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This mascot picking up his giant fish head at baggage claim is the perfect short film

How can you tell if it’s your fish head?


David Britton

Internet Culture

Waiting at the airport baggage claim for your luggage to show up can be a nerve-racking time. Did the airport lose your bags? How can you tell your suitcase from all the other ones that look just like it? Is that your giant fish head or someone else’s?

That’s exactly what this mascot for the Chiba Lotte Marines, a Japanese professional baseball team, was thinking as he waited for his top half to arrive at the Honolulu airport.

The thirty-three-second video clip is a master class in how to produce short cinema.

First, the fish head slowly enters the shot following four ordinary suitcases.

fish head enters

The camera follows the head until we see this guy.

waiting for fish head

Who almost misses his luggage because, hey, that could be anyone’s giant angler fish head.

Is that MY giant fish head?

Then he decides, “Oh yeah, that’s mine. I recognize the lips”. He grabs it off the belt.

grabbing the fish head

Double checks to make sure it is in fact the correct giant fish head.

checking the fish head

Crawls inside.

getting inside the fish head

And saunters off.

fish head walks off

Clearly whoever shot this is a shoe-in for best director of a short film starring a fish mascot in an airport.

If nothing else, the person who filmed the video seems to have won a people’s choice award on Twitter.

A Twitter account that follows Japanese mascots tweeted about the event with screengrabs from each crucial moment in the video:

The tweet went viral, and people reacted strongly to the visuals of a fish man mascot putting his head back on.

Hopefully, there is a follow up where he realizes he made a mistake, walks back into the airport where an angry businessman is waiting with a briefcase. They exchange the briefcase for the fish head and both awkwardly walk away.

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