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Dangerous Series (Japanese : 危険な○○シリーズ, Kiken na MaruMaru Series) refers to a style of MAD videos that use the audio track “Fight Against an Armed Boss” off the 1996 Nintendo game Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars soundtrack.
“Fight Against an Armed Boss” was written by a Japanese video game composer Yoko Shimomura (shown below, left). Meanwhile, the oldest MAD video was uploaded to the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) on October 27th, 2007. This video was also a derivative of Futae no Kiwami. But, the first “Dangerous series” video was introduced as part of the IKZO phenomenon on April 26th, 2008, and was titled “Dangerous IKZO” (shown below, right).
Other MAD creators began including the “Fight Against an Armed Boss” track in videos with the word “Dangerous” in the title. The video that led to a substantial increase in popularity of the series was “Dangerous Enoch”, posted to NND on September 7th, 2010.
The video was able to reach a large audience partly due to it’s incorporation of the El Shaddai fad. More than 600 of Dangerous Series videos had been posted to NND in its fisrt year, and many of them are uploaded to YouTube. In the track of “Dangerous Enoch”, most of subsequent “Dangerous series” videos are created with the assumption that viewers will be using NND’s auto-replay feature to watch the video continuously.
Left: Greetings Are Magic | Right: A Certain Magical Index
Left: A Certain Magical Index | Right: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
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