Lock Up Your Dancing Daughters, Here Comes The Internet

Lock Up Your Dancing Daughters, Here Comes The Internet

If you’ve spent any time on Japanese video site Nico Nico Douga, you’ve seen them: young girls dancing to cutesy pop music. It’s their chance to live out their adolescent idol fantasies for viewers with adolescent idol fantasies of their own.

In the video above, the girl’s mother tries to barge in, but her daughter blocks the door. Her “performance” was being broadast live on Nico Nico Douga, a popular Japanese video site. (Learn more about Nico Nico Douga here.)

Speaking in the Kansai-dialect, the mother asks her daughter what she was doing and complains how her daughter is doing this every day. The video was broadcast at 3am.

The original video on Nico Nico Douga is filled with comments that are funny, insightful and rude, noting how embarrassing this whole episode was and wondering what the girl was doing up at three am. “Doesn’t she have school?” wrote one Nico Nico Douga commenter.

When Nico Nico Douga hit big in 2007 and 2008, young girls started performing popular dances, like the Haruhi Suzumiya dance. It was a fleeting taste of fame. One young British girl, Beckii Cruel, capitalized on the young-dancing-girl craze (via YouTube), launching a recording career.

Girls performing in these videos obviously like the attention and fame’s faint promise. Maybe they just like dancing, and Nico Nico Douga gives a better reaction than a mirror. But in the above one, one thirteen year-old Kansai girl is getting just that. The results haven’t spiraled out of contract like the whole Jessie Slaughter brouhaha, but this kid’s done goofed.


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  • Why has FB commenting been disabled?

    I’ve tried recording videos in other people’s houses, and it’s just embarrassing! Not just because my videos are terrible. But I can understand how difficult it is. I’m sure the parents think it’s SUPER suss.

    • FB commenting was causing server load issues because it was a badly written plug-in. We’ll kick in an update member login system as soon as we can.

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