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The Paffendorf Dance refers to a series of animated dance videos using the dance tune Under My Skin written by Paffendorf, a dance music project from Cologne, Germany.
Many popular characters had shaked their head and arms in the user-made videos in YouTube and the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) around 2008 to 2009.
Under My Skin is Paffendorf’s 13th single release in 2005. The song actually used in this video series is not the original club mix, but Jens O.remix included in the release (shown below, left). Meanwhile, the earliest known rendition of the meme was entitled Paffendorf and featured Momoko Kuzuryua from the Japanese manga/anime series Sumomomo Momomo, bobbing her head to the sped up arrangement of this song. It was first uploaded on a now-defunct GeoCities webpage and later on YouTube in April 2007 (shown below, right).
This video has been already imported to NND in February 2008. This song was well received by NND users, and began to be referred to as At-Uut-Uut-Ine-Ine (Japanese : アッーウッウッイネイネ(0ﾟ・∀・)), which is a phonetic interpretation of the scratch segment used in the song. But derivatives didn’t start increasing till when these 2 videos that led to a substantial increase in popularity of the series were posted in around the end of June. One is a handmade animated video imitating head bobbing of the original and featuring Tewi Inaba from Touhou Project (shown below, left). And the other is a typical MAD style remixed video using the main characters in the Japanese manga/anime Lucky Star (shown below, right).
These videos were able to reach a large audience. And because these video are simple in form, easily imitated, and made use of a very popular song, these videos inspired other users to create their own versions of it. In form, it is very similar to Caramelldansen and Caipirinha Dance.
In addition, the series of Lucky Star style mixed video was given the other name At-Pu-Pu-Pue-Pue (Japanese : あっーぷっぷっぷぇぷぇ(0ﾟ＝ω＝.)), which is Konata’s voice appearing in the video, and it has gained its own popularity among NND users.
As of October 2011, More than 700 videos related to Paffendorf Dance including both Original mix and Lucky Star mix have been posted to NND.
The popularity of Paffendorf Dance began to be gained by many videos that were imported from NND. Since late 2008, a large number of videos and artworks made outside Japan have been posted to YouTube and deviantART.
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Left: Yotsuba Koiwai | Right: Dragon Ball
Left: Vocaloid | Right: Ed, Edd n Eddy
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