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Okay, so ...

Okay, so ...

Thu, 03/12/2009 - 13:49 by Ananth in response to inscrutable language joke

 ... this joke takes a little bit of explanation unless you have a rudimentary understanding of Japanese. Basically, sukiyaki is a dish and daisuki means "to like a lot". So, if you really like sukiyaki and (terrible) puns, you can say "daisuki-yaki" and ... 


*stares in Yuko's direction* Well, I know someone who feel compelled to say it every time we have sukiyaki at her parents' house. 

One of the anecdotes on Wikipedia explains the origins of the word sukiyaki: the kanji in sukiyaki basically mean "plow" and "cook". This is because medieval farmers would heat up their plows and cook the meat right on top of them! I thought that was a neat explanation, whether or not it's true. You can read a whole lot more about it at the wikipedia article up top, or right here


Oh boy.

Comment by MarkShark (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 13:52

I got to facepalm at the joke without needing the explanation. Go me.


Comment by Glad (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 14:19

I thought it was pun-derful! Go Yuko!


Comment by Joe (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 14:54

I dunno, it kinda made me want to pun-t a baby.

Doesn't that make you feel a

Comment by Tokkan (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 17:31

Doesn't that make you feel a bit like a punk, though? We may need to get a pundit to do a report on people like you.

OK, I'll stop with the punishment.

I unfortunately got this

Comment by JDeng (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 14:53

I unfortunately got this right away (Although I always thought Daisuke was Daiski without a u sound..). As with all puns, good or bad, I smiled and shook my head even as no one else got it x___x. Woo, Go Japanese!

Japanese class

Comment by Joe (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 14:56

If I recall correctly from my HS Japanese class (...that I failed (...4 years ago)) it's probably pronounced Daiski, even though it's spelled Daisuke.
+10 to silent letters!

Haha, my first though was

Comment by Tactiturn (not verified) Sun, 06/20/2010 - 17:58

Haha, my first though was "but isn't it pronounced 'daiski'?"

I can't speak Japanese very well and have never taken a class, but I do watch a shitload of shoujo anime... I'm not sure if that makes me a loser.

Anyway, I got the joke, Yuko.

Actually, I have a cousin named Daisuke. XD

Comment by Aido Thu, 03/12/2009 - 16:26

The 'u' sound is silent, yeah.  But don't spell it Daisuke, (ending with a -kay sound rather than a -key sound) that's a boy's name!

I'm so surprised at the number of people who understood the joke immediately! :D

To which all I can add...

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 17:52

is that most Bostonian baseball fans would likely recognize that as a boys name what with their Japanese pitcher, Mr. Matsuzaka.

You must never underestimate

Comment by Rai (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 08:55

You must never underestimate the number of people who speak fan-panese.

Awww Yuko is adorable. <3

Comment by Maxwellian (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 14:54

Awww Yuko is adorable.


haha I laughed without

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 14:57

haha I laughed without reading the explaination. Still only because I love to see bad jokes go unlaughed at. haha Still it was pun-ny.

<3 puns

Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 15:05

Ahahahahahahahaha, I love puns. I especially love Japanese puns.

Amirite, Shota-Con?!


Comment by Aido Thu, 03/12/2009 - 16:29


Very punny Yuko!

Comment by aXcel (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 15:07

Loved the pun. I already knew what it meant without the translation, only cuz i'm a big Japanese nerd (wapanese i guess...)

Loved It!!

Comment by Pedro (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 15:29

As somehow who was born and lived a decent amount of my life in Japan, I immediately got the pun. I laughed so loud I literally woke up my roommate and my next door neighbor. Thank you Yuko! Totally made my day.


Comment by Aido Thu, 03/12/2009 - 16:29

 Ahaha, I'm glad you enjoyed it!  And blame Ananth, he was the one who wanted to make a comic about it, it's just one of those stupid things I say when I'm at my folks' place. XD


Comment by Frog42 (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 15:52

The best part of Japanese is horrible puns!

(when buying an iPod)
nano nano?

(when eating Indian food)
naan nan da, kore?

(when inquiring about sauce)
sosuka? sosuyo!

(when viewing individuals eating breakfast for dinner)
choushoku?! chou shokku!

Viva bad puns!

puns puns puns

Comment by Aido Thu, 03/12/2009 - 16:28

I punched myself when I finally got the joke with Waluigi's name.  I was so embarrassed that it took me so long to catch on.  XD

I feel ya.

Comment by shatter34 (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 18:26

I have face palmed myself bloody for not understanding 90% of the bad jokes or hidden innuendos from 80s and 90s cartoons till the turn of the century. That Scooby Dooby one nearly broke my nose.


Comment by Skoth (not verified) Mon, 03/16/2009 - 23:38

I only just got that because you mentioned it. I had always thought that they were just being really lazy with their naming.

(at the aquarium) ikura

Comment by namitatsu (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 00:20

(at the aquarium)
ikura ikura?

(on new years)

(when johnny wanderer posts thrice in a week!)
yoku yoko!

