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  • Dao Jones
    Dao Jones 2 жыл бұрын +7482

    When Natsuki starts speaking Japanese he transforms from a comic relief anime character into a PhD sociologist.

    • fumen
      fumen 25 күн бұрын

      The content he talks about is just Pachinko though lol

    • Jos Timanta Tarigan
      Jos Timanta Tarigan 2 ай бұрын

      dude has on/off switch lol

    • 20 Year Doula
      20 Year Doula 4 ай бұрын

      Yes! You said just what I was thinking.

    • igor ignaz
      igor ignaz 5 ай бұрын

      he seems so nice to be around :)

  • Robert Fletcher
    Robert Fletcher  Жыл бұрын +2934

    I knew a guy in Tokyo who was a Pachinko professional. He spent most of his time hanging around in the conversation lounge of the English school (Adult) I worked at, then would spend a couple of hours at a Pachinko place and win enough money for dinner and the next day. He did say he had to be careful to visit different Pachinko parlors in wide spread areas, in case the Yakuza who ran the parlors got angry at him for winning too much.

    • Rivers Aesthetic
      Rivers Aesthetic 2 ай бұрын


    • SMOKE
      SMOKE 6 ай бұрын

      @Ringingking 73 it's not luck, you can figure it out too but noones gonna give you the answer that's $ out their pockets

    • Sunny Wu
      Sunny Wu 7 ай бұрын +1

      So that is why the government can't shut them down.

    • Sydnay Allen
      Sydnay Allen 7 ай бұрын +5

      @Katherine Heckerman And other then that the younger people play the poker machines that are in basically every gas stations back room.. lol I used to be an addict of those myself..

    • The Algorithm
      The Algorithm   Жыл бұрын +14

      @Ringingking 73 fate is just the weight of circumstances, luck is when preparation meets opportunity

  • Raven Cyanide
    Raven Cyanide  Жыл бұрын +547

    It's so amusing to see Natsuki's different "personalities" - so to speak - between him speaking English and him speaking Japanese. My Japanese language skills are probably about as decent as Natsuki's English language skills, and I've noticed that I end up doing the same when speaking Japanese vs English. It's so funny how you almost become a different person when learning a new language (within the use of that new language). It shines a light on how intrinsically tied to language is to the culture it belongs to. I find it so odd that I didn't pick up on this growing up; my grandparents were bilingual (French - different Canadian dialects - was their first language and then American English). Lol!

    • Vapourwear
      Vapourwear 7 ай бұрын +2

      I as a native English speaker and being conversant in German, have found Japanese a very edifying language to try to learn. I can almost feel my brain remapping itself and it’s glorious. Kampai!

    • Lesath
      Lesath 7 ай бұрын +1

      It is caused by how different languages have different gramatic structures, and that requires your thoughts to go through slightly different neural pathways.
      But certainly, it is interesting noticing those differences.

    • MrLocomaximo
      MrLocomaximo  Жыл бұрын +7

      It’s the Sapir-Wholfe hypothesis. When you start using a different language, your brain remaps itself and it is almost like you are a different person. This why in Arrival, Amy Adams is capable of watching the past and future like the aliens, by learning the alien language

    • John Doe
      John Doe  Жыл бұрын +28

      When you speak a different language from your own, your mouth moves in a different way, your tongue as well and it goes into different positions. I'm quite sure you use different muscles too, depending on the peculiar sounds you might need to make and that might not exist in your language. When I learned this it blew my mind. So yeah each language is deeply tied to the culture it represents, after all you'd have no culture without a language.

  • FerreTrip
    FerreTrip  Жыл бұрын +525

    7:39 "Japanese people love the sensation of trying one's luck"
    AHA! I _knew_ it! Japan _does_ love RNG!! _That's_ why there's so much of it in their games!

    • Gr3nadgr3gory
      Gr3nadgr3gory 2 ай бұрын +1


    • Revi M Fadli
      Revi M Fadli 6 ай бұрын

      Also Americans, when you compare the American-style boardgames in contrast to Euro-style boardgames, especially German-style one

    • FerreTrip
      FerreTrip 11 ай бұрын

      @Anareel Y O W.

    • Anareel
      Anareel 11 ай бұрын +16

      Tbh when I heard that my brain clicked and went "so that's why they attacked Hawaii in 1942"

    • Dr. Florida Man; PhD
      Dr. Florida Man; PhD 11 ай бұрын +1

      A friend of mine (is white American obsessed with East Asian cultures) made watch Ringu and then The Ring.
      There was another movie out at that time that was also very popular but I can’t recall it’s name.
      The American versions were tame by comparison.

  • Drunken Jedi
    Drunken Jedi  Жыл бұрын +200

    Natsuki seems like such a genuinely awesome guy, I imaigne he's a lot of fun to be around. Especially in a pachinko hall lol.

  • ice
    ice 10 ай бұрын +246

    I came here to understand the new jujutsu kaisen chapter, but wow that was so interesting and informative! It's always so cool to learn about other cultures. Thanks a lot!

