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Rikka’s Finger Spin refers to a series of hand-drawn animated GIFs/videos which are tributes to an adorable finger spin by Rikka Takanashi, a main character in a Japanese light novel/anime Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. It was a poular subject for fan creations on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) and illustrators community pixiv in 2012-2013.
Rikka’s finger Spin appears on the opening movie of the 1st season for the TV anime series aired in October to December 2012. This opneing movie itself also became to a popular subject for the op parodies on NND. The finger spin is inserted in the beginning of the climax part of the song. However, its length is just 2 seconds.
Despite a quite short footage, her adorable finger spin caught a much attention among viewers. On YouTube, this part was used in a video titled “WOOP WOOP”, made and uploaded on October 4th, 2012 by user jgsfgs (shown below, left) and it was the first fandom. It has been watched over 200,000 times during 3 months of the anime’s airing period. And the finger spin reached more recognition, when a NND user 01 made a Fukkireta fad response and uploaded it on October 12th, 2012 (shown below, right). The video was also the trigger for Fukkireta videos featuring this dance and character were also re-drawed. As seen on Opening Parodies, the finger spin is also re-drawed in these.
More than 100 of parody/tribute videos for Rikka’s Finger Spin had been posted to NND during the airing period. Additionally, dozens of the finger spin illustrations/animated-GIFs are also found on Nico Nico Seiga and pixiv as well as deviantART. On these Japanese online communities, Rikka’s finger Spin fan creations are usually tagged by a Shift-JIS art “（σ回ω・）σ←↖↑↗→↘↓↙←↖↑↗”.
Left: Rikka’s another edition | Right: Sakuya Izayoi from Touhou Project
Left: Tetsuya Kuroko from Kuroko’s Basketball | Right: Ranko Kanzaki from THE iDOLM@STER
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