Stranger things happened.
Amid much fanfare, the highly anticipated fourth season of Stranger Things began streaming on Netflix around the world. Stranger Things is, of course, the story of a group of young people walking around … in a van and, like, chasing monsters with a talking Danish.
▼ I guess they didn’t reveal the dog in this trailer …
Well, I didn’t see it because I like it many others in Japan, were flowing into the hit anime Spy x Family instead. The anime adaptation of the eponymous manga follows the exploits of a delightfully dysfunctional family made up of a spy, a murderer and a metapsychist, in which no one knows the particular abilities of the other and … except the metapsychic daughter of course.
The first season of the anime has enjoyed the best place on Netflix in Japan for the last five weeks and even the debut of Stranger Things 4 failed to overthrow it. This is particularly impressive as the dark science fiction series topped the charts in 83 of the 93 countries in which rankings were measured. Everywhere, from Bahrain to Latvia and from Chile to Egypt, people didn’t seem to have enough of those brave kids of the ’80s.
This is hardly the first time that Japan is also on a different path from global trends. It remains one of the very few countries in the world that prefers Twitter to Facebookand when the highly anticipated Star Wars: Force Awakens set a global box office record for its debut in 2015, it was narrowly defeated by Yo-Kai Watch the Movie: King Enma and the Five Stories, Nyan! in Japan. The year 2015 also saw the release of the hit Jurassic Worldwho held the initial weekend record shortly before losing it to Cosmic Wars except in Japan where it was behind Amu Vivu! The School Idol Movie for the weekend, as the following tweet points out.
– ｸﾞ ｯ ﾃ ｨ @ GOØTY Liella! 大阪 追加 Day2 (@ Gooty20137597) June 2, 2022
A few years later when Avengers: Endgame would become the second highest-grossing film of all time, even the most powerful heroes on Earth did not defeat the top. Detective Conan in Japan.
ー ベ ル に 勝 つ コ ナ ン を 思 い 出 し ま し た。 pic.twitter.com/1qtyzOQyfT
– ん き ち (@cap_ameko) June 2, 2022
It is certainly a trend that has been going on for years but according to internet comments, no one is entirely sure why.
“Numbers, Japan never really entered Game of Thrones either.”
“Japan is like Tokyo television of the world. ”
“I remember when we also denied Endgame.”
“I’m afraid we look childish, that animated films and shows are always the first.”
“I think it’s weirder for the whole world to be in the same thing.”
“Japan is not isolated from the rest of the world. The rest of the world is isolated from Japan. “
“I liked Stranger Things better when it was called Personal.”
“We’re like the Netflix Galapagos.”
It should be noted that this time Japan is not completely alone. Stranger Things also did not receive the first place in the following nine other countriesalong with their own choices.
Guadeloupe – Wrong Side of the Tracks
Jamaica – Wrong Side of the Tracks
Martinique – Wrong Side of the Tracks
Uruguay – Wrong Side of the Tracks
Kenya – The Lincoln Lawyer
Indonesia – My Release Notes
South Korea – My Release Notes
Taiwan – Who rules the world
Turkey – The Life and Films of Ersan Kuneri
However, in all countries Stranger Things was in the top 10 and in most cases was second place, so it’s probably worth checking out. I’ll probably do it when I find the time, but I’ve never paid much attention. In fact, I’m still going through it Lost, and is almost at the end. However, don’t tell me what’s going on! It looks like it’s going to be a wonderful finale, and I’m looking forward to being pleasantly surprised.