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GiriOni



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:06 pm Reply with quote
I do love my satire, a lot. Enjoyed reading this one.

But don't forget about Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei. That series had political commentary up to 11. Even if it is done for comedic effect, the satire is thick.
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Shay Guy



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:12 pm Reply with quote
The title "The Legend of Koizumi" is used in the article title, the subheading, and once in the body ("...alas, The Legend of Koizumi without Koizumi just isn't the same.") It never explains where it comes from.
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EvilTaxi



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:26 pm Reply with quote
The junior Bush is actually just George W. George H.W. is the elder.
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osakaedo



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:49 pm Reply with quote
Shay Guy wrote:
The title "The Legend of Koizumi" is used in the article title, the subheading, and once in the body ("...alas, The Legend of Koizumi without Koizumi just isn't the same.") It never explains where it comes from.


It is in the third paragraph...

"Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku [The Legend of Koizumi] is the story of Junichiro Koizumi, Japan's LDP Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006. In real life, Koizumi is probably the closest thing Japan has had recently to a "media star politician" in the American style: elected to five one-year terms, he was an economic reformist, a right-wing nationalist, and check out that silver-fox mane of hair! In this manga, he's also an incredible mahjong champion who challenges other world leaders to mahjong battles to determine public policy and generally kick ass. The title, "Reform without Wasted Tsumo" (a mahjong term), is a parody of Koizumi's campaign slogan, "Seiiki naki Kaikaku" (Reform without Sanctuary/Exceptions)."
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Shay Guy



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:26 pm Reply with quote
osakaedo wrote:
It is in the third paragraph...

"Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku [The Legend of Koizumi] is the story of Junichiro Koizumi, Japan's LDP Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006. In real life, Koizumi is probably the closest thing Japan has had recently to a "media star politician" in the American style: elected to five one-year terms, he was an economic reformist, a right-wing nationalist, and check out that silver-fox mane of hair! In this manga, he's also an incredible mahjong champion who challenges other world leaders to mahjong battles to determine public policy and generally kick ass. The title, "Reform without Wasted Tsumo" (a mahjong term), is a parody of Koizumi's campaign slogan, "Seiiki naki Kaikaku" (Reform without Sanctuary/Exceptions)."


You added the bit in brackets. Even if you hadn't, it's clear why Koizumi is relevant, but there's still no indication of where the phrase comes from. (If it were released under that title in the US, the column would've used it throughout, as Thompson and Garrity always do.)
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Snomaster1



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:14 am Reply with quote
This manga is quite possibly one of the silliest I've ever heard of. It seems that "The Legend of Koizumi" is legendary for all the weirdness it generates. It seem that Americans aren't the only ones who can't resist doing political satires.
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osakaedo



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:44 am Reply with quote
Shay Guy wrote:
You added the bit in brackets. Even if you hadn't, it's clear why Koizumi is relevant, but there's still no indication of where the phrase comes from. (If it were released under that title in the US, the column would've used it throughout, as Thompson and Garrity always do.)


It's also on the Japanese covers. It's the official English title.
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