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30/03/2013 by

Exit Harlem Shake, Hadouken Is The New Meme

Exit Harlem Shake, street fighter Hadouken is the new meme. The rage from Japan will probably take over the internet by storm.

Exit Harlem Shake, Hadouken Is The New Meme

If you loved internet memes like: Planking, Tebowing, Gangnam and the Harlem Shake, this story is for you.

Hadoukening might be a new photo trend, while Harlem Shaking was done on video with the recognizable shaky sound track.

The Start of Hadouken – Uchiha Sasuke from Naruto

Uchiha Sasuke from Naruto with Chidori lightning powers

The Hadouken meme was ignited when Japanese schoolgirls started posting pictures of themselves throwing balls of lightning at each other. In street-fighter style.

What else can you expect from Japan, a country in which millions of screenagers are addicted to martial art and manga games, strips and movies.

There is a whole cult and many fans clubs around Uchiha Sasuke the Naruto hero from Anime (the TV series) and manga (the book).

In the series warrior Sasuke has several powers. His power Chidori, is throwing lightning balls.

And I guess the Hadouken meme is based on Sasuke’s lightning powers.

See More Hadouken Photos Here

Exit Harlem Shake, Hadouken Is The New Meme

Exit Harlem Shake, Hadouken Is The New Meme

Exit Harlem Shake, Hadouken Is The New Meme

My Opinion?
Manga and Naruto are huge in Japan. Now the Hadouken meme will be the go-to-market; the start of the internationalization of manga and Naruto phenomenon from Japan?

Just like PSY introduced K-Pop to the whole world with his 1 billion Gangnam Style hit.

But Harlem Shake, did you make the meme or did brands do that? See this story from Kevin Ashton at Quartz.

But memes like this, they might be over in a flash of lightning.

Luckily you read ViralBlog so you are on top of the trends and memes.

What About You?
What do you expect from the Hadouken meme? Will brands make it big like the Harlem Shake?

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About the Author
Igor Beuker was CMO at 3 listed companies, chairmain at the IAB, jury member at Webby, AMMA and Esprix awards, founder of 2 agencies (both sold to WPP) and global chief social officer at Mindshare. Now he is ‘freejack’ consultant and still a sought after keynote speaker.


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