    • Guilha
      Guilha 9 ай бұрын +10

      @Killerdustbunny 3 Let me explain
      His domain is divided in two fases, the initial one where he builds up hype and the events, where he has the chance to hit a jackpot
      In the initial fase he can use 3 indicators that the event is coming, the balls, the doors and the multipliers. The balls and doors are divided in four colors (green, red, golden and rainbow), the better the color the higher is the hype, with golden having 80% and rainbow 100% (he can only get rainbow in his forth try)
      The hype is the chances of hitting a jackpot during the event (normally the chances are 1/239, but it can increase to even 80%). During the event he calls for a Reach (when a player gets two equal numbers) and hopes for getting the third one, the events are represented by a little movie that plays on the background, if everything in the movie goes right he gets it
      Now, in the new chapter we saw the next form of his domain, the Change of Chances. When he hits a jackpot he has two choices for his next domain, he can go to Faster Spins, that makes the events happen faster, or go to the increased probability, where he can activate pseudo-spins, that are rolling just one of the numbers untill he gets what he wants, he basically forces a Jackpot.
      Since the Change of Chances has a high chance of Jackpot he can use his third indicator, the multipliers, they build up less hype, but they can somehow rewind time (we see Kashimo defeating him two times, but he breaks the “glass” and go back unharmed)

    • Killerdustbunny 3
      Killerdustbunny 3 10 ай бұрын

      Same…. I still don’t know how his domain works lmao

    • Spike Spiegel
      Spike Spiegel 10 ай бұрын


    • Sassy Panther
      Sassy Panther 10 ай бұрын


    • Justin Pham
      Justin Pham 10 ай бұрын +1


  • Abroad in Japan
    Abroad in Japan  4 жыл бұрын +772

    First you hear it.
    Then you smell it (the cigarette smoke).
    And finally, you stumble through a crowded room, disorientated and confused, before leaving subsequently deaf.
    It's an experience many foreigners in Japan have had, and I was no different. I'll never forget being bewildered by Pachinko when I discovered it 6 years ago.
    Now for the first time, it's time to actually work out what it is, and why it's so popular.
    IF YOU'VE PLAYED PACHINKO, share your thoughts on it. Maybe it'll help the rest of us make better sense of it.

    • Björn Tiedemann
      Björn Tiedemann 4 жыл бұрын

      Those are balls. Not ball bearings...

    • Ed1
      Ed1 4 жыл бұрын

      To TheLobstersoup: Because Japanese people are honest. They don't even lock up their bicycles. I've walked lots with dozens of unlocked bikes. If you leave a wallet on a public park bench, they won't touch it because they think you may come back for it. Amazing.

    • Nanci Sousa
      Nanci Sousa 4 жыл бұрын

      "Hiding in my room" you tuber just made a video about you going to the same primary school!

    • FearItself187
      FearItself187 4 жыл бұрын

      I was going to go into the Green Peas pachinko parlour in Shinjuku, but chickened out. Probably would have had no idea what I was doing, anyway!

    • Barbacoa Bob
      Barbacoa Bob 4 жыл бұрын

      my machine has a ash tray that flips to dump ashes built into it

  • cuthbut1
    cuthbut1 2 жыл бұрын +39

    When i went Japan me and the guys played some pachinko. At some point one of us hit the jackpot it appeared on a screen above our heads we had no idea. After a little while a lovely old lady informed one of the staff working there and he brought over like 1000 more balls for us to use in a basket. Brilliant we used like 400 of them maybe before losing interest. When we were ready to leave we gave the remaining balls to the same old lady that had helped us before. She was thrilled, a wholesome experience wonderful people the Japanese.

  • James
    James  Жыл бұрын +92

    Natsuki’s personality is so endearing, such a genuine, nice and funny guy, love him 😊

  • Kevin Malone
    Kevin Malone 3 ай бұрын +240

    I played pachinko a few times. It's addictive and hard to stop once you get into it. At least for me it was.

    • chanwing
      chanwing 14 күн бұрын

      ​@Kink Pantherif a gambling addiction could type it would write like this

    • Poi mon
      Poi mon 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Kink Panther how high are you dude

    • donkeydarko77
      donkeydarko77 2 ай бұрын

      That JAWS game looked great!

    • Kink Panther
      Kink Panther 2 ай бұрын +3

      @Parvus Vitae Cordycepts Panchinko panchinko is so much more than entertainment. It is a beautiful construct of sounds and bings things bash boom tiktik ousshhhh sounds it is a multiple layers. Pins laid out like a journey of a positive disconstruct of movement going backwards or learning. It's maneuvers it's encounters with other players and how they have benefited certain moves layered upon their history of the player that played before you. The hands that have played this game some of the hardest workers you've ever heard of a lot of these people playing this work long long grueling hours pachinko is no order game. Is a beautiful symphony of sounds going to to one of these parlors with thousands of pachinko machines, you can't even hear your own thoughts. All you hear excitement of others in the disappointment of other. And you dare! Saying it's boring shame on you shame on you

    • Kink Panther
      Kink Panther 2 ай бұрын +5

      @Parvus Vitae Cordycepts it's the fact you can get good and how You can manipulate the statistical alignments of the balls. Give a much higher output of the outcome you desire the louder the bing on a certain point. The angle of attack of a certain ping sound is what you look for. It's learning the different pitches of the sound Bing, Bing m*********** it is the absolute artistry, a sound of the angles in which it hits resonating to your ears, the people having their little celebration when you have a win, the atmosphere, the sound, the alcohol. It's just fantastic. It's the array of joy of the people around you. If the atmosphere the smell of the automatic dispenser that goes off giving you that incense smell it's so much more than a game. It's so much more than just betting it's a journey of a history, a journey of how the game grown adapted with time so that sounds boring to you that I'm sorry

  • Sunbjerg After Dark
    Sunbjerg After Dark  Жыл бұрын +18

    God Natsuki is such a pleasure to watch, his inclusion of occassional english is hilarious and this dude is just such a good vibe

  • ああ
    ああ 8 ай бұрын +51

    Winning at pachinko requires considerable knowledge and time. If you don't know anything about pachinko, you can't see any animations, you can't win, and you just waste $10. On the contrary, the smell of cigarettes and the noise of the machine may make you sick. If you want to play Pachinko, please be careful with your health!Good luck!

