Meme Monday: Caramelldansen

It’s meme Monday! Can you think of a better way to start off your week other than some Caramelldansen?

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caramelldansen

What is Carmelldansen? You might say it is a super influential 15-frame animation that has virtually spawned a version for every anime in existence. It has even infected people, by choice or not.

A brilliant mind on 4chan combined an animated gif from the Japanese adult visual novel Popotan with a song from a Swedish band, a song which so happens to be named Caramelldansen. Technically it existed on a website before it appeared on 4chan but as we all know, it’s not meme until it has appeared all over the place.

Not surprisingly it has appeared in Japan. The song Caramelldansen starts with lyrics along the lines of “oo oo waa oo  oo waa”. Lyrics that resonated with Japan’s otaku culture. Of course going through the filter of Japan that produces things like Engrish and remixes, the lyrics and name of the meme ended up as “uu uu uumaa umaa” or ウッーウッーウマウマ if you can read Japanese.

In fact it was popular enough in Japan to have a small segment on Fuji News Network.

If you’re still interested in learning more about Caramelldansen you can take a look here which contains far more information than the overlord MUST-CITE moderators of wikipedia will allow.

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November 24, 2008. Tags: , , , . meme.

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