Ami and pop culture

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Ale6

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It was mentioned, at least in the anime, that Ami has a secret interest in pop culture. Things like keeping up with it and participating in some events. Does anyone actually know what part of pop culture she is most interested in? I know she has a thing for pop music, since the all Starlight deal, but is there anything else she might like to keep up with (ex.movies, idols, etc...) or is it just music every now and then.
I'm working on a little project and this would help me out a lot, thank you.
 
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She seems to like Kenny Loggin's Danger Zone to the extent that she printed lyrics and stated it was about space engineering to a student who didn't know English :p.
 

Umino

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If that was true, I'll be damned. There's hardly any references of classic popular music from the West in anime since Japan limit themselves to only J-pop.
Definitely not true. Even the Sailor Moon anime makes reference to the fact Sailor Mars' actress (Michie Tomizawa) is a huge Michael Jackson fan.

Is Ami's knowledge of pop culture limited to the anime? I vaguely remember her being out of loop in the manga.
 

Ale6

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Is Ami's knowledge of pop culture limited to the anime? I vaguely remember her being out of loop in the manga.
You can refer to both, I just found fewer instances of her being up to date with pop culture in the manga than anime.
 
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Even the Sailor Moon anime makes reference to the fact Sailor Mars' actress (Michie Tomizawa) is a huge Michael Jackson fan.
Really now. When Rei shouted out Michael, it could be anyone who has that name besides one of the biggest musicians of our time. I always thought it was an unseen character who happens to be named Michael that Rei falls head over heels for.
 

Umino

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Really now. When Rei shouted out Michael, it could be anyone who has that name besides one of the biggest musicians of our time. I always thought it was an unseen character who happens to be named Michael that Rei falls head over heels for.
No, it's in reference to Michael Jackson. Rei also references him in a Christmas Album. The fact Michie Tomizawa is a *huge* MJ fan proves that.
 
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No, it's in reference to Michael Jackson. Rei also references him in a Christmas Album. The fact Michie Tomizawa is a *huge* MJ fan proves that.
And you don't see casual characters with English given names all the time in anime lol
 
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No, it's in reference to Michael Jackson. Rei also references him in a Christmas Album. The fact Michie Tomizawa is a *huge* MJ fan proves that.
Okay I see. At first I was like, "Who the hell is Michael? Could they be implying to one of the famous Michaels? Michael Jackson? George Michael? Michael Bolton? Michael Jordan?! :? Nah, it couldn't be one of the first three Michaels. It just sounds too good to be true for anime to make references of classic overseas musicians from the West since they think they are foreign and unrelated to Japan." That left me to the thought that probably they were referring to an unseen character who Rei gets very excited for who happened to be named Michael. Until now that you told me that Rei's Japanese voice actress is actually a fan of Michael Jackson which they just only mentioned his first name in that one S episode which threw me off that anyone can have that first same name. But that's so awesome that Rei Hino is an admirer of classic pop, soul, funk and disco of the 70s and 80s which make me like her even more.

Where is this from? I don't remember Ami wearing a choker that has two red stripes while handing out a printout that reads the lyrics to the 1986 song "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins.
 

Ale6

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Where is this from? I don't remember Ami wearing a choker that has two red stripes while handing out a printout that reads the lyrics to the 1986 song "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins.
Sailor Stars, ep. 174.
I highly doubt this has anything to do with Ami, my best guess is that it was an easter egg left by the writers knowing that the majority of people in Japan wouldn't understand it.
 

Umino

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Okay I see. At first I was like, "Who the hell is Michael? Could they be implying to one of the famous Michaels? Michael Jackson? George Michael? Michael Bolton? Michael Jordan?! :? Nah, it couldn't be one of the first three Michaels. It just sounds too good to be true for anime to make references of classic overseas musicians from the West since they think they are foreign and unrelated to Japan."
...Why do you think Japan is so out of touch with American culture? American culture has been reference plenty of times in Japan, especially when it comes to anime. Michael Jackson was a worldwide star.
 
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...Why do you think Japan is so out of touch with American culture? American culture has been reference plenty of times in Japan, especially when it comes to anime. Michael Jackson was a worldwide star.
I'm going to go a bit off-topic here and I'm not one to talk about this kind of stuff, but I always thought Japan became a reclusive nation that wants nothing to do with the western world after their defeat in the second world war.
 

Rika-Chicchi

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...Why do you think Japan is so out of touch with American culture? American culture has been reference plenty of times in Japan, especially when it comes to anime. Michael Jackson was a worldwide star.
Agreed - Japan has always been influenced by as well as imitating pop music/culture in the West, from the Beatles (who'd already visited the country back in the 60s, & their Japanese fans were in ecstasy just like fans anywhere else in the world at the time) back then to, say, Mariah Carey (who's appeared on a Japanese variety show just lately) nowadays. :)
 
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Sailor Stars, ep. 174.
I highly doubt this has anything to do with Ami, my best guess is that it was an easter egg left by the writers knowing that the majority of people in Japan wouldn't understand it.
Typical Japan. Don't know jack about our great classic music of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s in the western world. No wonder they're geographically isolated from America and Europe. Just stick to your only native and exclusive J-pop music.