Post Reply Wakako has a jar of Skippy peanut butter in her fridge (Wakakozake season 1 drama)
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Posted 5/6/16
It's fun to pretend that in Wakakozake season 1, episode 8 ("Drinking at Home"), we're looking at the actual apartment that Rina Takeda calls home.

I really do understand that we're watching a well-produced fantasy world, and that's not really where she lives.

But I noticed that at the 14:07 mark in that show, when Wakako opens up the refrigerator, you can clearly see a jar of Skippy peanut butter sitting on the top shelf of the refrigerator door.

Now I know that Wakako is pretty adventurous, and she enjoys a wide variety of foods (and especially alcoholic beverages that go well with different foods), but really now, a jar of Skippy peanut butter? Who came up with that prop, I wonder.

In the US, Skippy is generally seen as something that a kid would eat. It's certainly not a classy or high-end, natural peanut butter brand, rather it is a mass-marketed, not-particularly-highly-regarded brand.

Product placements do not show up at random in TV shows (and surely anything that shows up in Wakakozake has been put there intentionally).

So somehow, someone must have arranged for the jar of Skippy to be placed in that primo position inside the fridge.

Is Skippy widely available in Japan? Is it considered to be exotic?

I could certainly watching Rina Takeda any day (all day long, in fact) seductively eating and drinking anything at all. But I'd really like to pretend that she actually has a jar of Skippy in her fridge and that she eats peanut butter right out of that jar with a set of chopsticks in one hand and a glass of hot sake in the other, letting out a satisfied "pshuuu" every minute or two. Am I weird, or what?

BTW, I watched season 2 first (because it was the first season that was available on Crunchyroll) and just finished binge-watching season 1, and my verdict is that season 1 was the more creative, funny, and enjoyable of the two. Nevertheless, I love the series and Rina Takeda, and I'm feeling acute withdrawal pains right now since I've exhausted the available episodes. I may just have to watch them all over again.

Here's a screen grab that shows the Skippy jar:







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Posted 5/21/16
That's an interesting point! Although the last time I was in Tokyo, I went to a specialty food store and visited the "exotic" section. It was filled with stuff like Skippy peanut butter.

I am obsessed with Wakakozake! Do you know of any other shows on CR that are similar in tone or mood? I'm new to Japanese shows and am interested in Drama or Comedy.
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Ditto on being obsessed with Wakakozake.

The production behind Wakakozake is impressive - I wonder how much planning and how many shots and retakes and editing must have gone into each show in order to get the final result to appear so straightforward and seamless.

I'm at a bit of a loss trying to come up with a comparable show on CR, but I'll give it some more thought.

The shows that I've found to be compelling, even though a lot of the themes and acting are rather formulaic, tend to be high-school dramas (Mischievous Kiss - Love in Tokyo, for example - Miki Honoka in her role as Aihara Kotoko is precious), medical dramas (Team Medical Dragon et al), and detective stories (many different ones - I enjoyed Death Note despite the over-the-top computer-generated death god characters).

I'm watching dramas on CR mostly to help improve my ability to understand Japanese language conversations - it's a slow process, especially since I haven't had any Japanese language instruction in many years, but I'm discovering new words and phrases all the time.



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I don't know if peanut butter is an exotic food over there but there's definitely a bigger question here. Why the heck did you notice a jar of peanut butter inside of a fridge? If I remember correctly (which i probably don't) wakakozake is about food so I would imagine you'd be more concentrated on the actual food instead of a random jar of peanut butter Good eyes though. It would have flown over my head like an eagle because i don't notice stuff like this.
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Posted 5/28/16
Peanut butter was invented by a black man, so yes.
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Posted 5/28/16 , edited 5/28/16

jaykirbydudee wrote:

I don't know if peanut butter is an exotic food over there but there's definitely a bigger question here. Why the heck did you notice a jar of peanut butter inside of a fridge?


Probably because I couldn't get this catchy song from a children's TV show out of my head:

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others.
By the time I finish my song?




In other words, if I were to see a can of Calpis Water (カルピスウォーター) or a box or two of original-flavor Pocky (ポッキー) sticks sitting in a cabinet or perched on the counter top, it would be no big deal. But a jar of Skippy in the fridge? That caught my attention right away.









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