Hey y’all, it’s the Culturally Impaired Edition, coming in hot with some fresh extended translator’s notes! Part 2 of the Batsu is looking pretty good, so let’s get going with the explanations!
Yonekura Ryoko, Yanagiba Toshiro, Maekawa Kiyoshi
Yonekura Ryoko is a famous Japanese actress and former fashion model. She’s most famous for acting in the TV medical drama, Doctor X.
Yanagiba Toshiro is also a famous actor who has acted in Bayside Shakedown and Space Battleship Yamato.
Maekawa Kiyoshi is a famous singer and tarento who was the first lead vocalist for the Hiroshi Uchiyamada and Cool Five band, who then went on to pursue a successful solo career.
All of these people are respected and kind of regarded as cool posh people.
Zakoshisyoh is a comedian that does really bad imitations. Like really, he just can’t get away from his weird signature finger pointing dance, body shaking, and strange yelling, so he never sounds like the person he is imitating. You can catch some of his really poor skills in various episodes of Wednesday Downtown. Find subbed episodes at the Wednesday Downtown Project.
Like the translation note says, PERFECT HUMAN is a song by Oriental Radio. Might be easier to just show you the PERFECT HUMAN music video so you understand what this joke is about.
The Hyokkorihan joke may be lost on a lot of you, but what Matsumoto did is pretty much it. That is the Hyokkorihan skit. Here, watch this video and see for yourself.
Make the noise!
Hamada here shows his Kansai origins and says, “Make the noise” in a very Kansai dialect way. It’s very hard to explain how it makes it funny, but Kansai dialect is very direct and doesn’t have room for facades like the standard Tokyo Japanese does. In standard Tokyo Japanese, it would probably be phrased something like, “Hey, where is the sound?” Kansai dialect is not a countryside dialect or anything comparable in America, but it’s just very honest and goes straight for the punchline.
Tarot cards are a special deck of cards that is used for fortune telling. It’s very popular with women in Japan to help with troubles regarding romance, career, finance, etc. Fortune telling in general is popular though, such as palm reading, horoscopes, blood-type horoscopes (yes, this is a real thing), and much more. However, these cards are not actually tarot.
This one is a rather short extended translator’s note, but that’s okay, there’s still 8 other parts to explain!
Hope you enjoyed part 2 and be on the look out for part 3 real soon! As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave some feedback.