A quick glance at any video sharing website would probably lead the casual observer to conclude that Japanese TV veers from mind numbing tosh to mere titillation — with next to nothing in-between. Yet a rummage through the nooks and crannies of night-time commercial television reveals a slightly different picture, with some shows taking a decidedly more serious approach.
Like the one below for example, whose fearless guests attempt to get to the bottom of the day’s important issues.
Gallantly sniffing out clues and getting up close and personal with the truth.
Such a penetrative approach producing real, if somewhat unsavoury, results. Allowing Japanese viewers a rare glimpse of the country’s darker side.
I wish I remember more of my Japanese. I’m sure what they’re saying is doubly hilarious.
From an online Dictionary:
Main Entry: black hole
1 : an object that has a gravitational field so strong that light and ridiculous contestants cannot escape it and that is believed to be created especially in the collapse of a very massive star or a very average Japanese TV “comedian”.
2 : something resembling a black hole: as a) something that consumes a resource continually, such as cultural standards b) an empty space : VOID of talent