  • Irving
    Irving 4 жыл бұрын +15573

    It all makes sense now. In pokemon, the slot machines were in a separate building than the building to exchange the slot winnings for pokemon or TM's because of Japanese laws 😯

    • Jocom Firesin
      Jocom Firesin 2 ай бұрын

      Reminds me of when I learned that in Chinese culture long hair was associated with your ancestory so being short haired meant not having any family. So the drawn out and dramatic nature of the Zuko hair cutting scene in avatar finally made sense to me.

    • Chris1848
      Chris1848 2 ай бұрын

      @spazvapes Silver and Gold? what a laugh

    • Michael Müller
      Michael Müller 2 ай бұрын


    • Michael Müller
      Michael Müller 2 ай бұрын

      WoW !

    • Marion Peterson
      Marion Peterson 2 ай бұрын

      I always spent all my money every time I went there 😂😂

  • hitokage4
    hitokage4  Жыл бұрын +25

    I went to look up this lovely cafe to mark it as a place to go on my next trip to Japan only to find it's now closed. :( Thank you though to explain something about this game that always confused (and deafened!) me!

  • a closer look
    a closer look  Жыл бұрын +4

    When I visited Japan right after I graduated high school, one of the things that made the biggest impression on me was seeing how crowded the Pachinko parlors were in Kyoto and Osaka. Truly peculiar!

  • RicoLen1
    RicoLen1  Жыл бұрын +14

    In the early 80s my brother was a foreign exchange student in Japan. When he came back he brought with him an old school mechanical pachinko machine he gave to my parents. Since that time I've acquired it from my parents and took an old entertainment center cabinet I bought at a second hand store and converted it to hold the pachinko machine that's barely wider than the machine itself but standing at 6 feet tall with storage underneath. It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the house.

  • irøn
    irøn  Жыл бұрын +4

    I remember competing in Tekken 2 tournaments in Fukuoka Japan in 99, on PS1. They were sometimes held in those Pachinko places. People gambling all around while we gamed on a row of CRT tv’s. It was wild.

  • Ansar
    Ansar 10 ай бұрын +74

    Came here to try and understand Hakari’s ability ☠️ I think Gege just took the medal for the most confusing ability in manga history

    • Guilha
      Guilha 9 ай бұрын

      It’s easy to understand, but Gege explain it very poorly

    • StarphasO
      StarphasO 10 ай бұрын

      That's exactly y I'm here 💀

  • Zgag
    Zgag 3 жыл бұрын +2421

    I will never, ever be able to forget the nightmarish sound of that one time when I accidentally got lost into a building in akihabara where two stories were absolutely packed with pachinko machines, where I spent the longest 5ish minutes of my life trying to figure out how to exit this labyrinth of god forsaken loudness. How these players bear that deafening noise from hell, I don't understand. The vast majority of them don't even bother putting earplugs in or anything, it seems like they're too absorbed by the game to even hear the fuck out of satan' scream that surrounds them. I don't usually use so much biblical wording, but in this case it is the most accurate I can think of

    • Cristina Varona
      Cristina Varona  Жыл бұрын +3

      Omg how is this so accurate!! 😭 You described it flawlessly, first time I ended up in a place that had awesome artwork on the outside and it ended up being a pachinko place, I didn’t even walk that much further in but I spent the longest time trying to figure out where the exit was and it led me to other doors with even more pachinko and I remember wondering if I’d see my grandma again.
      I also stumbled upon, “Don Quixote”, this way but I reveled in being in there haha

    • elita dream
      elita dream  Жыл бұрын

      Oh God that sounds horrifying! But with that said, I love your description. x3

    • Andrew Sinclair
      Andrew Sinclair  Жыл бұрын

      I bought a machine on ebay a few months ago and I can testify that even just one machine is super loud. I had to install DIY volume controls on the speakers before I could really play it. It's really fun now that it's set up though, much more fun than slot machines.

    • Jimorian VODs
      Jimorian VODs  Жыл бұрын +1

      I walked in front of a pachinko parlor in Tokyo, and when the doors opened, the sound literally (not figuratively) blew me off the sidewalk and into the street.

    • ElRuchal
      ElRuchal  Жыл бұрын

      Coming to say exactly the same. Happen to me EXACTLY THIS.

  • Kuhaku
    Kuhaku 2 жыл бұрын +3

    Japanese countryside... the dream living place! I went to Takayama too! Everything is so quiet, so friendly, people are beautiful, walking through rice fields, under the cherry blossoms on quiet side walks, etc , it's gonna make me cry to remember those moments. Then you have Tokyo, loud, busy, stressful.

  • Kent Slocum
    Kent Slocum 5 ай бұрын +4

    I first heard about pachinko from The Expanse books and TV show, but I had no idea how it actually worked. Now I see it's essentially the Japanese version of going to Chuck E Cheese.

