06.15.2017 - Terrence Marks:
Because Magikarp Jump came out just a little while ago, let me tell you my Magikarp ribbon story. It's from January. But Magikarp is timeless.

As we mentioned last time, part of the Anime LA experience is ribbons. They look like this.




Some people trade them. Some people have challenges and quizzes. Some people made it more difficult - you had to be dressed as a certain character, or you had to find the ribbon-holder in costume and say a phrase from a show, or something like that.

They're fun to collect. We really enjoyed getting them last year, so we got a few made. Mine were "Magikarp used splash!", which people seemed to like. Every so often, I'd just walk out into the hall and look like I had ribbons to give away and people could either trade or take the quiz.

I'd ask "Do you know the Magikarp song?" And after a moment, someone would say "karp, karp, karp", and I'd tell them that they were wrong. Then I'd turn to a second person - and a crowd had gathered around by that point - and ask if they knew the magikarp song.

The second person would look sad and say 'no'. Then, in my loudest voice, I would tell them "That is CORRECT. You do NOT know the Magikarp song!"

Because it's not "Challenge - sing me the magikarp song". It's "Quiz - Do you know the magikarp song?". And that's the correct answer to the question (unless you know the Magikarp song. But you probably don't since it hadn't been released in English at the time). Then I'd give a ribbon to the first person also, because fun's fun and they were being a good sport about it.

Then, a third person would come up and say "Umm, I also don't know the magikarp song" and I'd give them a ribbon because it's not the kind of trick I can play twice on the same crowd. I'm sure a few people left thinking the ribbon was for not knowing the magikarp song, rather than correctly answering whether or not you knew it.

Anyhow, a few months later the Magikarp song was recorded in English and you can listen to it here.
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