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Bittan Bittan (Japanese: びったんびったん) refers to a series of hand-drawn animated videos and MAD videos reusing the audiotrack “Fight Against Monsters” which is taken from Nintendo’s 1996 Mario video game Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Many videos in this series have been uploaded to the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since early 2010.
The song “Fight Against Monsters” is written by the Japanese video game composer Yoko Shimomura who is also the author of “Fight Against Armed Boss”, the resource for another MAD fad Dangerous Series.
The trigger video of this online parody series was a hand-drawn animation of Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame from Touhou Project series bouncing like a fish, which was uploaded to NND on January 26th, 2010. “Bittan” is one of variations in Japanese onomatopoeia for fish-bouncing on the ground or chopping blocks. And, the original video on NND plays endlessly by an auto-loop feature in NND video player.
This too simple but cute endless looping animation inspired many people partly due to its incorporation of the Touhou fandom. Many other amatuer animators/illustrators soon began mimicking this video with other characters and their own rendition. In addition, this trend among Touhou fans soon spread to MAD editors, and they also began introducing this song into their works.
On NND, both hand-drawn animated videos and MAD style videos are tagged under the same keyword “Bittan Bittan”. As of April 2012, the amount of videos related to the keyword is about 250.
For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.
Left: Patchouli & Alice from Touhou | Right: Touhou loli Edition
Left: Duraraa | Right: Momiji Inubashiri from Touhou and Shift change RED ZONE
Left: Accelerator from Toaru Majutsu no Index | Right: Mio Naganohara from Nichijou
Left: (NSFW!!) Niku from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai | Right: Hina Takanashi from Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!
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