2ch Chronicle/2ch Flash

A small segment of 2ch users produced a massive amount of flash videos and games that satirized certain aspects of their culture, as well as giving a feel of what it was like to be on 2ch in that era.

Shift_JIS Characters edit

Just like image macro memes in the English-language internet, complex Shift_JIS art has created an entire culture of characters based on 2ch's (and its predecessor Ayashii World's) rants and ravings.

  • We are 2ch's ASCII ART - A quick intro to the whole cast.
  • Shii's Song - Shii, sometime called Shii-chan, is often depicted as a female cat in a box, waiting endlessly for “her” love to come back. “She” is a female counterpart of Giko Neko with asterisks on “her” cheeks. This beautiful Shii’s Song video was one of the first to mix English and Japanese in it. As a matter of fact, it may have been one of the first instances to introduce the Japanese Shift-JIS characters to the Western web as early as 2002 (via Newgrounds).

Flashbomb Competition edit

The annual 2ch Flashbomb Competition challenges the greatest flash making teams to create masterpieces of 2ch culture.

Clairvoyance Flash Team edit

Clairvoyance was a famous team of 2ch flash creators that won many awards for their Flash masterpieces. Amazingly, the Internet Archive has captured and preserved a copy of their flash videos for all time.

  • Nightmare City - An eye-popping flash movie series where two AA characters fight to escape from a "fake", cyberpunk city. Won an award at Flashbomb 2005. 4chan users made their own variant inspired by this flash series, 4chan City.
  • Final Fantasy AA Opening - An earlier work by Clairvoyance, an AA Flash adaptation of the story of Final Fantasy. Includes music by TAMusic.

Thread Drama edit

  • UNIX.swf - This is a monument to a legendary event in 2ch's history. When 2channel was at threat of shutdown, users from the UNIX board worked together to significantly improve 2ch's Perl server-side code, reducing the server strain and saving the site. It is spoken in English with Japanese subtitles, perhaps because Japanese vocalizers did not exist yet.
  • IOSYS: Itteyoshi (2005) - satirization of 2ch's default response to the stupidity of newbies. "Itteyoshi" means "go away", and also "kill yourself".

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