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No problem : )

henohenomoheji doesn’t have any special episodes or backgrounds like kilroy. it’s just drawn by a sense of fun.

As wikipedia says, henohenomoheji is cited in many Japanese Manga and games. But it’s never a cool icon. it’s usually a simple joking.

hmm… I didn’t expect information of henohenomoheji in English is enriched.

Last edited May 02, 2011 at 06:21AM EDT

Damn, too late to edit my other post.
I’ve found something about Fukkireta: the dance move has also been coupled with Miku Hatsune’s song World’s End Dance Hall:

I’m trying to find if there are more videos on Nico Nico Douga but is it worthy of a mention in the article? A different article? No mention at all?

Last edited May 06, 2011 at 06:54PM EDT

> 乗馬マシン
Good entry. Anyone can easily understand what this fad is.

However, those videos’ viewcounts are based on its visual resources’ popularity on NND. And many NND users are basically teenagers (and cherry boys) who love such silly sexual joking. These videos’ popularity are supported by those idiots. I don’t think it’s notable so much.

> fukkireta

The original was posted on May 18th, 2010. (it can’t be found on YT.)

This was simply mashup of original fukkireta and vocaloid song “world’s end dancehall”. Other videos are just imitating this video. And the amount of related videos on NND are only 50.

I think it’s too small even to be called a sub-meme.

mona_jpn wrote:


hmm, you always give me a severe task : )

> sub-meme

Nice picture. But I think you would be better think that music and visual resource are independent of each other and a hit of a certain combination of music and visual resource is not a origin of sub-music-meme of its visual resource but a trigger of spreading of its music resource. That would be simple.

For example, some of visual resources became fads by Kirby’s gourmet race remixes and red_zone remixes. Furthermore, new music resource also became popular by that visual resources. Like this, many of MAD fads on NND are connected by its music resource and linked with each other complexly and infinitely.

> These video
His name is Tamai and he is a young Japanese Bosozoku around 1990. People call him Tamai-san with a ironical respect.

To make you understand these videos, I have to describe a lot of Japanese cultures…
-reception of Bosozoku in past and now
-where he came from
-what he said


-How easy forcing fad in NND is. → yeah, his fad is forced one.


>Hissu Amoto San

Sorry to be too severe on you, mona_jpn. The comment I posted wasn’t just for you to respond to, but also others like Tomberry. I posted it, because there is a lack of mention of the Hissu Amoto San meme in the entries for “Kirby’s Gourmet Race” and the “Kirby Falcon Punch” remix memes, because of it triggering them, just like what you said.

Of course, certain “soon-to-be memes” becoming popular by colliding with another meme or two. Chargeman Ken for example became popular after its trigger MAD used the RED_ZONE meme. “Jack Black on Sesame Street / Octagon”, another example, was triggered by the “bloomin’ X” meme.

I brought the Hissu Amoto San topic back up, because I am planning to rework the entry to better quality, as well as to find out if there are any sub-memes that should be added to it.

>bloomin’ X

Speaking of “bloomin’ X”, the entry probably needs your help, because I think it most likely started on NND, but did not become as popular as it later did when the “Jack Black on Sesame Street / Octagon” meme triggered it in the Western community on YouTube.


What do you mean “forcing fad”? Are you saying he is a fad?

While my old laptop/notebook is now messed up enough for me to be unable to use it, I am no longer able to use certain things I installed in it, like PhotoShop 7 for example. It was all because of a recent thunderstorm that cut the power and cable off at my home. When I turned my laptop back on, the keyboard no longer works, while even before the storm, the laptop keeps warning me that a “hard drive failure may be imminent”. If any of you have any suggestions, PM me.

Anyway, this is all the info mentioned about Battle Dome in this topic by mona_jpn:

Toy’s commercial film in early 1990s. Because its visual and narrator’s way of speaking is exaggerated such as American’s extreme advertising, this film is funny and uncool. Therefore, it is loved for many people.
NND encyclopedia
search result on NND
The amount of videos are so many. But all of them doesn’t score page views so many. It’s nothing but a regional fad only among OTO-MAD community.

I believe what else the Battle Dome entry needs are the source videos (e.g. TVCMs), the trigger video, and some of the most popular related videos and other related content to post in its entry (not just in the “Videos” section).

