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Strip by: Garlene1987

{Garfield leaps onto a steak}
Garfield: BANZAI!
{Garfield leaps into a bag of cat food}
Garfield: BANZAI!
{Garfield drops from the ceiling onto a pan of lasagna while Jon looks surprised}
Garfield: BANZAI
{Garfield slides down a banister}
Garfield: BANZAI!
{Garfield hungrily leaps at the refrigerator}
Garfield: BANZAI!
{Garfield leaps towards the scale to stomp it}
Garfield: BANZAI!
Scale: YAAAH!
{Garfield hungrily dives toward Jon's soup, frightening Jon}
Garfield: BANZAI!
{Garfield hungrily leaps at a crumb on the table, again frightening Jon}
Garfield: BANZAI!
{Garfield dunks Pooky into a bowl of punch}
Garfield: BANZAI!
SFX: Sploosh

The author writes:

As you can see, Jim Davis was fond of having Garfield yell "BANZAI!" in the strip's early years, which may very well be the first use of Gratuitous Japanese in American media. Does this make Jim the original weeb? You decide.

Original strips: 1978-07-09, 1982-07-25, 1983-03-26, 1984-02-12, 1989-04-01, 1989-06-06, 1992-05-23, 1992-07-23, 1995-09-18.