The Piano Guys: Cello Wars Star Wars Parody

I was recently introduced to them, and I immediately became a fan. They started as a YouTube success a few years ago,

and now they have their own website, album, and they go on tour. Click: The Piano Guys to visit their website, or visit their channel on YouTube.

I honestly wasn’t an instrumental music fan back in the day, but this isn’t just any piano/cello music. (^O^)

Also check out Cello Wars website of The Piano Guys

This piece caught my attention as Star Wars is a big hit in Japan. But just saying that it is a big hit, is an understatement. Way before Star Wars was to hit the big screen, merchandise were on the shelves, collectibles were available to the willing chosen few (who could afford their exorbitant prices).

So why is Star Wars such a huge success in Japan?

For one, the robots. Such amazing creatures. Japan has this thing for robots and machines, from cars to assistant robots in the office, and one time I met one at a Comiket event (Comic Market), which is an exhibition for manga and cosplay that draws a massive crowd.

Honda’s Asimo and Softbank’s Pepper / R2D2, C3PO, and BB-8

And, the Jedi with their lightsabers do look like the samurai with their katana. There’s even an ancient-looking artwork of a samurai in feudal Japan in a life and death sword fight with Darth Vader. My money’s on the dark side. He will use the force to tip the fight to his advantage.

Samurai Wars by grimorioilustrado on DeviantArt

Some villains and characters draw inspiration from Japanese legendary characters. From what I read at the Taiken Japan website, Darth Maul resembles a local legendary demon in Akita prefecture, called Namahage. 似ているんでしょうねぇ… niteiru deshou ne… They look alike, right…?

Namahage the demon (tokyobling.wordpress.com) / Darth Maul (www.techtimes.com)

There is some resemblance indeed. I blame the hair loss to the stressful life of a villain. And the filing of his teeth… well, he had to keep up with fashion. We all know how important appearances are these days. He needs to brush more though ( ̄□ ̄;)!!

I’d like to give a nod to Liam Carrigan for his write up, Japanese Jedi: Why Japan Loves Star Wars. And Ollie Barder for, Understanding the Japanese Influences behind ‘Star Wars’. They are both great reads and a good resource for this entry. (≧∇≦)b

Asimo and Pepper’s image came from phys.org, and the Star Wars image is from http://www.lastlevel.es.

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8 thoughts on “The Piano Guys: Cello Wars Star Wars Parody

  1. madam wanted to watch the star wars for a long time now…the other one does not care for it though…hahaha….will probably use the force 😀 to watch it (on myself and on him ~insert evil laugh~) ..thanks for this…the connections were mindblowing.. hehe..did not think of those before…btw love the music vid.. boom!

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    • Thanks Robert! (●^o^●)
      Though I can’t take all the credit.
      A lot of the information was taken from “Japanese Jedi: Why Japan loves Star Wars.”

      To quote Liam Carrigan, the writer of the above-mentioned story:

      The original Star Wars (later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope) from 1977 was almost a scene by scene reimagining of famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s classic Samurai epic: The Hidden Fortress. Substitute primary antagonist Darth Vader for a feudal warlord, and the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO for a couple of lowly servants and you have pretty much the same movie.

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