Project History
This project began as a panel for Anime Los Angeles 2019. It soon developed into something far more intense than I had ever anticipated.
The original premise of the panel was to bank on the meme-ability of Japanese commercials and analyze them to see what it was about them that made them so different from Western commercials. And, while the panel originally debuted in 2019 as scheduled, it reached its completed form in 2020, by which point it had evolved from an academic panel at a fan convention into a full blown, company funded research project.
Between 2018 and 2020, FrostWorks hired on two teams of researchers - 12 members in total - to analyze the 922 Japanese and American commercials with the goal of reproducing the research methodologies of the two academic papers on which this project was based.  

Thank you to our Researchers!
Japanese Commercials Team
Aki M.
Rose Rappaport
Ashley Tognetti
Katriel Paige
American Commercials Team
Misty Crowe     Andrew Hoffman
Ethan Freier     Kandis Caringer
Amy Heintz     Chris Cook
Hannah Deiter     James B.
Notable Commercials Showcase
"Sakeru Gummy vs. Long Sakeru Gummy" (2017)

This ad campaign for Long Sakeru Gummy carries a singular narrative across all 11 commercials, complete with romance, comedy, and drama.
Daihatsu Wake (2015)

Banking on the feeling we've all experienced when coming up against the limitations of our cars, this series of ads for the Daihatsu Wake tells the frustrated car owner "Why are you making your life more difficult? Just buy a Wake!"
Alien Tommy Lee Jones - Boss Coffee (2006-Present)

In this more than 15-year-long ad campaign, Tommy Lee Jones (Yes, THAT Tommy Lee Jones) plays the part of an alien (also named Tommy Lee Jones) studying humanity and life on earth, all while enjoying can after can of delicious Boss Coffee.

Doi Emi did a great write-up on the history of the campaign here.
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