“100 Internet Buzzwords” - Throwback to 2019: Interview with Izumo Itō, creator of the meme “Shamiko is a bad girl.” - The prize goes to a line never once spoken?!
"100 Internet Buzzwords" is a project powered by pixiv Encyclopedia, in collaboration with Nico Nico Pedia. The two websites have joined forces to analyze the number of visits to each entry page in 2020 in order to determine the most popular buzzwords of the year. Before the winners are announced on December 15th, let's hear from last year's winner of the niconico Award! Introducing Izumo Itō, who created the work from which the prize-winning meme, “Shamiko is a bad girl", was derived!
What’s the tea on “Shamiko is a bad girl”?
The line “Shamiko is a bad girl” comes from the four-panel manga series, The Demon Girl Next Door, which is serialized in Manga Time Kirara Carat. The phrase isn’t actually featured in the original work, but is something that magical girl Momo Chiyoda might say to the demon girl, Yuko Yoshida (nicknamed Shamiko). And so the meme spread.
Thoughts on Its Nomination: “Why?”
── The line “Shamiko is a bad girl” was never in the original and is actually unofficial fan-made content that went viral in the blink of an eye. How did you feel when you heard that it had been nominated for "100 Internet Buzzwords"?
December 3, 2019
── And then “Shamiko is a bad girl” was voted as the “Most Viral Buzzword of the Year” in a survey of Niconico users and it won the niconico Award. How do you feel about it winning this award?
ネット流行語賞の貴重なトロフィーも、昨日無事に頂きました！神棚のご先祖にお供えしておきました。本当にありがとうございます。 pic.twitter.com/iKX3Nn7UZX— 伊藤いづも (@izumo_ito) December 21, 2019
── What is your most vivid memory from last year's event?
This Year’s Nominated Buzzwords
── This year's nominations for "100 Internet Buzzwords" are taking the popularity growth of each nominee from last year into consideration, putting stress on the trends of 2020. What did you think of the nominations?
Izumo Itō: I see a lot of buzzwords featuring VTubers at the height of their popularity, trendy manga and games, and more, so I think it's really wonderful that Shamiko isn't on the list this year.
I get the feeling that the coronavirus has really affected social media. Up until now, the internet was primarily focused on the trends of young people. People who didn’t previously use social media are now online, so the extent to which things are shared is even broader now.
── Are there any buzzwords that have caught your eye?
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2020's "100 Internet Buzzwords" Award Ceremony
Presenting this year's most viral buzzwords on the internet,
Live Broadcast 2020's "100 Internet Buzzwords" Award Ceremony
December 15th, 2020 (Tue) from 20:00 JST
MC: Katsuyuki Konishi (VA - left), Haruka Mori (Announcer - right)
■ Watch the Live Event here
* The physical venue is not accepting visitors this year.