Kamikyoku in Nico Nico Douga

Nico Nico Douga is such a fun place to be! One of the nice feature is that, just like the doujinshi community, there are so many memes and “good ideas” that people just take, modify, and then republish. Today I’m going to write about a meme in Nico Nico Douga’s music department: kamikyoku. (Or is it “shinkyoku”?) Anyways, the Japanese for this word is 神曲, which literally means “song of God.” A kamikyoku is a song that the video publisher think is so good that it becomes divine.

Makka na Chikaiiiiiiiiiiii
Makka na Chikaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

There are so many Kamikyoku medley videos published in Nico Nico Douga. Most of them contain just only the music and minimal background images, and some of them can be as long as 2 hours with 20+ songs in succession. I often find a pretty long medley video, have it played in the background, and go on with whatever I did with the computer. It’s just like having a DJ at your service.

Somehow the majority of songs referred to as kamikyoku are anime songs, and most publishers and viewers seem to agree that a certain fixed set of anime songs are godly. This actually might be a good indicator of Japanese otakus’ taste, I think. The songs are:

  1. Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze (Evangelion): This OP song wins every 2ch song popularity contest, and when it plays you would see a number of 神曲s fly through the screen. I attribute its popularity to the popularity of the anime.
  2. Sousei no Aquarion (Sousei no Aquarion): The thing that gets this song popular is probably the phrase “ichiman nen to nisen nen mae wa aisiteru” whose “ru” is sustained for about one music room. AKINO’s uttering the phrase would trigger Nico Nico Douga’s denizens to type あいしてるううううううううううううううううううううううう in rapid succession, causing the screen to be flooded by “love” in flashing colors. The song also holds the permanent 2nd place in any 2ch music popularity contest, losing only to Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze.
  3. Tori no Shi (AIR): Don’t know what to say about this because I kind of like the song as well.
  4. Butter-Fly (Digimon Adventure): A great upbeat OP song from an anime I would watch regularly if I were 15 years younger. Nice and inspiring “follow your instinct” meaning to boot. However, I like the insert song “Brave Heart” better as I think the melody is much more GAR.
  5. Makka na Chikai (Busou Renkin): Extremely catchy rock n’ roll, with a prolonged “makka na chikaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii” that would make tons of 真っ赤な誓いいいいいいいいいいい fill the screen.

There are some other frequently appearing songs such as Platina (Cardcaptor Sakura), You Get Burning (Nadesico), Uninstall (Bokurano), Garnet (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo), and Innocent Starter (Nanoha), but I’m not so sure if they are as universal as the five songs above.

Let’s see. So what songs do I think are kamikyoku? Hmm… Let’s see…

  1. agape (UFO Princess Valkyrie)
  2. Garnet (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo)
  3. LOVE A RIDDLE (Onegai Teacher)
  4. you (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
  5. Tamashi no Rufuran (Evangelion)

Which songs are your kamikyoku then?

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One Comment

  1. meganeshounen
    Posted August 30, 2007 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Wow. So they’re called kamikyoku, huh.

    I did see a few videos in Nico Nico with the same thing going on. Most Lucky Star OPs have mounds of text flying whenever “DARLING DARLING PLEASE~~!” comes on. Sorta like stars. ^_^

    Same goes for the Nursery Rhyme OP (the same song they used for that Code Geass harem parody video)…

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