  • Mike Cameron
    Mike Cameron  Жыл бұрын +3

    My grandmother had one of these growing up and no one knew how valuable it probably was. Used to love playing that thing as a kid.

  • Aqua
    Aqua  Жыл бұрын +24

    My grandma has an old pachinko machine in her basement, so I've played a lot of the super mechanical version of pachinko. Because it was just at a house, there wasn't even a back to hide the mechanics, and watching those machines work from behind is very interesting.

    • Marissa
      Marissa 2 ай бұрын

      Me too! I'd go down there for fun and play, some of the best memories.

    • GCD 20
      GCD 20 6 ай бұрын


  • Noah Barr
    Noah Barr  Жыл бұрын +1

    Seeing you tackle pachinko was quite fun; I'd be interested in seeing you and Natsuki head into a 雀荘 and try to learn 麻雀 (Riichi Mahjong), if any would allow you to film there at least.

  • BlackPink Kpop
    BlackPink Kpop 3 жыл бұрын +5970

    Take a recovering gambling addict and get him to gamble for you 😂 how thoughtful

    • Matt R
      Matt R  Жыл бұрын

      @E V Its why everyone at AA or NA meetings usually has some sort of caffeinated drink (coffee, Red Bull, Mountain Dew, etc) and most of the group is smoking cigarette after cigarette before and after each meeting…
      Us recovering addicts love our caffeine and nicotine.

    • Grzegorz Kulawski
      Grzegorz Kulawski  Жыл бұрын +1

      WDYM "gambling addict" ? He is a proffesional player.

    • MasterCommandCEO
      MasterCommandCEO  Жыл бұрын

      He's a winner winners never recover

    • E V
      E V  Жыл бұрын +4

      @Aleksander Gullanger I know you're joking about it being the best tactic but it's actually really accurate to what people actually do. I know a guy who was a bad alcholic for many years and when he finally got sober he started buying stacks of lottery tickets and going to the horse track all the time. His family just figured they had an easier time keeping control of his gambling than they did his drinking, so for them it was good enough.

  • Captain Nemo
    Captain Nemo 2 жыл бұрын +2

    ive been to many strange places on earth, but i will never forget my first time walking into a pachinko, never having even heard of it before. sitting there with balls whizzing around, having NO clue what i was doing but at the end of it some guy took all my full buckets and gave me tiny gold bars in return. i left even more confused but happy with my "victory" which i have no idea why/how it happend. a truly transformative experience...

  • Martin J
    Martin J 8 ай бұрын +5

    Pachinko must be addictive & good fun if Natsuki managed to sit and play for 30 minutes without having a smoke! That's impressive going!

  • Xenzy
    Xenzy 2 ай бұрын +1

    My family has a really old Pachinko machine (all mechanical, no lights). I would spend hours as a kid playing. Insanely fun. Loved the video!

  • Michael Huff
    Michael Huff 2 ай бұрын

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. This was awesome from start to finish. The cinematography, the editing, your hilarious and fun friend. This is one great doc. I can’t say enough good things about it.

  • IKEMEN Osaka-ben!【大阪弁】
    IKEMEN Osaka-ben!【大阪弁】 10 ай бұрын +110

    I'm a professional Pachinko (Japanese gambling pinball machine) player, and it's normal for me to win or lose over 1,000,000 yen per day (about US$10,000). I'm married and have two kids, both of them going to international schools. It's a sustainable "job" if you know what you are doing, but of course, the risk is always there.

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      Jeff Gascho Ай бұрын


    • J V
      J V 2 ай бұрын

      He can’t reply, he’s been dealt with

    • Everyone has an opinion
      Everyone has an opinion 3 ай бұрын +1

      I can't imagine the Yakuza being happy with constant winners

  • Tom Foolery
    Tom Foolery 3 жыл бұрын +8464

    Why does adding a British person explaining anything over stock footage and B-roll automatically become a documentary

    • The Be Sharp
      The Be Sharp 2 ай бұрын

      The David Attenborough effect.

    • Edward Lewis
      Edward Lewis 2 ай бұрын

      @Tom Foolery I think you mean English when you say British, Scottish and northern Irish accents still count as British as they are in Britain. Cockney is an English accent and an accent found in Britain, which ENGLAND is also a part of

    • Prasanna Tilakaratna
      Prasanna Tilakaratna 2 ай бұрын

      Because he is not B grade.

    • schokolade
      schokolade 2 ай бұрын

      I love the fact that everyone kicked that marc carran guy for years

  • Daniel Whyatt
    Daniel Whyatt  Жыл бұрын +5

    Well, this fiiinally answered my long help question of what on earth Pachinko actually is, and it turns out it's not too complicated after all. I didn't expect something which seems soooo Japanese to originally have its roots come from America though. A big surprise but wouldn't mind having a go at it someday.

  • Maria Carrillo
    Maria Carrillo  Жыл бұрын +1

    Hello there, Chris! Your videos are truly helpful and so fun to watch! I am teaching online English to Japanese and your channel has helped me a lot in understanding Japanese people and their culture. :-)

  • shawn P
    shawn P 7 ай бұрын

    I just stumbled on your videos yesterday and I already subscribed and watched a lot! I absolutely love Japan and would love to live there!! so watching your videos is such a great insight into Japan. I absolutely love the culture and everything!! you're so lucky to live there

  • Emily W.
    Emily W. 3 ай бұрын

    I would love to experience this, thank you for explaining it so thoroughly.

