In case you haven’t seen CNN recently (good for you), you may not know about Josh Levs. This guy essentially broadcasts his favorite youtube videos on CNN. It’s the kinda thing that my mom will call me over for and say, “Did you see this video?” Inevitably, it is something we’ve all seen months ago.
In short, I hardly ever paid him the time of day. Sure, he’d he’d occasionally talk about some cool think on some Japanese show like ナニコレ珍百景 (which filled the void left by トリビアの泉‘s cancellation) and I’d get phone calls to explain what Japan is thinking, but again, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. But now… there is this:
To give you some background, no one knows how the shadow Bad Apple animation was made. We know it was inspired by the silhouette iPod ads, but it has never been revealed how it was done. Theories of MMD usage and motion capture abound, but in the end, it is still a mystery.
Recently, a photography student then made a fantastic stop motion animation as a project out of printed frames of Bad Apple:
Now, Mr. Levs here, he says about the photo project video, and I quote, “This is how they made it.”
Oh man. Seriously? He thinks that this is the making of BadApple??? He is correct about Bad Apple being #1 for weeks and weeks, but does that mean this guy has a NicoDou account?! But, if he can get a NicoDou account, can he at least take two seconds to do some fact checking with a friend who can read Japanese? Hell, CNN, please hire someone bilingual as your Japanese “viral” video guy (as a side note, the phrase viral video makes me want to puke chunks, much like a bad apple might).
Anyway, this guy went from an annoyance on a channel I never watch to #1 on NicoDou.
Of course, there are people who think he isn’t stupid, but rather is performing a 釣り (tsuri) the likes of which the world has never seen. I really would love to believe that, but I really think he just has no idea what the fuck he is talking about.
Tags: animation, バカ, ⑨, Bad Apple, Cirno News Network, CNN, 釣り, Josh Levs, NicoNicoDouga, photography, stop motion, touhou, tsuri, viral videos, 東方
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2009 is over. This was quite the year! For my end of the year retrospective, I’ve gathered up my personal top 10 NicoVideos from the past year.
Although Bad Apple didn’t even warrant a real entry from me this year (it did get a twitter update however), it was pretty much the biggest video of this year. I give it 10 for being awesome, but way overplayed.
The Training-type MADs were all the rage, but this one closed the book on them. It was perfect. If you aren’t an Eva fan, then I apologize.
2009 saw the birth of Hammer Day, which is the 11th of every single month. This was the last by the original Hammer Guy and still the best IMHO.
K-ON! was another big part of 2009, and this was the MAD that I couldn’t turn off. It’s just too brilliant.
I personally started watching Haruhi this year, so when I first saw this video, I had no idea who any of these people were (but I loved the video). Now, at the end of 2009, I have seen everything and am anxiously awaiting the movie.
The Family Mart chime remix fad was started by this video. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Simple and shows you a little bit of how to use a KORG to make amazing music.
The last しも (Shimo) medley video practically introduced me to NicoNicoDouga and essentially prompted me to start this blog. This one, which came out in June, was more like a review of my time on NicoNicoDouga. The joy was unspeakable, and so this takes #2.
The 韃靼海峡 (Dattan Kaikyou) based MADs were excellent before they started getting deleted. Totally would have made the top 10 if not for that.
Tags: akeome, あけおめ, けいおん, チルノ, chiruno, Cirno, Electribe, eva, Evangelion, Family Mart, Famima, hammer, Hammer Day, happy new year, Haruhi, K-ON!, keion, KORG, Matsuoka Shuzo, new year, NicoNicoDouga, nicovideo, RED ZONE, ritsu, Shuzo Matsuoka, Tainaka Ritsu, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, touhou, training, 東方
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If you have ever spent any amount of time on ニコニコ動画 (NicoNicoDouga), you’ve bound to have seen the silly little animated gifs in the upper left hand corner.
