Nakasone OFF (中曽根OFF)

Nakasone OFF (中曽根OFF)

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Updated Nov 06, 2011 at 11:30PM EST by Brad.  

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Nakasone OFF (Japanese : 中曽根OFF) is a series of offline meet-ups for group re-enactment of funny animated music videos in real life. Since 2007, dozens of Nakasone meetups have been arranged by hundreds of Nico Nico Douga (NND) users across several prefectures in Japan. The videos typically follow the original animation and feature various local twists and landmarks of the places they were shot in.

Origin

The offline meet-ups and reenactment videos were inspired by a viral animated dance video titled “Just little funny movie (少し楽しくなる動画),” which is based on two music videos “Rodeo Machine” and “Screw the Plan” made for Japanese musician Yoshihiro Takahashi’s solo project HALFBY.[1] The animation for the music videos were produced by a Japanese design team Groovisions in 2006. The two videos were bundled together into one and uploaded onto Japanese video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga (NND) on March 7th, 2007:



The name “Nakasone OFF” is derived from a misinterpreted lyric heard in the song “Screw the Plan” and the Japanese shorthand “OFF” for offline meet-ups and flash mob events.[2]

Spread

The video quickly went viral[3] as viewers on NND began pointing out several phonetic translations[4], including:

  • RODEO MACHINE: “Oh my God” => OMAI GONZO (おまいGONZO, lit. You, GONZO[5])
  • SCREW THE PLAN: “The devil’s in the details” => “Nakasone Teacher” (中曽根ティーチャー, lit. Nakasone Sensei)

The First Session

Soon after the video went viral in March 2007, around a dozen of NND users launched a web page[6] to arrange the first offline meet-up, which was held in Akihabara, the Mecca of Otaku, on March 18th, 2007. The reenactment video was uploaded onto the site[7] on the same day.



Inspired by the Akihabara flash mob event, many others began planning similar meet-ups in their local regions, making full use of NND forums as well as the Japanese social network service mixi for coordination.

Several Japanese music news sites[8][9] mentioned the “Nakasone OFF” phenomenon in the article for HALFBY’s 2nd album that was released in August 2007. In addition, the Japanese news site Mycom Journal recommended the videos of Nakasone OFF in another feature article about Nico Nico Douga in September 2009.[10]

HALFBY’s Reaction

HALFBY’s song “RODEO MACHINE” was included in the compilation CD of hit tunes from NND, such as Okkusenman, Can’t Beat Airman, Marisa Stole the Precious Thing, Danjo and Caramelldansen. The album was released in July 9th, 2008. He left a short but meaningful comment[11] in the cover booklet:

Though I couldn’t follow all that, I learned that many things occurred in life.
I’ll talk about that to my mother, at least.

Notable Examples

In between 2007 and 2009, at least 100 Nakasonet OFF videos[12] have been uploaded onto NND, shot over 20 meet-ups in 12 cities across the country. As the trend continued, each video began to highlight the local characteristics and landmarks of the place. A number of parody videos were also created with 3D animation software like MikuMikuDance.[13]

For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.

Osaka

The first session in Osaka was held in August 2007 and took 2 days to shoot the entire movie.[14] People in Osaka is famous for their love of comedy and joke. This edition reflected their personality, and many cosplay including Horse Head Mask and Cardboard Box Gundam, were appearing in many scenes.



Kagoshima

Held in September 2007, this session was primarily intended to reproduce the original exactly. After reaching out to local merchants’ association and railway companies, many scenes in this video were shot in must-see landmarks in Kagoshima.[15]



National Tour

This edition is built up with short scenes shot in 18 cities in total.[16] About 250 people contributed to accomplish the mission.



GEISAI Art Fair

The 4th Nakasone OFF[17] in Tokyo was hosted in September 2008 at the Japanese modern art fair GEISAI organized by Takashi Murakami.[18] In this session which was something like a grand sum of this series, HALFBY himself joined as DJ on the stage.



UltimaOnline Parody



Miku Miku Dance Parody

(See also : Miku Miku Dance)



Search Interest



External References

Editor’s Note: Registration on NND is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

[1]Wikipedia – HALFBY (Japanese)

[2]Nico Nico Pedia – 中曽根OFF (Nakasone OFF) (Japanese)

[3]Nico Nico Douga – 少し楽しくなる動画 / Posted on 03-07-2007

[4]Nico Nico Pedia – 少し楽しくなる動画 (Just a Little Funny Movie) (Japanese)

[5]Wikipedia – Gonzo (company) : Japanese anime studio

[6]中曽根OFF板 (Japanese)

[7]Nico Nico Pedia – 中曽根OFF in 秋葉原 / Posted on 03-18-2007

[8]VIBE-NET.COMHALFBY “中曽根OFF会”なる謎の団体が大盛り上がり! / 08-29-2007 (Japanese)

[9]Listen Japan – HALFBY、プレミア必至の2ndアルバム発売 / 08-27-2009 (Japanese)

[10]Mycom Journal – 【コラム】勝手に『ニコニコ動画』案内 (24) 日本全国に「中曽根OFF」旋風を巻き起こした「少し楽しくなる動画」って何だ? / 10-02-2009 (Japanese)

[11]Nico Nico Pedia – HALFBY (Japanese)

[12]Nico Nico Douga – Search results for 中曽根OFF (Nakasone OFF)

[13]Nico Nico Douga – 【第5回MMD杯本選】少し楽しくなるMMD / Posted on 08-22-2010

[14]Nico Nico Douga – 中曽根OFF in 大阪日本橋 / Posted on 08-20-2007

[15]Nico Nico Douga – 中曽根OFF in SATSUMA / Posted on 10-05-2007

[16]Nico Nico Douga – 【追加募集開始!】中曽根OFF全国制覇 1.0 / Posted on 05-04-2008

[17]Nico Nico Douga – 中曽根OFF in TOKYO4th! / Posted on 10-04-2008

[18]Wikipedia – Takashi Murakami#GEISAI

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mona_jpn
mona_jpn

@Tomberry
Wow, I totally forgot that you pointed out this fad in last year…

By reading KYM over 2 years, I’ve learned that street performance style meme like this would be interesting for you guys outside Japan. So, I made this entry.

I hope this article will be informative to you guys.

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