  • LK
    LK 5 ай бұрын +1

    I got a Pacino machine around 1976 for Christmas. They sold remanufactured ones at Venture stores ( an old department store like Walmart). There was one in Cave Springs Missouri (near St Louis) . There were cigarette burns on the plastic by where the balls dropped out. Thinking about it I think the thing had a little ash tray on it. My parents are in their 70s now and it's probably in their basement right now. I remember I used some of the metal balls in my. Wrist Rocket (sling shot).

  • Yakui
    Yakui 4 жыл бұрын +2739

    "Retired veteran of pachinko"
    That's a nice way to say recovering gambling addict..
    From now on I'll call myself a "Retired Opiate Connoisseur"

    • Rezandra Rizky Irianto - 19
      Rezandra Rizky Irianto - 19 2 ай бұрын

      @NinjaKnight671 I work in the "retirement" industry

    • Метастаз
      Метастаз 8 ай бұрын

      @wloffblizz how do "amateur" players cope with the fact most of pro players are sponsored (like big money) by casinos ?

    • Benjai
      Benjai 11 ай бұрын

      I'll give you the +1 for the correct use of opiate rather than opioid.

    • the Troll of Eastfarthing Woods
      the Troll of Eastfarthing Woods  Жыл бұрын

      @Rev the scatman Gotta corner the market homes(It's like petroleum jelly with food coloring in it).

    • Rev the scatman
      Rev the scatman  Жыл бұрын

      @the Troll of Eastfarthing Woods for ten dollars? That’s cheap

  • FrenchyMcToast
    FrenchyMcToast 2 жыл бұрын +22

    I'd never heard of the ticket being redeemed, I'd always heard that you would trade the balls for little knick knacks and things and then sold those. Maybe that's an old model that's not used anymore, but just redeeming a ticket instead of a physical prize makes the loophole sound even sillier.

    • A Random Bard
      A Random Bard 7 ай бұрын +3

      Well it's a "loophole" except not really. They're not outsmarting the law, the government just lets it happen because they know people like the game. The existing laws could probably be enforced to shut it down if they wanted to.

  • pixipatrin
    pixipatrin Ай бұрын

    My grandma had a vintage pachinko machine I used to mess with in summers when I was at her house .... haha. It was really meditative it was spring loaded like a pinball loved watching it in the privacy of her home in Montana.

  • Meggan Toni
    Meggan Toni  Жыл бұрын

    I stayed in Ginza while I was in Japan, and there was a huge Pachinko parlour not far from the hotel I stayed at. I didn’t go in, but it was fascinating to me 😂 So many colours and lights 😂 And so so many people playing!

  • GCD 20
    GCD 20 6 ай бұрын +1

    I actually own an old mechanical pachinko machine! The mechanics are rather impressive when you get a look at them

  • Dave Shumard
    Dave Shumard  3 ай бұрын +5

    When I was a kid in the 70's my friend had a pachinko machine in their living room. On hinges. It was a very different looking machine. Hand painted wood. This video brought back some old memories. I've scarcely thought of those times. Thank you.

  • Bebx
    Bebx 4 жыл бұрын +612

    Can I just say that the editing on this video was phenomenal? Lots of beautiful camera angles, and very cohesive. Den-awda-den!

    • Val Cronin
      Val Cronin 4 жыл бұрын +2

      It was so good that I didn't even notice anything that seemed out of place. Super fluid, great timing...you are completely right.

    • 🐝 Berny Hi & Cosmic Honey bees
      🐝 Berny Hi & Cosmic Honey bees 4 жыл бұрын +2

      I agree! I really like that shot of the airplane and then the tilt down shot. I had to watch it a few times. Nicely done!

    • Henry I
      Henry I 4 жыл бұрын +5

      Not just editing, but great story line with a humorous drunk to boot !

    • Bövrar 2nd
      Bövrar 2nd 4 жыл бұрын +3

      I was just about to say the same! LOL

    OBLIVIANGAMER 231  Жыл бұрын +32

    Meanwhile Garnt, Joey and Connor at Akihabara:
    Garnt: *Dying noises*
    Joey: *winning noises*
    Connor: *Confused but winning noises*

  • John Shell
    John Shell  Жыл бұрын

    These videos are always so interesting it’s got me wanting to go and try that out for myself 😀

  • honeybadger_cummins
    honeybadger_cummins 2 ай бұрын

    I grew up with two or three old mechanical Pachinko machines in the house. I thought they were common until I was in high school and realized that no one had ever even heard of it before.

  • OtakuLady
    OtakuLady  Жыл бұрын

    Wow, I didn’t know Natsuki was into pachinko. I only found out about pachinko, like last year. So, I had no idea what it was. Having a diagnosis of anxiety and depression, I wouldn’t be able to stand too long being in a pachinko parlour. It’s so loud…oh my goodness.

  • Sad OldGuy
    Sad OldGuy  Жыл бұрын

    I remember playing the original type of pachinko game as a child something like 50 years ago. It was noisy, confusing, and the money my parents gave me was wiped out quickly. But I remember it clearly.

  • yubisashi
    yubisashi 2 жыл бұрын +2953

    This shop is closed.
    even I am Japanese I hadn't been there yet.
    It’s sad.
    I've never seen any other pachinko parlors rated as highly as this one.
    Because it was run to target foreigners, this shop didn't last and went out of business, probably because foreign customers stopped coming to shop because of Corona and Japanese customers were only interested in oddballs like me.