This is a great little video featuring some of those redone with 東方 (Touhou) characters. Expect to see these avatars around the ‘tubes soon. The チルノ (Cirno) is my favorite. エンドレス⑨ｗｗｗ
Tags: Animated Gif, chiruno, Cirno, NicoNicoDouga, nicovideo, project shrine maiden, touhou
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The fun never ends. This remix of Cirno’s Perfect Math Class is flipping amazing. ジョン・カビラ (Jon Kapira) of Winning Eleven lends his voice to this one, and the results are just beyond words.
Tags: annoucer, カビラ, チルノ, Cirno, John Cabira, project shrine maiden, soccer, sports, touhou, winning eleven, 東方
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I am unable to ignore this ネタ (neta) anymore. Basically, you take the ending to an anime called ファイト一発!充電ちゃん!! (Faito ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!) about girls who are like electrical equipment (yeah, I know)…
…AND THEN you just move into the realm of the absurd…
Go check out ○○がトレーニング if you like what you see.
UPDATE: They just keep coming, so I’ll just keep putting the good ones after the jump.
Tags: 8bit, anime, チルノ, ○○がトレーニング, Charger Girl, Cirno, eva, excitebike, 霊夢, Faito ippatsu! Juden-chan!!, girls, Hatsune Miku, Idol Master, Idolm@ster, Idolmaster, Ju-den Chan, Matsuoka Shuzo, miku, nicovideo, nintendo, rei, Reimu, touhou, training, underwear, vocaloid, 春香
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Hammer Day came and went this month, on the 11th for those who don’t already know. This month was a little different than months previous… less emphasis on who will take up the torch since it seems enough people are participating now. I did miss it, but since today seems to be 兄貴 (aniki)’s birthday or something, there isn’t much on NicoDou that I want to see right now, so I’m playing catch up!
First place goes to 終わらないハンマー・タイム (“Owaranai Hammer Time”), which is an original 初音ミク song. It’s touching, funny, and surreal… 謎の感動 for sure.
Here is a crazy hammer Kirby/Touhou megamix.
ハンマーの人二代目 came in 3rd on the ranking this month, but did indeed return.
In fact, most of the generations are back, except 3代目. I wonder what happened?!
More after the jump.
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Tags: 11th of every month is Hammer Day, ナイト・オブ・ナイツ, ハンマー, ハンマーの日, 終わらないハンマー・タイム, 謎の感動, hammer, Hammer Day, hammer generations, Hatsune Miku, Night of Knights, Night of Nights, Owaranai Hammer Time, project shrine maiden, smash bros, strange emotion, touhou, 初音ミク, 東方, 代目
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Welcome to June 11th everyone. It has already been one month since the last ハンマーの日 (hammaa no hi). Last time, １代目 (ichidaime) said it was his last hammer video. At the same time, ２代目 showed up with ham-maaaarch・∀・. But still, would ハンマーの日 come again?
I’m happy to report, ハンマーの日 came without any problems. Yes, １代目 seems to be gone, but the hammer lives on.
Hoho, what’s this? ハンマーの日 has some other videos?!
Yes, another hammer version of ぽっぴっぽー, uploaded a mere 8 minutes later. We have concluded that this must be ２代目’s 嫁 (yome) since there is no other way they could have known. Thus, we also have the wedding ceremony below:
Yes, 3代目 of the conservative school of hammerism came up with this double punch. It is a 東方 (touhou) based work based on 恋色マスタースパーク. The first one recalls the early days of hammeristic design, and the second brings us back to the present. I fine show indeed.
The school is Hammer is getting rather crowded. For the rest of the line, please see after the jump.
Tags: 11th of every month is Hammer Day, ぽっぴっぽー, ナイト・オブ・ナイツ, ハンマー, ハンマーの日, 謎の感動, ham-maaaarch, ham-maaaarch・∀・, hammer, Hammer Day, hammer generations, Hatsune Miku, Night of Knights, Night of Nights, Poppippo, project shrine maiden, smash bros, strange emotion, touhou, 初音ミク, 東方, 死にたい, 代目
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It’s here. After a slew of imitators, the true successor to the ニコニコ流星群 is here. Yes, my friends, right now, NicoDou is celebrating the release of the next megamix. 七色のニコニコ動画 (Nanairo no NicoNicoDouga) is here.
