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I want to say “Change!” like someone who has been famous, but not for famous. In fact, as I’ve realized that the blog is deserted, I decide to change, mostly about its content. Also, I propose to change its main language into English(I’ve found that Google Toolbar has automatically correctted the “in” to “into”, that’s great), because I have had to pratice my poor English, especially English-writing, for GRE(of course, the Chinese one). Another reason is that I’m planning to write some comments or reviews about ACFUN, which is controversial. I just don’t want to argue about anything of ACFUN with anyone else, but to discover its value-how it provides us with joy.
ACFUN is a private video sharing website with comments are overlaid directly onto the video, synced to a specific playback time. ACFUN used to be considerred as “Shanzhai”(knockoff) of Nicovideo, but has developped its unique cultures, although its development is inevitably influenced by Nicovideo.
It is worth mentioning that ACFUN probably means “Anime, Comic Fun”, but now it has various videos related to not only animes, comics and other subjects popular in Nicovideo like touhou, Doujins, Vocaloids, MADs, Kichikus（鬼畜）, but also popular/funny incidents happened in China like lv8niang, geping who is character voice of Lan Mao(or Blue Cat) and so on. Unlike other common video websites, videos are produced not just for delivery, I can ever say, not for delivery. The origin material are reproduced, usually falsified, for example, an short sound clip are repeated more than 100 times to make a brainwashing effect(an method defined as Kichikus). Once these crazy works are published, viewers will surely be excited, add mad comments that are overlaid directly onto the videos, so later comers will be stimulated by videos themselves and the comments rolling over the screen.
Those who produce these videos are called “meister”,which is a term undoubtly from Nicovideo. There are kinds of meisters: the general ones who produce videos originally, using professional media software; meisters who “carry” wonderful videos from Nicovideo or other video websites; meister, and those who supply interpreting services voluntarily(they have been characteristic feature of ACFUN, usually considerred great, because they enable those who know little about Japanese to enjoy a-c-fun from Japan). Also there are content creators or deliverers who provide substantive contents to the website, for example, singers, painters or game players, but consider that it is not other carriers but videos which finally present contents, meisters are always the most respective, let alone meisters who even create contents himself/herself.
Here are some famous meisters: tutuwan(two-two-one, or 221，荼荼丸)、beijizhu、Hank、Nini and so on. They have produced countless works, such as “For the Holy Harmony”, the “Chief’s anger” series and the “Jin Ke La” series. Many meisters have united and established groups of meisters, such as “Carriers Office #⑨”, which has enjoyed “acfunwide” prestige.
ACFUN has been somewhat popular in ACG field, but with its popularity, there have been complaints about its meaningless and offensive comments and controversies about its development orientation or direction. Anyway, maybe it is better for ACFUN to have diversification, even though confliction and attacks are inevitable. Besides, it would be too much for us to lay our development hopes on an individual website in the threat of overloading and potential “Harmony”. It will be providing us with joy and that’s enough.