Japan's 10 funniest tech-related ads

From breast-enhancing Intel processors to breast-enhanced Canon laser copiers, we dissect Japan’s most bizarre tech-related ads

A man gets reprimanded by a talking dog for using an inferior mobile phone

Summary: A man is chatting on his mobile phone in the middle of a crowded street while a (very bad) Japanese Aerosmith cover band plays "Walk This Way" in the background. He then walks into a restaurant to apparently meet two colleagues for lunch. When he gets there, he is surprised to see an angry talking dog sitting in his seat, who proceeds to lecture him for keeping his colleagues waiting and for not using a Soft Bank handset. The logo of Soft Bank - a Japanese mobile phone company - flashes on the screen.

LOL Quotient: 6/10. When the dog starts yelling at the man, the camera does an ultra-rapid zoom-in on his face reminiscent of classic '70s kung-fu films.

ZOMG Quotient: 3/10. Who are we to question the will of a talking dog?

A man who lives in a haunted house installs Windows 3.1 onto his computer and blasts off into space. No, none of that was a typo

Summary: It was a dark and stormy night in a spooky house. A mad scientist sits at a large dinner table with his faithful servant sitting on the other end. The scientist begins pounding his fists on the table and shouting "WINDOWS!! WINDOWS!!! WINDOWS!!!!! WINDOWS!!!!!!" A chef bursts out of the kitchen and serves him a Windows 3.1 software package on a silver platter. The scientist smiles and begins creepily cuddling with the Windows box. Next, we see that he has installed Windows onto his computer. This apparently makes him so excited that he begins spinning around. He then blasts off into outer space.

LOL Quotient: 6/10. The idea that anyone could be this excited about using Windows is hilarious on its face.

ZOMG Quotient:10/10. The commercial was apparently scripted by hurling a magnetic poetry kit against the wall: Haunted house ... windows ... chef ... snuggle ... blast off!"

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