Everybody’s got to start somewhere. Sayaka Nagashima started promoting Korean computer games. Now, she’s telling jokes and not wearing a bra. Progress? In the world of Japanese entertainment, yes, I guess.
Along with Shihono Itoh, Nagashima is one part of comedy idol group Majokko. Before she started telling jokes, she hawked games. Back in 2006, Nagashima starred in commercials for free online Korean computer games, along with coke-drinking celebrity Akina Minami, who appeared in Metal Gear Solid IV.
For the past five or ten years in Japan, South Korean computer game companies, especially free online games, have made a concentrated effort at cracking the Japanese market. Companies like Nexon and Hangame broadcast television commercials in Japan. Likewise, Japanese game companies, like Nintendo, are making a concerted effort at selling their games in South Korea.
Majokko is an idol group, but also supposed to be comedian. The two were dubbed “Majokko”, meaning “young witch”, after the head of their talent agency saw a witch on an erotic magazine.
- From Computer Games to No Bras [Video] (kotaku.com)