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"

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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.

The first non-video version of the meme, after the clip was posted on youtube.
The first non-video version of the meme, after the clip was posted on youtube. | Source
A Star Trek version of the infamous "It's over 9,000"
A Star Trek version of the infamous "It's over 9,000" | Source

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

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."


The original celebrity Pokemon Evolution Meme
The original celebrity Pokémon Evolution Meme | Source
Another follow-up Celebrity Pokemon Evolution
Another follow-up Celebrity Pokemon Evolution | Source

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.

NO!!!/Yes

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!

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Jagodka 5 years ago

The first three memes are HUGE! I see them everywhere. The Pokémon evolution one I've never seen before but it definitely seems like something that would be made. But I didn't know KYM had an article about it! *must check* And I've never the last one before. But then again I hate Lucky Star.


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Bubblegum Senpai 5 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

As I said, the celebrity pokémon evolution is less than a month old, so who knows if it can keep up the "meme-mentum," but it does appear to be growing in popularity. if there's anything I've learned, it's that once something becomes popular on 4chan, it's likely to become successful elsewhere.

Except Milhouse.


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thranax 5 years ago from Rep Boston MA

TROLLING. How the heck did you leave out Charing/Firein Mah Lazor/Dr.Octagonapus!!!???? I


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Bubblegum Senpai 5 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

Not too familiar with Charing/Firein mah Lazor, but Dr Octagonapus I thought was based on an american toon rather than anime plus I've only seen one version of it so I can't really confirm it's status as a "meme."

Just for the record, I personally don't consider it a "meme" unless it's been parodied/imitated and the parody and imitations become successful online.

Although if you wanted to message me a few different Dr. Octagonopus vid links, I'd be happy to check them out and maybe do a hub on non-anime memes.


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RachaelLefler 5 years ago from Illinois

I've seen most of these for Evangelion, such as the Leek Spin and Carmelldansen. AMV's are also a meme that came entirely out of anime fandom and I know a lot of people devote a lot of time to making them as a hobby and showing them at conventions. Also, The Abridged Series. There's one of those for almost every anime out there with a shred of popularity in north america.


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RachaelLefler 5 years ago from Illinois

this is the firin mah lazar meme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJo5bsvjE0E


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Bubblegum Senpai 5 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

Thanks!

Yeah, Ieva's Polkka and Caramelldansen were pretty popular back in their days... I can't get the Miku Version of the Polkka out of my brain.


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Kexul 5 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

nice hub! I have heard about most of them. I'm not an otaku gaming is more my forte, but I did know most of these memes. Also I checked out your profile. I appreciate the link to my page you put on there!


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Bubblegum Senpai 5 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

Thanks Kexul. Not sure my endorsement will actually direct much traffic your way, but you are one of the hubbers I enjoy reading on here. Plus a lot of your content is related to what I write about so I thought it might help people who actually do check out my profile.

Although I think most of my page views are from the good folks who follow me or find one of my pages through Google, so I really have no clue how many views my profile page actually gets.


SawJacksoul 4 years ago

Wtf where's "ima firin mah lazor" and in rosario + vampire every episode there's a bat named kho who goes whee and after stating a random fact. Wheee


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Bubblegum Senpai 4 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

I know there were a few I missed... Desu, Firin mah Lazer... not sure about the status of "whee" as a meme because I've never really seen it anywhere outside the show... It was just more of a recurring gag in the series... not really a "meme" per se.


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Anime Reviews 3 years ago

Nice hub. Another famous meme is "according to keikaku" (or "according to plan" for those non otaku out there). It was originaly from Death Note (see http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/just-as-planned) but has spread like fire ever since.

There are also a few memes related to the use of the English language in Azumanga Daioh.


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Ayu Bi 3 years ago from Sorajima

The Orihime video was entertaining! Haha! :D


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Bubblegum Senpai 23 months ago from Little Tokyo Author

Seems a few spambots have gotten hold of this article. *delete delete delete delete flag as spam* There we go.


Millicent Bystander 11 months ago

A somewhat popular meme started not too long ago based not on precisely on an original material anime, but based instead on an abridged series of an anime. Code MENT, PurpleEyesWTF's Abridged Parody of the anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, had a joke from its 16th episode become the recent (though not entirely iconic) meme "I'm at soup".

Lelouch: I need your help. Can you come over here.

Suzaku: I can't. I'm buying clothes.

Lelouch: Alright well hurry up and get over here then.

Suzaku: I can't find them.

Lelouch: What do you mean, you can't find them?

Suzaku: I can't find them. There's only soup.

Lelouch: What do you mean, "there's only soup!?"

Suzaku: It means there's only soup!

Lelouch: Well then get out of the soup aisle!

Suzaku: ALRIGHT YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHOUT AT ME *moves to another aisle* There's more soup.

Lelouch: What do you mean "there's more soup!?"

Suzaku: There's just more soup.

Lelouch: Go into the next aisle!

Suzaku: There's still soup!

Lelouch: Where ARE you right now!?

Suzaku: I'm at soup!

Lelouch: What do you mean you're "AT SOUP!?"

Suzaku: It means I'M AT SOUP!

Lelouch: WHAT STORE ARE YOU IN!?

Suzaku: The SOUP STORE!

Lelouch: WHY ARE YOU BUYING CLOTHES AT THE SOUP STORE!?

Suzaku: F%#! YOU!

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