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BEMANI is a branded title for the rhythm video game series of a Japanese video game company KONAMI, which was started by beatmania in 1997.


The first beatmania video game was released for Japanese arcade in December 1997.

Cultural Impact

Doujin & Club music culture

Related Memes

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MAD Videos / YTPMVs

BEMANI songs are usually less than 2 minutes for the purpose of game use, and in its short lengths, each of them have high-density musical movements and catchy melody lines. Since these characteristics fit well with MAD video/YouTube Poop Music Video (YTPMV) productions, which depend most of its rendition on musical resources, BEMANI songs had been frequently utilized in those video parodies from late 2000s to early 2010s.

In the earliest days of the MAD video phenomena in the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND), "Xepher" and "Second Heaven" were one of the popular musical resources for MADs ranking with Tohou remixes. And its popularity exploded in January 2009 by the smash hit of "RED ZONE" videos. An online MAD video event dedicated to BEMANI songs had been held at a regular intervals from that year to late 2011. Some of songs, such as "Evans" and "Can-Can", became to new popular musical resources among MAD video editors throughout the event.

Left: “RED ZONE” feat. Shuzo Matsuoka | Right: “Evans” feat. Van Darkholme from the Wrestling Series

However after entering 2010s, BEMANI songs have been coloured with dirty and negative impressions on that Japanese video sharing service since after Sakura series songs including "Sakura Reflection" and "I’m so Happy" forced to be deeply associated with A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream, the largest Japanese gay porn meme usually dubbed as “Inmu”.

Left: “Sakura Reflection” feat. Strike Witches [NSFW!!] | Right: “I’m so Happy” feat. Cookie☆ [NSFW!!]

On the other hand, the presence of BEMANI songs in YTPMV started increasing when YTPMV community began to be affected with NND’s MAD video style via several imported songs such as "(K)night of (K)nights" and “RED ZONE” in late 2008 or early 2009. Most of popular BEMANI songs in YTPMV are common to those of MADs on NND, but "Ageha", "Blooming Feeling" and "KIMONO PRINCESS" became to the fad in YTPMVs only.

Left: “Ageha” feat. Team Fortress 2 | Right: “Blooming Feeling” feat. Jack Black’s Octagon

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