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Commando is an American action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that established a cult following starting in 2004 on the Japanese Internet forum 2Channel. It became the subject of parodies and MADs on Nico Nico Douga (NND) after it was launched in 2007.
Commando was directed by Mark L. Lester and distributed by 20th Century Fox in 1985. It became popular amongst B-movie fans due to its poor acting and cheesy one liners.
In Japan, the most popular Japanese dubbed version was translated by Katsushige Hirata and was broadcast on television in 1989.
Popularity on 2Channel
On 2-channel it began to rise in popularity during its first broadcast on June 18th, 2004. It was posted on the “live coverage” boards that focus on TV programs being watched in realtime, and are famous for their fast stream of posts. By 2006 it had become a popular fad on 2-channel.
When Commando was on the air on March 5th, 2006, several of 2Channel’s strongest servers crashed from the traffic load. On July 20th, 2007, a thread scored 1937 posts/min at its peak, and had over 50,000 posts in total while being the movie was being broadcast.
This phenomenon was reported on in the news section of the Japanese portal service, Livedoor news, in 2008.
Parodies and Shift-JIS art by 2Channel users are listed on Commando wiki.
Come on, Bennett!!, throw away that chicken-sh*t gun!
Popularity on Nico Nico Douga
After Nico Nico Douga was launched in 2007, Commando quotes and scenes became the subject of MAD videos. The most popular scene for MADs and parody illustrations appears to be Bennett’s last battle.
This fad is described in Nico Nido Pedia, an internet encyclopedia in NND.
Some popular catchphrases from the movie include:
|Bennett||Jumandoru Pon To Kuretaze||They gave me a hundred grand lavishly |
(They offered me a hundred grand.)
|house detective||Kinniku Morimori Machoman No Hentai Da||He’s one gigantic motherf*cker.|
|Cindy||Kyou Wa Yakubi Dawa!||This is not my day!|
|Bennett||Tadano Kakashi Desuna||Your soldiers are nothing but scarecrows |
(Your soldiers are nothing.)
|Cindy||Commando! Kurikaeshimasu Commando!||Commando! I say again, Commando!|
|Soldier||Mitekoi Carlo||Check it out, Carlo |
(Vayan y miren.)
|John||Koiyo Bennett||Come on, Bennett|
20th Century Fox released the Commando DVD, including a Japanese dubbed version, for the first time in May 2009. The translation used was the Katsushige Hirata’s version that was loved by many 2Channel and NND users.
For more MAD videos, check out the videos section in this entry.
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Editor’s note : “-バイオニック” (-Bionic) and “-キャプテン” (-Captain) are added to the search queries to avoid confusion with “Bionic Commando” and “Captain Commando”.
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Livedoor News – Why is “Commando” so popular on 2channel ? It was almost crashing servers. / 09-17-2008 (Google Translation)