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MuscaDomestica

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« on: 06-03-2002 16:17 »

Ok this show is scary, I never would have thought that the hampster genre would have made it to America. I hear that this is the number one show in Japan. I keep watching it for the whole train wreck angle.

Makes me want to see Ebichu the Housekeeping Hamster, even more. (it is an NC-17 hampster show done by the guys who did Evangelion)
Kryten

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« Reply #1 on: 06-03-2002 16:19 »

There's a hamster GENRE now?

*shudders*
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #2 on: 06-03-2002 19:29 »
« Last Edit on: 06-03-2002 19:29 »

USELESS TRIVIA-O-RAMA!

Hamutaro (as it is called in Japan--"Hamu" being short for hamustaa and "taro" being a common suffix for male given names) really hit the big time when his big movie played as part of a double-feature with Godzilla-Mothra-King Ghidorah: Daikaiju Soukougeki in December. The only movie to beat this combo at the Japanese box-office that season was the Western Haari Potta.

(That pairing seems incredible, because this Godzilla was scary and violent, with loads of painful, horrifying human and monster deaths--far more so than any recent version, Japanese or [yuck] the American. But Japanese kids aren't as "sheltered" as Western children spoon-fed happy endings and sugar coatings.)

I went to see Godzilla, but got to the theatre early. I tried watching Hamutaro, but the darkly colorful anime--complete with a Sailor Moon-style humanoid hamster-goddess--was so acid-trippy and full of high-pitched squeaky voices that I had to flee the place until it was safe to enjoy the fiery rubber-suit antics.

Conversely, I won't watch the US version because of the inevitable crappy dubbed voices. I'll take the high-pitched squeaking anyday.

The kids were having a hell of a time, though, and that's what's important.
VelourFog

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« Reply #3 on: 06-03-2002 22:14 »

interesting grammar side note:
the animal is actually a "hamster" the stupid singing website lady added the "p" and now everyone thinks thats how you spell the poor animal's name
David A

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« Reply #4 on: 06-06-2002 02:33 »

I couldn't actually bring myself to watch this show.  I have to wonder though, is Richard Gere the villain?   tongue
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #5 on: 06-06-2002 07:11 »

I don't know about the TV series, but I think the villain of the movie was a cat who liked to pick his nose with one claw. His henchmen were all ninja rodents; as they were all dressed in black, I couldn't tell if they were hamsters (probably not) or rats (likely). I already mentioned the Earth-hamster-goddess; that was very freaky.

Hamutaro had a boatload of hamster-friends, one of whom may have been a guinea pig, he was freaking huge compared to the others. But the movie had many songs in high-pitched voices, so I was out of there pretty quickly.
Torquemada

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« Reply #6 on: 06-06-2002 07:28 »

 
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Originally posted by VelourFog:
interesting grammar side note:
the animal is actually a "hamster" the stupid singing website lady added the "p" and now everyone thinks thats how you spell the poor animal's name
Maybe in your defective American spelling ways, but my dictionary (pre-dating hamster dance) gives both spellings as valid. I must be said though I have always spelled it without the P.

A hollow heart and empty head, makes the streets run red. A careless desire leaves a child with a future of fire.
Kryten

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« Reply #7 on: 06-06-2002 09:10 »

 
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Originally posted by David A:
I couldn't actually bring myself to watch this show.  I have to wonder though, is Richard Gere the villain?    tongue

No, that's in the spinoff, Gerbtaro.
David A

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« Reply #8 on: 06-07-2002 00:07 »

Well, I actually watched it.  Very odd.  There was no sign of the hamster goddess in the episode I saw, but there sure were a lot hamsters.

One of the hamsters was from France and had a French accent.  (This was in the English dub, of course.)  I wonder if she was French in the original?

The human characters are drawn in a very CLAMPish sort of style.

I'm sure this show will be a big hit with the Pokemon/Digimon crowd, by which I mean all children everywhere.
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #9 on: 06-07-2002 03:09 »

The hamster-goddess and the cat-villain may only appear in the movie. I've never seen the TV show. Here's a page featuring Godzilla and Hamutaro facing off.
David A

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« Reply #10 on: 06-07-2002 03:30 »

Are they facing off?  It looks like Godzilla is patting him on the head.  How cute.

Of course, now you've made me think of Godzilla vs. Bambi.   big grin
Just Chris

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« Reply #11 on: 06-07-2002 23:59 »

なんと! ゴジラとハム太郎がタッグ結成!?

It's on Cartoon Network I believe, and my friends who saw it thought it very weird and interesting. Cue Hamsterdance music!

De-do-dee-do...
David A

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« Reply #12 on: 06-08-2002 01:42 »

Yes, it is on Cartoon Network.  It comes on right after Sailor Moon.  Aren't there laws against having that much cuteness in one hour?   laff
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #13 on: 06-08-2002 02:17 »
« Last Edit on: 06-08-2002 02:17 »

The Hamutaro The Movie site has pics of the hamster-goddess; if you don't read katakana, look for the fourth blue-ringed link, "characters."

The upcoming 2nd Hamutaro movie, and the main Hamutaro site.

All Japanese sites. Poke around, enjoying the cute pics.
Kryten

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« Reply #14 on: 06-08-2002 22:13 »

That hamster-goddess looks pretty odd... just a human with hamster-ears.
David A

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« Reply #15 on: 06-11-2002 04:38 »

Whatever you do, don't listen to the song that's played during the ending credits.  It gets stuck in your head.
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