The Simpsons: Season 10, Episode 23

Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo (16 May 1999)

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The Simpsons must perform on a Japanese game show after Homer loses their money on a vacation.



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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Emperor / Barney (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Snake / Chuck Garabedian / Man / Squid / Moe Szyslak / Comic Book Guy (voice)
Lenny / Ned Flanders / Mr. Burns / Uncle Pennybags / Jim Belushi / Pilot / Guard / Ambassador / Smithers (voice)
Canadian Wife / Maude Flanders (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denice Kumagai ...
Japanese Mother (voice)
Japanese Stewardess (voice)
Wink, the Game Show Host (voice)
Japanese Father (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Fish (voice)


The Simpsons go to Tokyo where Bart and Homer get thrown into jail after mistaking the emperor for a Sumo wrestler and Marge has to use up most of their holiday money as bail. When Homer makes an origami crane out of their last million yen note and it blows away,they are forced to take part in a dangerous game-show in order to win the money for their return flight. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and Gamera, all famous monsters from Japan and across the globe, have an appearance in this episode. The creators of "The Simpsons" are supposedly big Godzilla/Kaiju fans. See more »


During the end scene with the monsters, the airplane captain refers to Mothra as "he". Mothra is a female monster. See more »


Lisa Simpson: Now, can we do something that is Japanese?
Marge Simpson: Oh, I know that you wanna visit Japan, honey but we're down to our million yen
[pulls a yen bill out of her hair]
Homer Simpson: Here
[Takes the yen bill and makes an origami craine]
Homer Simpson: It's a craine they say it brings luck.
Marge Simpson: Careful Homer, we need that money to get home.
[Then the wind picks up and blows the bill away]
Homer Simpson: [In Japanese] D'oh!
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References Bananas (1971) See more »


America the Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
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S10: A bit more far-fetched and reliant on cameos than I would like, but still fun and inventive
25 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Rightly or wrongly, I felt the ninth season had a good balance of character driven plots which managed to stay grounded therein, despite some of them being more extreme in their narrative. The tenth season continues the latter but is less successful at the former, as more of this season seems to be extreme and event driven. The plots generally are more about what the story is than how the characters fit within them, whether it be the hunt for Nessie, the family in Japan, the Baldwin's, or being a bodyguard to the Mayor, the characters are within these stories more than being where I was watching. It is hard to describe what I mean, but by chance I had recently watched a season of Always Sunny in Philadelphia (also season 10 as it happens) and in that show the plots always act as only a frame for the characters, here it is similar, but perhaps not as strong.

That said, it is still funny and engaging, even if the plots occasionally do seem throwaway or exaggerated. The delivery of sight gaps, clever dialogue, character-driven humor, or just broad humor does work consistently, and the talented voice cast all continue to do very good work with good timing – as they should for the money they are earning by this point. The standard of animation remains high, and it all looks good and is edited together with discipline and a tight control. It is not quite as good as the classic seasons, but it is not a million miles away, even if personally I think the direction it is moving is not the best.

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