    • Jd
      Jd 2 ай бұрын

      ​@Clarise WuStop being a fool is obvious it came from china

    • Andreas R
      Andreas R 2 ай бұрын

      @Unprofessional Professor lmao good one. Even better with the latest update about covid in china 🤣

    • Hitman2b
      Hitman2b 6 ай бұрын

      Sad to heard this was an interresting place when i watch this video

    • Unprofessional Professor
      Unprofessional Professor 6 ай бұрын +2

      @Clarise Wu This aged so poorly, it made my grandma look like a supermodel at 82.

    • Epsilonsama
      Epsilonsama 7 ай бұрын

      Shame that place looked nice

  • Aнтония Стойнова
    Aнтония Стойнова 2 ай бұрын

    When I went to a trip to Japan, me and my group walked around the neighborhood one evening and I heard the familiar sounds. I stopped them, pointed out the window showing the lower floor of a building. I showed them the pachinko parlor and explained what it was exactly. No one else had heard about it before

  • Sam Lai
    Sam Lai 7 ай бұрын

    Im a big fan of Doco's. Ive seen all yours Chris. Well done. I enjoyed them all and learned a lot about Japan.

  • Mark Vincent
    Mark Vincent  Жыл бұрын +12

    I want to party with Natsuki real bad. What a rad guy! I wish I spoke Japanese. I wish I spoke every language, in fact.

  • jason stalder
    jason stalder 2 ай бұрын

    Natsuki seems like a person i would really get along with. great guy, funny game.

  • The Kurt's Place Channel
    The Kurt's Place Channel 6 ай бұрын

    Very nicely put together video and very entertaining as well. Thanks for posting this.

  • Jack Tenenbaum
    Jack Tenenbaum 3 жыл бұрын +5283

    Natsuki is the man I strive to be everyday.

    • trung kien vu
      trung kien vu  Жыл бұрын

      Kellogsfrostedflake5 If you tell me Natsuki is the man you strive to be everyday, then your future is kinda dark. You can only see his outside, a good man ??? with (insert whatever you want). He has dark shits inside his broken soul. And society doesn't work like what you think

    • John Goe
      John Goe  Жыл бұрын +1

      I thought that was lady name

    • Drew Taylor
      Drew Taylor  Жыл бұрын +3

      @Drugs I Love Chris isn’t a “hired” host. This is his channel and his business. Also, Chris and Natsuki have been friends for years. It’s scripted for humor, and Natsuki gets his jabs in just as much as Chris does.

    • Gone Horrea
      Gone Horrea  Жыл бұрын +1

      a gamba warlord

  • Alex Lenertz
    Alex Lenertz 2 ай бұрын

    I had one of these machines on my basement growing up, never knew what it was but playing with the metal balls and playing with the machine was always fun!

  • Vilena5
    Vilena5  Жыл бұрын

    Wow memories! We had quite some fun one summer on a similar machine. It had a spring-loaded lever that shot the balls individually. I think they were also a bit bigger. You would buy maybe 3 or 5 balls. No idea how it was called and I was pretty terrible at it.

  • Travis Elwood
    Travis Elwood 2 ай бұрын

    I went to one of these places in Tokyo, it was so freaking loud. One machine caught fire nearby and no one blinked an eye. My buddies machine was on a streak and these guys kept bringing buckets over to collect the balls. We had a dinner rez and had to leave so the locals starting arguing over who would take over the machine we were on. Good time.

  • Jrhcustom
    Jrhcustom  Жыл бұрын +1

    Please make another video like this one! 🙏I'm going into intermediate and this video helped me so much with my friends. I love your videos!!!

  • Captain Juno
    Captain Juno  Жыл бұрын +1

    Ah shame i was planning to visit Ebisu Cafe on my next trip to Japan but as its been closed since 2020 because of the pandemic i fear it might not survive this... After all 2 years is a quite long time

  • Awesomepedia
    Awesomepedia 4 жыл бұрын +3026

    Making a feature really has put your production values through the roof! This video feels like a classy documentary. Looking forward to the big bike project which will undoubtedly lead to another increase in your movie making skills.

    • Craig Gillings
      Craig Gillings 4 жыл бұрын


    • John O'Neill
      John O'Neill 4 жыл бұрын

      Awesomepedia I legit thought someone had just ripped this off TV and reposted it! 😂

    • SummerOf89Gaming
      SummerOf89Gaming 4 жыл бұрын

      Was just about to say this is the first time it really struck me how good Chris has become at editing and just putting together videos in general. Keep up the great work Chris your videos have just been getting better and better.

    • Alexis Alexander
      Alexis Alexander 4 жыл бұрын +2

      True, the cinematography and editing felt like they got a huge upgrade lol

  • LeeCraft DesignMedia
    LeeCraft DesignMedia  Жыл бұрын +3

    I've been binging your videos for the past couple of days. your stuff is so reminiscent of classic BBC documentary shows featuring the likes of James May, Jeremy Clarkson, or Richard Hammond when they wearn't doing Top Gear

    BASE5_NYC 2 ай бұрын

    We bought a nice electric pachinko machine when I was a kid in the late 80s. I couldn’t get enough of it. My friends and I would play it for hours and hours. It’s super addicting with the lights and sounds… even though we weren’t winning anything but our own steel balls.

