NicoNico Douga Charts at Sankaku Complex

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Sankaku Complex now boasts a complete English language interface to the extensive rankings provided by NicoNico Douga, encompassing thousands of videos, all of which are freely viewable from within Sankaku Complex’s pages using the Nico player, certainly a unique development for an English language site.

Please feel free to explore the new NicoNico rankings here.

One of our aims in pursuing cooperation with the cultural nexus that is NicoNico Douga was to allow Sankaku Complex users full access to the wealth of content often featured on these pages, but without the difficulties of a Japanese language environment, which is understandably problematic for the majority.

Such problems should now largely be a thing of the past, for the full charts we provide are presented in an English language environment, without the need for logons or otherwise, and so should be much more accessible to all.

The usage of the charts themselves should be simple enough to apprehend; in addition to the default top 100 chart view (whether this will be daily or hourly is still in flux), the rankings can be organised to suit whatever interest you might hold.

You can view the videos ranked by order of playbacks, number of comments, or MyList additions (favourites).

The rankings can additionally be set to display data accumulated on an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or all-time basis.

Finally, you can select from any of the diverse categories Nico offers, so you can quickly find all the cat videos you need in one discrete chart.

Additionally, three different sizes of player have been incorporated, which you can set persistently by using the links provided. These are still open to change; if you have any feedback on them, please do share it.

There is one additional feature which may be of use to some; if you access the Sankaku Complex player page, you will see that the vid= portion points to the video ID (eg. “sm5441777”) as used on Nico proper:

http://www.sankakucomplex.com/charts/niconico/player.php?vid=sm5441777

You can input the ID of any video you would like to play (found easily enough in the video URL) by replacing this portion. You are also welcome to link directly to this player page with an ID of your choosing from external pages.

It may be futile to explain given the rather obvious nature of the player, but as several have asked I should point out the basics of the player itself: the “play” button is the one with the triangular “play” symbol, surprisingly enough.

The other areas of the player screen are linked to Nico’s page for the video in question. If you wish to view the video on Nico, just click the player window.

Also, the tickered comments can be disabled by simply clicking the “speech bubble” icon in the lower right of the player window. To comment yourself, you will need to visit the Nico page whilst logged in to your Nico account.

As you can imagine, the Japanese nature of Nico naturally means there is only so far it can be rendered into an English environment; most notably, video titles and descriptions are still in Japanese, and likely to remain so.

For those of you inclined to either learn the language, or simply to avail yourself of a useful tool to decipher it, using a Japanese dictionary overlay such as Rikaichan may be of use; online translation tools may also be helpful.

You are also welcome to share your finds, or ask for help with them, on the forums. If anyone is interested in helping to create an instructive article on our wiki to serve as a guide (and be linked off the ranking pages as such), your assistance would be much appreciated.

Please consider this only a first iteration of the NicoNico Complex integration; there is surely still room for improvement. If you have any feedback, suggestions, or otherwise, please feel free to make it known here, on the forums, or by email.



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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 24/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's with all the scrolling text in the videos? Is there a way to turn that off.

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    Comment by Artefact
    16:55 24/01/2009 # ! Impenetrable

    Try reading the text on this page.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 24/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn!! click the chicken
    Damn!! click the chicken
    Damn!! click the chicken
    Damn!! click the chicken
    Damn!! click the chicken
    Damn!! click the chicken
    Damn!! click the chicken
    DAMN!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment by Artefact

    People are just going to keep asking, irrespective of how plainly I put it, I can tell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 11/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Erm.. what if you only see the scrolling text and no vids?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 18/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It does that sometimes when the servers are under heavy load. It'll switch to a low quality mode if you're a non-premium user. In that mode sometimes videos are out of sync, it might have difficulty accessing the comment/chat servers, or in your case the comment servers loaded but no video. Sometimes the whole thing won't load at all and you get a pop-up notice(happen very often during Japan's peak hours).

    Nothing much you can do about it except keep reloading the video and hope for the best or cough up some bucko for a premium account.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 31/10/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I haven't seen a single video.. only loads of text.
    Registering is annoying, but it seems to be the only way to actually watch the videos for me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 15/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see the text with underneath a preview picture of the video (in low quality), then I press the play button and the video starts except it doesn't show the video, only the scrolling text en the time runs as expected as well.
    Anybody a suggestion?

    Comment by Pawprint
    12:41 02/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAHAHA, one video indicated its length was 3:60. Those wacky Japanese and their metric time....

