Is this a good for dummies overview of Japan from start to finish?
This guy might have a mental issue or might be on drugs but he's got golden potential if he keeps it up with the history videos.
But in his comments he keeps saying it took him like 3 months to create the Japan video.
as much as I hate his pewdiepie/reddit sense of humor, this is a pretty good summary all things considered
I have a feeling if crash course history tried this he'd obsess over how evil the US was for opening Japan up to the world and imposing "unfair" treaties that prevented them from taxing merchants as much as they wanted for a few years
How is this?
It's ok, this on the other hand:
Katanas were regarded as well made swords by all of Asia. Particularly by the Chinese who at the time had better metallurgy than both Japan and Europe. Even they thought Japanese swords were extremely well made.
So I finished and I would say, aside from this lack of very old, pre-Japanese written sources history, but as far as you can cram in a 9 min, not-completely serious video, it's quite good.
At first I thought it would just be xD randumb at best judging by the style and how many views it had, but it's actually a decent crash course overview. It's also surprisingly lacking in the typical Extra Credits-esque glib snark you usually get with these types of videos.
he's got a soothing voice, doesn't rely too much on reddit tier memes or direct reddit memes, and isn't a fucking trash weeb trying to extoll the virtues of the pure Yamato people
it's a solid video
I, for one, welcome this style of history teaching into the mainstream as long as it makes people at least somewhat educated on the subject matter.
People who get their history out of anime or american hollywood movies are way, way worse.
>Is it true that Japanese steel is very low quality compared to Europe
This is only partly true. What is true is that the iron ore found in Japan had much more impurities and required much more work to get it on the same level than comparable European steel.
Hence the folding process for blades and the whole artisan business for steel making, sword making and sword polishing.