Iku Iku Douga – Nico Nico Douga for Porn

An example of the sort of insightful commentary to be found on Nico Nico Douga

You may be familiar with ニコニコ動画 / Nico Nico Douga, (“Smile Video”, though Miku Miku Douga would be a more appropriate name), the popular Japanese YouTube-a-like with the significant innovation of allowing users to comment onto the actual video itself – there is an excellent English explanation of the phenomenon here.

Now, just as there is YouPorn & PornoTube to the prudish YouTube, there is イクイク動画 / Iku Iku Douga (“ComeCome Video”) as an AV counterpart to Nico Nico. I can’t confess to having any interest at all in watching unseemly JAV strumpets squeal away under an enormous mosaic, much preferring the two-dimensional artistic and creative media so well developed in Japan, but maybe there are some to whom this is appealing (the huge AV industry is testament to this).

It should also be noted that this service almost completely misses the point of what Nico Nico is for – providing a video based forum and community for user generated content, with both uploader and user contributing, as opposed to merely disseminating videos with some overlaid discussion/IRC features. I can’t see it taking off with the feature set currently on offer, beta or not.

If you’re wondering what the omnipresent long strings of “wwwww” signify, this is approximately “lol” in Japanese, not signs of users collapsing onto their keyboards, although that might certainly be preferable to reading the comments on Iku Iku Douga. I’ve no idea whether this will take off or not, and I certainly don’t care, but it is at least an interesting exhibition of what ensues when one handed typing is actively encouraged – “wwwww” indeed.


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