  • Jeff Lee
    Jeff Lee 6 ай бұрын +1

    I find the loophole fascinating. I can see why this is so addictive.

  • Message Deleted
    Message Deleted  Жыл бұрын

    Natsuki and his explanation of why Japanese people play pachinko was perfect.

  • Saito Dosan
    Saito Dosan 2 ай бұрын

    Gotta love that the video started with a common premise: "Pachinko is a loud, chaotic mess of a gambling game"
    And ended with a realization: "It turns out that pachinko isn't as much of a mindfuck as I expected it to be."

  • BADCompanySarge
    BADCompanySarge 4 жыл бұрын +424

    This video was really good. It felt like you managed to capture the best parts of a documentary and a KZclip video. Very informative but without it feeling like a lecture or essay.
    Great work Chris!

    • Leonardo DaVinci
      Leonardo DaVinci 4 жыл бұрын

      BADCompanySarge - Exactly. The balance isn't toppled.

  • Nick Name
    Nick Name  Жыл бұрын

    looks fun. I've played the original mechanical ones, but those new ones look super fun.

  • Andrew
    Andrew  Жыл бұрын

    I can't wait to visit Japan someday what an amazing beautiful place.

  • Viper1Zero
    Viper1Zero 2 ай бұрын

    It always took me by surprise just how loud the Pachinko places were in Japan. Mainland loves them a lot more than Okinawa.

  • Paul Tuck
    Paul Tuck 2 жыл бұрын

    Wow, Natsuki is a Pachinko Master. That man has so many talents!

  • CatsMeowPaw
    CatsMeowPaw  Жыл бұрын

    I went to the 5 story pachinko place in Akihabara and was astounded by it. It's SO DAMN LOUD! How on Earth do people stand being in that place, and surely all the employees must have hearing damage?

  • AZ music
    AZ music 4 жыл бұрын +40

    I love the rare and serious Natsuki part, explaining the obsession of Pachinko.

    • XSemperIdem5
      XSemperIdem5 4 жыл бұрын

      WhatATypicalTime the way he explained how they like taking a chance and trying their luck, the whole lucky bags thing suddenly made perfect sense.

  • TKnightcrawler
    TKnightcrawler  Жыл бұрын

    I'm impressed Natsuki managed to win so well, and I'm glad many Japanese have fun with it... but I really don't think pachinko is for me. Thanks for the video on the subject; it is something I am interested in.

  • Mike
    Mike 2 ай бұрын +4

    He does emphasize how loud it is a few times, but you really gotta experience it yourself to truly understand how insanely loud it is. IT’S CAPSLOCK LEVEL LOUD

    • Red
      Red Ай бұрын

      @Ice Swallow a Disturbed song comes to mind

    • Ice Swallow
      Ice Swallow 2 ай бұрын

      what if silence is the real loudness and pachinko is trying to liberate ur mind?!?!?

  • Axis of_Peter
    Axis of_Peter 6 ай бұрын +1

    Natuski has impeccable comic timing, for example when no-look pulling the bottle of sake back.

  • Xaltotun
    Xaltotun 7 ай бұрын +1

    Natsuki seems like both 40 year old and at the same time a cool teenager from the 80s.

  • ThatWhiteGuy
    ThatWhiteGuy  Жыл бұрын +1

    I love Natsuki, he always has an upbeat attitude.

  • David Rosenthal
    David Rosenthal 4 жыл бұрын +666

    Your production value has gone way up (not that it was bad before). As much of a pain as the Natsuki movie was to produce -- it's definitely made an impact!

    • Josh Lowery
      Josh Lowery 4 жыл бұрын

      +1 on that. I'm impressed.

    • underachieveruno
      underachieveruno 4 жыл бұрын

      David Rosenthal i was thinking the same thing

    • navand
      navand 4 жыл бұрын +1

      Second video I watch of his but I appreciate the visual creativity.

    • SelLillianna
      SelLillianna 4 жыл бұрын +10

      "Not that it was bad before" Ah... I remember those days of Chris complaining about noisy birds in his small apartment on a less than stellar camera. Good times. But yes, much improvement has been made. ^_^

  • Stovetop Snowmobile
    Stovetop Snowmobile 7 ай бұрын

    I love this eccentric Japanese man

  • Starla Lily-Moon
    Starla Lily-Moon  Жыл бұрын

    I really want to play pachinko! Looks fun! ^^

  • daliOtter
    daliOtter  Жыл бұрын +3

    When I was a kid I had an uncle that had one of these machines, this was in the late 70's or early 80's. I had actually forgotten about it until seeing this video.

  • Sword Monkey
    Sword Monkey  Жыл бұрын +2

    They had a big "Pachinko Palace" in my area in the 1970s when I was a kid here in N. California. They sold Pachinko Machines in the USA in Sears catalogs etc back in the 70s too. They were expensive. My friend had one. They were Japanese and legit. Loud as hell and we weren't allowed to play with it in the house. lol

  • Chris McClain
    Chris McClain  Жыл бұрын +1

    My uncle had a pachinco machine in his office, and I spent years just assuming it was another weird thing only my uncle knew about.

  • The Spark
    The Spark 4 жыл бұрын +1501

    This is actually clever since you can give players a 120% win chance, that means they will mostly always win. But since it can only be used on goods in the store you are guaranteed to get your money back with the right prices.

