Personal Journey MMD Leekspin, Nyan Cat, Levan Polkka, more!

My personal journey to discovering Miku and MikuMikuDance started with a handful of original videos on YouTube!

A Feature Article by Reggie Dentmore on LearnMMD.comI so enjoyed the earliest homemade anime and animated videos I found on YouTube back in the early Twenty-tens! My personal journey to loving Miku and MikuMikuDance got it’s start in about that year… 2010. By that time I had been an Anime fan for over 15 years… had seen home computers mature… and then I discovered that you could create animation, yourself, on your own computer.

Nyan Cat was one of the first stupid video memes that I latched onto! Nyan Cat was one of the first stupid video memes that I latched onto! Just a crazy song and that simple repetitive animation. The first one I saw was like two-an-a-half minutes… but I have seen that a TEN-HOUR version is available… and there may be longer ones than that!

Captain Kirk Encounters Nyan Cat…

A nice touch... Kirk VS Nyan Cat!

Nyan Cat was so annoying… that Kirk blasted it away!

The Leekspin video!

Another crazy meme was the Leekspin video.

The original leekspin video... the Ievan Polkka...

THAT crazy video started a meme fad that lasted for years… and it features the music: The Ievan Polkka… also misspelled as the Levan Polkka because the cap I looks like a lowercase L. That MUSIC is amazing and is a meme, by itself! Search YouTube and see the many iterations of that song… and of the leekspin… the leekspin polkka!

A Japanese translation of the Ievan Polkka…
and “deformed” versions of Miku!

Too funny... a homemade video featuring the words, in Japanese, of the leekspin polkka.

Too funny! That animation is just a fun little thing! Fun to watch.

Beautiful Project Diva Miku…

… and then in early 2011, while enjoying the search for leekspin videos, I found, I discovered the wonderful Miku animation featuring the beautiful Miku of project Diva… and, again, the Ievan Polkka!

The beautiful Project Diva Miku...

She was so awesome… and started me thinking that people were creating these beautiful videos on their home computers… YES, professional Vocaloid videos were online… but I could also find homemade videos, too… HOW were they doing it?… what software were they using? … and I discovered MikuMikuDance!

The lid flies off!

Now I was on a mission… to learn MikuMikuDance… to watch videos created by the experts… they were all Japanese at that time… I couldn’t get enough!

CLICK on each picture to see the related video… and then click on the YouTuber’s name to see the YouTube account of each of those artists… a HUGE body of work is there!

Fun... Neru gets so angry... and watch for the unicycle in the closing credits!

Fun… Neru gets so angry… and watch for the unicycle in the closing credits! Awesome work in this piece!

A lot of fun as the Mikus rife their bike through a huge set!

Wonderful animation/drama as the Miku’s ride their bike across a huge city with plenty of close-calls along the way! I can watch it over and over! … be sure to see his other videos… MANY of them!

Miku Juggles... all kinds of things!

Miku Juggles… leeks, knives, swords, lift-trucks, an entire stage. … Nothing in the digital-world weighs anything!

Then something happened…

MikuMikuDance 7.39 materialized in July of 2010… the lid was off!… the world suddenly had access to Miku and MikuMikuDance!

… and the fun we had with it!

When Mikus Attack... an early MMD using MMD 7.39.

MMD beginners began having some fun with Miku… a new world was opening! Note how the explosions happen off-stage… but we experience them through the shaking camera and the colored lights… very creative!

"Didn't see THAT one coming, did ya?"

“Didn’t see THAT one coming, did ya?” … too funny!

So much fun…

I was hooked! I have been running MMD, now, since about July of 2011. My inspiration has always been those simple, early MMD videos… like those juggling animations and that Mikus Attack animation.

Things are so complex these days… shaders, effects, exotic models, technical stages… Me? I have stayed simple; my videos still have a little joke in them… and they still go “Bonk!”

… but there is so much more!

I discovered THIS video a couple of years ago… it is simply stunning with its image quality, effects, and post-production editing. It seems to be a collection of MANY short clips; all rolled together into an MMD masterpiece.

The beautiful Sky Sanctuary MMD video by Nostro - Nostromo

The beautiful Sky Sanctuary MMD video by Nostro – Nostromo

That finished product is such a masterpiece… it kind of knocks the wind out of my sails as I contemplate a new MMD project.

Full Circle… MMD from early to now!

Enjoy MikuMikuDance!

Leave comments, below, to share YOUR favorite old MMD animations… what got YOU hooked?


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