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X of the Sprite Tribe refers to a style of MAD videos and YouTube Poop Music Videos (YTPMVs) that use the audio track “The Little Sprite” (Japanese: 妖精族のこども, Youseizoku no Kodomo; lit. The Child of the Sprite Tribe) from Square’s 1993 game Secret of Mana.
“The Little Sprite” was written by a Japanese composer Hiroki Kikuta.. And its original title “The Child of the Sprite Tribe” is a homage to an anthology of short stories by Lord Dunsany, which includes his 1924 fantasy novel “The King of Elfland’s Daughter” translated as “The Daughter of the Sprite Tribe” in the Japanese edition. However, this song is a theme music not for POPOI who is one of the player characters and the child of the sprite tribe, but for KAKKARA which is a village in the desert (shown below, left).
The oldest video using this song for parody was a simple remix with the dance of I Want To Love You Tender, which was posted to NND in May 13th, 2008. This song became to increase its popularity in MADs around March 2009. Some of the earliest videos that received support from MAD editors featured Lucky Star and Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase.
Among these, several videos featuring the characters from K-ON! like this (shown below, right) succeeded to reach the largest audience partly due to the huge popularity of the anime in those days.
As of August 2013, there are over 340 videos utilizing this song on NND. Most of MADs in this series are short footage, but loops infinitely by utilizing auto-loop feature of NND’s video player.
Meanwhile on YouTube, this fad was imported by YTPMV lovers and named by the phrasal template “(X) of the Sprite Tribe” since they renamed imported video’s title by this manner. They also have made their own “X of the Sprite Tribe” videos.
Left: Oreimo | Right: Nichijou
Left: Angry German Kid | Right: Untan
This Yui & Ritsu video above has several hand drawn animation version. Those videos are called “K-ON! Dance” on YouTube
Left: K-ON! | Right: Touhou Project
Left: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic | Right: Marisa Stole the Precious Thing
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