This is classic Japanese TV. A must for you Japanheads. It features the unbelievably smart and cute Chimp called Pan-kun, his ugly dog mate, James, his dungaree clad trainer and a variety of special guests. Every episode the trainer tells Pan-kun his mission. He nods his head in typical Japanese fashion as if he understands. And the weird thing is that often he does seem to! Other times he only half comprehends. No matter. The results are endearingly hilarious. If only more Japanese TV was this entertaining.
On a throw-a-way note, I wonder if the subtext is that you can even train a chimp to be Japanese. Sadly, James the dog remains obstinately dog like and un-Japanese.