We're back again with the latest in our look at commercials featuring Asian boxers and we again have a random selection ranging from food products to female clothing to a mobile phone operator, with a talking dog!
Guts Ishimatsu - Softbank
We need to start this by stating that we love Guts Ishimatsu and think adverts with him are consistently good. This one however is a little bit different to most with him involved. You won't see Guts here, but he is the man behind the talking dog! Kai, the dog in question, played the role of Otosan the star of a series of adverts for Japanese Mobile phone operator Softbank. The character, known as "Otosan", had various people doing the voice, including the legendary former Japanese boxer. The adverts were hugely popular with Japanese audiences saw the dog becoming a genuine star.
Yoko Gushiken - SEC
After hearing one of the most recognisable voices in Japanese boxing in one advert we now go to the most recognisable haircut in the country as we feature a commercial with Yoko Gushiken. The afro sporting Light Flyweight legend was in a number of adverts including this one for SEC, an elevator company in Japan. The advert was released in 2014 and is a nice bright, colourful one that is pretty memorable. A solid advert even if Gushiken's role in it is rather minor.
Daisuke Naito - Wakasaimo Honpo
In 2009 Japanese Flyweight Daisuke Naito was the WBC world champion and had seen his profile hitting massive heights thanks to his work with TBS and his 2007 win over Daiki Kameda. Due to his popularity he featured in a number of adverts, including this one for confectionery company Wakasaimo Honpo. The advert is one of the rare ones that used a then active professional boxer to do more than just have them boxing, and instead used Naito's popularity outside of the sport to help enhance the products reach and profile.
Manny Pacquiao - Wonderful Pistachios
Filipino star Manny Pacquiao has been in an incredible amount of adverts. Some are good, some are awful, Some are memorable, and some are just fun. This one is one of the more fun and memorable ones as we see Pacquiao busting a speed ball and sending Pistachio nuts everywhere. This is simple but very effective and we can only assume looked awesome if there was ever a 3-D version released, with the nuts firing at your face. One of the more interesting adverts with the "Pacman" involved.
Tomomi Takano - Christian Skinny
We started with a series regular and we'll end with another as we finish up with Japanese female star Tomomi Takano advertising for Christian Skinny, from Christian Co, which Takano has done a number of adverts for. The advert was part of a promotional where a discount was applied for buying several units. The advert does nothing special, though we do like the jingle. Simple but effective. Although simple the advert works to the strengths of the performance, with Takano having a great figure and long legs to really make the product look great here.
When we have some free time we're hoping to add a series of fun articles to the site. Hopefully these will be enjoyable little short features