Pseudo News: Iron Chef Japan Sea Monster Week

Orli Ninjamaster is still trying to butter us up so that we’ll post all news of Iron Chef Japan. And I hate to say it, but it’s working.

If you recall from our first contact with Orli, we first suspected that he was a lowly paid intern, forced to surf the vast tubes of the internet in order to market Iron Chef Japan episodes. Later, he assured me this isn’t the case at all. He’s emailed a couple of times since then (as well as one of his coworkers – look out, he’s sending a vast marketing ninja army!), but I wasn’t able to post their stuff in time (sorry, guys). There’s something about the 360i Ninjamaster that I just like, so as long as he’s continuing to butter me up, I’m going to continue to post his pseudo-news alerts.

This coming week on the Fine Living Network, it’s Sea Monster Week on Iron Chef Japan!

Here’s why you should be excited about this: Aside from the Japanese Iron Chefs being certified culinary badasses, what makes the show even more interesting to the western world is their use of ingredients we would find tremendously bizarre. Forget yogurt, chocolate, and rabbit. Let’s hear it for OCTOPUS!

Orli gives us the lowdown:

Sea Monster Week starts off with Battle Octopus on Monday 8/18, then brings you Battle King Crab, Battle Giant Eel, and Battle Squid, before the formidable Battle Ashura Oyster on Friday 8/22 — every night on Fine Living at 8pm.

Now that I’ve been watching Iron Chef America for so long, going back and watching Iron Chef Japan is so bizarre. I had forgotten how different ICA is from the predecessor. First of all, I had forgotten that the commentator sits up with the judges, who talk all during the battle. That never bothered me until ICA tailored the commenting down to just Alton Brown and Kevin Brauch. ICA judges are known chefs, restaurateurs and foodies, with the occasional pseudo-celebrity thrown in for fun. What I had forgotten is that Iron Chef Japan had this panel of people who didn’t seem to have anything to do with food – they were all models, actors, palm readers, etc. There’s one particular actress on Iron Chef Japan that they keep inviting back, and I don’t know why they let her open her mouth. Some of the tasty tidbits she will say during a battle will be along the lines of, “Oh, what are they doing… I think they’re going to cook it!” Also, she pretty much repeats whatever the previous person said. Verbatim.

What I do love about the original show is that the battles were so intense, the ingredients were so off the wall, and it was just so very Japanese. I mean, check out that photo above. They could be a cabaret… or possibly the Village People. Also, it’s Masaharu Morimoto as a budding chef.

Oh and, speaking of Morimoto, he appeared recently on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” trip to Japan. I’d recommend that one for your DVR as well. So there you go, the latest on Iron Chef Japan.

Thanks for the news, Orli. If you really want to keep buttering us up, send some readers our way who will see your shameless plugs.

Allez! Cuisine!

Pseudo News: Iron Chef Japan Returns to TV

Yesterday, we received an email through our website messaging system. I wasn’t going to post it, but the sender referred to us as “ninjas” in the opening of the email. This leads me to believe he is some poor intern who is paid minimum wage and forced to sift through the vast tubes of the internet (serious business) to find websites and blogs that pertain to whatever he’s been told to market. This dude took the time to read our FAQ and sent us an email with the appropriate heading as “Ninjas” so, Orli, this post is for you: Iron Chef Japan returns to TV!

Unfortunately Iron Chef Japan is only returning to television as RERUNS, so this is being flagged as “Pseudo News”.

Date: April 22, 2008 8:39:13 PM EDT
Subject: [Amateurs with Knives] Contact from Orli Ninjamaster (surname changed – a ninja’s identity must not be revealed)
Reply-To: (deleted)

You are being contacted via Amateurs with Knives by Orli Ninjamaster. Orli Ninjamaster has provided the following information so you may contact them:

Email: (deleted)
Website: http://
Reason: Other (explain below)

Hi ninjas,

You guys seem like the types to get really excited about the following information:
Iron Chef Japan is returning to TV!

Was I right? If so, read on. If not, delete.

So…. Iron Chef Japan is finally coming back! It’ll air every weeknight at 11pm on Fine Living Network, starting May 5th. For more info, check out the Iron Chef Japan website here: Fine Living Network

And lots of fun videos, all of them embeddable, here: Fine Living Network’s Page on You Tube

Feel free to share with all your readers, and let me know if you have any questions or feedback.

Orli Ninjamaster
360i on behalf of Fine Living Network

I love Iron Chef Japan. It’s ten times better than the American version — whether it’s because it’s so much more dramatic, or because it’s the original, or because Chairman Kaga is so badass, who can say.


Maybe it’s all of the above. If anything, I like watching the American version because the producers have the American Chairman doing all sorts of goofy things – and sometimes they add sound effects. I swear, that dude gets more comical with every episode.

At any rate, if you’re a fan, tune in to Fine Living Network starting May 5 or, at the very least, set your DVR to record.

Allez! Cuisine!