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Rin’s Stripper Dance refers to a series of parody GIFs and videos based on a dance performed by the character Rin Matsuoka in the ending song to the second season of the anime Free!. Following the premiere of the second season in July 2014, the dance became known as one of the more memorable scenes from the ending sequence, spawning a number of derivative animated GIFs.
The original dance scene stems from Free! Eternal Summer, the second season to the high school sports anime series Free! created by Kyoto Animation, which ran for 13 episodes starting on July 4th, 2014. In this ending theme, titled Future Fish (shown below), one of the show’s main characters Rin Matsuoka is seen dancing suggestively while dressed up as a police officer.
Prior to the emergence of Rin’s Stripper Dance parodies, another dancing scene from the ending theme to the pilot season of Free! had also inspired numerous parody videos and fan art illustrations on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) in 2013.
On July 4th, 2014, the same day as the airing of the season premiere, Tumblr user kokonoehhh posted a parody image of the dance (shown below, left) featuring Eren Jaeger of Attack on Titan performing the dance, which garnered over 23,000 notes as of August 29. On July 5th, a number of other parodies centered around Rin’s dancing scene emerged online, including Twitter user 138＠銀魂に踊り狂うRPG’s version featuring the character Gintoki Sakata from the anime series Gintama (featured below, right), which received over 200 retweets and over 500 favorites.