Japanese culture in American television? It seems like "South Park" character Ike Broflovski holds special interest in Japanese anime series "Naruto" and "Yuri!!! on Ice." The finale episode of "South Park" season 20 showed the five-year-old boy had the two series on his browser history.
Fans were quick to notice when Ike's adoptive mother, Sheila Broflovski, checked out her son's browser history and the screen was flashed in a second. It looks like Ike watched "Naruto" on Crunchyroll on Nov. 26. He also googled hit figure skating series "Yuri!!! on Ice." Crunchyroll tweeted a video of the episode below:
Yuri!!! On ICE and Crunchyroll.....in South Park??!? pic.twitter.com/edgsKzo4CE— Crunchyroll (@Crunchyroll) December 8, 2016
It is not the first time that the American adult animated series has referenced Japanese culture. In "South Park" season 3, the series imitated Pokemon with "Chinpoko Mon." In season 8, the characters were transformed to where Butters almost lost one of his eyes from Kenny's shuriken. Kenny also dressed up as a Japanese princess in season 17 and the series had a yaoi episode last year.
"South Park" season 20, episode 10 titled, "The End of Serialization As We Know It," wrapped up with the TrollTrace plot and Cartman and Heidi's space adventure. Meanwhile, Kyle and Ike disobeyed their moms to get all the kids together and somehow try to save the world from destruction.
The episode concluded with the narration, "Life goes on. The end of civilization didn't happen," and the internet history was fully erased. However, the threat of President Garrison is far from over as he was shown commanding his army of member-berries.
Meanwhile, a previous report suggests "South Park" season 21 might premiere in September 2017. The upcoming season will pick up from the events from the season 20 finale like the TrollTrace's launch. There are also reports that some Hollywood A-listers will be making guest appearances in "South Park" season 21.