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Osaka of Azumanga Daioh

Last posted Sep 11, 2009 at 06:38PM EDT. Added Sep 02, 2009 at 08:40PM EDT
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If you don’t know who this is, here’s a video compilation of some popular gifs that are related to one of her sub-memes, the Osaka Shoe Kick:

Her real name is Ayumu Kasuga. I have a feeling that she should be a parent meme of her own because she seems to have influenced several memes, one of them being the Shoe Kick. Even some people questioned her memecity on this site. You can find the short discussion here:

In ED, she is the only character out of all the characters in Azumanga Daioh to have her own article written about her:

Wikipedia states the she is the most notable of the most influential anime heroines due to her differentiation from the stereotypical female anime character:

Here’s a Macrochan link for existing images and gifs that are related to Azumanga Daioh as a whole:

And here’s a YTMND Wiki link for her:

So, what do you guys think? Note that I just breezed through this and I haven’t done enough research about her to know what some of her other sub-memes are like.

Sep 02, 2009 at 08:40PM EDT

Here’s some more gif videos of the shoe meme that I found on Youtube:

Have fun.

Sep 02, 2009 at 08:44PM EDT

Aaaaah, good old Osaka…

She is quite popular, but not in a memetic sense, I should say. Ask the author to add some Osaka stuff to the Azumanga Daioh article.

Sep 02, 2009 at 08:45PM EDT

There’s an Azumanga Daioh article? The only entries I found on the site that are Azumanga related were the “I Want to be a Cat” thing, the Caprinha Dance, and the remixed intro.

Sep 02, 2009 at 08:47PM EDT

I don’t think there are enough variations of that shoe toss, as far as I’m concerned.
I’m counting less than 10 of them.

Sep 02, 2009 at 09:34PM EDT

I’m sure there are more out there. I just don’t know where to find them because I’m lazy.

Here’s a Macrochan link of the shoe kick with more than ten variations of the gif:

Sep 02, 2009 at 09:39PM EDT

Lots of them on Macrochan. There’s some of this on YTMND too.

Sep 03, 2009 at 10:03PM EDT

I thought this was only “famous” on 4chan for some time but yet I was wrong.

Sep 03, 2009 at 10:16PM EDT

Yes, there are a lot. My only problem is the fact that I don’t know where to find more gif examples for this entry other than Macrochan and Youtube once I make it. Once I DO make it after I send this reply, can you people kindly supply examples.


Sep 03, 2009 at 10:25PM EDT

Ahh yes, my friend Coocie2 from a forum told me of this:
Say it. Srsly, say it aloud. It’s fun.
Here’s the original topic:

Sep 04, 2009 at 12:25AM EDT

I will have to work on making the entry tomorrow because I have band practice early tomorrow and had no time making it today. Don’t expect to see an entry ’til then.

Sep 04, 2009 at 01:37AM EDT

Hold on, I don’t think we’re quite ready for a meme entry yet.

Azumanga Daioh isn’t an Internet Meme. It’s a popular series.

But there are a number of Azumanga-related memes that we need to figure out. Let’s continue to share info in this thread and figure out just what we’re looking at before we create a meme entry.

Two months back we got this entry for “I wish I were a bird” and I tried researching it over and over before deadpooling it.

So far the suspected memes are

Osaka Shoe Kick
Sata Andagi
I wish I were a bird

and each of these has some elements on YTMND, Youtube, and/or Macrochan.

We ought to map this out more carefully so we know exactly what we’re looking at.

But it’s getting late. I need to sleep at some point, so here’s what I’ll suggest.

Let’s begin with the Osaka Shoe Kick. Find out when this started on Youtube, when it started on YTMND, when it started on Macrochan, and if it exists on any other memetic hubs, check there as well. Let’s find out when and where this one started, then move on to Sata Andagi, and finally “I wish I were a bird.”

There will definitely be some overlap here, but I’m hoping that we’ll be able to find one original instance that they can all be traced back to that is stull unique enough to be regarded as a recontextualization of some sort, like a Youtube Poop.

Sep 04, 2009 at 05:24AM EDT

Something to consider:

While researching the Party Hard meme, and discovering that it originated on SomethingAwful before making its way to 4Chan, I noticed that this Osaka Party Hard gif had already been created on SomethingAwful in 2003.

So we may as well search though old SomethingAwful archives and find what kind of Osaka materials they were creating no earlier than 2003.

Sep 04, 2009 at 05:34AM EDT

Now here’s the strange part:
In Google I enter the following query:

Nearly all of the results are from 2006. And the site’s internal search is broken.

This search: to be continued…

Sep 05, 2009 at 11:17AM EDT

I forgot for a second that mangas should be read from right to left.

Also: R.I.P. Mitch.

Sep 05, 2009 at 11:34AM EDT

I’m bumping this thread because I decided to do research on the Osaka Shoe Kick again.

Now, the earliest video of the Osaka Shoe Kick uploaded on Youtube was the last video I gave a week ago entitled “osaka and the shoe” which was submitted on October 1, 2006 by dengakumanfan12.

If you get bored from watching this video without music, here’s the “updated” version with music uploaded two months later:

Here are some YTMND’s of the meme that I found. The earliest one submitted was the “Osaka, stop throwing your damn shoe!! (reload)” variation which was submitted on June 21, 2005 by a user named KKM (it’s the first one in the list):
- etc.

Of course, the Macrochan is here:

I’ll see what else I can find about it.

Sep 10, 2009 at 10:02PM EDT

Alright, what you’ve got there is a YTMND meme. They’re easy to make, fairly easy to document, and easily confirmed. I think you’re about ready to write up the entry.

Sep 10, 2009 at 11:46PM EDT

I was wrong about the Youtube one. I found and older one submitted July 22, 2006.

Sep 11, 2009 at 12:11AM EDT

Yeah, I’m about to make the entry. The only thing I need to find is the episode the shoe kick appeared in and I’m good. I’ll do it tomorrow because I have to sleep now. If you can find it before I do, that would be great.


Sep 11, 2009 at 12:13AM EDT

Never mind, I found it. Episode 6.

I’ll be making the entry tomorrow. Good night for real.

Sep 11, 2009 at 12:27AM EDT

Is there anything I’m missing for the Osaka Shoe Kick entry because I think I covered everything pretty well?

Sep 11, 2009 at 06:09PM EDT

It’s almost ready. The only problem is that it only provides one link to a YMND. I’m going to look up some of the other YTMND’s to directly link to. If it’s a YTMND meme, we sould be able to provide links to instances that are found on YTMND. The Youtube videos do a great job at illustrating that the meme is also found on Youtube, but we don’t want to use them as the primary example.

Sep 11, 2009 at 06:20PM EDT

Don’t worry about it, Chris. I’ll supply most of the ones I can find using the search feature on YTMND. I’ll probably upload like ten of them, so yeah.

Sep 11, 2009 at 06:27PM EDT

We’ve got a bit of a snag here.

“Osaka, stop throwing your shoe” was actually a respone to “Gman stop stop throwing your shoe” which came three months prior.

Sep 11, 2009 at 06:33PM EDT

correction: I was off by a year. Disregard previous message.

Sep 11, 2009 at 06:38PM EDT

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