    • Tesla Kuhn
      Tesla Kuhn 3 жыл бұрын

      I worked at a "travel plaza" that functioned this way. People would go insane trying to win tickets. But everything in the store was way overpriced. I don't think a lot of people replying to your comment understood what you were saying. Having worked at a tourist trap, I completely get it. I once saw a man spend his entire paycheck there. It made no sense to me, seeing all winnings were merchandise only. And everyone knew the merchandise was overpriced and questionable value.

    • Tsz Ngong Conrad Ko
      Tsz Ngong Conrad Ko 3 жыл бұрын

      @Nephew You did not calculate the time to double. And they can only win a certain amout of balls in a second. You can turn 100 into 200 but only 200 to 300 and definitelly not 200 to 400. So theoretically a "player/customer" can win 100 per hour if he plays here. Thats good marketing.

    • Vuzereus Azureus
      Vuzereus Azureus 3 жыл бұрын

      there is no guarantee 20% win, its all luck because the ball fall randomly thus considered fair although the nails placement really limit where the ball will fall. out of 100, you might even get 0 falling into the slot.
      about the merchandise, its usually groceries, the items cost are even lower price than sold, so the house already made some saving there :) dont expect to get rich, usually its just "won 2 pack of cigarettes" sort of thing. in the video, theres a guy who have thousands behobd him, that one probably his only job and i think he aim high.

    • Vuzereus Azureus
      Vuzereus Azureus 3 жыл бұрын

      the payout is limited, there is a sbowball/progressive jackpot at each machine, so winning is limited to what that machine have. they sometime wait/mark machines with the biggest loser (jackpot is higher). balls are pretty much standard size, why would you want to bring out the balls? just give to the keeper to count and get the voucher, easy. the 1 yen ball is kinda special, for fun, so it will not use standard ball

    • crazyfruits 91
      crazyfruits 91 3 жыл бұрын

      Does not work like that all pachinko and pachislo are set between 95% and 110% usealy but most will be around that 95% mark their will be a couple that run on 105% 0r 110% but it's hard to know what's on what as these games all play very similar or higher or lower percentages and I think total percent of whole arcade works out to around 97% which means they always make a profit long term

  • Dan Howell
    Dan Howell  Жыл бұрын

    Natsuki is so funny! Great sense of humor.

  • Duck Norris
    Duck Norris  Жыл бұрын

    Back in the 70s a friend had a pachinko machine sent to him by a uncle stationed in Japan. It was addicting and loud.

  • motivecap
    motivecap  Жыл бұрын

    I feel like I'm just watching a TV show or something on Netflix, and not a KZclip channel. That's how high quality this video is.

  • They Arehere
    They Arehere 2 жыл бұрын +2

    NATSUKI is the kind of friend everyone should have. I want one.

  • Jon Ruehle
    Jon Ruehle  Жыл бұрын

    I was given a Pachinko machine at 8 years old. Definitely addicting!

  • kenneth anderson
    kenneth anderson 4 жыл бұрын +505

    When natski appears, you know its going to be amazing

    • M.A.
      M.A. 4 жыл бұрын

      Teamwork ja nai

    • jatocato
      jatocato 4 жыл бұрын +4

      "WILD NATSUKI. appeared!"

    • Abroad in Japan
      Abroad in Japan  4 жыл бұрын +45

      Closely followed by; "I'm drunkard".
      Another t-shirt worthy quote.

    STRAWMAN  Жыл бұрын +2

    Natsuki seems so much cooler and refined when he speaking in Japanese 😎

  • I Kant Stand To Think Foundation.
    I Kant Stand To Think Foundation. 10 ай бұрын +21

    Yo to all my people who came here to understand Hakari I feel you dawg I don’t understand one but but these guys are hilarious and I’m wit it 💀💀💀💀💀💀 the flashing confusing lights and music fit him too perfectly

  • FM
    FM 9 ай бұрын

    7:50 I really appreciate natsukis commentary on pachiko here, too me its really the highlight of this video because I always remember it.

  • Rainfox
    Rainfox  Жыл бұрын

    Would love a pachinko parlor like that one with prizes

  • Vince Ho
    Vince Ho  Жыл бұрын

    Great video! Entertaining and educational. I really learned something from it.

  • RevPerdueJosh
    RevPerdueJosh 4 жыл бұрын +2376

    We give them pachinko, they give us anime.
    _We’re practically related_

    • Toogaytolift
      Toogaytolift 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @ThatGuyFromNZ you should probably do your research. The federal law for age of consent in japan is 13 meaning that's as low as it can go but each city sets there own ages and most are either 16 or 18

    • jaspersmom9595
      jaspersmom9595 3 жыл бұрын

      Too bad that happened.

    • Amber Slahlize
      Amber Slahlize 3 жыл бұрын +2

      @AdmiralFroggy Maybe the anime you saw.

    • Psy locke
      Psy locke 3 жыл бұрын +2

      True, baseball is huge over there. And they are the best baseball players ever.

    • tminatorh
      tminatorh 3 жыл бұрын +1

      we gave em baseball too

  • Dracodin197
    Dracodin197 3 ай бұрын +70

    The editing on this video is just so good.

  • MrSalty
    MrSalty 2 ай бұрын

    Natsuki is fucking hilarious; when he gave Natsuki the balls, the dude walked away like a kid in a candy store. cracks me up

  • Jon Crowder
    Jon Crowder  Жыл бұрын

    Just leaving a comment to let you know that I love Natsuki and I wish him every success.