This is my first real megamix since getting into NicoDou hardcore. I love the 流星群, since that gave me the jump start I needed to get into in the first place, but this one… It is like a summary of my last year of NicoLife. I’ve featured a number of these songs on the blog over the last year, although not all of them! Can you believe that this blog will be one whole year old in just over 2 months?! WTF.
I have a list of the songs after the jump, minus the HEROES section (the section of chaos from 9:40 to 11:10) since really you could just go to the 流星群 for those songs. If you are a experienced ニコ厨 (NicoChuu), listen to it before you check the list below. See how many you recognize! If you are new to NicoDou, this is a great way to catch up! XD
(BTW, as for the English name, I would call it Rainbow Colored NicoNicoDouga if I were in charge, but a few places seem to already be translating it as “7 Colors of Nico Nico Douga.” I hate translation. 日本語バンザイ！ Oh, and as always, if you don’t have a NicoDou account, why not?!)
Tags: 7 Colors of Nico Nico Douga, おてんば恋娘, きらっ☆, けいおん！, キラッ☆, ゲッダン, チルノ, ナイト・オブ・ナイツ, ハルヒ, マクロスＦ, Bad Apple, capsule, chiruno, Cirno, DJ OZMA, Don't say "lazy", Evangelion, Gackt, Genki Rockets, Get down, hammer, Haruhi, Hatsune Miku, Heavenly Star, Idolm@ster, Idolmaster, IKZO, K-ON!, kira, Kirby, Lucky Star, Macross F, MAD, Megurine Luka, Megurine Ruka, Nanairo no Nico Nico Douga, Night of Knights, Night of Nights, nomico, persona 4, Ponyo, Prince of Tennis, project shrine maiden, Rainbow Colored NicoNicoDouga, Rainbow NicoNicoDouga, RED ZONE, remix, Shinitai, smash bros, smooooch, Starry Sky, touhou, vocaloid, World is Mine, 初音ミク, 巡音ルカ, 東方, 死にたい, 七色のニコニコ動画
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A new IOSYS arrangement CD is coming out on the 8th! And that can only mean one thing! A new promotional video! This one is about the hellishly ultimate 焼肉 (yakiniku) restaurant, based on the song 死体旅行 ～ Be of good cheer!. The CD is called 東方超都魔転 (Touhou Choutomatten). The English title is “Toho just a moment!” Until I read that, I didn’t get the pun. ><;
Not much to say about this one... probably will take me a few weeks to process all the jokes. Poor チルノ (Chiruno) gets melted at one point. ;;
Tags: anime, チルノ, chiruno, Cirno, cute, 焼肉, hell, iosys, japanese bbq, korean bbq, music, nicovideo, shrine maiden, touhou, yakiniku, 東方
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The last anime that I really followed was Initial D, mainly since I was living around where it takes place. Aside from an unnatural love for mid-eighties hatchback corollas, the anime gave me a love of Eurobeat. Yes, all those fantastically bad eurobeat songs gained new life when paired with drifting CG cars.
And, for reasons that will hopefully become obvious in the coming weeks, I have been on a mad eurobeat kick. NicoNicoDouga has proven to have a good number of really sweet Eurobeat remixes of some songs we all know and love.
IKZO was always begging for a Eurobeat mix:
【ニコニコ動画】俺ら東京さ行ぐだ [Super Euro Mix]
This “Airman” one is by far my favorite:
【ニコニコ動画】エアーマンが倒せない [Eurobeat Mix]
By this point, you are craving a megamix, right?! Well, here is a Eurobeat megamix of some 東方 songs. The 「U.N.オーエンは彼女なのか？」 (“U.N. Ouen wa kanojo nano ka?“) towards the end gave me mad 鳥肌 (torihada):
But that’s not nearly all! If you have the heart of a real drifter, go search for more. If not, what are you still reading this for?! XD
Tags: AE86, airman, メルト, drift, eurobeat, IKZO, Initial D, megamix, meruto, nicovideo, touhou, 東方
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