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  • what do you think about the recent trend of  japanese youtubers reacting to your videos  

  • reaction videos what reaction video oh my god what  the what is going on make it stop make it stop  

  • wow so you might notice recently if you  watch videos about japan that everyone  

  • and their mum has been churning out reaction  videos particularly to a video i made a few  

  • years ago called what not to do in japan with this  terrible thumbnail i i'm sick to death of seeing  

  • now i've never really got the whole reaction  video thing i don't think i've made a single  

  • reaction video ever in the 200 videos that  i've made and i guess that's because when it  

  • comes to reaction videos i've always thought who  really wants to watch them and at the end of it  

  • is that three million views just to watch a person  watch another person this guy's a genius george  

  • george japan i hope that's his real name george  japan maybe i should rebrand to chris england  

  • but look at this perplexed expression combined  with the word interesting it's genius how could  

  • i not click on that it must be it must be bloody  spectacular let's have a look then before we watch  

  • it let's put it into 1080p i can't watch a video  in 480p is is that it 480p only 3.3 million views  

  • on a 480p video are you having a laugh and heream like an idiot trying to make videos in 4k super  

  • wonder definition so you can practically reach  out and touch joey the anime man's face in a bar  

  • and for what nothing i should have just filmed  it all on my broken iphone in 480 piss right  

  • okay we're going to stop the video there formoment okay some people might find this sort of  

  • thing funny but i certainly don't quite franklyfeel he's disrespectful to the people of japan if  

  • you don't like japan go home to your own country  if you can't stand the heat get out of the uh  

  • go somewhere else quite frankly clearly he's run  out of ideas and i don't want to watch anymore  

  • but we're going to watch some more so whenfirst started seeing these reaction videos pop  

  • up i was pretty surprised and i really sat up and  took notice when the japan times did an article  

  • discussing the emerging trend of japanese reaction  channels and by now you probably hate this  

  • damn thumbnail as much as i do as more and more  creators utilize it in increasingly provocative  

  • ways what started out as oh interesting has  gone on to become that's [ __ ] lies rubbish  

  • in fact i predict by the year 2025 most people  actually watch abroad in japan through someone  

  • else's youtube channel in fact you're probably not  watching this video on abroad in japan right now  

  • probably on george japan isn't it george is up  there somewhere reacting away aren't you george  

  • reacting in a room yeah to be honest chris  your face looks better in 480p anyway now  

  • perhaps understandably i get a lot of questions  about this how do i feel do i benefit from having  

  • people react to the video does the original video  do better what are the ethics around just taking  

  • someone's entire video and just reacting to it  at your desk and am i angry about it to which i  

  • say yes i am angry off with their heads a lot of  them oh oh god if you're gonna make a toy sword  

  • like have a volume control on it that's really  it's really unnecessarily loud i don't know why  

  • i've got this put that there but i'll get to my  brutal honest opinions in a minute because i feel  

  • like before we reach any conclusions we should  probably watch some of these reaction videos first  

  • god forbid so buckle up and get ready for the next  level of inception style reaction videos where you  

  • can watch a british guy reacting to a japanese  guy reacting to a british guy reacting to japan  

  • oh [ __ ] my life this is it isn't it the  future of youtube the future we deserve

  • uh this one looks pretty pretty damn  intimidating i'm telling you not to do  

  • what not to do in japan by yuya with a very very  ominous looking expression let's see what happens  

  • welcome back to my channel today let me try  to react to this video again 12 things not  

  • to do in japan in the last video that was my  fourth reaction video so it wasn't good enough  

  • and i got some comment doing it again because the  first attempt wasn't good enough that is that's  

  • pretty impressive i think my favorite thing about  watching these reaction videos is seeing where  

  • all the different people are reacting from uh yuya  looks like he's at work in an office or something  

  • he's very smart it's like he's just snuck off to  a side room quickly because he simply had to react  

  • to this to this video hello guys i'm jordan so  today i'm gonna react a video called 12 things  

  • i just love how humble george is right he's  barely in the frame of his own video like the  

  • doors on the right hand side of the frame take  up more space than george does what a humble guy  

