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Tamifluriver Sisters (Japanese : タミフルリバー三姉妹), occasionally called X on drugs on YouTube , refers to a style of hand drawn animations featuring raging dance and eccentric action by cute characters as if they’ve taken Tamiflu, the antiviral drug for flu which was famous for an abnormal behavior of children who took this drug in previous.
Many characters from anime, manga and video games has been showing this aggressive dance in the videos on the Japanes video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND).
The triggering video of this fad “Three Tamifluriver Sisters” was posted to NND in December 25th, 2009 by user Tsunamayo (ツナマヨ). This video has been watched about 1 million times on there.
Those three girls are Prismriver sisters from Touhou Project series, and the song in this video is Rapid Ensemble, the arranged song of those girls’ theme music “Phantom Ensemble” from the Japanese doujin circle COOL&CREATE’s 2004 album Touhou Strike. Because their raging dance reminds an abnormal behavior by Tamiflu which was a trending topic in those days, this video was entitled “Tamiflu-river” as a pun for this drug and the family name of those sisters.
In addition, one of the features of this video is its later part reproducing many kind of fads/memes on NND. The number of its sources is 28, and those are including Hampster Dance, Ran Ran Ru, Get Down, Crazy Frog Brothers, Caramelldansen, Po Pi Po, Danjo, Paffendorf Dance, Soaring Dance, Usatei, smoooochen・∀・, Overdrive, Shift Change RED_ZONE, etc…
Here is a comparison video with the originals.
This video got much attention among NND users and some of them began following its style and creating their own “Tamiflu-river” videos around the begenning of 2010. As well as animated videos, illustrations were posted to pixiv, a Japanes social network service for illustrators.
Though the amount of creations of this series isn’t so many, “Tamifluriver Sisters” has been one of the popular subjects for the works of amatuer illustrators and hand drawn animators.
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