Oh man, when I was a

Comment by Yume (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 08:58

Oh man, when I was a first-year the "ikura ikura" thing totally caught our whole class flat-footed. We were practicing asking "How much does it cost?" and our teacher kept laughing at us. She didn't explain until the end of class why she was doing it. :|


Comment by Halconnen (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 01:58

For some reason the sauce one made me explode in roaring laughter.

I am a nerd. D:

It seems that even though I

Comment by Tokkan (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 17:34

It seems that even though I haven't tried to read ANYTHING in Japanese for around 6 years, bad puns are some of the few things I remember.

I think I have 'Yakitate!! Japan' to thank for that.

This. True facts.

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 19:17

This. True facts.

so worth it

Comment by ritsuka (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 19:19

the comic is still hilarious for the panel expressions alone! I needed the foot note and just realized i have made sukiyaki with my roommate once it turned out well but not big-like well!

Two more until the big

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 21:24

Two more until the big five-oh.


Comment by Yenian (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 21:34


Lucy got some 'splainin' to do

Comment by Inujo (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 21:49

Honey, not wishing to bust your bubble, but if you have to explain's not funny! was cute.


Comment by meechums (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 22:04

The comic above was pure awesomeness. Gotta love those bad puns, eh?
Like instead of just saying 'kora-!' (a word one says when scolding or stopping someone), you could say, 'coca kora!'
...heh, I don't know whether I should be ashamed or proud of that one. \-_-;;

My dad makes sukiyaki.

Comment by Holly (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 22:09

My dad makes sukiyaki. Indeed, it is good.
And Yay! to non-english puns! They kick ace.

Haha japan u and your puns xD

Comment by Suki (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 22:14

Lol now if you really want to get into the corny puns.... read yakitate japan xD theres the really puns D: Sukiyaki is great D: but i'm starting to bend towards bi bim bop D:

I feel VERY proud that I got

Comment by Agatha (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 22:21

I feel VERY proud that I got the joke without having to read the explanation. :D Yay, I haven't forgotten ALL my Japanese...I also feel very weird, because this is the joke I made to my host family in Japan...and had to explain it to them. o_O


Comment by Corteks (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 22:44

LoL totally got the joke, it's awesome.

I appreciate it even more because I have a friend who is a master of bad puns, and it kinda reminds me of him if he was to incorporate japanese into his punning :p

Daisuki daisuki-yaki

Comment by Kitty (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 22:46

I laughed! I love bad puns. 8D

Yay, I got the joke before

Comment by Brian (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 23:35

Yay, I got the joke before it was explained! Go two semesters of University Japanese!

LOL YES. I always think this

Comment by rae (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 00:37

LOL YES. I always think this when I'm eating sukiyaki. Or even when I'm thinking about eating sukiyaki. Or just plain thinking about sukiyaki. BECAUSE sukiyaki is awesome, amirite?


Comment by Naranda (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 00:41


...and seven years of Japanese language study comes to fruition.

Coming from a man who loves

Comment by Jukebox (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 01:22

Coming from a man who loves puns so bad people have no other choice but to hang their heads and cry a bit on the inside, I fully endorse this pun.

D'oh, this was supposed to

Comment by Jukebox (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 11:42

D'oh, this was supposed to be its own post, and not a reply.


Comment by Halconnen (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 01:56

If there's one thing I love most about the Japanese language, it's the immense pun-ability.

The comic sadly only made me smirk, because jokes like that tend to be less funny written out than being thrown at you spontaneously, but if I sat there at the table I'd probably have spewed my drink all over the place.


Its a good pun, used

Comment by Sansai (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 02:33

Its a good pun, used something like it before. Got weird stares as well.

Oh wow! That had me laughing

Comment by Kluas (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 04:01

Oh wow! That had me laughing for a good 2 minutes. I just had to keep reading the first two panels over and over. I love non-english puns mixed into normal everyday activities.

Props to Yuko and Ananth!


Comment by toshiro (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 05:03

Poor Yuko... I can sympathize.

multi-lingual puns!

Comment by Karlee (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 05:44

I laughed. And then I laughed at Yuko's expression when no one got the joke. And then I re-laughed at how bad the pun was.
I really love the way this comic is going - It's already one of the comics I really look forward to. It's so every-day and relaxed and the art style is awesome.


Comment by Kim (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 07:17

I understood it and loved it! I still find it funny though I took Japanese for 4 semesters and still can't read at all. There are only a handful of characters I recognize. I love hiragana though...Mmmm, simplicity.

I'm a fourth-year Japanese

Comment by Yume (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 08:55

I'm a fourth-year Japanese student and this afternoon I'm going out to dinner with my whole class, including my (native Japanese) teacher, her American husband, and their five(-ish?)-year-old daughter.

If anybody orders sukiyaki they are totally getting treated to this joke.

Pun was funny but...

Comment by MrRoboto (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 09:47

Yeah, the pun was simple enough for most to understand, but what I really liked was the gas burner on the 2nd panel, the knob looks like a shocked face, adding to the hilarity that even the gas burner thinks its a lame pun.

Hurrah for Yuko.

Comment by alyosha (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 10:23

Hurrah for Yuko.