Anime: Smoking “Uncool”

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Anime is now the chosen medium for anti-smoking campaigns, thanks to the genius of the Okayama prefectural government in commissioning an anime with its “uncoolness” as its main theme.

Okayama prefecture’s improbably ambitious goal of the “complete elimination” of the scourge of underage smoking (from the staggering rates of 3.3% for high school boys and 1.2% for JKs) has resulted in an anime DVD for distribution to schools, intended to ensure they are all made to understand just how “uncool” tobacco is:

Whether an anime will have any more success than decades of anti-smoking, anti-drinking, anti-drugs and anti-sex propaganda has had in discouraging minors from indulging in these illicit pleasures is of course open to question…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 25/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    well, that was painful to watch, it looks just like these regular boring shitty prevention spots we have here except they just decided to draw it thinking it'll make the message pass more easily

    it's like they took the worse of animation and prevention spots and mixed it up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 25/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I've seen flash animations more animated than this crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen flip-book animation smoother than this. Hell, I've DRAWN flip-book animation smoother than this.

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    Comment by Char
    09:35 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here.

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    15:45 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shitty animation aside I'd watch it if they only continued the plot as a regular story, I mean if one can endure hours of Umineko and Higurashi game-play for story, than this is nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me: "hahaha it can't be that bad, let's check it out..."

    *watches*

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! MY EYES! MY EYES!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rhinoceros in the world
    Try using google translate even when you can roughly get the message from all the subs you watch :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still better than out anti smoking campaigns at least the cigarette exists

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This one is the best I've seen:
    http://youtu.be/CO0qwl5k9R4

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 26/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous
    18:10

    well everyone tells the kid why its bad, and is than forced to think why they still do it anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:42 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like this one, short and effective. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7bHdo2DJHY

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Such a bad ad, lowest form of 'persuation' is using kids. Because with kids well....

    Comment by Anonymous

    it like tok wrnog yes?

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    Comment by Palmtop Tiger
    06:57 25/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    May the Light of Zvezda shine throughout the world!

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    Comment by makosdv
    07:23 25/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I was thinking the same thing.

    They can't promote Zvezda though because it encourages personal freedom and that would be against the gov't agenda.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Veneera-sama would be so proud.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hell Yeah!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 26/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep. And Zvezda did it much better too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 28/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTOb1FZNSx0

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    Comment by KingFisher
    06:42 25/03/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Well smoking is unhealthy and can shorten your life. But I don't think a country with a birthrate problem has any right in publicizing anti-sex propaganda.

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    Comment by 金玉くさい
    06:45 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think a country with an ageing crisis has any right publicising anti-smoking propaganda.

    Smoking could save Japan. It brings in taxes and kills people off just as they become unproductive. And that's leaving aside the fact that it's a stimulant that makes people work harder.

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    Comment by Yamato
    07:15 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But doesn't Japan already have some of the highest rates of chain-smokers in the world? So many people smoke that it's a wonder how the country manages to also have the highest life expectancy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Because while some overstressed salaryman is smoking and working to death in the city, in the countryside there's an old guy who is relaxing and eating fish and not about to go anytime soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Being a fatfuck kills you faster. The difference is that I don't think that sitting next to fatfuck while he eats burgers and chug cola will make me fat.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You do know that it first makes them sick? And because Japan isn't part of the third world like US, I believe it has universal healthcare. Meaning smoking most likely causes huge costs when the tar-lungs finally start to fail and they end up in ER/ICU for years before finally kicking it... I rememeber some calculation that the health costs greatly outnumber the tax payoff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes but so can over working and they don't do anything about that.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    08:34 25/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    [Over]working is seen as a noble, laudable, & admirable thing. Especially by the people who stand to profit the most from it: The owners of the businesses people are overworking at.

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    Comment by Yamato
    15:13 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Black Mage 9:40

    All three? Since when are most salary men obese?

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    Comment by Char
    09:40 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed even though those salary man hours will wreck your health faster then smoking, drinking and even obesity alone will.

    Actually it tends to help cause all three of the above.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Actually it's all economic logic. Hard work leads to low birth rate which leads to more porn which leads to more rape which leads to more births which leads to hard work.

    You know...

    logic.

