Soramimi Cake

Soramimi Cake

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Updated Nov 13, 2014 at 01:35PM EST by Twenty-One.

Added Jul 12, 2009 at 10:44AM EDT by Kai Foster.

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About

Soramimi Cake” (Japanese: 空耳ケーキ; lit. “Ear-playing-tricks Cake”) is an opening theme song for a Japanese TV anime series Azumanga Daioh. Its cute and well-made animated movie has been set to a subject for fan works and parodies on the Japanese web.

Origin

The TV anime series for Azumanga Daioh was aired in Japan from April to September in 2002, which was produced by J.C.Staff. And it had been also aired in other countries, later years. Its opening theme song “Soramimi Cake” is sung by Oranges & Lemons, a Japanese pop music unit consisted of Masumi Itō[1] and Yoko Ueno.[2]



Spread

Before video sharing sites like Nico Nico Douga (NND) became popular, one notable way of doing anime opening/ending parodies was via Flash videos. The famous instance in early days was a flash video featuring Monā, Giko and many 2channel Shift-JIS arts characters by hand-drawn animation, which was created by a famous 2channel flash video creator called 512kb. Its first version was posted to his website on February 26th, 2003, and the last version (shown below) was on October 2nd of that year.[3]



However, this video was taken down by the author himself and there were few following creators. That’s because Japanese internet users were very sensitive to claims from copyright collection agencies in those days. It came back to the spotlight again as a subject for parody videos on NND after 2007 when online video sharing services benumb people’s sense of copyright. Although it’s already a classic anime, NND has hundreds videos related to this cute opening movie and the song.[4]

Various Examples



Left: Fate/Stay Night[5] | Right: MMO RPG: Ragnarok Online[6]

Left: Vocaloids | Right: The Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Left: Yotuba&! | Right: Yu-Gi-Oh

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External References

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[1]Wikipedia – Masumi Itō

[2]Wikipedia – Yoko Ueno

[3]512kb.net – 2ちゃんねる大王 (Internet Archive, Japanese)

[4]niconico Video – Search results for the tags 空耳ケーキ OR あずまんがOPパロ

[5]system9.net – らぐなろく大王(復刻修正版) / Posted on 08-01-2004 (Japanese)

[6]ぶっかけ冷水機 – フェイト大王 / Posted on 03-19-2006 (Internet Archive, Japanese)

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Deus
Deus

Not only the opening,but many scenes from the anime are used in AMV MEP’s (Anime music video,multi editor project).
It’s more likely an anime meme but anyways its more bigger than your description.
You should search more examples and im sure you will make it notable.
It’s true that Lucky Star its used the same way as Azumanga,but not as popular.

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