On my anime list, somebody posted a link to what they thought was a hilarious video on YouTube. Intrigued, I clicked on the the link and got this:
Anime for toilet training! Who’ve thunk it?
Actually, what intrigued me was all the comments of people mocking it. Maybe at one time, I would’ve done the same, but as a mother of a stubborn two-year-old, this stuff is gold! If it works to get kids on the potty, then you do whatever it takes. Besides, I think it’s extremely cute. Well, okay, the anime is cute. That bit about the giggling poo about to be flushed is a bit demented. And the live action is…uh…hmm…quite instructive.
With the limited Japanese I know, the song is basically “Pee coming out, swish, swish, swish. Swiiiiish, swish, swish. Swish, swish. Swish, swish. Peeing is coming out!” The pooping one is a little harder to explain. “Poop is coming out, grunt, grunt, grunt. Gruuuuuunt, grunt, grunt. Grunt, grunt. Grunt, grunt. Pooping is coming out!”
Anything that works, folks. Anything that works. I think I’ll teach it to Daniel in Japanese. It sounds…cuter that way. There’s more toilet training in Japanese at Japan Probe. If you want to see the actual toy that’s used in the video, you can see it at his entry: Shimajiro Toilet Training Device. Ah, if only it came in English.