Anime opening and endings are short video clips usually about a minute and a half long that are attached to the beginning and end of each anime episode. Many series have multiple openings and endings and the songs for these are usually done by famous Japanese bands and artists. Many video games also have animated openings. The earliest instances of the parody videos were created by college anime circles or indie movie groups, and had been shared through small indie film events, doujin convention, or hand delivery among otaku people.
The latter is a live-action parody for a TV anime Cardcaptor Sakura. In addition, the Japanese 2channel -led flash movie creation movement in the first half of s was also triggered by well-made anime parodies.
A Japanese flash animation creator Wosa's anime OP parody series featuring 2channel Shift-JIS art characters is known as the originator of anime parodies in the movement. However, these videos were usually taken down by the creators within a short period or distributed among fans in the underground web culture via anonymous uploaders or P2P softwares because of the copyright issues. The popularization of YouTube in and the launch of the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga in the following year drastically changed consciousness of the copyrights among both people and Japanese media companies.
A huge amount of tributes for the movies openly took the online video hub sites by storm in lates, and many copyright holders became not to frequently remove online fan creations utilizing their contents except for several rigid media companies. Meanwhile, "Aura Farmer Combine" and "Otaku no MAD Video" caught an attention among some movie fans by being introduced in a midnight TV program or movie magazine in the context of indie movies in s. And anime parody flash movies in the first half of s are described as one of the milestones in the history of online user-generated contents in several academic books for the Japanese internet culture.
There are literally thousands of these parodies, but typically they fall under one of three categories:. Similar to Anime Music Video , the primary purpose of this style is to reproduce the original sequences and atmosphere by editing different title footage. Some particularly dedicated groups decide to make live action parodies of the openings. Though not as common as hand-drawn animation and MAD, these tend to be pretty funny.
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