Werther's Original

Werther's Original

Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 04:36PM EST by James.

Added Aug 28, 2011 at 02:09PM EDT by mona_jpn.

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About

Werther’s Original is a Japanese commercial for a brand of caramel butter candy produced by the German company August Storck KG. The video has been the subject of numerous parodies posted on the Japanese websites 2channel, Futaba Channel (2chan) and Nico Nico Douga. “Werther’s Original” series is considered one of the three main pillars of Nico Nico Douga cults, along with the Ran Ran Ru and Nerunerunerune series.

Origin

The specific commercial used in the parodies originated from the British TV adverts for Werther’s Original toffees which originally aired in the 1990s in Germany and the United Kingdom, starring British actor Arnold Peters[1] as the grandfather. It wasn’t until 2003 that a Japanese dubbed version aired in Japan.


Transcript

I can still remember the first sweets given to me by my grandfather.
They were Werther’s originals, I was just 4 years old.
It tasted, sweet, creamy and made me feel like a special person.
I remember feeling I must be someone very special when my grandad gave me his wonderful butter candy.
Now, I’m the grandad,
and what else would I give my grandson, but my Werther’s original?
He, too, is someone very special.

The dialogue seemed somewhat strange to the Japanese audience, and the line “sweet, creamy, and made me feel like a special person” came off as a sexual double entendre.

Spread

2chan(Futaba) and 2Channel

The transcript of the commercial was turned into several copypastas on 2chan and 2cahnnel. The earliest thread featuring a collection of copypasta derivatives was posted to 2channnel’s /gline/[2] (guideline) board on March 18th, 2003, and another copypasta thread was posted the following year on March 6th, 2004.[3]

Copypasta

Dragon Ball



I can still remember the first scouter given to me.
It was Frieza’s Original, I was the prince of Saiyan.
That performance was uncommonly good.
I remember feeling I must be a proud Sayian.
Now, I’m the king of Saiyan.
and what else would I give my son and subordinates, but my Frieza’s Original ?
They, too, are proud Saiyans.

Via : LEAD END[9]


Death Note



I can still remember the first Death Note given to me.
It was Ryuk’s Original, I was in my third year of high school.
That impact was uncommonly good and I sometimes couldn’t sleep by excitement.
I remember feeling I sure could become god of the new world.
Now, I’m god of the new world,
and what else would I give my wife and son, but my Ryuk’s Original ?
They, too, can become god of the new world.

Via : LEAD END[9]


Star Wars

I can still remember the first power given to me by the Dark Lord of the Sith.
It was the dark side of force, I was a Jedi knight.
That power was strong, infinite, and uncommonly good.
I remember feeling I must be someone very special when he gave me his wonderful power.
Now, I’m the Dark Lord.
and what else would I recommend to my son, but the dark side ?
He, too, is someone very special.

Via : a post in 2channel by an anonymous


Nico Nico Douga

After the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nido Douga (NND) was launched in 2007, the commercial became the subject of a series of MAD videos, peaking in popularity from 2007 to 2009. The first big Werther’s Original MAD video was titled “Grandad gave the precious Werther’s Original to his grandson”[4], and it was posted to NND on July 30th, 2007. This video was a derivative of Marisa Stole the Precious Thing as well. According to Nico Nico Pedia[5], a video titled “The Last Brutal Grandad Werther’s. O"[6] led to a substantial increase in popularity of the series, and it was posted to NND on January 13th, 2008. Being a derivative of U.N Owen Was Her?, as of August 2011, the original remix has been viewed over 1.3 million times



The Grandad’s disturbing facial symmetry in a UNITIИU style MAD earned him the nickname “Satan” (Japanese: 魔王, Maō), and became an iconic symbol for this fad among NND users.



“I am very special…”

Werther’s Original is one of three fads that exploded around the same time, including Ran Ran Ru and Nerunerunerune, and have been called “The Three Major Religions on NND” (Japanese : ニコニコ三大宗教, NicoNico Sandai Syūkyō).[8] As of August 2011, the amount of MAD videos related to the grandad is nearly 500.[7]

MAD & Parodies

For videos are available in the video gallery below.

真・おじいさん のグルメレース[10] (See also : Kirby's Gourmet Race Remixes)


おじいさんは大変なヴェルタースオリジナルを孫に与えました[4] (See also : Marisa stole the precious thing)


森のジイサンにご用心【ヴェルタースオリジナルMAD】[11]


【男女】 爺孫 動画ver 【ヴェルタースオリジナル】[12] (See also : Danjo)


Illustration




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