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    Comment by CC
    22:04 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    First video on the list wont play for me ( Alpha version the linux 64 bits Flash Player though.. might be the cause? ).

    Comes up with a window (not a real window, inside the flash player) "nicovideo.jp を許可願います。(http://www.nicovideo.jp [www.nicovideo.jp] ではありません)". I can close the window and hit the play button and get the onscreen text flying by. However it's void of both video and sound.

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    Comment by dingo
    22:55 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Had that happen to me sometimes. It's not limited to linux though. Looks like it's a timeout connecting to the server and a refresh should fix it.

    But surely SC is not big enough for a /. effect...? Wouldn't that be funny

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    Comment by Artefact

    A Slashdot effect might be possible on an infrequently viewed video on a seldom visited server, but I doubt it.

    Nico had some technical difficulties yesterday, so I suspect this might be related. If you keep experiencing it I will make enquiries.

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    Comment by CC
    22:12 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mmmh third attempt it did work, no idea as to what caused it or what solved it.

    Comment by N-chan
    23:23 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    First vid doesn't give me any sound :o

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    sauce for the video...imma going to download it

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    Comment by stewie
    13:40 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah cool, this is awesome for people that don't have an account there!

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    15:26 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    English, its a good thing

    Comment by Tomoya
    13:39 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is.....
    awesome
    ... owowowoow

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    Comment by dingo
    13:27 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amazing. Thank you so much for bringing Nico to the english community. I know I've had some great videos that I wanted to show friends but they did not have Nico accounts.

    If you add search you'd have a killer Nico english site. (isn't this how Nico started with Youtube?)

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    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    14:58 25/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want that kitty in the video.

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/charts/niconico/player.php?vid=sm5441777

    Why did Artefact pick this video as an example?? Is he also fond of 'kitties'? LOL-Cats, Neko-girls, kittys on tricycles, kittys vrs action figures...Kittys are an endless resource of amusement.

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    Comment by Black King Vegeta
    12:57 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Extremely awesome, Artefact

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG Touhou + hamster dance. I am so conflicted.

    Comment by イチロ イノ (Ichiro Ino)
    16:04 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    rapid development we got here

    Comment by イチロ イノ (Ichiro Ino)
    16:13 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just asking... will there be a topmenu link of the charts, sankaku player and others? and how about a page where in you just type in the textbox "smxxxx" and press ok will direct you to the sankaku player with the video you entered

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    Comment by Artefact

    It'll be linked in shortly.

    I had thought about doing such a feature, but I wondered just who would use it when you need the Id and can already just paste it into the URL...

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    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    15:02 25/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there a way I can 'Join' as me and start posting videos? or do I need to know Japanese. Thanks for all your efforts nonetheless.

    Comment by Iluna
    20:32 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there a way to view the videos in a smaller resolution? I realized that the videos are tad a little bit too big which involved scrolling. Not to complain though, just wondering if there is a way besides from clicking the video to open another new broswer window to view the smaller resolution of it.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Too long even when set to small? That is the standard Nico resolution.

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    Comment by metatron
    21:43 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    SANKAKU COMPLEX IS MADE OF FUCKING WIN AND AWESOME!!! \m/

    Comment by Kucing
    20:02 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How to download the .mp4 (or .flv)?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>「申し訳ございませんが、お使いの環境ではご利用になれません。
    リファラの送信を許可するか、ニコニコ動画上でご覧ください。」

    何だと??
    ぜんぜんわからねえよ。
    「リファラ」って何?

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    Comment by Shuu
    21:37 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would a person capable of the Japanese language even bother with referers? Just use your Nico account...

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    Comment by Artefact

    The same reason people watch YouTube videos without going to the YouTube page?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    まぁ、簡単に言うと、リファラはネットの「お前がどこから来たか」っていう情報だ。ちゃんとしたIT系の日本語でもある(どうみても英語そのまんまだけどね)。この説明でダメだったら、ググってみれば分かる話さ。

    エラー全体を説明すると、ニコニコが自ら制限をもって、許可されていないサイトからのアクセスをダメにしてるってわけ(リファラが全く無い場合も同じく)。おそらくノートン先生か、ブラウザーの設定のせいでこのサイトから接続してるってことがニコニコ動画の方には伝わってない(他のセキュリティーソフトが勝手にそうやってたら笑うわ)。

    一番最初には違うブラウザー(FirefoxかOperaとかで)もう一度試して、そこも設定をいじってないのにダメだったらセキュリティーソフトの方の設定をチェックするように・・・ってこと。




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