Touhou Tuesday: Night of Nights (ナイト・オブ・ナイツ)

Hello true readers, I know what you must be thinking. I can hear your screams from yesterday, “WHERE’S MY MEME MONDAY?!?!” and rest assured Meme Mondays will still be around. However, in celebration of the release of the Unofficial Touhou Doujin Anime at Comiket 75 Meme Monday has been replaced with… TOUHOU TUESDAY.

This isn’t the first time something Touhou has been featured on this blog, and now that there’s an unofficial anime it can officially be featured on this blog because it’s an anime. Anyways, Night of Nights!

Night of Nights ナイト・オブ・ナイツ

The original Touhou song is titled Night of Nights but you’ll often find it on niconico or youtube as “night of something else” where something else is whatever the MAD video is themed around. There are some neat ones like Night of Command that fires up my blood and makes me want to type: A B HIDARI A B B A HIDARI MIGI YUUGI to whoever I can find. Lucky Star continues to entertain us with wacky remixes in Night of Kagami. ToraDora features the totally demented Night of Minorin. Speaking of demented and scary, Night of Nights might have not served over 1 Billion it has served up a Night of Ronald. If you seek class and finesse there is also a crazy Night of Nights played on the piano and an electric guitar.

Until next time…

France Hollands Tibet Kyoto London Russia Orleans!



Edit: Back to the future! This post was accidentally posted at 1/6/2008 instead of 1/6/2009. That has been fixed.


January 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , . MAD, meme. 1 comment.

Meme Monday: Moruze Senshinkoku ToraDora

It’s meme Monday! Can you think of a better way to pitch off the week other than some Moruze Senshinkoku?


Just for the record, I know some of these memes technically are not memes. That doesn’t matter, what matters is… PITCHER BI BI TTE RU HEY↑ HEY↑ HEY↑, and in traditional fashion: DAILY DOSE.

Readers following the fall series of anime airing in Japan will recognize the video as various clips of Minorin from ToraDora remixed. Readers who have achieved a higher level of understanding in the one of the best cultures will hear the background music from Kirby Dreamland 3’s Sand Canyon level. If you happen to know katakana then you would have known the origin of the music from the title. For those of you not strongly adept in both spoken and written Japanese fear not, all will become clear.

The name ToraDora is a portmanteau, a a fairly popular item for the Japanese language. Tora means Tiger and Dora is Doragon, the phonetic Japanese spelling for Dragon. Tora comes from the two main characters Taiga (phonetic spelling of Tiger) and Ryuuji (Ryu = dragon) . So what does the titleof the video, 盛るぜ先進国とらドラ!【サンドキャニオン×みのりん】 translate to?

盛るぜ moruze moru means to serve (food) and ze makes it a command.
先進国 senshinkoku Advanced Country (IE a developed country, not 3rd world)
とらドラ! ToraDora!
サンドキャニオン SandoKyanion Sand Canyon
× x
みのりん Minorin

December 22, 2008. Tags: , . meme. Leave a comment.

Meme Monday: Leek Spin

It’s meme Monday! Can you think of a better way to spin off the week other than some Leek Spin?

Leek Spin / Loituma Girl

Leek Spin / Loituma Girl

Leek Spin (also known as Loituma Girl) combines Orihime from the series Bleach with a small segment from the Finnish band Loituma rendition of the classic Finnish folk song “Ievan Polkka”. Finish speaking readers will notice it is set to a part of the song where there are no actual Finish words being spoken. Leek Spin is set to the ad-lib section of the song, something similar to the American scat done in Jazz.

Technically speaking Loituma Girl makes a more correct name for the meme than Leek Spin. Orihime is in fact not spinning a leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum) but a welsh onion (Allium fistulosum). Accuracies aside, leek spin is much easier to type and remember than Loituma girl. In my personal opinion Welsh Onion Spin doesn’t sound as good as leek spin does. Furthermore anime already has it’s awesome Welsh thing.

As we’ve learned from anime, spinning plus more spinning equals win. Leek Spin (and this) is not an exception.  Spinzaku Spin isn’t the only meme that Leek Spin has spun off. Maybe just leek. Some of you may notice that this leek phenomena links to this Vocaloid character called Hatsune Miku but that’s for another post.

Leeks / Welsh Onions / Negi (ネギ) are popular with the Japanese because it’s a staple ingredient in many Japanese foods. If you were to base all of Germany on a single German youtuber then you could say leeks are popular with the Germans. Fortunetly there are other sources in which you can conclude its popularity with the Germans. Just not in the same way as the Japanese.

December 15, 2008. Tags: , , , . meme. Leave a comment.

Meme Monday: Spinzaku

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



In this well composed animated gif we see Kururugi Suzaku from Code Geass doing an awesome spin kick that could rival the awesomeness that is Ryu’s Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku. The key difference between the two is that Ryu is a total 24/7 bad ass where as Suzaku is bad ass only sometimes. And if you pause Code Geass at the right moment Suzaku comes off as a questionable individual.

So the lesson is you don’t mess with someone as bad ass as Ryu but feel free to do as much as you like to Suzaku. Some of the shops are simple and some of them are fabulous. There are times when spinzaku is not bad ass and just a total ass.

Finally, it wouldn’t be meme Monday without some linkage to youtube. Here’s a link to the typical gif+music. If you’ve already seen the series then this clip adds on a little more to the previous clip for a lot more funny. Non-watchers of the show will probably not find it as funny. There’s also Spinzaku as a questionable Indivual, if that’s your sort of thing.

December 8, 2008. Tags: , . meme. 1 comment.

Meme Monday: Marisa stole the Precious Thing

It’s meme Monday! Can you think of a better way to start off your week other than stealing the precious thing?

Marisa stole the precious thing

Marisa stole the precious thing

The flash movie I’ve linked may seem like a “normal” Japanese flash video filled with some poor English and German but it there is much more to it. Keen viewers may have noticed the “Presented by IOSYS” shown at beginning of the flash video. IOSYS is a group who produces flash movies and remixes. As the flash video shows, they are especially fond of remixing and animating characters and music from Toho Project, a Japanese shooter game done by Team Shanghai Alice. Shanghai Shanghai Shanhai. Needless to say, 2chan loves IOSYS music.

Like the American counterpart 4chan, 2chan produces quality. You have the fairly normal fan modified videos. Then you have the less normal videos where audio clips from animes are remixed to match the music. Then you have the plain crazy video where audio AND video are remixed. Yes, remixed video.

Critics might be quick to point out that watching the crazy video will steal something precious from them if you watch it the whole way through, even though no one knows exactly what precious thing was stolen.  Keen Japanese speaking viewers will note the title of the crazy video translates to “Akira-sama aha*aha*aha* the precious balsamic vinegar”. What a great title. If you still haven’t bothered watching the crazy video then I would just like to say it makes about as much sense as the title does but tons more entertaining.

Then again, it takes a certain kind of individual to apprecaite that sort of thing. I Just happen to be such.

December 1, 2008. Tags: , , . meme. 1 comment.

Meme Monday: Caramelldansen

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

November 24, 2008. Tags: , , , . meme. Leave a comment.