> Hakata no shio (Salt of Hakata)
In before, I discussed this with omuniputane.

I got it. So, let me answer your requests!

Battle Dome
Here is some information about Battle Dome.

Battle Dome was originally produced by Anjar that is a toy company in the U. S.

Tsukuda Original got its license from them and sold it by the name “American Battle Dome” in 1994.
As Tsukuda Original was the sponsor of very popular anime “Doraemon”, their impressive Battle Dome’s CM was memorized by many children watching this anime at that time. (I’ve already written the reason why it was impressive for Japanese.)

> Source Video

The CM was originally posted to YouTube in before. The day that it was reposted to NND for the first time was July 8th, 2008.
Original NND / YT

Tsukuda also produced several their original Battle Dome. For example, “Doraemon Battledome” featured Doraemon’s characters.
Later, it was added to the end of original CM.
This scene is also reused in MADs.

> Trigger Video

The first MAD style movies was this. It was posted on September 21st, 2008.
スーパーアメリカンバトルドームデラックス(Super American Battle Dome Deluxe) NND / YT

it only impressed a few MAD editors and didn’t get popularity widely in NND. However, this became popular video resource among MAD editors gradually around the end of 2008.

Among them, this video that was posted on December 13th 2008 placed in NND’s daily ranking and got the attention among many NND users. Nico Nico pedia says this is the trigger video of this fad.

ツクダの超!エキサイトバトル教室(Tsukuda’s super exciting battle class) NND / YT

> Popular Video

Search Result on NND
In NND, The most popular way of MAD video is singing style.

はじめてのシュゥゥゥーッ!!【キテレツク大百科オリジナル】(My first Shooot!) NND
はじめての出たぁ~(My first Detaaah!)NND / YT
【バトルドーム】 興奮サーキュレーション 【化物語OP】(Exciting circulatin) NND / YT

These score over 300k page views.

Anoter notable way is medley style (made by many MAD editors’s collaborating)
2009 NND / YT
2010 NND / YT

> Aftermath

In July 2010, Battle Dome was reproduced as “Action Battle Dome” by Megahouse that is a related company of Tsukuda Original.
If the fad on NND hadn’t happened, this rebirth wouldn’t come.
But it seems that it couldn’t win the favour of Battle Dome fanatics in NND because its quality was cheap.

Bloomin’ X
Search result on NND

From the amount of related videos and their page views on NND, “bloomin’ feeling” has never become a fad in NND. But Yamas who made “Bloomin’ Octagon” and caused this fad on YT is Japanese. He was rare Japanese who is interested in YTPMV. Unfortunately, he is retired MAD editor and deleted all his account on web services.

I’ll describe Tamai’s forced fad later.


I noticed that there is something going on with Puyo Puyo Fever, but it might not be a meme nor even a fad. Here are some examples:

StretchMan VS. Donald McDonald

Mr. Game & Watch VS. Mewtwo

MIYOCO / Hikkoshibaba VS. Muska (Laputa: Castle in the Sky)

Keyboard Crusher / Angry German Kid VS. Yugi Muto (Meme? version)

Conger-san (アナゴさん) from the Sasae-san series VS. Vega (M. Bison outside of Japan) from Capcom’s Street Fighter series

Mario Kart 64 VS. BioHazard 4 / Resident Evil 4

Perhaps the first Japanese Internet meme I saw was about Yugi Muto from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise often furiously saying things like “My turn!” and “HA☆NA☆SE”, which is what the one in the fourth video I showed is. Here is another example:

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These 2 MAD series are quite early fads on NND.

> Puyopuyo

On NND, these videos are called “swapped puyopuyo” (ぷよぷよ差し替え, Puyopuyo Sashikae). People just swap sound data in “puyopuyo fever for PC/Mac” into that of other characters’ taken from anime/game. Because it’s awfully easy to make these videos, the huge amount of puyopuyo videos have been posted by non-creative users. But as you mentioned, it has no notability.

Search results for Puyopuyo Fever : it’s over 2500

> Yu-Gi-Oh

This video is a part of a series of “forever my turn.”(ずっと俺のターン, Zutto Oreno Turn).

