The Late Movies: Weird Japanese Commercials

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I'm not sure if it's the lost-in-translation factor or if the Japanese are just inherently strange, but a shockingly high proportion of their advertising is just completely off-the-wall. Let's take a look at some of the weirdest Japanese commercials YouTube has to offer.

High blood pressure tea
I'm not sure how tea is supposed to reduce your blood pressure, but that alone hardly begins to describe what's so strange about this ad.

Creepy insurance
The text reads "That Japan doesn't exist anywhere anymore, there is no one you can trust." Shudder-inducing.

Tentacle healing lotion
I can only assume that's what they're selling.

The Governator
Talk about lost in translation. This one makes my brain hurt.

This X-Box ad pits a pretty girl against an evil pie-throwing machine.

Broken finger cream
Did you break all your fingers? This cream should do the trick.

Fish-egg mayo sauce
Featuring the weirdest-looking child ever born.

Pepsi woman!
Pepsi's new Japanese mascot makes me vaguely uncomfortable.

Duckzilla
Don't worry, if your crusty old teachers make you drink water, a 100-ton rubber duckie will crush them!

Pretz pretzels
This doesn't make me want to eat anything, much less pretzels.

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