What’s Up People – Many Parodies

For those who don’t recognize the header, it’s the title of Maximum Hormone’s most famous single, What’s Up People. Used as the second opening for the hit anime Death Note, it’s unique for its apologetically hardcore punk sound, rare in a market overflowing with cutesy rabbit-girl-idols and bubblegum pop. The opening itself is inspired, featuring a psychedelic collage of characters, yet using dystopian film noir shadowing techniques to give that dark gritty feel. No one is innocent, with everyone portrayed in shades of gray.


Original Death Note opening video

The madness began with an innocuous trailer for an AMV contest in 2007, featuring a certain famous yellow animal…


2007 AnimeNext AMV Promo clip

The madness started spreading, with a famous Flash from Japan involving zombies.


Biohazard (Resident Evil) Outbreak MAD

It finally got to the point where it ended up in the famous AMV Hell project.


Original AMV Hell 4 clip

The Japanese had an identical idea to the AMV Hell clip, which featured prominently on the Nico Douga videosharing service for a time.


Nico Douga version

Finally, even the queen of shoujo manga herself was not spared in the parody madness.


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