踊ってみた, tried to dance


A well known side of Nico Nico Douga (NicoNico, referred to as NND here) is usually the utattemita (歌ってみた lit. ‘tried to sing’) or song covers of existing songs that utaite (歌い手) or singers release. I have quite a few favourite Japanese utaite I’ve found on NND over the years, however it wasn’t until quite recently that I realised there was also something called odottemita (踊ってみた lit. ‘tried to dance’) by odorite (踊り手) or dancers, usually also on/from NND.

I suppose you could describe odottemita as a dance cover, but perhaps the literal translation is the best in this case, where Japanese humility comes into play when the artists have merely ‘tried to’ do something. Odottemita and utattemita are both subcategories of yattemita (やってみた), though I have yet to really experience the others apart from ensoushitemita (演奏してみた). What’s that? Basically those ‘guitar’ or ‘piano’ covers you’ve seen on YouTube and YouTube-like sites, maybe even SoundCloud.

I came onto odottemita quite by chance because there was a ‘Romeo and Cinderella’ video which had an intriguing cover image. Whoever said you can’t judge a book by its cover clearly didn’t mean it for videos (or, well, books). The dance was energetic and graceful and the dancers themselves were tireless. The setting was simple but elegant and the colours well thought out.

The video embedded above is still my favourite though, as five men breakdance to Tiger and Bunny’s opening theme, Orion wo Nazoru. Take one of my favourite songs and mix it with an energetic and playful dance and you’ve got yourself a winner!

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