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So I've been reading a lot of Cromartie lately, and I noticed that they refer to the reaction shot as the punchline. I got to looking, and most references to a "punch line" in anime or manga is the reaction, instead of the actual joke.

Is that how Japan views comedy? I always wondered why characters have over the top reactions to jokes instead of it just being a joke.