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How is Fireman Sam a widget series? The example only says the its original title doesn't make much sense.
Would Labyrinth and Big Man Japan count?
Why would they?
Jacob Two-Two, really? The description only comments how canadian it is, no explanation given on how weird it is. I didn't liked the show and only saw a bunch of episodes, but the tone and writing of the show is more in the vein of those down to earth shows about kids that go to school like Hey Arnold or Recess.
How about calling weird Norwegian weird things WENT (Weird Enough Norwegian Thing)?
Would One Piece itself be a Widget Series, albeit one with phenomenal popularity in its home country and substantial popularity overseas? Its main character is a pirate captain who stretches like rubber and hangs out with a talking reindeer, a cyborg, and a living skeleton; every character uses mollusks for all communication (and have become several key plot points); and so many weird situations and people have appeared in the series thus far that no one, Japanese or otherwise, can predict with any certainty what would happen next.
EDIT: Nevermind, it's on the list—just not in the alphabetized part.
Would a strange multinational thing be a Weird Humorous International Project?
Seriously, what is it about Japan that makes their culture so strange? Is there a radioactive meteor or something in the middle of Tokyo that warps the minds of anyone who's near it for too long?
Because several weird games represents Japan just like how Jackass represents America or how Monty Python represents the UK's mental state. Yep, makes a lot of sense.
Cultural dissonance/shock. What seems strange to individuals of one culture may be perfectly normal for those of another culture.
Their culture isn't strange at all. Most of their media is actually really normal, just like ours - it's normal by their standards, but once you have an idea of those standards, most things on this page are still weird, and have barely anything to do with them being foreign.
A while ago, GG Chrono cleaned up the examples. One of the examples he removed was this, which I think is valid:
I'll put it back for now, although I'm willing to discuss it.
Will there be an acronym for a weird Korean thing?
No, that one's for Weird Canadian Things.
I know... how about "Weird Occurrence from Korea" or "Weird Oddity from Korea" (WOK)?
Should we get a new picture? This same picture is used in the Katamari Damacy page.
Moving this here:
Japan has a culture outsiders may find pretty strange. In ancient times, Japan was a tribal culture. After making contact with China, they became an "eastern" culture, adopting a lot of Chinese cultural baggage but changing it to suit themselves while keeping older beliefs such as animism. The same thing happened during the 19th century, when Japan became an industrialized "western" culture. These three layers of culture interact in fascinating and unusual ways.
Exemplified by the Katamari Damacy video game series. Such games have also a noticeably larger presence on handheld systems than their console brethren.
Not to be confused with the animated series about an alien named Widget. Nor with the economic term (which is shorthand for an unknown unit of production. Product X, but economic slang). Nor with that thing floating in your Guinness.
Spinoff terms you'll likely see in this page include WTF (A Weird Thing from France), WHAT (A Weird Humorous American Thing) or just WAT, Wabbit (Weird British Thing), Wicket (Weird Canadian Thing), STANZA (Strange Thing from Australia/New Zealand/Australasia), EIEIO (Excessively Irish Example of Intentional Oddity), and WIT (Weird Icelandic Thing).
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