Well, it is official now. Japanese game shows have invaded the United States. On Tuesday, June 24th 9 pm – 10 pm EST on ABC, you will see a new game show that ABC hopes to be a hit. The show is called I Survived A Japanese Game Show. How appropriate. ABC writes,
This unscripted reality/game show takes an eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look at 10 Americans – many of whom have never traveled outside the United States — who are whisked away to Japan and compete in the ultimate Japanese game show…with hilarious results. The final winner will take home $250,000.
I admit I will watch it. And somehow, I think this is going to be a hit for ABC. I wouldn’t say Japanese culture is at an all-time high, but it is poised to break into mainstream America, and not just for the anime and pop culture fans. You may see this as an insult, but in actuality, this is a good thing for fans. The more mainstream barriers Japanese culture breaks, the better for struggling anime and manga licensing companies stateside. Check out the official page of I Survived A Japanese Game Show.