  • japanese lady reacts to 12 things not  to do in japan mrs eats straight up  

  • eats you getting it yet there's a lot  of eating going on there let's dive in  

  • hi everyone this is mrs eats today we're gonna  be watching 12 things not to do in japan seems  

  • very nice i like to think when she's not filming  uh reaction videos or eating things she adorns the  

  • impressive red samurai helmet behind her on  the shelf and becomes japan's most ruthless  

  • masked vigilante bit like batman japanese batman  but with the samurai helmet that's mrs eats

  • well if you want to exchange your name card with  your client this is your client and you you have  

  • to be below than him because this is showing you  some respect that's awkward i didn't know that  

  • that uh you're supposed to hold your business  card below the client i'm usually like up here  

  • and they're down here so i think that might  explain quite a lot of situations i've got  

  • myself into over the years good commentary it's  interesting point tokyo foodie sarah literally  

  • tearing her hair out what the [ __ ] it says let's  have a look hey guys welcome to my channel tokyo  

  • foodie sarah if you're new here my name is sarah  and i make videos on japanese foods and culture

  • omelette yeah good cakes oh no natto fermented  soybeans bad move there took a sharp turn  

  • today i want to be reacting to abroad  in japan channel's most watched video  

  • 12 things not to do in japan first thoughts  how many dalmatians died for that top sarah  

  • second thought so i have to say that's one of the  most impressive british accents i've ever heard  

  • from a japanese person you've put ryotaro's  accent to shame well done as a question if we  

  • meet today right now and exchanged our business  card what would you think if i act like this oh  

  • your name is yuya wannabe the cool cool business  card huh like it all right see you next time bye

  • why do i get the impression he does that look  at this eleven thousand people have liked it  

  • that's how screwed we are people actually like  ryotaros japan here we go welcome to ryotaro  

  • japan and i need to confess that i never  watch a board in japan apart from the ones  

  • i am reading yeah laugh at your crap  jokes looking through the channel i  

  • found out that the most watched video ever  was called 12 things not to do in japan  

  • and without me in it yes notice whenever ryotaro  is not in a video people actually want to watch it

  • so walking down the street whilst  eating and drinking isn't illegal  

  • you're not gonna get shouted at  no you're not gonna get arrested

  • but what you will get is the stare of  disapproval kind of but not that strict  

  • if you google tabayaruki which means eating drink  while walking you can find many good places for  

  • tabayaruki for instance in osaka i see a lot of  people eating takoyaki while walking so it doesn't  

  • make sense right so please don't take it seriously  there are a lot of people including me to drink  

  • starbucks coffee while walking even in tokyo or  everywhere so it's okay eating while walking is  

  • not seen as such a good thing my hometown is not  a big city so one day i was waiting for my train  

  • at the platform and i was eating a small cracker  like this there was nobody's behind me and then  

  • suddenly older guy was approaching me and then  suddenly he looked at me was it colonel sanders

  • this is not true if you've got a runny nose  i don't agree with him on this part because  

  • sneezing and blowing notes are completely  normal body function it cannot be healthy  

  • what do you have to do it very simple you have to  show your effort try to make this sound smaller  

  • to show some effort what does that mean when  blowing one's nose how do you make an effort  

  • like what is the scale of blowing your nose but  in the uk we just blow our nose there and then  

  • right we don't really have some sort of special  new year scale i want to see a dedicated video  

  • you if you're watching this make the video we  deserve how to blow your nose i'm 11 minutes in i  

  • haven't seen yuya smile and i want to see a smile  come on this is getting very serious oh is that  

  • is that a smile it's kind of not like is it  weird that i'm getting anxiety from watching  

  • this because of how close sarah's chin is to  the razor sharp edge of that reaction video like  

  • if her arms slip she's going to smash her  face onto that corner like if you're going  

  • to make a reaction video please make sure  to do it a safe distance health and safety  

  • first real frenchman responds to abroad  in japan all right let's check this out

  • this is without a doubt a real  frenchman oh here uh anyway

  • that point all right i love the way he's  trying to one-up me with his massive plan  

