MXC--Anyone know about the actual Japanese Show?

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  1. doom1701

    doom1701 Time for a new Title TCF Club

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    What's it called--Tasheki's Castle or something like that?

    It's obvious that the overdubbing is pretty much brand new material--they aren't translating the original show. But just from the looks of the hosts, the skits, the banter, etc, it also seems that it must be pretty humorous and slapstick in Japanese as well.

    Sometimes I wish they'd broadcast just a straight english translation on a separate audio channel--I feel like I'm missing out on part of the joke sometimes!
     
  2. dirtypacman

    dirtypacman Coming and going

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    LOL!

    I have to say that show would be funny no matter in english or japenese... I am sure you can find a bit more direct through google.


    Couple of fun facts about injuries occuring in these games:

    Injury name Number of people who got this injury from playing Takeshi's Castle
    Broken ribs 41
    Broken jaws 19
    Bruised chin 312
    Bruised shins 282
    Knocked out 9
    Concussion 35
    Winded 276
    Fractured Skull 2
    Black eye 112
    Torn muscles 62

    stats taken from --- http://homepage.ntlworld.com/kevin.kempthorne/Takeshi/
     
  3. whoknows55

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    What network is this on?
     
  4. dirtypacman

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    Spike TV
     
  5. doom1701

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    dirty, that site is really cool. It's interesting to see where the little things here and there fit into the original concept--like how "Vic Romano" is actually Count Takeshi himself. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to explain who "Kenny Blankenship" is.
     
  6. dirtypacman

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    I wish I could find the actual site for the original show but dont have the time at work to do the search.
     
  7. Steveknj

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    Think of this show as the game show equivilant to Mystery Science 3000. Vic Romano and Kenny Blankenship are actually made up names for the two creators of the show who do the wisecracking. They take splices from the entire Takeshi's Castle series (which I believe aired in the late 80s and early 90s in Japan), and weave them into a show. From what I read in a USA Today article from May, they actually sit with hours of cuts and try different jokes until they find the ones they think work. They actually did do one or two shows using college kids from Florida, I think. Other than that, it is all from the original Takeshi's castle.

    You should see if you can find the USA Today article about MXC, which gives a very good explanation about the show.
     
  8. doom1701

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    I have a tough time seeing MXC as MST3K-ing of Takeshi's Castle (which, the more I write it, the more it stands out that you could also see the title as "Takes His Castle", which is the point of the game). Obviously the MXC version is totally different with radically different dialog and even a different object to the game, but there are plenty of totally ridiculous stunts that the "hosts" are often doing that make me think that the show is supposed to be off the wall.
     
  9. Steveknj

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    Since I don't know what is ACTUALLY said in the Japanese dialog, I'm referring just to the English dialogue that is dubbed in. Basically, they take a scene, watch it, and make funny comments or play by play. Just as they do in MST3K, or that new sports show in ESPN Classic, the name of which escapes me.
     
  10. doom1701

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    BTW, the stats are fake:

     
  11. Supfreak26

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    Cheap Seats. Great show.
     
  12. beldar

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    We showed an episode of MXC to an expat who works in Japan, hoping he'd be able to explain what was really going on. I was asking him about the group of guys always sitting behind "Kenny" and "Vic". It's almost always the same guys, but you see them go through different hairstyles (sometimes on the same MXC episode, which means they're assembling bits pretty much at random).

    Our friend said they were people trying to break into comedy, and this was a good way to get national exposure. I didn't buy it, because it's the same guys apparently year after year, and they never actually do anything, other than react to what "Kenny" and "Vic" are saying.

    Our friend claimed that sitting around reacting to comedians *is* a career in comedy. I guess I can't argue with that. So perhaps they're a living, onscreen laugh track.
     
  13. csyria

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    SO, what is the point of the original show? I was just wondering this.

    And is the original show based the same, funny dialog and not get yourself hurt?
     
  14. doom1701

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    The web site that DP provided has a decent explanation. Here's my Cliff Notes version.

    The two main "characters" on the show are General Lee (MXC: Captain Tenneal) and Count Takeshi (Vic Romano). Of course, the real show title is "Takeshi's Castle"--you can sometimes see the "Castle" in the background in the closing chant.

    The story goes that every episode General Lee assembles 100 volunteers to help him storm the castle. The volunteers go through a set of challenges, weeding down their numbers. The first challenge is always one of the ones where everyone participates at once (like the (MXC) "Wall of Hidden Blistering Death"). After that, they proceed through various other challenges, and if a person doesn't make it, they're gone.

    At the end of the show, General Lee takes his remaining volunteers and tries to storm the castle. I guess Lee even gets his own special vehicle for this. Either using water guns or laser tag guns, the guys that you see sitting with Takeshi (Romano) throughout the show attempt to defend the castle. Takeshi sits in his little tank thing (again, sometimes seen at the end of the show) and assists in the defending.

    I thnk that Kenny Blankenship is supposed to be Takeshi's prince (no good pictures of him on any of the websites), and is the one that "comes up with" the challenges that Lee's forces must face.

    The "Teams" are completely the product of SpikeTV.
     
  15. sieglinde

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    I had heard here on Tivocommunity somewhere that the show was shown dubbed with proper English translations either in Canada or the UK.
     
  16. Fustanella

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    The UK, according to the first website mentioned above.
     
  17. Cboath

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    The rest of the story I read somewhere on this said that there were about 40 events to storm the castle and the first person to ever complete all 40 events won a huge grand prize and the producers of the show set it up that whenever someone made it past all the events, that was the end of the show for good. (I just googled it one day and found that article)
     
  18. Backslide420

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    What a wonderful Show.. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh I love Tivo
     
  19. orome

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    Orome's daily bit o' trivia: Takeshi was the evil crime boss in "Johnny Mnemonic."
     
  20. ashu

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    This show is hilarious ... need to set an SP for it again!
     

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