When visiting Japan, it would seem unlikely that you do not find yourself going to one of their amusement arcade places. Arcade games have not yet died in the country. In fact, many of these games are still sought out by the locals.
One of the most popular games in any Japanese amusement arcade is the UFO Catcher. Known to other as the claw crane, a UFO catcher involves controlling a dangling mechanical claw using a joystick in an attempt to catch a plush toy that has been placed in a glass container. The thought of it sounds easy, but the game is actually quite tricky.
UFO catchers have a large following in Japan. There are even championship events held where professional players compete using UFO Catchers. In addition to that, other events and tips in playing the game are televised on national television. Luckily for those who are interested in UFO catchers, some YouTubers constantly upload their gimmicks and adventures online. On this article, we are going to list down some of the best Japanese YouTubers who are specialized in UFO catchers in amusement arcades.
1. COINEATERch (ちるふ )
Kicking off this list is COINEATERch. This YouTuber does not only play UFO catchers, he also provides salient information about the machines. Such information includes the arm type and the cost of each. Moreover, he also mentioned the prizes at stake. These things are essential because they could help you decide whether you want to try out these machines. Throughout his videos, he places texts in Japanese. Aside from uploading UFO catcher videos, he also likes featuring anime figurines and other merchandise related to anime. As of writing, he currently has over 78,000 subscribers.
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/user/COINEATERch
2. newufocatcher0302 (クリリン)
With over 15 millions views, newufocatcher0302 has got to be one of the most viewed Japanese YouTubers who specialize in UFO catchers which he brands as crane games. The channel posts various videos related to crane games including crane gameplay movie collection, animation collection, and failed videos collection. A fan of figures, the YouTuber also posts the figurines which could be won by playing on the UFO catchers. Videos are being uploaded every day. The videos also contain text commentaries in Japanese. As of writing, the channel has over 18,000 subscribers.
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/user/newufocatcher0302
3. HirokunTV/Superman (スーパーマン)
Superman, or HirokunTV, posts engaging videos about UFO catchers. Unlike other YouTubers who focuses on crane games, this YouTubers adapts a vlog style of capturing videos where he talks while facing the camera. He also includes colorful texts and striking animations on his videos. HirokunTV or Superman tries out different UFO catchers in a lot of amusement arcades, from marine crane games to anime crane games. Unlike other YouTubers, he only uploads videos at least once a week. As of writing, he has over 125,000 subscribers with over 53 million views.
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/user/dynabookn300/
4. hoshinochikara (ほしのちから)
This YouTube channel uploads videos which feature UFO catchers. Most of the videos, however, only lasts around one minute long. There are not much text or animation included in the video. However, viewers are assured that almost every video is related to UFO catchers. Plush toys and small key chains are just some of the few things that this YouTuber tries to collect from every claw crane. Aside from featuring machines, Japanese events which focus on UFO catchers are also highlighted by the channel. As of writing, this channel has more than 11,000 subscribers.
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/user/X68000XVI
5. takemaru (たけまる)
Takemaru is another YouTuber who religiously uploads videos which feature UFO catchers. His videos might not have audio commentaries, your eyes will surely feast on its creative textual commentaries which are placed on the video. This Youtuber tries out various UFO catchers, from ice creams to other treats. Takemaru uploads at least twice a week. Because of this, you will come to expect that he is a skilled gamer of UFO catchers. As of writing, this Youtuber has more than 64,000 active subscribers.
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC75SLkHaNsW8RyYADrx1vKA
For those who are living away from amusement arcades with UFO catchers, watching these YouTubers is a way to indulge ourselves in the arcade game. Even though we do not play the game personally, with the way these YouTubers interact with the game, it’s like we are playing the game ourselves.
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