Danjo

Danjo

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DAN JO DAN DAN JO DAN JO! DAN JO DAN DAN JO DAN JO! DAN JO DAN DAN JO JO DAN JO DAN JO JO DAN JO DAN JO DAN DAN JO!”

Danjo (男女 / Men & Women or Boys & Girls in Japanese) is a viral dance meme that was inspired by a 2006 Japanese pop song with the same title. In similar vein to Caramelldansen, Danjo dance videos and parodies became immensely popular on Nico Nico Douga and later spread to YouTube, appealing to many non-Japanese users for its WTF-itude. Most Danjo parody videos are set up in the form of animation or IRL dance recitals.

Origins

The original song “Danjo” was made by Japanese singer Taro, who used Garageband to create the song; it was released as a single on December 13, 2006. About a year later, the song made its first appearance on Nico Nico Douga on December 2, 2007.

From that point on, it would only need to be “stepped-up” a little more for it to suddenly explode on NND and enter memedom. On January 9, 2008, Danjo was yet again uploaded onto Nico Nico Douga[1]. It features two Vocaloid characters (Len Kagamine and Kaito) dancing the body-twisting, arm-swinging dance that would soon be known as Danjo all throughout Japan.

Lyrics


Teacher! The boys
won’t listen to what the guide says
Teacher! The girls
went shopping and still haven’t returned

Shut up! Get in line!
Don’t mess with the regulations!

Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Line up in such order!

Teacher!
There’s somewhat more boys than girls!

Is that so? In that case:
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl
Was it?

Wrong! Listen up!
Line up like this:
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl!
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl!
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl!
Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl!

Class President!
What can we do about the seating of the girls?
Class President!
For now, Let’s just sit together all the boys!

Wait! Don’t just decide as you want!
Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Line up in such order!

Class President!
One girl said she’d be late

Is that so? In that case:
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl
Was it?

Wrong! Listen up!
Line up like this:
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl

Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl

Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl
Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl
Sensei! Danshi ga
gaido-san no iu koto wo kikimasen!
Sensei! Joshi ga
kaimono ni itta mama kaette kimasen!

Urusai! Narabe!
Dantai koudou wo midasu na!

Danshi-Joshi-Danshi-Joshi
De kougou ni narabe!

Sensei!
Danshi ga jakkan joushi yori ooi desu!

Sou ka? Dattara:
Danshi-Joushi-Danshi-Danshi-Joushi-Danshi-Joushi da
Danshi-Joushi-Danshi-Joushi-Danshi-Danshi-Joushi
Desu ne?

Chigau wa! Yoku kike!
Kou yatte narabe:
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo!

Taichou!
Onna no ko no seki-jun ittai dou shimashou?
Taichou!
Toriaezu otoko dake de suwarimashou!

Matte! Katte ni jiyuu ni suwaru n janai!
Otoko-Onna-Otoko-Onna
De kougo ni narabe!

Taichou!
Onna no ko wa hitori okurete kuru sou desu

Sou ka? Dattara:
Otoko-Onna-Otoko-Otoko-Onna-Otoko-Onna da
Otoko-Onna-Otoko-Onna-Otoko-Otoko-Onna
Desu ne?

Chigau wa! Yoku kike!
Kou yatte suware:
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo!

Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo!

Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo, Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo!
Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Jo, Dan, Dan, Jo!

Animation Derivatives

Soon after the Danjo animation was uploaded, the following days had NND users posting their own variations of the video, many of which stayed true to the original.









Auto-Mario set to Danjo

Dance Videos

On January 12, 2008, a video of a man with a sack covering his head was uploaded on Nico Nico Douga[2]. The video shows the man dancing a variation of the original animation’s dance in rhythm to the song. Unfortunately, this video has never been re-uploaded on any other website other than Nico Nico Douga.

After him, many other NND users uploaded videos of themselves dancing the same dance, keeping true to the original dance video by masking their faces.







External References

[1]Nico Nico Douga -- 「男女」って曲が面白いからバカイト兄さんとヘタレン君に踊らせてみた / Uploaded on 1-09-2008

[2]Nico Nico Douga -- 「男女」を踊ってみた。罪袋で。 / Uploaded on 1-12-2008

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