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article imageJapanese schoolgirls' Makankosappo, Kamehameha energy attack meme

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By JohnThomas Didymus
Mar 30, 2013 in Internet
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A new Japanese Internet photo meme has emerged. The trend involves schoolgirls taking pictures of what appears to be someone releasing a powerful but invisible energy blast that sends a single person or group flying backwards in the air like rag dolls.
The photos below show typical examples of "Makankosappo" or "Kamehameha" meme photos. A teenager, usually a uniformed schoolgirl, appears to release superhuman energy from her hands, sending her surrounding classmates flying in the air. The form of the trend termed Makankosappo ("demon consistent light killing canon"), is a Dragon Ball Z term referring to a form of attack popularized, according to My Modern Met, by the manga and anime Dragon Ball series.
According to Kotaku, the new meme craze is spreading among Japanese schoolgirls who have started uploading creative versions of the faux manga-style marital arts moves to Twitter and other Internet forums and threads.
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My Modern Met reports that the meme anticipates a new Dragon Ball Z movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, which will hit Japanese movie theaters very soon. It is the first Dragon Ball animated feature to be released in Japanese theaters in 17 years, Kotaku explains.
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While some perform the "Makankosappo" attack, the "Kamehameha" fireball attack is also popular.
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The kamehameha attack simulates an invisible firebal force that flings the vicitim across space. According to Kotaku, kamehameha originated in the 1980s when Dragon Ball anime appeared on primetime Japanese TV. Schoolkids would unleash pretend attacks on their friends on the playground, but now with the advent of digital photography, they are able to upload photos of themselves playing the pretend game even more realistically
Kotaku comments that the meme betrays the influence of Japanese floating pics that were uploaded to Twitter recently.
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