‘Let’s play’ ala Japanese game show

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Prepare to laugh and cheer with ‘Asobimashou’s’ Hajime Santos (center), the chatty, Japanesespeaking gameshow host played by Bogart the Explorer

Prepare to laugh and cheer with ‘Asobimashou’s’ Hajime Santos (center), the chatty, Japanesespeaking gameshow host played by Bogart the Explorer

Filipinos are experiencing how the Japanese are enjoying their wild game shows in the four-part series Asobimashou Super Game Show, which premiered on PaperbugTV’s official YouTube channel on May 13.

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Asobimashou, which translates to “Let’s Play,” aims to bring the similar energy and quirky vibe that Japanese game shows are known for—thus promising a whole lot of fun and laughter.

“Asobimashou Super Game Show is our way of paying tribute to all those Japanese game shows we enjoyed, but with a very Pinoy twist,” said PaperbugTV executive producer Jako de Leon.

The webshow featured celebrities and online sensations battling out on four levels of traditional Pinoy games with a Japanese twist. These include large-scale versions of classic Pinoy games, such as the Sungka obstacle course, as seen in the first episode. The challenges apply the original game mechanics with a Japanese twist.

To amplify the Japanese vibe, Marco Ho, better known as Bogart the Explorer, played the role of a Japanese-speaking host, Hajime Santos. As such, the show is also uploaded at Bogart the Explorer’s Facebook page, week after week.

PaperBugTV also partnered with Nissin, a true Japanese brand, to stay as close as possible to Japanese variety shows. This partnership brings in the X factor that legitimizes the attempt for a real Japanese game show.

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