The comedic misuse of English is pervasive in Japanese culture, to the point that there are entire websites dedicated just to hilarious gaffes that pop up constantly on billboards and store signs in Japan. But it's definitely not just advertisers and small business owners getting in on the English-mangling fun. Of late, the Japanese anime industry has been making great strides toward turning the concept of "Engrish" into an art form.
Here are three lessons we learned about the English language by watching Japanese anime ...
3Choose Words at Random
When an animator just needs a handful of words on a sign or storefront, picking at random can be the way to go. They just need to be careful not to get a combination of words like this, from Outlaw Star Episode 13. In an episode about an alien cactus forcing people to buy soft serve with its mind-control powers, something even odder flashes in the background briefly. Look at the store sign in the upper right: