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  • 12/18/13--11:07: Miiverse
  • Miiverse is a social network operated by Nintendo. It is split into communities for certain games, franchises, etc.

    History
    On June 3, 2012, Miiverse was announced in a Nintendo Direct event.
    On November 18, 2012, Miiverse was launched on the Wii U.
    A web-based version of Miiverse was opened on April 25, 2013. It is available at http://miiverse.nintendo.net.
    On December 9, 2013, Miiverse was made available on the 3DS family.

    Bad Miiverse Posts
    On May 18, 2013, Daniel Switzer created the Twitter feed @BadMiiversePost. Its title is description of what is tweeted from this feed: “Bad Miiverse Posts”.
    Its first tweet was “is there any option to enhance the graphics”, which was posted on a Miiverse community related to the SNES game Super Mario World.
    As of December 18, 2013, the feed has over twelve thousand followers.

    Criticism over Moderation
    The rules on Miiverse are somewhat harsh; for example, you cannot post Friend Codes there (despite people posting them on just about every other related site on the internet). Googling “miiverse ban” shows plenty of results from people who got banned from Miiverse, with the opinion that they were banned unfairly. Also, Googling “miiverse mods” shows a few results of people criticising the moderation on Miiverse. On December 16, 2013, slipstream created a website, VerseCrypt to encrypt messages, with its intended purpose to encrypt things like Friend Codes before posting them on Miiverse so they could “hopefully stay up longer”.


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  • 12/18/13--11:31: Elf on the Shelf
  • About

    Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas-themed elf doll and the protagonist character of the 2005 children’s book with the same name. Since its emergence to mainstream popularity, the decorative figurine has inspired parody photographs in which the Elf is staged in a wide range of erotic, creepy or otherwise disturbing settings, in similar vein to Hentai Woody and other figurine-based photo fads.

    Origin

    On September 28th, 2005, the children’s book and toy set titled The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition was released, which tells the story of an elf who delivers reports regarding the behavior of children to Santa Claus each year. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, the doll won the Learning Express toy retailer’s Best Toy Award.



    On November 28th, 2009, a Facebook[5] page titled “Elf on a Shelf Gone Bad” was launched, which highlights photographs of the Elf on a Shelf doll posed in a variety of violent, sexual and degenerate scenarios. Within the first five years, the page accumulated more than 111,000 likes.

    Spread

    On December 2nd, 2011, Redditor shadeofpalms submitted an Imgur album[1] of photographs in which the Elf on the Shelf doll is depicted as a voyeur and a menace wreaking all sorts of havoc in a family home (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gained over 3,400 up votes and 110 comments.



    On November 6th, 2012, a Tumblr[4] blog titled “Elf on the Shelf is creepy” was launched, highlighting many of the photographs from Redditor shadeofpalms’ post. On November 23rd, Redditor Mitch444 submitted a photograph of an Elf on the Shelf sitting next to a scantily clothed Barbie doll lying on the ground, with the stage setting suggesting that she had overdosed from snorting an illicit drug.[2] (shown below, left). On December 11th, Redditor BeefAddict posted an Imgur photo album of an Elf on the Shelf indulging himself in acts of debauchery (shown below, middle, right). Prior to being archived, the post garnered upwards of 20,400 up votes and 450 comments on /r/funny.[3]



    On November 30th, 2013, the Internet news blog HyperVocal[6] published a compilation of disturbing Elf on the Shelf photographs. On December 5th, 2013, Redditor ketchuppacket submitted a set of photographs in which an Elf on the Shelf doll is posing next to sleeping children with doodles drawn all over their faces (shown below). In the following two weeks, the post received over 4,400 up votes and 250 comments on the /r/funny[8] subreddit. On the same day, the viral content site BuzzFeed[7] highlighted photographs of humorously posed Elf on the Shelf dolls.



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    About

    “So I Got That Goin’ For Me, Which is Nice” is an advice animal image macro series featuring a screen capture of the character Carl Spackler (played by Bill Murray) from the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack. The captions usually begin with a sentence revealing a personal problem or ordeal, followed by a notion of a silver lining and the original quote from Caddyshack in verbatim.

    Origin

    In the film Caddyshack, assistant greenskeeper Carl Spackler tells a story about receiving a blessing in lieu of a tip while caddying for the Dalai Lama, ending the anecdote with “So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice” (shown below).



    On June 23rd, 2013, Redditor Thereminz submitted an image macro of Carl Spackler to the /r/AdviceAnimals[1] subreddit, which included a caption about losing his job and having dental work done with the saving grace of receiving a gift of Reddit gold (shown below). Within the first five months, the post gained over 7,300 up votes and 75 comments.



    Spread

    On July 19th, 2013, Redditor yellow6r submitted a Carl Spackler captioned image to /r/AdviceAnimals[2] celebrating the creation of a moderately successful image macro (shown below, left), which received more than 3,000 up votes and 30 comments in the next five months. On July 23rd, Redditor Boozbooznbooz submitted a post to /r/AdviceAnimals[3] lamenting being stuck at an office job all day, which including a Carl Spackler image macro celebrating his Reddit profile anniversary (shown below, right). Within four months, the post garnered upwards of 2,400 up votes and 15 comments.



    On November 27th, Redditor indaochan posted an image macro to /r/AdviceAnimals[4] (shown below, left) mocking Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” cover from 2006, which declared everyone reading the magazine the year’s winner. In the following three weeks, the post gained over 18,000 up votes and 500 comments. On December 17th, Redditor acidulous submitted a Carl Spackler image macro to /r/AdviceAnimals[5] about losing control of several bodily functions (shown below, right), accumulating more than 12,200 up votes and 260 comments in the first 24 hours.



    Notable Examples



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  • 12/18/13--16:46: C Plus Equality C+=
  • [WIP]

    About
    C Plus Equality is a coding project and political statement spanning multiple boards on 4chan.

    Origin
    On December 13, 2013, a 4chan user on /g/ posted this article about a feminist talking about new ways coding languages can encompass feminist ideology. /g/ reacted by started a GitHub repo editing parts of the coding language C+ to be more in line with “feminist ideology.”

    Spread


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  • 12/18/13--22:12: Hexafusion/Triple Fusion
  • Work in Progress. Help and constructive criticism appreciated.


    About

    Hexafusion/Triple Fusion are images that seek to combine elements from 3 fictional characters, typically arranged in a hexagonal pattern with the resulting fusion of all placed in the center.

    Origin

    The trend of making these fusions began around November 20th 2013 on 4chan’s /co/ (Comics & Cartoons) board. A user created a fusion of Wendy from “Gravity Falls” and Frankie from “Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends” called Wanky[1]. Later on, a chart was created featuring both characters and also including Vicky from “Fairly Oddparents”. On November 22nd, the created chart was featured on Tumblr[2], gaining 281 notes, as of December 19th.


    Spread

    Over time, numerous amount of such fusions have appeared. Because of the large amount of them, an Image Booru has been created to archive them, named “co-fusions[3]”. Typically, most Hexafusions follow the following format:


    Notable Examples


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  • 12/19/13--09:02: The Worst Room
  • About

    The Worst Room is a single topic blog highlighting photographs and descriptions of expensive, small and unsanitary rooms placed for rent on the classified advertisement site Craigslist.

    Origin

    On May 2nd, 2013, freelance cinematographer Ryan Nethery launched a Tumblr blog titled “The Worst Room” as a place to catalog the terrible rooms for rent he had discovered on Craigslist while trying to find housing in New York City. The first post featured a photograph of a windowless room for rent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for $850 (shown below).



    Spread

    On May 8th, Redditor rotzooi posted a link to the blog to the /r/nyc[4] subreddit, where it received over 640 up votes and 240 comments prior to being archived. In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the Tumblr blog, including The Huffington Post,[1] BuzzFeed,[2] Laughing Squid[5] and The Daily Dot.[6] On June 25th, the New York Daily News published an interview with Nethery, revealing that the site had reached over 25,000 followers on Tumblr. On June 26th, the /r/theworstroom[3] subreddit was launched, which contains ads of poor quality rooms to rent.

    Notable Examples




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    About

    Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Epic Split is a viral advertisement for the automobile manufacturer Volvo, in which actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme performs a straddle split while balancing between two large trucks. The commercial inspired a series of parody videos featuring both live action and digitally manipulated variations of the stunt.

    Origin

    On November 13th, 2013, the Volvo Trucks YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “The Epic Split,” in which two Volvo Globetrotter trucks are shown driving parallel in reverse while slowly separating for Van Damme to perform a split between them (shown below). In the first two months, the video gained over 61.4 million views and 37,600 comments.



    Spread

    On November 14th, 2013, the commercial was submitted to the /r/movies[1] subreddit, where it received more than 4,700 up votes and 580 comments. On November 16th, YouTuber Artjail VFX uploaded a parody video with Toronto mayor Rob Ford digitally edited into the original commercial (shown below, left), accumulating upwards of 2.4 million views and 640 comments in the following five weeks. On November 19th, model and actor Channing Tatum uploaded an epic split parody video as a promotion for his upcoming comedy film 22 Jumpstreet (shown below, right). In the next month, the video garnered more than 13.8 million views and 490 comments.



    On the same day, the digital artist Mikey Borup uploaded an edited version of the commercial in which Van Damme’s legs stretch as if he were the character Dhalsim from the Street Fighter video game series. On December 18th, the Hungarian animation firm Delov Digital released a parody video featuring a digitally rendered Chuck Norris balancing between two jets with 11 soldiers on his shoulders (shown below, right), which garnered more than 5.9 million views and 14,400 comments in the first 48 hours.



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  • 12/20/13--11:09: Duck Dynasty Controversy
  • Overview

    Phil Robertson’s Anti-Gay Comment, better known as The Duck Dynasty Controversy, refers to a controversial statement made by the star of the A&E reality TV series Duck Dynasty on the subject of homosexuality in a feature interview with GQ in December 2013.

    Background

    On December 18th, 2013, GQ Magazine[2] published an interview with Phil Robertson, a cast member of the A&E reality TV series Duck Dynasty and the head of his family-owned hunting supplies business Duck Commander, for the January 2014 print issue. In the interview, Robertson was quoted as stating that homosexuality is a “sin" and condemned gay relationships as unnatural and illogical, citing his devout commitment to the teachings of the Bible.



    Out here in these woods, without any cameras around, Phil is free to say what he wants. Maybe a little too free. He’s got lots of thoughts on modern immorality, and there’s no stopping them from rushing out. Like this one:
    “It seems like, to me, a vagina--as a man--would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
    What, in your mind, is sinful?

    “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers--they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

    Notable Developments

    Suspension From A&E

    On the same day, A&E announced that Robertson had been indefinitely suspended from Duck Dynasty due to the statements made in GQ.

    “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

    Robertson’s Rebuttal

    Also on December 18th, A&E distributed a statement from Robertson, in which he defended his anti-gay statements as part of his Christian religious faith:

    “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

    A&E Boycott Campaign

    Also on December 18th, a Facebook[6] page titled “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty” was launched, gathering upwards of 1.5 million likes in the first 48 hours.



    “This page is to show support for the freedom of speech of Americans. Unless Phil is reinstated to the show, we refuse to watch the A&E Channel!”

    On December 19th, CBS Houston[7] published an article about the Facebook campaign, which quoted the administrator who claimed he had been temporarily banned due to the page gaining 4,500 likes in one hour.

    Online Reaction

    On December 18th, former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin tweeted about the suspension, claiming that it was an affront to freedom of speech.




    On December 19th, several image macros commenting on the controversy reached the front page of /r/AdviceAnimals,[3][4][5] including Captain Hindsight (shown below, left), Everyone Loses Their Minds (shown below, middle) and Actual Advice Mallard (shown below, right).



    Also on December 19th, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart mocked Fox News’ coverage of the controversy in comparison to its “War on Christmas” reporting (shown below).



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    About

    The history fandom, otherwise known as The History Peeps, are a collection of history fans. The fandom has a devoted following on Tumblr, deviantArt, and many other sites. The fandom has been met with controversy for not respecting historical legacies and with potentially offensive content, especially with the Nazi/WW2 subfandom.

    Subfandoms

    Founding Fathers/American Revolution
    By far the largest subset of History Peeps. Most meals consist of Hamburrgers (Hamilton/Burr) with a side of Jamilton. (Jefferson/Hamilton) Has earned itself several Buzzfeed.articles. Please don’t open these links at school or work.

    French Revolution
    Some overlap with the Founding Fathers and the Les Mis fandom. (researching)

    Civil War/Lincoln Administration
    Fans of the figures involved in the Civil War. Has a healthyroleplaypresenceon Tumblr.

    World War 2/Third Reich
    (researching)

    Spread
    (researching)

    Editors Wanted! Image uploads welcome! Looking for someone who can upload all the “We Made America” vids on here!


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  • 12/20/13--14:29: Scaling Error Message Images
  • About

    Scaling Error Message Images are screenshots of graphical editing software such as GIMP and Photoshop, featuring images with an error saying that the picture exceeds the maximum image size.

    Origin

    Due to the nature of the images, it’s hard to pinpoint where the first such image was created.

    Spread

    [Work In Progress]

    Notable Examples

    [Work In Progress]


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    Background

    On December 20th, 2013, at 10:19 a.m., InterActiveCorp (IAC) PR executive Justine Sacco tweeted an insensitive joke about AIDS shortly before boarding her flight from London, UK to Cape May, South Africa.



    Notable Developments

    Throughout the day, the tweet quickly spread beyond her network of hundreds of followers, leading to news articles on Valleywag[2], BuzzFeed[3], Cheezburger[4], The Daily Dot[7], CNN[9] and International Business Times[10], among many others. Within the first 36 hours, Sacco’s tweet received nearly 51,000 replies[11] and led to the creation of several fake Twitter account.[13] In addition, JustineSacco.com[12] was registered as a mirror domain to the HIV/AIDS charity Aid For Africa website.



    IAC Statement

    That evening, IAC issued a statement denouncing her tweet as an “outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC” and relieved her from the executive position.

    #HasJustineLandedYet

    Meanwhile, many spectators on Twitter began anticipating Sacco’s reaction as her approximately 11-hour long flight came to an end, which resulted in the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet[5] to trend globally for hours, with more than 98,000 mentions, according to Topsy analytics.[11] By 11:55 p.m., Justine had deleted her account.

    External References


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  • 12/22/13--05:22: Platinum Disco
  • About

    Platinum Disco” (Japanese: 白金ディスコ, Purachina Disco) is a popular song in a Japanese TV anime Nisemonogatari, the 4th season of Monogatari series.[1] This song is a popular musical resource for mashups and MAD videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND).

    Origin

    “Platinum Disco” is the opening theme song for the “Tsukihi Phoenix” arc that aired 4 episodes from February 25th to March 17th of 2012. This song was written by Satoru Kōsaki[2] and sung by Yuka Iguchi[3], the voice actor for the heroine in this arc Tsukihi Araragi. The composer is also famous for his many works in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star and The IDOLM@STER series, and also wrote Renai Circulation and Hello Soybeans Song.



    Spread

    This disco track which is reminiscent of Japanese Bon Festival[4] music soon caught a much attention among viewers due to its cuteness. This opening movie soon reuploaded to NND in the following day of the first airing[5] and introduced into fan works and parodies as a musical resource.[6] In particular, NND users created several mashup songs of this “Platinum Disco” and "I'll Go to Tokyo" by IKZO since both of them has the same Japannish mood and BPMs. Among those instances, this IKZO mashup succeeded to reach to a large amount of audiences, and had earned over 1 million page views in its first 5 months.


    【ニコニコ動画】【IKZO】 白金ディスコも無ェ(Fuli ver) 【偽物語】

    Notable Examples


    【ニコニコ動画】そんな白金ディスコで大丈夫か?【ニコニコ動画】白金ディスコ feat.金剛デース!
    Left: El Shaddai | Right: Kongou from Kantai Collection
    【ニコニコ動画】【Ririchiyo】白金ディスコ 踊ってみた【初投稿】【ニコニコ動画】【特典映像】乳揉みシーンに乳首が映ってエロい件について【偽物語】
    Left: Odottemita (I Tried Dancing it) | Right: (NSFW!!)Billy Herrington / Gachimuchi

    Search Interest

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1]Wikipedia – Monogatari (series)

    [2]Wikipedia – Satoru Kōsaki

    [3]Wikipedia – Yuka Iguchi

    [4]Wikipedia – Bon Festival # Bon Odori

    [5]niconico Video – TVアニメ偽物語 つきひフェニックスOP 「白金ディスコ」 (高音質/TVsize) / 02-26-2012 (deleted)

    [6]niconico Video – Search results for 白金ディスコ


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  • 12/22/13--05:22: I Will Always Love You MADs
  • About

    “I Will Always Love You” MADs (Japanese: えんだああああああシリーズ, Endaaaaaah Series) is a series of MAD videos consisting of a long long shouting by various persons/characters along with the 1994 Grammy awarded song “I will always love you” by Whitney Houston.[1]

    Origin

    A song for 1992 movie The Bodyguard[2], “I will always love you”, is one of the representative songs of Whitney. Her impressive long note in the climax part of the song is well known among many people in many countries. Japan is no exception, this song is often dubbed as “Endaaaaaah!” which comes from a phonetic transcription for the line in the climax part “And I (will always love you)”.



    Spread

    On YouTube, this song occasionally appears in fail videos of people trying to cover Whitney’s long note. A young girl’s freak-out in 2010 is a famous viral video that has earned many million page views. Meanwhile on the Japanese video sharing service, her long note has sometimes utilized as a musical resource for MAD videos of people yelling some short phrase along with it.

    The reason why Whitney’s “Endaaaaaah!” goes quite well with those yells is reffered from the Japanese grammar that “da” is one of the terminal forms of adjectives or a copula for assertion or emphasis, and “ta” is also a copula for past form or present perfect form. Therefore, Japanese yells are usually end in “da” or “ta” (eg. How beautiful! → Kirei da!; What the heck are you doing!? → Nani wo Suru n’da!; I did it! → Yatta!).

    This style of MAD was originated from an Airmoto video in March 2009[3], and became a fad by a Battle Dome video in the end of 2010.


    【ニコニコ動画】【ドラえもんバトルドーム】でぇたああああああああああぁぁぁぁぁぁぁ
    Doraemon Battle Dome mo Detaaaaaah!” (Doraemon Battle Some is also in stores now!)

    Since that, MAD editors have practiced to cause mild lulz by utilizing Whitney’s long note.[4]

    Notable Examples


    【ニコニコ動画】カンタアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアア【ニコニコ動画】シャケだああああああああああああああああ!!!
    Left: My Neighbor Totoro | Right: It's Salmon!!!
    【ニコニコ動画】勉強が嫌いだああああああああああああああああ!!!【ニコニコ動画】エンタアアアアアアアアアア
    Left: Z-KAI Commercials | Right: Keyboard
    【ニコニコ動画】何をするんだああああああああああああああ!!!【ニコニコ動画】三倍アアアアアアアアアアアアァァァァァァァァァァァ!!!!!!
    Left: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure | Right: Second Heaven

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1]Wikipedia – I Will Always Love You # Whitney Houston version

    [2]Wikipedia – The Bodyguard (1992 film)

    [3]niconico Video – 光らせていただいてます / Posted on 03-11-2009 (deleted)

    [4]niconico Video – Search results for えんだああああああシリーズ


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  • 12/22/13--05:22: Humans Are Nice Parodies
  • About

    Humans are Nice” (Japanese: 人間っていいな, Ningen tte Iina) is a quite well-known Japanese child song that was played in an ending movie for a Japanese famous TV anime series Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi (まんが日本昔ばなし).[1] This song has been familiar to almost all Japanese people for over many decades, and hence sometimes utilized as musical resource in online parodies.

    Origin

    “Humans are Nice” was composed for an ending theme song of the program by a famous Japanese composer Asei Kobayashi[2] and arranged by Joe Hisaishi[3], known as the main composer in Studio Ghibli’s anime movies. And its innocent lyrics was written by Akari Yamaguchi.[4] This song was originally aired as the 5th ending theme of that program from 1984 to 1987 and earned a much popularity among viewers. Then it came back to the ending movie in 1990 and continued to be played till the program ended in 1994. Besides, the ending theme had been fixed to this song when the show was re-aired in 2000s.

    Japanese (Romanized)English TranslationKuma no ko mite ita kakurenboA baby bear is watching children playing hide-and-seek.Oshiri wo daishita ko ittoujouA child baring his hip is in the best spirits. Yūyake koyake de mata ashita mata ashitaLet’s go home with the sunset. See you tomorrow.Iina iina ningen tte iinaHow nice. How nice. Humans are niceOishii oyasumi hoka hoka gohanWith yummy treats and warm dishes,Kodomo no kaeri wo matteru daro naParents will wait for their children’s return.Boku mo kaero ouchi e kaeroI’ll too go home, go back my home.Den- den- denguri gaette bai bai baiLet’s somer-, somer-, somersault and then say bye-bye-byeIina iina ningen tte iinaHow nice. How nice. Humans are niceMinna de nakayoku pocha pocha ofuroThey will take a bath together delightfullyAttakai futon de nemurun daro naand sleep in cozy beds.Boku mo kaero ouchi e kaeroI’ll too go home, go back home.Den- den- denguri kaette bai bai baiLet’s somer-, somer- ,somersault and then say bye-bye-bye.

    Spread

    Since this song is the memorable song for almost all Japanese people, it’s a very common occurrence that they sing filk songs of this song in childhood. Hence, many filk songs of “Humans are Nice” naturally became to be posted to the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) after its launch in 2007. “2D (Nijigen) is Nice”[5] and “Phimosis is nice”[6] are good examples for silliness of those filks.

    In addition to this, this song and its movie became to be often utilized in Vocaloid covers or parodies such as MAD videos and hand-drawn animations around the end of 2007. Famous earliest hits in both genres are a hand-drawn animated video featuring Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure posted in November 2007 (shown below, left)[7] and Donald McDonald’s Ran Ran RuMAD“Donald is Nice” posted in December 2007[8] (shown below, right).


    【ニコニコ動画】【ドナルドMAD】ドナルドっていいな【にんげんっていいな+ドナルド】

    Like these, there are hundreds of parodies for this song are uploaded to NND[9], and most of them are usually named by the phrasal template“X is Nice” (Xっていいな).

    Notable Examples

    For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.


    【ニコニコ動画】ストリートファイトっていいな【ニコニコ動画】バトルドームっていいな
    Left: Street Fighter | Right; Battle Dome
    【ニコニコ動画】にんげんっていーのっく 【げーむ天界昔ばなしED】【ニコニコ動画】【切実】にんげんっていいな【魔法少女まどか☆マギカ】
    Left: El Shaddai | Right; Puella Magi Madoka Magica
    【ニコニコ動画】ウメハラっていいな【ニコニコ動画】【APヘタリア】にんげんっていいな【手書き】
    Left: Crazy Live Report feat. Daigo Umehara | Right; Axis Powers Hetalia

    Search Interest

    A large spike around the beginning of 2008 was caused by a TV commercial featuring the song covered by Japanese punk rock musicians.

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1]Wikipedia – まんが日本昔ばなし (Japanese)

    [2]Wikipedia – Asei Kobayashi (Japanese)

    [3]Wikipedia – Joe Hisaishi

    [4]Wikipedia – (Japanese)

    [5]niconico Video – 日本オワタ話(ED:にじげんっていいな)verミジンコ11-26-2007 (deleted)

    [6]niconico Video – ほうけいっていいな / Posted on 02-15-2008

    [7]niconico Video – にんげんっていいな・ジョジョver / Postedo n 10-18-2007

    [8]niconico Video – 【ドナルドMAD】ドナルドっていいな【にんげんっていいな+ドナルド】 / Posted on 12-11-2007 (deleted)

    [9]niconico Video – Search results for にんげんっていいな


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  • 12/22/13--05:22: Shaft Head Tilt
  • About

    Shaft Head Tilt (Japanese: シャフト角度, Shahufo Kakudo; abbr. シャフ度, Shafudo; lit. “Shaft Angle”), refers to an iconic posing that sometimes appears on anime franchises produced by Japanese anime studio Shaft.[1] This posing is also a famous motif for illustrations in online illustrators communities.

    Origin

    The father of this head tilt is a Japanese anime director Akiyuki Shinbo.[2] His favorite posing, a character is overly tilting his/her head and suggestively looking down something over his/her shoulder, has been occasionally appeared on his works since before. Besides, this posing has been particularly struck by anime characters in Shaft productions because Shinbo has participated to most of Shaft’s productions since 2004.

    The first instance of this posing which caught an attention among anime viewers is the extreme head tilt by Hitagi Senjougahara, a heroine of a TV anime Bakemonogatari[3] that was directed by Shinbo and produced by Shaft in 2009.



    Spread

    In the first half of 2011, a large amount of people came to recognize this posing by Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the great succeeded TV anime produced by Shaft. Then, the posing finally became to be dubbed as “Shaft Angle” among Japanese viewers, which name was given by getting an inspiration from its extreme head tilt angle. At the same time, it also became to the topic in forums on the English-speaking web such as reddit[4], and given the nickname “Shaft Head Tilt”.



    By getting a nickname, the concept of “Shaft Head Tilt” succeeded to be shared widely among people. Thus, “Shaft Head Tilt” is nowadays one of the famous motifs for illustrations in online illustrators communities pixiv[5] and Nico Nico Seiga.[6] It has been also practiced on deviantART[7] though its amount isn’t large. And many of those instances are reprinted on Tumblr.[8]

    Notable Examples




    Notable Media Appearance

    In 2013, a Japanese morning news show covered “Shaft Head Tilt” in their reports for Madoka Magica the movie. In addition, Yuki Aoi[9], the voice actor of Madoka Kaname, struck the posing along with a TV reporter in the interview for her aired on September 6th, 2013.



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    [1]Wikipedia – Shaft (company)

    [2]Wikipedia – Akiyuki Shinbo

    [3]Wikipedia – Monogatari (series)

    [4]Reddit – SHAFT Head Tilts : anime / Posted on 08-11-2011

    [5]pixiv – Search results for シャフ度

    [6]Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for シャフ度

    [7]deviantART – Search results for shaft head tilt

    [8]Tumblr – Search results for shaft head tilt

    [9]Wikipedia – Aoi Yūki


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  • 12/22/13--05:22: Gainax Pose
  • About

    The Gainax Pose (Japanese: ガイナ立ち, Gaina Dachi; lit. “Gainax Standing Pose”) refers to an iconic pose often appearing on anime franchises produced by a Japanese anime studio Gainax.[1] The concept of this cool and commanding pose has been shared among anime otakus since late 2000s, and it’s a popular subject on illustrators communities.

    Origin

    The first appearance of this pose, later called as “Gainax Pose”, is a scene in the 4th episode of original animation video (OAV) Gunbuster[2] released by Gainax in 1988-89, where Gunbuster is standing with its arms crossed and coming up to deck of a space warship slowly in its first launch (shown, below, left). This robot’s pose also appears on later episodes along with the protagonist’s same pose with her face filled with strong determination against the battle for the future of the earth (shown below, right).



    As same as many other scenes and settings in the anime, this pose is also the homage to a panel in the 2nd title of Getter Robo[3] series, Getter Robo G[4], written by Ken ishikawa in 1975, where Getter Dragon standing on the head of a metal beast Uzala is coming up from under the sea with its arms crossed in the final battle.



    Spread

    This pose began to catch an attention among anime otakus by two Gainax’s works in the middle of 2000s. One is the sequel OAV for the anime Diebuster[5] released in 2004-2006. Since main characters struck this pose in many highlights as the self homage to the original Gunbuster and its pilots, this pose became to be recognized as an iconic pose of that anime studio among viewers of the anime. The name “Gainax Pose” was originally coined to refer that pose in Diebuster by them.



    Gainax Pose in Diebuster

    The other is 2007 TV anime Gurren Lagann that scenario was written by Kazuki Nakashima[6], the well-known follower of Ken Ishikawa and Getter Robo series. Since “Gainax Pose” is often cited as the signature pose also in this smash hit anime in that year, its moniker and concept came to be shared among many Japanese anime viewers.



    Gainax Pose in Gurren Lagann

    By establishment of presence as the pose holding special meanings and atmospheres, “Gainax Pose” is known as a popular motif for illustrations in online illustrators communities. Fan creations or parodies of characters striking “Gainax Pose” have been continually posted to the Japanese illustrators communities pixiv[7] and Nico Nico Seiga[8] since the middle of 2008. And, some of them are reprinted to Tumblr.[9]

    Notable Examples





    Manner

    “Gainax Pose” doesn’t means a simple arm-crossed pose. It’s recognized that these 3 points are important to be called as “Gainax Pose” in the illustrators communities.

    • Atmosphere of the stately appearance
    • Character’s commanding look filled with strong determination or pride
    • Excessive visual effects by winds, smoke, flames, splashes, lights, particles, etc…

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    [1]Wikipedia – Gainax

    [2]Wikipedia – Gunbuster

    [3]Wikipedia – Getter Robo

    [4]Wikipedia – Getter Robo G

    [5]Wikipedia – Diebuster

    [6]Wikipedia – Kazuki Nakashima

    [7]pixiv – Search results for ガイナ立ち

    [8]Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for ガイナ立ち

    [9]Tumblr – Search results for the tag ガイナ立ち


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    About

    Ghost in the Shell Opening Parodies (Japanese: 攻殻OPパロ) refer to a series of parody videos for the opening movie of a Japanese TV anime series Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG.[1] In particular, the cool shot in the movie is given a nickname “GitS Pose” (攻殻立ち, Kokaku Dachi; lit. “GitS Standing Pose”) by fans and it’s a popular subject for fan works by Japanese amatuer illustrators.

    Origin

    The anime Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG was originally aired 26 episodes on a PPV channel from January 2004 to January 2005. But it finally reached to large audiences by terrestrial channels’ broadcasting from April to September of 2005. The song for the opening, “rise”, was written by Japanese composer Yoko Kanno[2] who is also famous for her works in many anine/game franchises such as "Tank!" in Cowboy Bebop and "Interstellar Flight" in Macross Frontier. Meanwhile, the scene that later became to earn popularity appears at 0:57-0:58 in the movie, where members of Public Security Section 9 are standing out in a row against white background and each of them is looking in different directions.



    Spread

    There are several earliest instances of parodies for this opening movie. One is a flash movie reproducing it by Shift-JIS arts that was posted to 2channel‘s /aa/ (Shift-JIS arts) board in January 2005.[3] The other is a MAD video of Black Lagoon[4] uploaded to YouTube in 2006.[5] But, substantial increase in popularity of this series started after several MAD or hand-drawn animated videos featuring _The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, THE iDOLM@STER and Akagi[6] made smash hits on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga in late 2007 and 2008.[7]


    【ニコニコ動画】【MAD】涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱×攻殻機動隊S.A.C 2nd GIG OP【ニコニコ動画】【手描きジョジョ】攻/殻/2ndO/Pでジョジョ3部
    Left: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya | Right: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

    In addition, that black-and-white themed cool shot caught a much attention among Japanese internet users since creators of those popular parody videos featured that posing by their own hand-drawn illustrations. Along with increasing of the popularity, that pose became to be dubbed “GitS Pose” and also became to a popular subject in the Japanese illustrators community pixiv in late 2008.[8]

    Notable Examples

    Videos


    【ニコニコ動画】アイドルマスター 偶像機動隊 L.4.U. 2nd Stage
    Left: THE iDOLM@STER | Right: Akagi[9]
    【ニコニコ動画】【HD】HELLSING×攻殻機動隊S.A.C. 2nd GIG【王立国教機動隊】ver1.1【ニコニコ動画】公安⑨課OP
    Left: Hellsing[10] | Right: Touhou Project

    Illustrations




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    [1]Wikipedia – Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

    [2]Wikipedia – Yoko Kanno

    [3]俺の脳内 – 攻殻機動隊2ndGIGオープニング / Posted in January 2005

    [4]Wikipedia – Black Lagoon

    [5]YouTube – BLACKLAGOON x SAC / Posted in December 2006 (deleted)

    [6]Wikipedia – Akagi (manga)

    [7]niconico Video – Search results for 攻殻OPパロ

    [8]pixiv – Search results for 攻殻立ち

    [9]【MAD】闘牌機動隊アカギ 2ndROUND OP風 / Posted on 10-14-2008 (deleted)

    [10]Wikipedia – Hellsing


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    About

    “Stop! You Intend to Rape Me, Right? Just Like in an Ero Doujin!” (Japanese: やめて! 私に乱暴する気でしょう? エロ同人みたいに!, Yamete! Watashi ni Ranbou Suruki Deshou? Ero Doujin Mitaini!), usually called “Just Like in an Ero Doujin” (エロ同人みたいに, Ero Doujin Mitaini) for short, is a catchphrase in parody photo collages or illustrations on the Japanese web. This metafictional phrase used by creators is a sort of a couplet to viewers side’s catchphrase I’ve Seen Enough Hentai To Know Where This Is Going”in the English-speking web.

    Origin

    The original phrase was coined in "Ptolemy Private Academy ~ The Burning “Tntervention” Transfer Student: the Second Season" (私立トレミー学園 炎のKAINYU転校生 セカンドシーズン, Shiritsu Toremy Gakuen Honoo no Kainyu Tenkousei Second Season), a non-adult gag doujin comic for one of the incarnations in Gundam franchise Mobile Suit Gundam00.[1] It was released by a doujin circle OMEGA2-D at Comiket75 in December 2008.

    In the story, Marina Ismail[2], known as the “poverty princess” among fans, uttered this phrase when she was arrested by cultivating potatos in a public park and taken away to an interrogation room. This scene itself is also a parody for the original episode in the anime.



    Translation:

    Marina: Stop… You intend to rape me, right? (やめて… 私に乱暴する気でしょう?)
    Marina: Just like an ero doujin. (エロ同人みたいに)
    Guard: No way. Move your ass! (しねーよ とっとと入れ!)

    Spread

    In the early days, this metafictional remark had been just an in-joke among some female Gundam Otakus due to the popularity of the doujin circle among them. Then, it became to be used in photo collages as a punch line which gave a surrealistic lulz to pictures in the middle of 2010. One of the well known instances in the earliest days is this Rei Miyamoto’s version that utilizes a panel from Japanese comic Highschool of The Dead[3] (Shown below). Pixiv Encyclopedia[4] says the style of this parody, repeating “Just Like an Ero Doujin” twice, was established by this collaged photo.



    Those collaged photos were mainly posted to Futaba Channel (2chan) or linked to 2channel. And blogs summarizing threads for those collaged photos in each forums began spreading the manner of this parody in the late of that year. Besides, an illustration for Yayoi Kise from the Japanese TV anime series Fresh Precure introduced this catchphrase into parody illustrations in illustrators communities pixiv[5] and Nico Nico Seiga[6] in early 2012. It was drawn by the Japanese semi-professional illustrator Yu Matsushita who is also known as the creator of Glasses Sayaka.