  • on the desk there i remember when i used to  film my this window actually i thought the  

  • backdrop looked really crap so i used to rather  awkwardly stick a fake plant in the background  

  • to try and make things nice but i've come  a long way since then got rid of the plant

  • so intimidating that um noise you think that  

  • something bad's gonna happen any  hand gonna get [ __ ] up by george

  • he looks a little red here is he drunk how dare  you i brought japan videos always shot sober  

  • and in a clear state of mind unless i'm drunk like  i probably was here i'm probably cheap which don't  

  • pause the video there look at that it's horrible  i think this is my main issue with reaction videos  

  • they always pause at the worst possible momentmean look at that that's the last thing you see  

  • before you die time one of my colleagues whenwas teaching i asked him do you have any pets and  

  • he said to me maybe my cat is dead laughing at  a dead cat george it's a disgrace on oh oh yes  

  • yes he [ __ ] smiled thank god for that big smile  he's a what a nice young man i like this year  

  • he's a good lad so is this christmas  there have been new dances it's quality  

  • content watching a japanese guy react to  another japanese guy butchering john lennon

  • where is he oh no george oh natsuki's not  gonna like that when you come to japan  

  • please please don't be nervous we are all kind  and also when i go to your country please be  

  • kind to me no sorry george  that's not how the uk works

  • so what do i think about all these reaction  videos and is it actually beneficial to me  

  • personally uh i think like a lot of peopleassumed that oh surely the original video will  

  • be getting more views as a result of all these  reaction videos but if you look at the statistics  

  • since the first episode went up in september  views have been pretty consistent in fact they may  

  • even be lower uh than before some people assume  that i'm angry to watch these other youtubers  

  • take the entire video and just react to it forfew minutes and i didn't feel angry when it first  

  • happened but i felt a bit weird about it i mean  from my perspective right i spent maybe seven days  

  • producing the original video it took a few days  to research and script and plan then i had to go  

  • out and film it in public and make a complete [  __ ] idiot of myself before sitting down to edit  

  • it all together into a dynamic and fun way which  meant basically or just use some brazilian music

  • i never thought the video would do as well as it  did but i was really glad but it sort of took off  

  • because it felt like that sort of production  process was completely worthwhile now compare  

  • that lengthy three-stage production process to  producing a reaction video you can literally sit  

  • down watch something for 10 or 15 minutes edit it  in about an hour because they're not that complex  

  • and that's it and you can get millions of  views and so yeah it could be a little bit  

  • of a bitter pill to swallow but youtube doesn't  reward production value it rewards human nature  

  • right whatever people click on that's what wins  and from a creator's perspective that can be both  

  • depressing but also quite exciting and empowering  for a few reasons i remember when i released a  

  • documentary about the fukushima nuclear disaster  a few years ago it's a really tough documentary to  

  • produce and i was incredibly proud of it it's one  of the best things i've probably ever made and yet  

  • upon release it was one of the worst performing  videos that i've ever made i'll be blunt at  

  • the time i was pretty [ __ ] disappointed and  disheartened it's sad to think i could have just  

  • sat here and made a video called what not to do  in japan again part two definitely don't do this  

  • but then this is youtube it's not tv and i won't  lie i'd probably be tempted to click on the video  

  • that's more provocative and controversial again  it's just human nature so that's the depressing  

  • aspect of it but on the other hand it's also quite  empowering to know that you only need an idea that  

  • people would be interested to watch in order to  succeed you don't even need to film it in 1080p  

  • 480p that's the level clearly for a topic as  sensitive as what not to do in japan naturally  

  • people are going to want to hear a japanese  perspective obviously you want to hear from a  

  • native japanese person not some sleazy british  guy with a 4k camera and credit where it's due  

  • to george he does discuss the points and add value  in his reaction video though i can't say the same  

  • for all of the reaction videos with some notable  examples well clearly reaction videos are here to  

  • stay what i'll say is don't bother reacting tovideo unless you have an original thought or point  

  • or perspective don't be tempted to cash in ontrend uh do something just reviews try and find an