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YMMV / UFO Kamen Yakisoban

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  • Adaptation Displacement: Outside of Japan, the video game is more well-known than the commercials that inspired it.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The movie's scene with Aja Kong is bizarre even by its standards, as she comes out of nowhere to beat up Yakisoban and vanishes just as quickly, with no plot relevance whatsoever.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song from the movie is extremely catchy and became a hit single.
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  • Epileptic Trees: Many viewers have speculated that the Legend is Segata Sanshiro, having survived his last commercial, with the shout-outs to the role only furthering the speculation.
  • Narm Charm: The movie is deliberately overacted and silly and seems to have no budget, but it's part of the charm since the whole thing is based around ads for instant noodles.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: While the game is short, the colorful characters and backgrounds, attention paid to the brand and the silliness, and the awesome music make it one of the better advergames out there.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Kettler is such a fun villain it's easy to root for him, which is likely part of why he outlasted the original Yakisoban commercials.
  • Tear Jerker: Yakisoban's downfall in the 2017 series is downright depressing at times, especially for fans that grew up on the originals.
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  • Values Dissonance: The movie has a Played for Laughs segment where Yakisoban refuses to rescue a man wearing women's clothes while looking for a wife, which can be read as a crossdressing joke, a gay joke, or a transgender joke and doesn't read well in modern times regardless of intent.


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