May 1, 2010

Spontaneous Otakulture 3 - Nico Nico Douga (Smiley Videos)

Alright guys, time for a quick review. So we've looked at vocaloids and Touhou right? They're both some pretty radical creations, but despite their awesome, in this world things can't just be popular outta nowhere. People have to you know, see and admire things for them to gain fame!

Thus bringing us to today's topic.

Otakulture 3 - Nico Nico Douga

The otaku's YouTube, Nico Nico Douga literally means "Smiley videos," "nico nico" being an onomatopoeia for ... smiling. So yeah, the vids are supposed to be funny then? Well it depends.

If you're truly an otaku, then you've seen nico nico videos. Pretty much all videos involving Touhou, MAD, Vocaloids, MMD, and those weird Super Mario levels where they go in tune of the music... those are all from nico nico douga.

Yes, in fact, those types of videos define the place! Videos where sound effects are pitch-altered to sound like a famous song (see Ronald McDonald Insanity), videos with stunning illustrations or 3dCG effects set to Vocaloid music (see Chain Girl or Just Be Friends), intense mash-ups of hundreds of anime in a single video and videos with 3D girls dancing (See... what I'll post in a second) are all part of the nico nico subculture.

Youtube should learn a thing or two from NND. First of all, NND doesn't go and play the Copyright Infringement card on every little thing. But that is also because the users put up tons and tons of original content a day. Secondly, NND allows people's comments to scroll across the screen. Unlike the horrible "annotations" addition to Youtube, the scrolling comments let you know what people found to be the most funny or influential. And like annotations it can be shut off so don't get scared.

I bet you're just pining to get started on that NND aren't you? Well it's only in Japanese so I guess you better start studying your Kanji. Oooor if you're somewhat bilingual in a certain romance language, Spanish can be an option for you to break into the NND world. But because the YouTube community loves ripping stuff off of NND and throwing it onto YouTube, you really shouldn't worry about your Otakulture fix. Sure it may be hand-me-down videos, but you'll manage.

Now, for some examples!

The All-time most famous video from NND:
Kumikyoku Nico Nico Douga!

Now the Super Mario Version!

"I can't defeat Airman!" Megaman video!

Touhou's "Bad Apple!!" CG Megamix!

"Just Be Friends" by the Nico Nico Chorus!

MMD [Miku Miku Dance] 3D Dance
"Clover Club"!

And Last But Not Least...

Nanairo Nico Nico Douga (Rainbow Nico Nico Douga)!!!

Hey guys that's all for now. I can't give away all of the greatest videos of all time. You'll just have to sit back and wait for more, or do some exploring of your own! Go to Nico Nico Douga and check some stuff out!


I did not create or upload these videos or anything in them. I don't own ANY OF IT. Don't kill me, copyright people. Too young to die.

Here ends the third edition of Spontaneous Otakulture. Hopefully you learned something new, or were able to relate with a smile. Keep walking the path of the otaku, and the rewards will be plentiful. Probably.


1 comment:

  1. I like that chorus version of Just Be Friends better than the vocaloid version lol!



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