Search results for Forever My Turn : it’s over 900

This scene was frequently reused in MADs around April 2007. But this went out of fad after enemy controller became mainstream.

BTW, I was surprised Dangerous series was featured by KYM. If it’s suitable for KYM, I have to add hundreds of entries about other music resources in MADs. This is so trivial matter in Japan.

I always wonder what kind of topics about Japanese memes/fads you westerners get interested in.

I assume it’s because Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is very overrated. I am also surprised to see Commando and Insane Set be featured. Most of my submissions haven’t been confirmed, yet. KYM members shouldn’t confirm nor feature them because they like them.

But I might be incorrect. By asking them, we’ll have to know what makes the KYM members confirm and feature them.

BTW, when you mentioned “Dangerous series”, that reminds me that we haven’t thought about the “Doom series” ever since we worked on the entry about Ichiro Suzuki.


> Most of my submissions haven’t been confirmed, yet.

Yeah, all of your submissions is already completed. KYM members want to maturate them like a wine ?

> Doome series
One strong point for Doom series is you guys are able to understand easily without knowledges about Japanese language. Yeah, all of them is simple: something happens, then Doom comes.

All sources has been already uploaded on YouTube. So, adding its entry to KYM will be quite easy.

Will we try it?


>Most of my submissions haven’t been confirmed, yet.

Some of them are confirmed, but others haven’t. None of them were featured. Same goes for some of your submissions, mona_jpn. I’ve seen KYM member Brad confirm the Hissu Amoto San, Ichiro Suzuki and MIYOCO memes, which not many people outside of Japan find them quite interesting. Don, the other KYM member, confirmed some submissions you made that would be easy for people outside of Japan to enjoy.

>Doom series

If adding its entry to KYM will be quite easy, then I’m sure it won’t require much time nor effort. If necessary, lets review and rearrange the Ichiro Suzuki entry. Both the Doom series and Ichiro started together before they split up. This will make it easier for Doom series readers more likely gain interest in the Ichiro Suzuki meme along with the Doom series.


According to his “Activity” list, he hasn’t been very active on KYM much and still hasn’t created entries for the candy fads/memes: Nerunerunerune and Wether’s Original. They look quite notable, but I might be incorrect on one or both of them.

O.K. I’ll write a draft for “Doom series” soon. Wait for a while please.


I’m very thankful to him. If he hadn’t invite me to this thread, I would never come to KYM again.
So I have to make his wish to reality.

I set Nerunerunerune and Welter’s Original to my next targets just now.

I recently moved some videos in the Miyoco entry to its video segment, and slightly rearranged and fixed some parts of it and the Ichiro Suzuki entry.

If the Nerunerunerune and Welter’s Original targets are becoming too difficult or time-consuming for you to submit, then either look around for Japanese memes that were already submitted, but need more work (e.g. Futae no Kiwami), or look around at the ones in this website below and see if any of them are necessary, but haven’t been submitted, yet:

It seems that Nerunerunerune isn’t so difficult.
As to Wether’s original, I want its script in English. Maybe, what grampa says in the CM is the same as that of other countries.

Aired in Japan

it seem that this is originally French version.


>Futae no Kiwami
Yeah, we need more work for this. But almost all MADs/parodies were deleted due to claim by copyright holders. And the most important points for this meme are phonetic translations and difference in sensibility of male’s voice in fighting between Japanese and other country people.
These are very hard to explain to westerners.

These makes me difficult to improve its entry :(

Among them, I think supoo(スプー) ,Yandere Sister (ヤンデレ妹), Home-Haruka (ホメ春香) are rather easy to add its entry to KYM.

>Werther’s Original

I remember seeing the official English version of the specific 1995 Werther’s Original commercial back when it aired on television, but it’s nowhere in sight on the Internet for some reason; however, I made a request in another forum, but there are still no comments posted in it, yet. That one you found is the “1980s” version, which is different. Some scripts of several versions of commercials and other types of media are different, so they can match the movements of the characters’ mouths or make them marketable. For example, in Commando, at the part where John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) shoots the man holding the heart-shaped paper…


Man with heart: OK?
John: OK. * pow *


Man with heart: Right?
John: Wrong. * pow *

>Futae no Kiwami

I’m pretty sure we’ll have to add Werther’s Original to the difficult entry list with Futae no Kiwami and some others, until enough free time and patience both come.

