Wow… busy day, eh? Lots of words put out there today by myself and other bloggers. Amonst all the screenshots and commentaries, we got some great info about the Season 25 Episode 1 tie-in decorations. You can read Alissa’s take on them here.
With word of Three-Eyed Sushi for Squidport and Hi-Glow Waste Barrels (Nature Tested… EPA approved), hopefully I wasn’t alone when I went off to the web (JUST LIKE LISA) to see if I could find more info on these other than what the TSTO datafrakers could find. (spAndex has a great pic of these decs if your interested)
Seems these decorations are purely from the episode which hasn’t been released yet. Some creative folks have made images previously connecting Blinky with sushi so it’s not exactly “original”, but what ever is? I can tell you one thing though, my furry behind will be firmly planted in my wroshyr treehouse for the Season 25 premier to see these items and how they fit.
Since there’s nothing to blab about regarding these, I figured I could bore/entertain you with one of my favorite subjects besides The Simpsons… food. Even better than that, my favorite kind of food… sushi. What’s that you say? Our towns already have a sushi restaurant aka The Swanky Fish? Well, yes and no. There actually is quite a difference between Japanese Restaurants that serve authentic cuisine (the category Swanky falls in to) and a sushi restaurant. You’ll just have to trust me. I’m no expert on Japan, but living there for 6 years and loving their cuisine provided me a skoshi of insight.
Alright… Sushi. Delicious cold rice flavored with vinegar. It can be topped with raw fish or wrapped in seaweed with whatever deliciousness you desire but usually more raw fish, vegetables, and/or egg (or cream cheese which is totally an American influence). Not to be confused with sashimi which is the fish by itself, thinly sliced for your enjoyment.
Ok, wondering why I’m rambling away again? Well, IMO The Simpsons should already have had a sushi restaurant well before the Swanky Fish (SwF) and definitely before Blinky Rolls. Although the SwF is more recent and comes from Season 24, Episode 17 (What Animated Women Want), sushi in The Simpsons goes way back to Season 2, Episode 11 (One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish).
In this episode, Homer and the family go to The Happy Sumo.
If you’ve ever been to an authentic sushi restaurant, you’d know why I love when the chefs scare the family by yelling at them.
This brings back so many fond memories of Okinawa for me (and not because of the Karate Kid II lol). When you enter a Japanese business (but especially a sushi bar), the staff or chefs yell incoherently at you. Although it may seem inaudible, they are enthusiastically saying “Irasshaimase“, which basically means, “Come on in!” The first time this is hollered at you can be a little startling but eventually you come to love it and even giggle when you hear it in other media i.e. The Simpson or Monsters, Inc.
Of course, the sushi bar hostess advises The Simpsons not to be alarmed and that the chefs are just saying hello. Gotta love that Homer yells right back at them. Priceless.
With normal gluttonous dexterity, Homer tries out a lot on the menu, including fugu (literally translated as river pig but the Japanese word for the pufferfish), which if not prepared correctly can be quite deadly. (Definitely not boasting but I have tried this twice. Suffice to say one too many Duff beers was involved.)
Of course, the master sushi chef is attending to a “personal” matter with Edna Krabappel when this is ordered so his apprentice is who prepares Homer’s dish. I love this scene.
Poison… poison… tasty fish. LMBO
Don’t do it Homie!!! Yeah, right… like Homer listens to any one.
The rest of the episode revolves around Homer thinking he’s dying and is really entertaining. Before I go, I’d just like to point out one character from that last image.
If you don’t know who this is… it is Akira, a character I would really love to see in the game. He made his first appearance in this episode but has appeared in many others. Just a few highlights are helping Homer with the vibrating chair at Mr. Costington’s, explaining the Mr. Sparkle origins, teaching karate to Bart and, most recently, working at the Swanky Fish.
Originally voiced by the one and only Mr. Sulu aka George Takei, in recent episodes the voice duties were taken over by Hank Azaria. This means if we ever got Akira as a character, he could be voiced! I seriously hope this is on EA’s radar. Anywho, time for bed. Night Addicts!