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TV commercial of the week: Akina Minami and boat racing

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"Talent" Akina Minami appears in this commercial for one of Japan's most popular gambling past-times -- boat racing.

She is dressed in six different colored outfits -- blue, white, green, yellow, black and red -- in her role as the mascot character for the boat race competition taking place this week.

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This ad has been around for months - and is annoying. I have no idea what dancing around as a cat has to do with racing.

1 ( +6 / -4 )

Agree with Tmarie.

Many of the ads here are shot in long-versions and that either split up into multiple ads or trimmed per time-slot, etc. Cheaper that way especially when they use expensive talents or overseas actors.

BTW, It should be Akinya not akina.

-4 ( +2 / -5 )

Manic helium voice aside, she's a doll.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Agree with the above. It's an old, embarrasingly stupid commercial.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

agree with pamelot

3 ( +3 / -0 )

This is a bizarre commercial. You get a bunch of women who would be very attractive if they behaved like women, and have them act like children dressed up in de-sexified cat costumes, to promote an event held on water - which cats notoriously hate.

Then you have to suspend disbelief and pretend the use of the syllable "Nyan" is in some way amusing.

Why don't the people here want women to look like women?

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

She has a great smile.. real cutie.. used to see her on Quiz II Hexagon and other shows... BTW... it is Akina.. not Akinya.. You are incorrect!

0 ( +1 / -2 )

annoying CM!!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

BTW... it is Akina.. not Akinya.. You are incorrect!

No, in the commercial she's dressed in a cat costume, and cats say "nya", so if she pretends her name is Akinya it becomes comedy gold, you see. Welcome to the world-famous sophisticated Japanese culture. Act like a baby and you're half-way to a showbiz career.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

@Ivan Coughanoffalot It mostly because the perverted Akihabara introverts love this kind of this stuff, and why AKB48 is so popular.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Akina is lovely.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I think she is sexy.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

This commercial just reinforces the reasons why I don't watch TV very often.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Cute as she is, it IS a really annoying commercial -- and a commercial promoting something illegal in Japan (supposedly, anyway); gambling!

0 ( +3 / -3 )

@smith

Boats, horses and cycling are all legal avenues for gambling. Government-controlled and a nice little earner for the taxman.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Eh, seems fine to me. Typical overly feminization I see everyday here among my students. I'm not so offended as others...........maybe I have a higher tolerance for this stuff. It is not overtly sexual, which seems weird to me.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Nothing wrong with it.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I like her with the green hair.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I like the sexual connotation's- Girls in cat suits, Boys in Boats, Punters getting ripped off.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Sugar coating for yakuza boating.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

She should make CM for coke. She drinks one for breakfast and apparently drinks at least 5 every night for dinner. I don't know about the rest of the day, but doesn't look good.

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@Ranger_Miffy2

It is not overtly sexual, which seems weird to me.

That's funny....

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@Mirai

I quite aree with you......

I look very like the man in the commercial and wish more and more woman, including nae-Japanese women, would act like that..........

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

HAHAHAHAHAHA

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