    Notable Examples





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    [1]Wikipedia – Mobile Suit Gundam 00

    [2]Gundam Wiki – Marina Ismail

    [3]Wikipedia – Highschool of the Dead

    [4]pixiv Encyclopedia – エロ同人みたいに (Japanese)

    [5]pixiv – Search results for エロ同人みたいに

    [6]Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for エロ同人みたいに! (Japanese)


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  • 12/22/13--05:22: Cleaning Levi
  • Editor’s note: Work in Progress


    About

    Cleaning Levi (Japanese: お掃除兵長, Osouji Heicho; lit. Captain of Cleaning) refers to the cleaner mode of Levi (リヴァイ)[1], the most powerful soldier in mankind in the Japanese manga/anime Attack on Titan. Levi’s cleaning scene has earned a much of popularity among fans despite of its quite short appearance in the story, and hence it has been featured in many of fan works and parodies for this franchise.

    Origin

    “Cleaning Levi” appeared in the scene where Levi and his Special Op Squad began cleaning the old recon corps headquarter that had been abandoned for a long time. This scene representing Levi’s “clean freak” nature is included in the 20th episode printed in the volume 5 of comic book series (shown below, left), and the 15th episode in the TV anime series titled “Special Operations Squad: Prelude to the Counterattack, Part 2”. It was aired on June 20th, 2013 (shown below, right).


    <!-- fig. original comic -->

    Spread

    The moment of Levi in the cleaner mode popping out from the window caught a much attention among viewers and fans due to its surrealistic lulz. Levi in this scene became to be dubbed “Cleaning Levi” or “Captain of Cleaning”, and introduced as another subject of fan works for Levi in the creators communities Nico Nico Douga (NND)[2], pixiv[3], Nico Nico Seiga[4] as well as deviantART in the English-speaking web. And many of them are reprinted onto Tumblr.[5]

    In particular, Cleaning Levi has been often utilized in female otakus favorite style of fan works, tracing existing movies by hand-drawn animation or Miku Miku DanceCGI characters, since it looked so cute to a vast amount of female fans addicted to Levi. The most succeeded instance of Cleaning Levi fan works/parodies is an opening credits parody uploaded by a female NND user Mary (マリィ)[6] on July 24th, 2013.[8] This video on NND had earned over 1 million views within its first month, and covered its popularity by an online news.[9]


    【ニコニコ動画】【進撃の巨人】進撃のリヴァイ兵長【手書きトレス】

    In addition, a Japanese cosplay event “Japan Cosplay Festival” recreated the window for Cleaning Levi cosplayers at their event held on October 26th and 27th.[10]


    <!-- fig. window -->

    Cleaning Levi in the Official

    Cleaning Levi has been also featured in the official merchandise. Cleaning Levi was included in the official button collection released by a Japanese anime goods retailer Animate in July 2013[11], and in the rubber strap collection as a purchase bonus in Kotobukiya’s official online store.[12] Moreover, a Japanese doll maker Sentinel announced that the special limited edition of Levi’s “Osouji version” doll will be limited released in January 2014.[13]


    <!-- fig. Can Badge →<!- fig. Rubber Strap →<!- fig. Sentinel Doll -->
    Left: Button | Center: Rubber Strap | Right: Doll

    Notable Examples

    Videos


    【ニコニコ動画】リヴァイ兵長が 吹 っ 切 れ た【ニコニコ動画】リヴァイリヴァイ【進撃の巨人MAD】
    Left: Fukkireta | Right: Mayim Mayim
    【ニコニコ動画】城のホコリ共に完全勝利したリヴァイ兵長UC【ニコニコ動画】【進撃のMMD】お掃除兵長でCall Me Maybe
    Left: Slow Loris' Victory Pose with UC | Right: Call Me MaybeMMD Dacne Edition

    Illustrations & Cosplays

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  • 12/23/13--04:22: Nightcore
  • Origin
    Nightcore (artiest) is a Norwegians act consisting of Thomas S. Nilsen (aka DJ TnT) and Steffen Ojala Søderholm (aka DJ SoS). Formed in 2002.

    Thomas S. Nilse and Steffen Ojala Søderholm started off the first track for a school project they made first CD Energized of 13 tracks using Dance eJay.

    After their debut self-titled CD Energized released in 2002, Thomas S. Nilse and Steffen Ojala Søderholm have made Summer Edition 2002, L’hiver, Caliente and Sensaciòn and gave them to who are interested, using the name Nightcore.

    After 2003, Nightcore release no more news or release, leaving the only a website with basic information of the band and a Myspace page.

    On July 20, 2011 Nightcore created their offical Facebook page.[5] Releasing few more nightcore songs including Astral Plane, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Hater Å Elske Deg and Into The Sky.

    Spread
    During years of disappearance, songs of the group began to be used in different AMV and uploaded to YouTube by various YouTube users. One of the first upload is Dam Dadi Doo used in Kingdom Hearts AMV in 2006, accumulated 700,000 views till now. In 2007 to 2010, more original Nightcore songs had been uploaded, accumulated more attention to Nightcore music.

    Without knowing the actual artist Nightcore due to its absence over years, numbers of YouTube users began to mimic the style of Nightcore songs and uploaded very fast temp and high pitched version of songs on YouTube, using the name Nightcore as the style/genre of their songs. Some of the fan made songs were great hits, accumulated millions of views till now.

    After the success of fan made Nightcore style music, more YouTube users mimicked the Nightcore style to not only the orignal genre Trance, Dance and Techno but also all range of music genre including instrumental music. Appealed to a even wider range of audience.


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