Due to its unusual, often humorous content and lack of spoken dialogue, Kiwami Japan has garnered a following from all over the world. Its videos are all watchable independently of one another, but will often have shout-outs to previous uploads and continuity updates for those who have been watching in chronological order.
This YouTube channel provides examples of:
- Awesome, but Impractical: While every knife made thus far certainly qualifies, special mention goes to the knives he made out of ice and smoke, respectively.
- Chekhov's Gun: The plate used at the end of the pasta knife video is itself turned into a knife two videos later.
- Complexity Addiction: Kiwami is prone to devising overly complicated solutions to obstacles he encounters during the knife-making process, such as making a vacuum-sealer from scratch - twice, because the first one didn't hold - or making a knife all over again if it isn't as effective as he'd hoped.
- Continuity Nod: The videos often have B-plots involving little toys or his iconic cow-shaped kitchen utensils.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Kiwami hasn't always specialized in his popular "sharpest _____ kitchen knives" videos; his early content covers other equally bizarre experiments, with the comments section usually full of newer subscribers joking that they expected more knives.
- In an early 2018 video, he outright does a Q&A with his face visible (albeit partially covered by a surgical mask), in contrast with his later content where he never speaks and appears briefly if at all.
- Eat the Evidence:
- The video on the knife made out of pasta quite literally ends on this trope: he cooks the knife and eats it.
- While we don't actually see it happen, the ending of the rice knife video implies this due to it ending on Kiwami putting it into a steamer.
- The gelatin knife video ends with him melting down the knife and returning the gelatin to its single-serving pouches.
- Everything's Better with Cows
- The cow-shaped pitchers used in his videos.
- The knife made out of milk has a handle with a cow motif, with a pommel cast from one of his cow-shaped pitchers.
- Loophole Abuse: His video on using a $1 kitchen knife to cut the hardest food in the world sees him accomplish this task... by more or less turning the knife into a saw.
- Overly Narrow Superlative: Sure, it probably is the sharpest rice/smoke/gelatin/chicken bone kitchen knife in the world, if only because it's the only one of its kind. Of all the "sharpest ______ kitchen knives" he's made, only the carbon fiber knife is likely to have any meaningful competition.
- Running Gag: Cucumbers. Several knife-making video ends with him cutting one, and each time it's acquired in a more bizarre fashion, to finding one hanging on his window blinds, to walking through a forested path to have one airdropped to him. Squeezing one out of a tube made of fake egg.
- Something Completely Different: Not only does the potato knife video have music playing for the majority of it, but the video's subplot concerns the tiny bear statue being possessed by a demon, forcing Kiwami to keep trying out ways of placating it so he can continue the video, ultimately resulting in him trapping the bear in a box, sealing the box in a tube of several tape rolls, and putting the tube on a perpetual rolling device he had fashioned, complete with brushes to rub against it.