an outcast amongst her friends and family. This is no thanks to Long Long Man actually being interested in Tooru and not her. When Long Long Man and Tooru begin sharing Sakeru Gummy together, Chi can only watch in horror and despair as the one thing she wanted is taken away from her.
- Bait-and-Switch: The series shows how infatuated Chi is becoming with the Long Long Man - but ends with the man approaching Tooru over their shared love of Sakeru Gummies.
- Cliché Storm: Invoked. This campaign makes fun of common Japanese soap opera tropes. Even the website they had at the time was designed to look like it belonged to a cliched soap opera.
- Companion Cube: When Tooru tries to stretch out a short gummy piece to make it longer, Chi begs him to stop as she feels bad for the gummy.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Chi's preference for longer candy over the shorter version may remind one of... another thing which women prefer when it's longer. To drive the point home further, one of the ads depicts Tooru having an Imagine Spot of Chi eating one of said longer candies with Long Long Man... while they're both naked in bed together.
- Dramatic Drop: Chi drops her things this way constantly, especially in the presence of Long Long Man.
- Incompatible Orientation: The final commercial reveals that the Long Long Man is gay, and the reason why he was always found near Chi is because he was actually looking at Tooru.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Chi gets hers after dumping Tooru for Long Long Man a second time, and on their own wedding day, no less. Her just desserts come not long after this, when it's revealed Long Long Man was only sticking around her to look for Tooru. He then begins wooing and sharing Sakeru Gummy with him instead, leaving her empty-handed and pretty much a pariah in front of her friends and family at the wedding.
- Leitmotif: Long Long Man has a specific Sexophone tune which plays whenever he appears.
- Love Triangle: Chi is torn between her current partner Tooru and the new, exciting Long Long Man.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Chi has such a moment when she learns that putting all of the pieces of a regular bag of Sakeru Gummy together results in the same amount of candy as the Long format, meaning that her breakup with Tooru was for nothing.
- Netorare: Parodied, except instead of an actual affair it's with Sakeru Gummy.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Long Long Man is first seen working as a deliveryman, and then later, as a mascot selling balloons.
- No Name Given: The Long Long Man himself is never given an actual name.
- Oh, Crap!: Happens several times.
- Tooru's expression when he finds the Long Sakeru Gummy in Chi's bed. Cue to him tearing the gum apart with his hands
- Tooru, again, when he sees Long Long Man arriving at his (Tooru) and Chi's own wedding.
- Chi's expression when she finds out that Long Long Man wants Tooru and not her, not long after she dumps the latter a second time, no less.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Long Long Man's real name is never given. Same with Chi-chan, since her name is likely a nickname as well.
- The campaign is not actually called "Long Long Man", it's actually "Sakeru Gummy vs. Long Sakeru Gummy.
- Pair the Suitors: In the final commercial, Long Long Man goes from Tooru's romantic rival to his love interest after revealing that it was never Chi he was into.
- Rapid-Fire "No!": Chi shouts this when she sees Long Long Man and Tooru sharing their Sakeru Gummy with one another. This is not long after she attempted to dump the latter.
- Rewatch Bonus: The scene of the rabbit mascot with the balloons? Not only is it Long Long Man inside the costume, but him letting go of the balloons can be read as him being shocked to see Tooru proposing to Chi-chan.
- Running Gag: Several.
- Secondary Character Title: While the series is named after him, Long Long Man has the least focus amongst the main characters.
- Secretly Dying: It's eventually revealed that Chi is actually ill and doesn't have long to live. This is why she loves long things so much, because they make her think of a long life. However, the next segment heavily implies it was just an excuse for her to get out of trouble with Tooru.
- Sexophone: The shout of "Long Long MAAAAAAAAN!" is followed by a seductive-sounding saxophone riff which may remind one of George Michael's "Careless Whisper".
- Straight Gay: Long Long Man, who always wears masculine clothing and even grows a mustache and beard. is revealed to be gay in the final commercial.
- Trademark Favorite Food: It's a commercial for Sakeru Gummy, so guess what everyone's favorite food is.
- Twist Ending: Admit it, you never thought that Long Long Man was gay and after Tooru and not Chi the whole time, didn't you?
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: Defied. Tooru asks Chi-chan how she would like to be proposed to, to which she replies that she doesn't like flash mobs. Cue the panicked Tooru signalling the flash mob he's already prepared to disperse and call it off, before quickly proposing to her in the ensuing chaos.
- Weddings in Japan: Tooru and Chi have a Western-style wedding ceremony, during which Tooru wears a white tuxedo. The Long Long Man, however, wears a black tuxedo when he shows up. With a ridiculously long tail.