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Meduka Meguka originates from a series of threads on 4Chan’s /a/-board. The threads take the form of a series of image posts, featuring cropped details of episode screencaps, with corresponding dialogue. They retell the original story of the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica in a humorous way, with intentionally misspelled character names and bad grammar.
The first thread was posted February 2011. The series consists of five separate threads which cover the entire plot of the show. The users acted out the series using bad quality animation clips borrowed from the show and posts consisting of intentionally poor spelling and grammar. The character names and show terms are intentionally misspelled.
- Meduka = Madoka
- Hameru = Homura
- Seyiku = Sayaka
- Coobie = Kyubey
- Meguca = Magical Girl
The entire series can be found on the Puella Magi Wiki, both the archived threads and cleaned up versions.
Meguca on Youtube
Youtube user GeneralIvanVA began submitting voiced versions of Meduca Meguca on Sep 19, 2011. He has posted all five episodes and his version has notoriety for the voices of the characters being particularly hilarious. Among the releases, episode 5 is the most popular with almost twice as many views as the first episode due to a rap song that was included at the end.
In particular, Kyubey’s statement, “being meguka is suffering…” sprouted into a sub-meme of it’s own. Users of the internet liked this phrase and started to replace “meguka” with other subjects and characters.
Interestingly enough, the phrase of “being meguka is suffering” is still commonly used even in contexts where magical girls are not involved. Generally it is used to express sympathy for the suffering of another person/thing or to express your own suffering.
“Suffering” or “being ‘x’ is suffering” is now a commonly used phrase in internet culture.
Meguca was also initially used as a parody of Me Gusta.