Two Two

Two Two

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Two Two (Japanese: トゥートゥー) refers to a series of videos and images showing the Pokémon specie Xatu, also known in Japan as Natio (ネイティオ, Neitio), shouting out his in-game cry that sounds like “Two Two” to most people in Japan, while sometimes zany images and animations show up.

Origin

On November 11th, 2006, one thread was posted to a /poke/ (Pokémon) board at 2channel.[1] The board was for discussing all about Pokémon. In that thread, they talked about their love for Xatu and his powerful and philosophical look (e.g. his eyes) in particular, while they began creating Two Two’s parody images. On January 3, 2007, a Wiki page[2] was launched to sort parody images and Shift-JIS art[3] released on that thread.



Shift-JIS Arts for Xatu

Spread

On the popular Japanese video-sharing website, Nico Nico Douga (NND), his cry soon became a subject for MAD videos. The first Two Two video was uploaded on September 2nd, 2007, which featured a popular Touhou Project song "Marisa stole the precious thing".



On February 2nd, 2010, NND users held their own online event “Xatu Thanksgiving” (トゥートゥー感謝祭, Two Two kansyasai) to praise Xatu. Over 30 MAD movies were posted at that day.[4] There are over 300 Two Two MADs uploaded on NND[5], while YouTube has fewer Two Two MADs.[6] Moreover, many fanarts for Xatu are uploaded to the Japanese illustrators community pixiv.[7]

This strange popularity of Xatu on the web is described in several internet encyclopedia such as Uncyclopedia[8] and Nico Nico Pedia.[9]

Various Examples

Videos



Left: Chirumiru Cirno[10] | Right: Caramelldansen

Left: Cirno’s Perfect Math Class | Right: RED ZONE

Illustrations




M.U.G.E.N

A M.U.G.E.N contributor name ju created a character name “Nico”, a teenage girl who performs moves based on numerous memes seen on NND, including TwoTwo. And another contributor Sakuragawa created a playable character for Two Two.[11]



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External References

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[1]2ch.net – ネイティオこっち見んな / Posted on 11-11-2006 (Japanese)

[2]@wiki – ネイティオこっち見んな (Japanese)

[3]Wikipedia – Shift_JIS art

[4]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag 2/2はトゥートゥー感謝祭2010

[5]niconico Douga – Search results for the tags トゥートゥー OR ネイティオ

[6]YouTube – Search results for the keywords ネイティオ OR トゥートゥー

[7]pixiv – Search results for the tags トゥートゥー OR ネイティオ

[8]Uncyclopedia – ネイティオ (Japanese)

[9]Nico Nico Pedia – トゥートゥー (Japanese)

[10]niconico Douga – 【感謝祭】トゥートゥーネイティオ【ネイティオ×チルミルチルノ】 / Posted on 02-02-2010 (defunct)

[11]Nico Nico MUGEN Wiki – トゥートゥー (Japanese)

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