Figma and meme : Billy Herrington
Who would have thought, besides being an internet idol by uploading cute pose clips on youtube like Magibon and Emily, becoming a meme on Japanese Internet via MADs can actually get you fame.
Just who is this guy? Via Wiki:
Herrington has also become an internet meme among the Japanese community after a clip from one of his videos ‘Workout’ was posted on Nico Nico Douga, a Japanese video sharing website. Over 3000 parody videos of him have been made, many of which utilizes deliberate mishearings (soramimi) of his lines in the porn flick. He is affectionately called “Big Brother” (兄貴 aniki) among the Nico Nico Douga community, and most of his videos are deliberately tagged with “Forest Fairy” (森の妖精 mori no yousei), “Philosophy” (哲学 tetsugaku), or both.
I came to know him some time ago when i got rickrolled into clicking his wrestling striptease antics. But it was just about that, and nothing more, TRUST ME.
Theres an interview session with Billy where he was asked, does he know about the MADs and whats his reaction on them? And yes he did noticed them, and he likes it, and talk about the creativity and efforts of the MAD creators. Check out on Nico Nico Douga.
What interest me that the fact that even figure maker GoodSmileCompany recognize him, made a figma of him, and invited him all the way from the States to Japan for the launch at WonHobby09 yesterday, Feb 14th. You can check out his Figma release coverage at Akiba.kakaku.com, SankakuComplex and NicoNicoDouga.
Surprisingly, Billy or ANIKI, is a cool and fun guy, like the MADs, spanks his fans, and doesnt afraid of anything LOL.
Later last night, Billy had a nico Live broadcast together with DannyChoo and others. You can head over to DannyChoo’s coverage on the broadcast. I was booted out from the liveroom maybe because it was too full, and a kind comrade streamed the sound.
Overall i dont give shit what Billy does in the past, but the fact that he was a fun guy and well received by his Japanese fans just shows that internet meme is SERIOUS BUSINESS.
Way to spend my 14th February LOL.