I don’t know enough of Japanese pop-culture to know for sure. But somebody please tell me, are the Japanese makers of “Iron Chef” serious, or are they being sarcastic? Is all the cheesiness, a tongue-in-cheek salute to all the over-the-top Japanese martial arts movies? Or is that, seriously, their idea of what ultimate competition ought to be?
You know what I mean, the costume, the kitchen stadium, the music, and the final one-on-one combat format. Hey, even the way they shot how Chairman Kaga bites into that bell pepper is seriously funny.
And what’s the deal with always beginning the annotation to the theme ingredient intro segment with the line “If memory serves me right”?