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Kirb is the nickname given to a plush toy of the video game character Kirby. Since February 2018, YouTubers have been featuring the plush in various skits that involve him dancing to Nintendo music, ocassionally alongside an axolotl.
In December 1997, Shigesato Itoi and Shigeru Miyamoto discuss the 64DREAM one year anniversary, and during the interview, they provide an image of the Kirby plush. The subtitle for the photo says, "The main entrance to the HAL Laboratory Development Center in Yamanashi. We found out that MOTHER 3’s music director Sakai is an employee of HAL!" On November 24th, 2015, Tumblr user oedipismu posted a photograph of a Kirby plush toy posed in front of the HAL Labortory in Kai, Japan (shown below). Within three years, the post accumulated upwards of 8,500 notes.
On October 5th, 2016, Instagram user Instagram user @twobadgals posted a video of an axolotl yawning, with the caption "tag someone who can't wake up." Within 2 years, it gained 724 likes (shown below). On March 8th, 2017, the animal YouTube channel The Dodo posted a video featuring the axolotl that began with the yawning clip, which has gained 885,000 views as of April 2018.
On April 14th, 2018, YouTube user PatMac uploaded a video explaining the sudden rise in popularity of Kirby merchandise. The video received 54,400 views (shown below).
On May 28th, 2017, YouTube user Edge uploaded the first known meme video of the yawning axolotl clip, playing the audio of JimmyHere yelling when the axolotl yawned. The video gained 11,000 views within one year (show bleow, left). On December 2nd, YouTube user Marisa Bassin posted a similar meme with the yawning axolotl, playing the THX intro sound when the axolotl yawned. It reached 69,100 views within a year (shown below, right).
On February 11th, 2018, Twitter user @DitzyFlama posted a video (shown below) featuring the picture of the Kirby plush followed by the clip of the yawning axolotl, set to the song "Flower Garden" from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Within ten days, the tweet garnered more than 17,000 likes and 9,600 retweets.
February 11, 2018
On Feburary 13th, DitzyFlama uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, garnering over 150,000 in two months. An April 1st extended version of the video gained over 2.9 million views over two years (shown below, left). On February 15th, YouTuber SyferSpartan made their video with the DuckTales Moon Theme, gaining over 15,000 views in two years (shown below, right).
On February 20th, 2018, YouTubers RobDoesRips and FuriousTH uploaded their videos. RobDoesRips made an Hypernova edit, receiving 1,500 views (shown below, left). FuriousTH used the song Butter Building from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, which gave them 46,000 views (shown below, right).
One day later, DitzyFlama created another video using the song PoPiPo (ぽっぴっぽー) (Vegetable Juice) sung by Hastune Miku, getting roughly 34,000 views (shown below, left). On the March 1st, YouTuber HomieTheHomie revised DitzyFlama original video by extending it, attaining over 3,000,000 views (shown below, right).
On April 17th, 2018, DitzyFlama, the creator behind the meme, made most his YouTube channel private and wrote a page explaining why he did so. However, he reconsidered and put it back up on April 24th.
Now, I had decided that I wanted to come back making content as usual. But I feel like I don't want to make that content for good now.
Behind the scenes, as I mention this before, I laugh at my own content because I enjoy making the stuff I make and hopefully you guys too.
I have too many ideas to where it's too full and I just release them simultaneously.
I want apologize in advance if I come off as that person who spams people's timelines and make videos just because I want the clicks. That is not my intention.
I'm aware that my mass posting got outta hand and the memes I've posted are far off way too dead. But, I enjoy making them.
But now as I've seen people's messages, and I see what people have to say about me. They're right. I might as well stop.
I'm sorry for being that person, I'm sorry if I come off as "unfunny" and stuff. I regret making content and I regret posting those kinds of content now.
So now, I'm going to be quitting content forever.
this whole thing happening again led off to me just wanting to quit for GOOD.
I'll be deactivating my whole twitter and possibly my YouTube and Discord. I'm not sure when for my YouTube but for definitely Twitter. 4/20 will be posted instead by other people such as MMaker and macabre. Not by me.
30 minutes from now is when I deactivate my account. So if you want to archive everything I have. Go ahead, it's all yours. If you wanna monetize my content, go ahead, it's all yours now.
I'll be leaving the alias as "DitzyFlama" and stuff. I'm gone for good now, I'm not making content anymore.
I've always wanted to dream BIG, always wanted to make content that entertains people. I don't do it because of popularity. Because it not only makes me happy but others happy and I feel like I made that audience. But now, that I'm not happy with the stuff I make, why should I continue?
I would like to apologize to my friends who had to put up with my stupid ass content. You were right.
I apologize for big content creators or big friends such as MowtenDoo, SuperWiiBros08, FourScore64, RedRiot, SirCutieYuki, Jameskii and other people. I've failed you.
Now, before I sign off this last time, I wanna say to the people who watch me and support me.
I'm sorry for wasting your guys time.
I'm sorry if I've spammed your timelines.
But I hope you guys who supported me and watched me have been entertained. You were the best people I could ever ask from a guy in Canada making stupid shit for you guys to enjoy.
Please, if you are a fan of me and you post content, please continue. Don't let this message come off as a downer.
I'm sorry to everyone that may look at me as some scumbag on the internet. I'm leaving my place now.
 Yamanashi R&D Center – Corporate Info | Our Company | HAL Laboratory, Inc.
 YouTube – Kirb to the moon
 YouTube – Hypenov Kirb
 YouTube – kirb dances to popipo
 YouTube – kirb [extended]
 Yomuka! – December 1997 Interview: Shigesato Itoi and Shigeru Miyamoto Discuss the Nintendo 64DD
 Instagram – tag someone who can't wake up
 YouTube – Axolotls Have The Best Smiles | The Dodo
 YouTube – axolotl.mp4
 YouTube – Axolotl with THX Sound Effect
 YouTube – A Look Back At The Bandai Kirby's Adventure Plushes!
 YouTube – DitzyFlama
 TwitLonger – Apologizing and now quitting for GOOD.
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