VIDEO: Nearly an Hour of Vintage Japanese McDonald's Commericals!

Scary Japanese Ronald Ahoy!

THE BEST part of being the editor in chief of Crunchyroll News is deciding what’s news … and what isn’t. I mean, any number of sites can give you reams of sales figures and reports on film screenings hundreds of miles from where you live. And that’s fine. Such up the minute information has its place.


But here at CRN, the past is just as important as the present, especially when it erupts with volcanic ferocity into an otherwise unsuspecting day like today. Take for example, nearly an hour of vintage Japanese McDonald’s commercials just uploaded to YouTube which spans 4 decades of vital hamburger history


Behold, in bite sized chunks, the rise of the Golden Arches in the Land of the Rising Sun: from its humble beginnings as an edible novelty from a faraway country (then) to becoming Japan’s number one food provider (now).


Hallucinatory highlights from this 1977-2000 trip down memory lane  include: the epoch defining debut of the Quarter Pounder, Boxing Ronald McDonald, Tron-style special effects, lots of shenanigans in Japanese McDonaldland, an alarming amount of non-Japanese actors, and the stylistic changing of the guard from bell bottoms to big eyebrows, and beyond.


See how much scary Japanese Ronald McDonald your heart can stand before you succumb to a Big Mac attack!



Via Chris Sobieniak 



Patrick Macias is editor in chief of Crunchyroll News. He also runs the Japanese Fashion Inferno tumblr blog. Follow him on twitter at @Patrick_Macias.

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