>Nico Nico All*Star Icon Factory

I remember mentioning Supoo in this KYM thread:

For Yandere Sister and Home-Haruka, is it necessary for them to be considered a sub-meme of “Uso da!” and THE iDOLM@STER? If not, is it the other way around or neither?

Last edited Jun 12, 2011 at 04:10AM EDT

If you want the transcript of the French Wherter’s Original ad, it’s as follows:

“I still remember the first candy my Grampa gave me, a Wherter’s Original. I was 4 years old. I won’t forget that sweet flavor and creamy taste. Absolutely delicious! I felt like I was very special.
Now, I’m the Grampa and what else than a Wherter’s Original could I give to my grandson? Because he, too, is very special.”

I think it’s a basic translation of the English commercial, even if the 1995 version is very hard to find on Youtube.
I remember seeing that French one on TV ages ago as well.

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Oh, Thanks.
I wondered why an American actor Robert Rockwell was speaking French. I couldn’t notice it was a dubbed version.

The reason why I want its English script is this candy Ads got the attention for the first time not in NND but in Futaba and 2channel around 2004. And the first subject of parody for this Ads was its unique expression (At least, it’s unique for Japanese sensibilities). I have to translate these early works to explain this fad. So, I need a template for translation for them to conform them to the original English script.

>Yandere Sisters

I think it isn’t related to Uso-da. It’s origin is an audio book released by an indies record label. But we need to explain what Yandere is in its article.

> Home-Haruka

Yes. This is considered as a sub-meme of THE IDOLM@STER.

So we have to improve that awful entry asap : (

Sorry to keep you waiting, mona_jpn. I’ve been busy with my concerns in reality.

>Ichiro Suzuki

Most images in the entry are based on his bat-holding pose he performs before preparing himself to swing the bat, but is that related to his meme? Probably not.

Should the title of its entry be “Ichiro Suzuki” (like the “Billy Herrington” one that most Japanese refer to as “Aniki”), or " Ichiro Laser Beam / ‘I was almost coming’ "?

>Doom series

I don’t know what else to work on in this entry. Any suggestions?

Yes, indeed. most of his images in the images section are just fan art for him and aren’t related to those fads/memes either.

> the title of its entry

If I was the original poster, I chose “Ichiro Suzuki” for its title, and I described about those memes/fads like the entry of Yukio Edano.

> Doom series

Oh really ? Are there my bad grammar in this article ?

Hey, does anyone know the name of this phenomenem of placing food and candles in front of a laptop with a picture of a anime character on it? I think it’s meant to be like an imaginary date, although unfortunately the only two pictures I have don’t demonstrate that.


SankakuComplex loves to talk about that kind of “birthday celebration” of a fictional character by otakus.
I don’t know if there is a peculiar name to it.

I noticed that there are some Internet memes that parody openings (OP) and endings (ED) of several shows, mostly animes. There is a main entry about the OPs, but no entry for the EDs. Some series of OP and ED parodies probably aren’t Internet memes nor even fads, yet.

Some OPs submitted to KYM are from Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh!, and Nichijou. Some that may or may not be submitted, yet include some in the main entry, as well as Doraemon.

For EDs, some that were submitted to KYM are from Kodomo no Jikan, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (see Hare Hare Yukai Dance), Durarara and Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!! (known as X is Training ○○がトレーニング). I don’t know what may or may not be submitted, yet.

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I think it will be nice:

1. Title : Anime OP Parodies → Anime OP/ED Parodies
2. make entries about parodies listed on that article.
3. Clean it up as the parent entry.

OP/ED parody is a very classic style of MADs and their early works had been already on the internet around the end of 90s. In the parent entry, we had better describe about this history and some works uploaded to YouTube.

I’ve been noticing the word “Kichigai” being used a lot in Chargeman Ken MADs. From what I know,it’s a word that means “insane” and now it’s banned in japanese television,but it wasn’t at the time the show aired. Should we add even if it’s just a small reference to the article?

mona_jpn wrote:

I think it will be nice:

1. Title : Anime OP Parodies → Anime OP/ED Parodies
2. make entries about parodies listed on that article.
3. Clean it up as the parent entry.

