Nine Years in a Coma / Please Stay Calm and Listen meme format and template depicting a scene from metal gear solid five of a doctor and nurse looking at a patient.

Nine Years in a Coma / Please Stay Calm and Listen

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Nine Years In a Coma, also known as "Please Stay Calm and Listen" (Japanese: 良いですか、 落ち着いて聞いて下さい, Iidesuka, Ochitsuite Kiite Kudasai), refers to a series of fan art and parodies based on a scene from the 2015 video game Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain that depicts a doctor and nurse looking at a patient from their perspective. In early 2022, a meme format in which a person is being notified that their favorite franchise did not receive a new installment while they were in a coma gained prominence among Japanese users where it was used as an exploitable for redraws.


On September 1st, 2015, the action-adventure stealth game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was released.[19] In the prologue scene of the game, the protagonist Venom Snake wakes on the bed in a hospital in Cyprus and gets notified by a doctor that he spent the last nine years in a coma.

I need to tell you something. Please listen and try not to panic. You've been in a coma for quite some time. Yes, yes, I know, you would like to know how long. I'm afraid it's been … nine years.

On January 4th, 2022, Twitter[1] user @sunaneko_ZEON posted a still image of the doctor and the nurse looking at the player, captioned, "Please stay calm and listen. New Year's break is over." The tweet gained over 36,100 retweets and 192,900 likes in two months (tweet shown below).

[BBC]スナネコ技術試験中尉(第624技術試験隊) @sunaneko ZEON ... 良いですか、落ち着いて聞いてください。 正月休みは、終わりました。 Translate Tweet 7:27 AM Jan 5, 2022 · Twitter for Android 36.1K Retweets 1,192 Quote Tweets 192.9K Likes


The parody format saw minor virality in early January 2022. For example, on January 6th, 2022, Twitter[20] user @harunyameko posted a tweet using the image, which gained over 150 retweets and 1,000 likes in two months. The format saw a surge in usage following two viral tweets posted in February 2022. On February 16th, Twitter[2] user @Shirakami_Amaki posted a a joke about the long hiatus of the Japanese manga Hunter x Hunter using the format. The tweet (shown below) gained over 42,000 retweets and 218,100 likes in three weeks.

自神天稀@超白神祭3/3~3/9 @Shirakami_Amaki 良いですか、落ち着いて聞いて下さい。 貴方が眠っていたこの4年間、HUNTER × HUNTERの連 載はまだ再開していません。 Translate Tweet 5:15 PM - Feb 16, 2022 · Twitter for Android 41.9K Retweets 1,051 Quote Tweets 218.1K Likes **ャ
Translation: "OK. Please stay calm and listen. You have been asleep for 4 years. And the serialization of Hunter x Hunter hasn't resumed yet."

On February 18th, Twitter[4] user @Earl_Enigma dubbed @Shirakami_Amaki's post, mimicking the voice of Hōchū Ōtsuka,[3] the actor who voices the doctor in the Japanese version of Metal Gear Solid V. The tweet gained over 19,600 retweets and 79,700 likes in three weeks (shown below).

In the following weeks, the tweets attracted major attention both on social and traditional media. On February 18th, Japanese voice actor Jouji Nakata[6] quote tweeted[5] @Earl_Enigma's meme, praising their voice acting. Japanese online news media Netlab reported on the trending tweets on February 22nd.[7] In late February 2022, a large number of parodies based on the scene started appearing on Twitter[8], Pixiv[9] and Nico Nico Seiga.[10]

On March 1st, Metal Gear Solid V director, Hideo Kojima, reacted to the parodies on Twitter (tweet shown below).[11] Kojima also provided the backstory of the scene,[12] revealing that the character model for the doctor is the British actor Ian Moore,[13] known for his appearances in commercials for a Japanese naviation app.[14] Kojima's posts were covered by Japanese and Western media outlets.[15][16][17][18]

HIDEO KOJIMA ... @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN Lately, I've been receiving images of the hospital in Cyprus at the beginning of MGSV. Why? I thought, Nine years in a coma became an Internet meme. 10:33 AM Mar 1, 2022 · Twitter Web App 1,016 Retweets 36 Quote Tweets 11.5K Likes

Various Examples

コロイド ... @rokoido12 いいですか。落ち着いて聞いてください。 18号は、私の奥さんです。 娘もいます。 Translate Tweet 3:45 PM · Mar 3, 2022 · Twitter Web App 【創作ポケダン)星と魂の発見隊 @Hakkentai_pkdn ... いいですか?落ち着いて聞いてください 今日のポケモンプレゼンツでポケダンの新作発表はあ りませんでした Translate Tweet 11:22 PM · Feb 27, 2022 - Twitter Web App 鶏肉ささみ。 ドスケベFAリスト二期生@依頼の ... @sasami_oichi いいですか、落ち着いて聞いてください。 貴方が眠っていたこの12年間、パンティ&ストッキン グwithガーターベルトの2期は来ませんでした。 Translate Tweet ER 1:30 PM · Mar 2, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone
riki ... @tori57328746 良いですか、落ち着いて聞いてください。 あなたが眠っていた1年間、チェンソーマンのアニメも 第二部もまだ始まっていません。声優すらわかりませ ん。 Translate Tweet 11:39 PM Mar 2, 2022 - Twitter for iPhone ジョルノジョバァーナ @joruno_jojo 良いですか、落ち着いて聞いてください。 あなたが眠っている間にジョジョの奇妙な冒険は 第49部を迎えました。荒木飛呂彦先生は まだ健在です。 Translate Tweet 1:10 PM - Mar 2, 2022 - Twitter Web App **ャ シアン ... @Syan_SAN135 いいですか、落ち着いて聞いてください。今日からあ なたはヌオーです。 Translate Tweet 7:30 AM Feb 25, 2022 · Twitter Web App


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External References

[1] Twitter – @sunaneko_ZEON / 01-05-2022

[2] Twitter – @Shirakami_Amaki / 02-16-2022

[3] Twitter – @Earl_Enigma / 02-18-2022

[4] Wikipedia – Hōchū Ōtsuka

[5] Twitter – @joujinakata123 / 02-19-2022

[6] Wikipedia – Jouji Nakata

[7] ITmedia Netlab – 「落ち着いて聞いてください」→医者が残酷な時の流れを告げる大喜利が大賑わい 「『H×H』はまだ連載再開してません」「『らきすた』放送から15年経ちました」 / 02-22-2022 (Japanese)

[8] Twitter – 落ち着いて聞いて下さい OR 落ち着いて聞いてください filter:media

[9] Pixiv -#いいですか、落ち着いて聞いてください

[10] Nico Nico Seiga – いいですか、落ち着いて聞いてください

[11] Twitter – @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN / 03-01-2022

[12] Twitter – @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN / 03-01-2022

[13] Twitter – @Kojima_Hideo / 03-01-2022 (Japanese)

[14] Wikipedia – NAVITIME (Japanese)

[15] ITmedia Netlab – ネットミーム化したメタルギアの「落ち着いて聞いてください」の医師、実は「NAVITIMEの人」だった 小島監督が衝撃の事実明かす / 03-01-2022 (Japanese)

[16] Denfaminicogamer – 『MGSV』のネットミーム「良いですか落ち着いて聞いてください」拡散中 / 03-01-2022 (Japanese)

[17] Dualshockers – Hideo Kojima Reacts to New Metal Gear Solid V 9-Year Coma Meme / 03-01-2022

[18] Automaton West – Metal Gear Solid V’s “9-year coma scene” becomes a meme in Japan, Kojima responds / 03-01-2022

[19] Wikipedia – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

[20] Twitter – @harunyameko

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