YouTube Fridays

Youtube Friday: The MSDF Fleet to the Sound of Neon Genesis Evangelion

In his discussion of a recent internet survey (with a terribly small sample) among South Koreans regarding the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute, Ampontan posted this nice rundown of the MSDF fleet, in English to the crisis-mode music of the excellent anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s a long one, but a nice reference guide.

I’ll leave the determination of its accuracy to those more knowledge about about naval vessels.

I will say this though, there is nothing quite like writing a blog post to that music!

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EDIT: These extra videos (Courtesy of Gray in the comments) show the fleets of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN):

… and a slightly out-dated video showing the fleet of the South Korean Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN)

Thanks to Gray for digging up these videos and if you appreciate his contribution, please give his comment below a thumbs up.

EDIT 2: Another MSDF video courtesy of Viktor:

Be sure to give him a thumbs up below

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YouTube Fridays: Japan's Spherical UAV

Via Akihabara News, an article about Japan’s latest robot, developed by the Ministry of Defense. “Because the exterior is round, this machine can land in all kinds of attitudes, and move along the ground. It can also keep in contact with a wall while flying. Because it’s round, it can just roll along the ground,...

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"There is Someone to Protect" - Current GSDF Recruitment Video [Youtube Friday]

“There is Someone to Protect” – Current GSDF Recruitment Video [Youtube Friday]

3-minute version of the current GSDF recruitment video emphasizes fighting for someone rather than being all you can be, an army of one, etc.

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Japanese Comedian Tamori Tours MSDF DD-110 Takanami [Youtube Fridays]

Japanese Comedian Tamori Tours MSDF DD-110 Takanami [Youtube Fridays]

Popular Japanese comedian and presenter Tamori with Guadalcanal Taka and Takeyama Takanori touring the MSDF's destroyer Takanami in port in Yokosuka

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Japanese International Peacekeeping Missions [Youtube Friday]

Japanese International Peacekeeping Missions [Youtube Friday]

The following video comes in English courtesy of the Ministry of Defense. It’s a piece of propaganda, of course, but it is a pretty detailed overview of the SDF’s activities around the world. I’d say “Enjoy!” but it’s not that kind of video:

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YouTube Fridays: Japanese SSK Subs + The Fifth Dimension

No, I have no idea why The Fifth Dimension's "Aquarius / Let the Sun Shine In" is the musical accompaniment for a YouTube video on Japanese submarines

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Miyuki Nakajima's "Jidai" as Played by the Eastern Army Band [Youtube Friday]

Miyuki Nakajima’s “Jidai” as Played by the Eastern Army Band [Youtube Friday]

The GSDF Eastern Army Band covers a classic by one of Japan's most beloved female singer-songwriters Miyuki Nakajima.

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SDF Restoration Work in Otsuchi, Iwate [Youtube Friday]

SDF Restoration Work in Otsuchi, Iwate [Youtube Friday]

Over three months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, this week's video looks at the work of SDF members from Kyoto in the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture.

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YouTube Fridays: New MSDF submarine, Kenryu, launched

The latest boat in the Soryu class — check the X – shaped tail fin configuration. Due for commissioning sometime in mid 2011. What’s with the protrusion on the port aft side? You can see it during the Big Slide. Looks like some kind of box. Temporary, to hide some new feature?

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YouTube Fridays: Anti-Submarine Warfare explained

Found footage from militaryphotos.net: Anti-submarine warfare never looked so cute, or fun. Or like a Third Eye Blind video. Is that a Yuan-class boat?

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YouTube Fridays: Departing RIMPAC 2010

The Japanese contingent at RIMPAC 2010, underway and heading back to Japan. (Best viewed in 1080p.) The Murusame-class destroyer JS Akebono. The Oyashio-class submarine JS Mochishio. And finally, lead ship of her class, the Aegis destroyer JS Atago.

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YouTube Fridays: JGSDF visits Tamiya

When I was a kid, I built plastic models of tanks. I built 1/35 scale tanks, and my favorite brand was Tamiya. Tamiya, a Japanese company, has been building models since the end of World War II. Way before the Internet and the ability to easily find thousands of close-up pictures of armored vehicles and...

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