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    Comment by VZ
    09:05 25/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    People wonder why flash isn't used more often in anime. Well because this is the result. It look like shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Actually flash can look pretty good, like anon said it's because they cut corners and got a lazy/shitty animator team on the job.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Flash isn't the issue here. Cutting corners and lack of skill is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:11 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ever considered that it wasn't flash because they gave this project to some trainee/university students to learn about animation?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The tweening was strong with this one. I'd venture to say it's University students animating and voice acting, AND using Flash.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs44/f/2009/126/8/5/Great_Teacher_Onizuka_Face_by_MightYst01.png

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    Comment by Yamato
    15:22 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    To its credit, I didn't find this near as obnoxiously preachy as your typical "very special episode" of an American cartoon. Maybe that's just me, though. Anyone else wanna weigh in on this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean like "Sonic Says" segments? Cartoons really haven't had that for years... now whatever few cartoons are left are mostly just random gobledy goop.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    06:45 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never quiet understood the pleasure of paying for stuff that is bad for your health. I guess kids do stupid stuff and once their addicted they can't help it anymore...

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    Comment by fxc2
    07:03 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you. However, after trying smoking myself and I can't deny its relaxing qualities. There's definitely a reason why people smoke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think the relaxing qualities were actually found false... I think it was something about the calming effect being only short term but smoking in general having a long term effect that causes smokers to actually get stressed more easily than non-smokers. This effect would then make it seem more and more like the smoking calms you down, while the stress accumulation actually stems from it. It is a nasty drug after all.

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    Comment by caiooa
    08:14 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    nicotine is a neurotransmitter naturaly produced by the body, but in small doses. A single cigarette has a waaay to strong dose, not to talk about a cigar. The receptors of it increase in number to deal with the bigger dose, and it do have a effect of stimulation. But once the dose is over, the impulse to smoke more will make people more stressed. The biggest problem: it takes too many time for the receptors to decrease in number. For like, 10-15 years after stopping smoking people would feel the same urge to light a cigar as the 1st day they stopped.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've worked with someone in a warehouse that shows that clearly. But thankfully he got wise to all the bullshit he thought he knew about why he was still doing it and was trying to quit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also a social thing too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, it's incredibly relaxing. One of the best things about smoking is it can teach you breathing techniques without you even realizing it. For example, when people are mad or stressed, what they are supposed to do is take a step back, breathe deeply, exhale.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's actually a myth that smoking relaxes. What's actually relaxing is the act of taking a time out and deep breasts... the actual smoking is about as relaxing as a roller coaster. Cigarettes were created to stimulate. I guess maybe some people lose that effect after going through it so much so while they're taking a breather and relaxing they decide to slowly poison themselves at the same time.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    08:05 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Relaxing.. well.. than it's not for me. Any more relaxed than I am and I would be dead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    YES DEEP BREASTS... THATS MORE LIKE IT~~~~

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:03 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, I did mean to breasts, because breasts make everything better.

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    Comment by Falos
    07:25 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are a host of il/legal opiates and barbiturates, so that can't be it. A cigarette client is basically a corporate puppet paying for marketing and image, with chemical strings intentionally added to prevent escape. I don't put up with that shit from DRM, I wouldn't take it from a tobac mfg.

    I don't know shit about it but enthusiasts will probably direct you to places/methods for getting a legit tobacco fix. Done right, they probably compete on price too, considering the high industry tax/markup.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Same. And alcohol. And I tried both - its just smells and taste horrible, no mater what, when, or how much.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sometimes I feel like I'm the only adult in the world who doesn't drink any alcohol.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't like alcoholic beverages taste. Unless it tastes like candy or juice but them I god with the much cheaper candy or juice.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Do you like sugar or salt? Basically almost the whole world is addicted to those drugs.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    09:19 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You should look up what addiction means.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sugar, at least, is more and more being considered a dangerous and addictive drug. Sure, it's an exaggeration to say that everyone who eats sugar is literally addicted to it, but to be fair I didn't mean it literally in the first place. Just saying, you are actually paying for stuff that's nothing but bad for your health. Not trying to defend smokers or anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can easily exclude them from most of your food. It takes only 40+ days to change your food preferences.

    Comment by Anonymous

    A relative off mine got addicted to the sugar in coca cola.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I used to drink at least one pepsi can a day, then dropped it cold turkey... for root bear and ginger ale... then I dropped those cold turkey. Closest thing to a sugary snack I consume these days is dark chocolate and the occasional blueberry muffin. Now if I take a sip of soda it just burns my throat.

    Sugar and especially soda is fucked up since just one can surpasses your daily sugar intake limit. Ever wonder why the nutrition facts show the daily percentage for most things except sugar? Cuz soda companies would lose money if people say something like 100%+ next to sugar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But for most people who drink one soda a day, that's never their only source of sugar. They can easily double their daily allowed intake of sugar every day. And everyone I know who drinks soda never sticks to just one can, they often go for larger quantities. The sodas are arguably the worst things that fast food joints sell.

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    Comment by Char
    10:03 25/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    One soda a day is absolutely harmless it only becomes harmful when you start drinking soda as your primary beverage you you are drinking liters of it a day.





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