OP/ED parody is a very classic style of MADs and their early works had been already on the internet around the end of 90s. In the parent entry, we had better describe about this history and some works uploaded to YouTube.

Ok, I did the first step. I’ll get to the other steps later.

Thanks for your kindness.

>OP parody

- Azumanga Daioh
- Cowboy Bebop
- Lucky Star

I think these are notable enough to have an entry and others aren’t so notable.
If you give a chance to me, I’ll make entries about them. Perhaps, it won’t take long time.

You think these are also Opening parodies ?

I don’t think so. These videos are simply reusing anime op theme song to their music resource.
I think the important point for OP/ED parody is to reconstruct the original visual sequence by other visual resources.

Yes, indeed.
I think that article needs a big clean-up. I don’t know when I could do this, I’ll also add info about this term and its cultural background to the article.

Last edited Jul 05, 2011 at 05:34AM EDT

Gununu, I haven’t thought that far ahead. I simply thought that entry needs clean-up and those 3 animes above are notable because these receive decent reception in the world.

I answered your question on Waka Laka. Please check it out.

I just noticed this comment on the Lying Down game entry:

You all might want to know that the ORIGINAL GAME WAS STARTED IN JAPAN. It is called “tokekomuhito” トケクムヒト, or essentially, “blend into the scenery”. The archives go as far back as 1998.

Anybody know anything about it?

Last edited Jul 13, 2011 at 02:48PM EDT

@Olivia G.

f : トケクムヒト
t : トケコムヒト

I’ve never heard about that page. According to that archives, it’s true that she began Tokekomuhito in 1998. It seems that Tokekomuhito has been continued only in this page in a small way.

For your information, she cited several English news articles about planking and was surprised at them in her diary on May 24th, 2011. Perhaps, she noticed planking meme for the first time in that day.

As you know, many Japanese aren’t interested in other web cultures outside of Japan, and don’t like exposing themselves on the internet. So, image memes like planking never become popular.

Actually, even planking is almost unheard of in Japan.


At this moment, I think they don’t need to have it. That OP/ED is reused for MADs’ music resource is too ordinary method.

However, If there are so many entries about Anime OP/ED in the future, we will have to categorize and stratify them by parent entry.


OK, we’ll think about that later.

Anyway, the Battle Dome entry was confirmed. I also noticed that we forgot to explain the Marble Dome CM in the Battle Dome entry. According to this MAD video below, “Marble Dome” is phonetically translated as “Mabo Don”, which literally means “Szechuan-style Japanese bean curd”, right?

Yeah, it seems that even though the principal meme uses the Battledome commercial, the other Tsukuda Original products are used too (Warm Iron, the Water Gun,Magic Snake) are also used.

Should be create a small section in the article for that?

Hello Japanese memebers.
I would like to know your opinion about a seemingly Japanese fad I’ve just stumbled upon.
It supposedly comes from 2ch as a sentence-meme more or less meaning “Ha! You thought this image would be porn? Tood bad! It’s just X-chan!” (where X is the name of a token anime girl).

Here is an example from Danbooru.

It seems to be mainly used with a character named Sayaka from “Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica” I believe.

Last edited Aug 05, 2011 at 04:37PM EDT


> Should be create a small section in the article for that?

This isn’t notable enough to have a section in the article even if it’s small. I think so.


Yes, she is Sayaka from Madoka Magica.
And there are many “trolling” images like this “Ha! You thought this image would be a porn?” style.

Here are some of compilations.

You expected? It’s me !!

You expected this image is porn? It’s me !!

Too bad! This is Ranka-chan! You trolled are the worst idiot in the galaxy! Go home!

Because 2channel can’t embed images to its post, ppl have to click the urls and jump to external site or uploader to watch them. So, these trolling images are effective on there.

Wow! That’s a lot of images!
Do you know if it’s popular on the Japanese Web actually? Do you also have a more common name for it?

Last edited Aug 09, 2011 at 12:19PM EDT

These images are usually called “Trolling image” (釣り画像, Tsurigazō).
It might be popular, I think.
It’s too ordinary scene in 2channel that trolling images are slipping into posts.

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