Omoide wa Okkusenman!

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"Omoide wa Okkusenman!"
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A screenshot from the MAD Movie for "Okkusenman!" featuring Rockman fighting Air Man with the lyrics "Ultraman, Ultraman Seven" at the bottom of the screen
Song by "Blue Fang" (蒼い牙 Aoi Kiba?) from the album CD de Kiite Mite.: Nico Nico Douga Selection & Nico Nico Douga Selection: Sainō no Mudazukai
Published February 6, 2007
Released February 6, 2007
Language Japanese
Length 2:49
Writer The Internet
Composer Manami Matsumae
Cover versions
"Gomu" (ゴム?), "CHROMES", JAM Project

"Omoide wa Okkusenman!" (思い出はおっくせんまん!?, translated as "110 million memories!" or "Countless memories!"[Note 1]) is a song that has become an Internet meme in Japan. The original song was composed by Capcom composer Takashi Tateishi as the background music for Doctor Wily's Stage in Mega Man 2 titled "Wily's Castle (Dr. Wily Stage 1)", but was eventually rearranged by an individual solely known as "Blue Fang" (蒼い牙 Aoi Kiba?).[1][2] Lyrics were later written for this version of the song, and then posted to YouTube on February 6, 2007, by the user PiggKingg[3] and then posted in full on February 14.[4] The song describes the singer reminiscing about his childhood and friends, particularly pretending to be Ultraman/Ultra Seven with them, while realizing his life and theirs is nothing like what it used to be.

History[edit]

A scene from the original flash animation for "Okkusenman!" featuring the subject of the song as an adult while a caricature of Ultraman plays on the TV in the background.

The first posting of "Omoide wa Okkusenman!" with vocals by an individual known as "Gomu" (ゴム?) occurred on YouTube on February 19, 2007.[5] The earliest postings of the song on Nico Nico Douga were on March 6, 2007, and sung by an individual (or group) known as "CHROMES",[6] followed by Gomu's minutes later.[7] While the original videos feature scenes taken from the Rockman 2 video game, an original flash animation of the song was made by an individual known as "Douro of DNA" (DNAのどうRO DNA no Dōro?)[8] was uploaded on May 27, 2007, to Nico Nico Douga.[9] The song has since become an Internet meme in Japan and the rest of the world. Its entrenching in the Nico Nico Douga culture has given it a permanent placement Kumikyoku Nico Nico Douga medleys, alongside the similar song "Air Man ga Taosenai".

The original writer of the song's lyrics is unknown.[10] When Nico Nico Douga attempted to discover the song's proper writer to include the song in one of their CDs,[11] their campaign was unsuccessful and determined that it was written as a collaboration of users in the Nico Nico Douga and Japanese internet communities.[12]

Commercial releases[edit]

The popularity of "Okkusenman!" in Japan led to various covers on Nico Nico Douga and YouTube as well as commercial releases. Gomu's version was included as a track on the album CD de Kiite Mite.: Nico Nico Douga Selection (CDで聞いてみて。~ニコニコ動画せれくちょん~ CD de Kiite Mite. ~Niko Niko Dōga Serekuchon~?, "Try listening on the CD.") released July 9, 2008.[13] At the 2008 Animelo Summer Live concert, Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Yoshiki Fukuyama, and Aki Misato performed a cover version of "Okkusenman!" to begin the second day's setlist. In 2009, JAM Project contributed a cover version of "Okkusenman!" to the album Nico Nico Douga Selection: Sainō no Mudazukai (ニコニコ動画せれくちょん~才能の無駄遣い~ Niko Niko Dōga Serekuchon ~Sainō no Mudazukai~?, "A Waste of Talent") as its bonus track.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The song's title is also sometimes written as Omoide wa Okusenman! (思い出は億千万!?), which has the same meaning.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fuckin' Go my way!!". Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Family CoMcert 特設ステージ". Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  3. ^ "YouTube - ロックマン2 - おっくせんまん". 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  4. ^ "YouTube - ロックマン2 - おっくせんまん Full ver.". 2007-02-14. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  5. ^ "YouTube - ロックマン2 おっくせんまん!(Version ゴム)". 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  6. ^ "おっくせんまん(HORA☆改) by CHROMES‐ニコニコ動画(ββ)". 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  7. ^ "【ゴム】 ロックマン2 おっくせんまん!(Version ゴム)‐ニコニコ動画(ββ)". 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  8. ^ "DNAのどうRO>movie>おもいではおっくせんまん". Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  9. ^ "おもいではおっくせんまん‐ニコニコ動画(9)". 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  10. ^ "備忘録 & 真実". Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  11. ^ "おっくせんまんの作詞者を捜しています‐ニコニコニュース". 2008-05-26. 
  12. ^ "おっくせんまん!作詞者探索のご報告‐ニコニコニュース". 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  13. ^ "ねとらぼ:ゴムが歌う「おっくせんまん」がCDに 作詞者不詳のまま - ITmedia News". 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  14. ^ "JAM Projectがカバーする「思い出はおっくせんまん!」も収録! ニコニコ動画発、あの伝説のCDが帰ってきた! アニソンニュース・アニメ・特撮・声優・音楽・歌詞・試聴・アニメソング・アニソンニュース -- Newtype アニメ ミュージック ダウンロード". 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 

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