Television networks across the world are producing all kinds of game shows but undoubtedly the American television industry is the pioneer of such entertainment. Their game shows are known all over the world for their authentic approach and interesting concepts.
The leap from ‘Jeopardy’ to ‘Double Dare’ clearly shows the evolution process of such shows. Now, they even have their own separate game show network.
On the other hand, Japan television industry is known for its weirdest game shows. Their game shows are absurd, inappropriate and crazy.
Most of them are for adult audiences and involve women in a disgracing manner. The challenges asked to perform are embarrassing and sometimes downright foolish. The show usually consists of over-enthusiastic hosts, ugly sets, bright flashing lights, insane ideas, etc.
Given below is the list of Japanese shows that can easily be placed under the banner of weirdest and absurd game shows presented on television networks.
Note: some game shows are clearly for adults only.
Though the name has nothing common with Bingo game, it is basically a weird version of dodge the ball.
The show has two famous comedians who decide the punishment of the ones getting hit by the ball. As the show proceeds, the punishment gets grosser and even very brutal. The odd show tries to entertain the audience by making the losing person eat an insect.
One of the penalties included two persons trying to blow an insect through the tube to each other’s mouth.
2. Strip the Girl
As the name suggests, this game is quite embarrassing for both male and female generation. Basically, the game is all about catching a sight of an undressed girl and in order to do that men are supposed to perform a series of not so entertaining tasks.
For example, one of the challenges involved tossing bean bags towards the boxes that are placed in front of the naked girl.
3. It’s Electrifying
Being electrocuted is dangerous but not according to this bizarre Japanese game show. This is a crazy game show where players are actually electrocuted for the sake of fun and entertainment.
The contenders are made to slide on shuffleboards and are given the task of entering into a women’s chest. When a contestant enters the chest he gets electrified.
Therefore, it won’t be wrong to say that some women are literally electrifying.
4. Soapy Stairs
This game show has a simple demand: Climb the stairs and win the game. But there is a catch, i.e. the stairs are extremely greasy. Though climbing soapy stairs don’t look or sound tough in reality, it is quite the opposite.
The contestants usually slip and land on their chin or batter their back on the stone steps of the staircase. The risk factor of getting hurt is quite high in this painful approach.
While trying to cover the staircase, if a contestant slips all the way down then he/she is welcomed a pool of water.
5. Candy or not Candy
The game is entertaining for the audience but certainly at times not for the ones actually going through it. This game has the tendency to be sweet or disgusting at different moments of the time.
This game show makes use of an art form called sokkuri which enables to remake objects like glass wares or shoes from chocolate.
The celebrities are given the challenge to taste different things and find out if they have eaten some edible candy or not edible everyday object.
6. Human Tetris
This game is actually quite entertaining to watch. As the name suggests, it is Tetris involving humans in real time instead of blocks. There is a wall having different human body shape cutout patterns that come towards the contenders.
The contestants can go to the next level only by adhering to the cutout patterns on the wall.
They are not pushed off the platform as long as they maneuver their bodies according to the design which is a very hilarious sight most of the times.
7. The Bum Game
This game show adds itself in the category of the most embarrassing and inappropriate game shows ever. The show’s concept is extremely bizarre. Imagine a large wall having holes in it.
Now imagine those holes showing butt cheeks of women. Yes, you read it right! That’s exactly what this show is offering to the audience.
The contestant’s partner will stand on the other side of the wall and their task will be to identify the bum of their respective partner by kissing the exposed rear ends of the girls.
8. Be Cute Or Get Pie
This game has a different level of cuteness that doesn’t make sense at all. The show contains a room which is full of girls sleeping on the floor.
The judges ( two male models) named as ‘mama’ and ‘son’ are supposed to wake them up one by one in whichever style they want to.
Their main criterion of judgment is to decide which of the girl wakes up in the cutest manner. If according to their verdict, someone wakes up in a not so cute way then she gets a pie on her face as a penalty.
9. Undressing Her with Your Eyes
It seems like Japanese games shows are quite obsessed with undressing women or in other words, objectifying the naked women. This obnoxious game involves male contestants who attach various clamps to the different body parts of their body like nipples, shoulders, eyes, ears, etc.
The clamps have strings attached to them and the other side of the string is attached to woman participant’s clothes. After that, the contender pulls the strings so that the woman gets undressed because of ripped clothes.
10. Human Bowling
As far as enjoyment is concerned, this game is not less enjoyable than the original bowling game. As the name portrays, this game involves humans as a throwing object rather than bowling towards the giant pins.
For safety measures, the contestants are present in the inner tubes and slide down an inclined position. Unlike many other game shows, this particular show is enjoyable for the audiences as well.
If you like throwing yourself into things then you must try for this show for sure.
11. Dero! Dero!
This show is for the ones who have steel nerves and courage to try new adventures. It tests one’s intelligence and bravery at the same time.
The contenders are made to answer questions, solve puzzles, and complete mental challenges while facing terrifying situations. They are not given the comfort zone of a studio instead, they are put through dangerous scenarios that include filling up of the room with water, balancing on retracting narrow planks, and various high-pressure situations, etc.
Hence, it won’t be wrong to say that Dero! Dero! Is one hell of an exciting plus intriguing game show.
12. Let’s Go to the Other End of the World!
Traveling across the world is a dream of everyone. This show fulfills this fantasy of lucky contestants by giving them the opportunity to explore different countries.
The only catch is that the bravery of the contestants is put to test by putting them in terrifying situations with wildlife. In one of the game episodes, a girl was made to encounter a fierce bear while being placed in plexiglass.
Moreover, the strange part is that she has to record this unusual meeting with the wildlife creature despite being scared as hell.
It would be more appropriate to refer to this game show as brutal rather than being weird. Here, the contenders stress management capability is tested by asking them seven questions under an extremely terrifying situation of being wrapped under the gauze.
If they give the wrong answers their body parts from head to toe gets continuously covered with a white cloth. They are forced to control their nerves and answer the questions quickly otherwise they will become one step closer to being mummified.
To top it all, in the end their mummified body is placed in the tomb. Yes, you read it right that’s how their sacrifice is glorified.
14. Spread Your Leg
This game show is the weirdest of all where the winner is decided by spreading the legs with most distance in between. The game consists of three participant girls, a spinning wheel and a torture device.
One girl is made to spin the wheel and the other one of the girls is responsible for operating the torture device. The third girl left actually endures the torture by sitting in the device and the machine spreads her legs apart according to the number on the spinning wheel.
Imagine a higher number on the spinning wheel and then imagine how pain will it cause to the contestant involved. OUCH!!
15. A Human Slot Machine
Like many other bizarre games shows, this game show is also investing in degrading women for fun factor.
It is a weird kind of coin game where women are supposed to fill their piece of clothing with as many coins as the can.
The only catch is that their clothing only consists of a bikini.
This article was written by a freelance writer.