Moymoypalaboy Everybody Copied By MMD. So WTF Is MMD?

Moymoypalaboy’s Everybody (Backstreet Boys) is a popular user generated movie played about 3 million times on YouTube. Then what is this movie rapidly adding its played count?

From the Japanese title

“【MMD】 「顔芸担当」 × 「エアボ兄弟」 でEVERYBODY 【オリジナル】”

“[MMD][Kaogei Tantou]x[Eabo Kyodai] de EVERYBODY [Original]”,

which shows the left side movie is made by MMD = Miku Miku Dance. Eabo Kyodai = “Air-Vocal Brothers”, is the name Japanese gave the Moymoypalaboy unit.

Miku Miku Dance is a free virtual 3D figure dance authoring tool, which was originally developed by fans of Vocaloid, human voice singing synthesizer software represented by pretty popular virtual diva Hatsune Miku, to promote Vocaloid singers over the web.

By MMD, many Japanese hobby video authors, who play around on Japanese online movie sharing service Nico Nico Douga, can make dynamic 3D animations with 3D figure data.

In August, the 7th online MMD contest was held virtually on Nico Nico Douga. Contestants were given some themes and create movies, compete with Nico Nico users vote.

The left side movie was one of the contestants, and the one with the original is “Hikaku douga”(movie for comparison), to show how their video is “synchronized” well with its motif.

Here is a comparison movie with two more Everybody, one of which is a recent Japanese internet meme Enoch frEl Shaddaiom.

The MMD contest had hundreds of such movies. Unfortunately most of them requires Japanese (especially anime) cultural contexts, but some use foreign-origined materials.

Remake the highlight scene of Equilibrium (“Rebellion” in Japan), Gun=Kata movie having cult-like popularity with Hatsune Miku.

Children’s picture book “The Missing Piece” is known in Japan, too. This “Miku wo Sagashini”, parodies its Japanese title “Boku wo Sagashini”(“Seeking Myself”) again features Hatsune Miku as a character.

If you have ever seen Ramen’s The Japanese Tradition -Dogeza-, sarcastic gag film explaining Japanese genuflexion form of apology, is reproduced.

Sega’s 3D battle game Virtua Fighter 2 demo scene with Vocaloid characters

The grand prized was given to this movie, a popular game character sing and dance a popular Vocaloid song.

As always, if you want to watch more of these movies than the ones copied into YouTube by someone, registering Nico Nico Douga and search by “MMD”, “Miku Miku Dance” will give you thousands of MMD-made movies.

At this point, many of the user generated movies are trying to mimic the original, boasting how much they can reproduce scenes on the commercial products. But this widening trend with a lot of sunday video authors and free tools could generate something really interesting and original in near future.

El Shaddai – The Latest Japanese Internet Meme

El Shaddai – Ascension of the Metatron – [J] is a Playstation3/Xbox360 action game. The game having the Hebraic name of God is planned to be released in 2011 so at this point there are only an official site and few demo movies.

However, this uncompleted game has been causing huge buzz on Japanese web. Today, Net Buzzword Awards 2010 Grand Prix has been given to “Daijoubuda, Mondainai”(No problem, everything is fine), the most buzzed line from El Shaddai trailer. The trailer has English subtitle so that you may understand what the game itself is (or will be).

This first trailer, which was released at the mega game conference E3 2010, has many points caused “serious mirth” to watchers, such like Enoch (a main character)’s face being indistinct handsomeness, grandly scene settings and phrases but many strangeness (like Rucifer, another character, supposed to be in god’s role, wearing a pair of jeans and carrying disposable vinyl umbrella), etc.

There are no clear reason why this attracted so many people, but mix of those several things hit firstly the video sharing site Nico Nico Douga users, then MAD video editors.

On Nico Nico Douga, the official trailer has been played over 3 million times. Over 2,000 parody videos were made, top 5 of which were viewed over million times each.

Popular Parodies

Many are re-uploaded to YouTube. I picked up the ones more understandable without Japanese command from the most popular ones.

The one mixed with teddy bear detergent commercial film,

The one mixed with Antonio Inoki, legendary pro-wrestler’s theme, my favorite,

Rap mix?

Trailer re-made in 8bit NES style,

Mega Man mix, (pun with “Rokuman”=60,000 and Rockman=Megaman)

The live-action version,

beyond the movies

Enoch’s hand-made figure,

Enoch at the univ. of Tokyo kiosk customer communication board. The shop clerk answered with the line in the game.

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El Shadai Talking Calculator – Each key makes the line from El Shaddai.

Self Publish Comic Event For El Shadai – 92 circles joined and sold self-made El Shadai books and comics. (The game has NOT been released. just few demo movies) The attendees lined up,

There are cosplays,

Enoch bento recipes on Cookpad,

El Shaddai at Akihabara smartphone shop,

Someone even created the El Shaddai game for Windows,

…wait, wasn’t the beginning of this meme a game? Even before the original release, parody game is made and sold.

Some popular lines

Some of the lines from El Shaddai trailer are often seen on 2-channel, blogs and tweets recently.

“Sonna soubi de daijoubu ka?”(You sure that’s enough armor?)
“Daijoubu da, mondai nai”(No problem. everything’s fine)

“Kami ha itte iru, kokode shinu sadame deha nai to”(This is not your appointed time to die.)

“Enoch, sonna soubi de daijoubu ka?”(You sure that’s enough armor?)
“Ichiban Iino wo Tanomu”(I’ll take the best you have.)

“Otouto no kataki wo torunodesu”(subtext is “Come on, porklings! It’s payback time.” but the literal translation would be “Revenge for your little brother”)

“Aa, yappari konkai mo dame dattayo”(Not again…)
“Aitsu ha hanashi wo kikanai kara na”(The kid never listens to me.)

See Also:

El Shaddai parody images

El Shaddai(in Japanese) – Google Image Search