TT2’s Homage to Star Wars

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I’ve thought this since the first episode but I think its conclusive now after watching TT2 episode 5/Track 5. There are Star Wars references in Tokyo Tribe 2. doanimation_tokyotribe2_jabba-buppa-comparison-1b.jpgdoanimation_tokyotribe2_jabba-buppa-comparison-2b.jpgdoanimation_tokyotribe2_jabba-buppa-comparison-3.jpgI kid you not. The most blatantly obvious reference is Jabba the Hut. I remember seeing Buppa for the first time and thinking, its Jabba the Hut! No, surely not, you may think. He’s just a grossly obese, metabolically challenged individual. Okay but if you look at TT2’s official website, you’ll find Buppa is actually spelled Bubba (due to romanization, topic too long to discuss here) which looks suspiciously like “Jabba” to me. And like Jabba, Buppa also keeps shackled women. Just add buns to the girl’s head and you have Princess Leia.

doanimation_tokyotribe2_leia-holo_vs_buppa-boss-holo.jpgAnother Star Wars reference is R2D2 relaying Princess Leia’s distress message to Luke. The scene in TT2 where Jyada projects a recording of Buppa’s boss bears an uncanny resemblance to R2D2’s distress message bit. Right down to the static ridden display.

I also think Buppa’s boss is portrayed like the doanimation_tokyotribe2_buppa-boss_holo_vs_emperor-holo_1.jpgGalactic Emperor. Both are creepy old men, feared, and the top dogs of a nefarious regime/organization. The real cincher is the projection of Buppa’s boss. It’s right out of The Empire Strikes Back, a near carbon copy of Darth Vader’s video conference with the Emperor. Well, minus the cape.

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