When Sarah first asked me to guest-blog this week’s edition of Weeaboo Wednesday, my first reaction was to squint and shake my head condescendingly while sighing out a labored “no”. I understood that she was too busy with her various racketeering operations and crippling gambling addiction to cover her shift for this week, but I remained held back by the fact that I categorically hate anime. I, like everyone else, enjoyed Cowboy Bebop, and admired the honorable way of the bushido, but found the entire rest of the japanimation ouevre to be shrill and of unwatchably poor craftsmanship at best.
However! I do know one or two things about Japan that don’t require me to specifically watch any anime, so I figured I would let you all in on one of my favorite Japanese cultural tropes: Big Huge Muscly Dudes That Just Sort of Walk Around Doing Big Muscly Things. You may say “But David! Every culture enjoys gigantic, oiled-up bodybuilders! Surely Japan’s 100% understandable infatuation with them is no different!”
You would be wrong! Let me show you how wrong after the jump!