NJPW SHORTxSHORT #19: Girl Talk Part II: Girler Talk

Welcome, Puropals, to another NJPW World SHORT x SHORT recap. Regularly on NJPW World, a short video, usually one or two minutes, is released which shows us a glimpse of what New Japan’s stars (more recently Young Lions) are up to outside the ring. Episode #019 can be found here (NJPW World Subscribers Only).

On the last SHORTxSHORT, Young Lions Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu sat down for some girl talk, as in they talked about girls. This week, the girl talk continues, and it gets even girler.

Screencap wise, this was not a very exciting video. For the entire time, Komatsu and Tanaka are just sitting in the dojo talking about girls and relationships, and at the end, Tanahashi makes his usual cameo.

However, the details of the conversation are a little more interesting. The conversation mostly focuses on Tanaka and his ideas about relationships, with Komatsu skillfully making things weird at the end. Like, Johnny Curtis weird.

First, Tanaka lists off a couple more characteristics he likes in a girl, which are common sense and beautiful writing. Geez, getting a bit specific there, Tanaka. And the beautiful writing, I assume he means handwriting, rules me right out.

Komatsu then asks Tanaka how long it’s been since he’s been in a relationship. Tanaka says he hasn’t had any girfriends since university. Tanaka is about 25 years old now, so I’d say it’s been a few years at least since he’s been in a relationship. Not sure if that’s sad or if I’m envious. Married life. Am I right, guys?

Now, I’m not sure if they mention this or if it’s my wife’s opinion, but she used the phrase “Herbivore Boy” regarding Sho Tanaka. Herbivore Men was a buzzword in Japan around 2008-2009. It’s used to describe a cultural phenomenon in Japan in which men are not interested in girlfriends or relationships. Tanaka seems to fall into that category. It’s apparently even been attributed to Japan’s declining birth rate. Interesting stuff.

Moving on, Tanaka then compares getting a girlfriend to a game. Specifically, it’s like the boss stage of a game. I guess the girlfriend is the boss character. That makes Tanaka the game’s main character. That means…ok I’m lost on this analogy. Any help?

Finally, in fantastic “let’s make things weird” fashion, Komatsu then says that he thinks Tanaka is “big.” Um, I’ll let you interpret that in whichever way you deem appropriate.

It’s his penis.

Oh yeah, then Tanahashi makes a cameo. It’s interesting how both guys stood up for Tanahashi when he entered the room. Some traditions are still going strong. 

On that note, in lieu of interesting screencaps from this episode, here’s some more great artwork from the ever talented (and demanding) Tapla.

Sorry for any bad spelling this week. I posted this on my phone as I’m currently holidaying without my computer.

J-Shoot Podcast Episode 22: The Podcast Without Fear

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  • This week, Bonski and Koala Mask review Dragon Gate, BJW, Zero1. Bonski also delves into the New Japan/UWFI feud, and a brief history of Japanese wrestling promotions and the characteristics that set them all apart.
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Delayed Doom: My favourite Kind of Doom

I’ve recently discovered that I’m really drawn to a particular type of move in wresting that I’ve taken to calling Delayed Doom. I was going to call it Delayed Death, but that feels a little dark. Delayed Doom is a style of move where the wrestler holds their opponent in a position which they can’t move or escape the move before finishing them off. There are usually a few seconds where the opponent is just waiting for the trigger to be pulled before they’re slammed into oblivion. Delayed Doom.

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A Match Most Worth Seeing: Masato Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora, Dragon Gate, April 9, Korakuen Hall

Masato Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY (c) vs Jimmy… by JAHMAL1111
-Car Crash wrestling at it’s finest

Dragon Gate matches often get described as car crash style. It’s guys going at a hundred miles an hour, hitting a thousand finishers and kicking out each time, bumping like crazy and selling like Superman. It’s a lot of fun, but sometimes it can be completely to watch, so I can’t even imagine how the wrestlers must feel. In some matches so much happens at such a fast pace that when it’s over, all I’m doing is smiling, but all I remember is a blur of wrestlers.

Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmys Susumu & Kagetora for the Open the Twin Gate titles on April 9, 2015 is car crash wrestling done right. You could say done to perfection even. The match doesn’t start out a million miles a minute. Instead, it begins at a more methodical, you could say normal pace. Of course, before too long things pick up. I mean, with Yoshino involved, there’s no doubt they would. What makes this match especially good is that while you could still describe it typical Dragon Gate car crash style, it’s doesn’t take it too far. Yes, there are finishers being kicked out of and a lot of nearfalls towards the finish, but not to the extent where you wish the match would just end, like I felt with BxB Hulk vs. Jimmy Susumu from a few shows back. Hulk kicked out of Susumu’s lariat at least ten-thousand times before finally putting Susumu away.  It became almost comical, and could have ended about five minutes earlier and been a much more satisfying match. In the case of  Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmys Susumu & Kagetora, the pacing and match length was near perfect, the last five or ten minutes were heart stopping, and there was no burnt out feeling when the match ended. Just bliss.

It’s also great to see Shachihoko BOY become less of a pushover, and more of never-give-up underdog that’s all heart. His development as performer is really fun to watch.

I can’t recommend this match any more highly. It’s tag team wrestling and classic DG car crash style at its best. ALL OF THE STARS!

NJPW SHORTxSHORT #018: Girl Talk

Welcome, Puropals, to another NJPW World SHORT x SHORT recap. Each week on NJPW World, a short video, usually one or two minutes, is released which shows us a glimpse of what New Japan’s stars (more recently Young Lions) are up to outside the ring. Episode #017 can be found here (NJPW World Subscribers Only).

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