Oh, Japan! – #9 Face the Pain

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Oh, Japan! is a weekly feature in which I chronicle the wierd, wacky and just plain crazy goings on in Japan. Because we all know, Japan is prone to doing things that make us Westerners say “Oh, Japan!”.

We have covered anime in “Oh, Japan!” before, but not when Japanese animation goes wrong. This week we take aim at one episode of the Naruto Shippuden anime which almost appears that the animators were all tripping on acid while creating this.

It seems as though the animators forgot that they were Japanese and instead made everything look like an episode of Looney Tunes, in turn ruining one of the Naruto manga’s greatest fights (Naruto vs. Pain). Not only that but they completely made the once intimidating villain, Pain, into what appears to be a boneless Sonic the Hedgehog-Wiley Coyote hybrid.  But it’s still good for a laugh, a sigh and an “Oh, Japan!”

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