5 Best Memes Based on Anime
"Meme: [meem] an idea or element of social behavior passed on through generations in a culture, especially by imitation"
-Collins World English Dictionary
"A 'meme' does not have to funny, provocative, or even make sense. Most memes fall into one of three categories:
- 'Quirky' stuff that isn't funny.
- Pathetic stuff that fills you with vicarious despair.
- Revolting pictures that could be presented to some alien jury as evidence that humanity is a cancer"
A 'meme,' as used in the internet, is anything that gains a cult status by people imitating or parodying something seen elsewhere on the internet. Such memes include: lolcatz, demotivational posters, planking, owling, failing, winning, and more. Basically anything that goes viral, and then imitated, and then the imitations go viral (rinse and repeat). On the Internet, it seems that imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery.
So Bubblegum Senpai proudly brings to you: The 5 Best Memes Based on Anime.
This is not a "Top" list, so they are presented in the order that I can recall them, not necessarily in the order of how great they are. I will also try to keep this PG-13 or under.
Loituma - Ieva's Polkka
Sure, It's annoying as heck... It's also highly addictive. This is a Finnish polka song stemming from the 1930s, although the a cappella version here is by Finnish pop group Loituma. First appearing in 2006, the animation features a loop of Bleach's Orihime Inoue spinning a leek. Completely unrelated, Orihime is also the name of a persona from Japanese mythology, who weaves cloth along the banks of a river (astrologically the Milky Way).
There have been many tributes to this video, one of the more popular imitations features anime pop superstar Miku Hatsune spinning a leek to the same song, only the song was 'performed' by Hatsune using the Vocaloid2 software, a vocal synthesizer combining text-to-speech and melody to create songs using an artificial voice. This in itself, divided into a sub-meme. Many fan based drawings or music videos feature Miku Hatsune holding a leek.
Dragonball memes: Over 9,000
Q: How many Saiyan's does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Just one, but it takes three episodes.
Okay, so I'm a bit of Dragonball hater... Personally, I find it's just too much action and zero story. and when it devotes two full episodes for a dude to throw a punch, I think that's a bit much. Everything from "over 9,000" to "the balls are inert" (that's the legendary Dragonballs he's referring to, so get your minds out of the gutter.) have become huge phenomenon's on viral websites such as youtube and memebase.
This started off because in Dragonball Z, some characters use devices called 'scouters' to determine just how strong their enemies were. Using a scouter, one person determined that his enemy was just a tad too powerful. And then delivered the famous "His power level is over 9,000!" line with quite the flair for the over-dramatic. This extremely dramatic phrase became a viral sensation after someone posted the clip to YouTube on Oct. 17 2006. He had over a million views, and an account suspension for use of copyrighted images. A year later, someone else posted the same video which went on to receive another million views.
Caramelldansen (which means "Caramel Dancing") was a song released by the bubblegum band Caramell back in 2001. It was then remixed by a Japanese DJ called Speedycake. And then someone made a YouTube Video using a series of looping animated .gifs featuring anime characters waving there hips back and forth and flapping their hands above their heads in sync with the Speedycake remix.
But it doesn't end there! There are over 16,000 fan-made Caramelldansen videos on the web right now. Additionally, riding on the success of the videos, the band Caramell released their own video, looking much more like a professional music video featuring three anime-style girls (known as the Caramella Girls) doing the same dance featured in the viral sensation, meaning the band jumped on the meme bandwagon AFTER it had become a meme, helping to drive it's current popularity. It's also become a huge part of the otaku subculture. According to Know Your Meme:
"It was quickly adopted by the anime community and often featured at conventions- seriously, play it at a con and watch as every cosplayer in earshot starts dancing."
Celebrity Pokémon Evolutions
This is among the newest anime-related memes. What they do is pretend celebrities "evolve" into other celebrities, sometimes pairing them up with pokémon that have similar traits.
The first known one was posted very recently, August 11, 2011 on the Funny Junk website. within a few days the creator of the original ("Brodium") made several more. A few days later people on 4chan started making them and they've even made their way onto Pleated Jeans.
Because this meme is so new, it is hard to tell if it will continue, but it has momentum out of the starting gate. This is one meme that will be interesting to watch grow.
What would any anime list be without Lucky Star. In this meme, based on a scene where several cast members keep getting static shock whenever they touch a door handle and Konata doesn't, has become more and more popular. One girl tells Konata "No!!!" as she's about to open the door to which Konata just replies "Yes," and opens the door, static free.
Several versions have popped up with Konata openning the door to reveal something behind the door. Here's one with Captain Falcon for your viewing pleasure!