The 2013 version of ‘planking’ has arrived, and we have some Japanese schoolgirls and Dragon Ball Z to thank for it (or direct our haste towards).
As Digital Journal reports, the new Japanese internet photo meme trend Makankosappo is starting to go viral. It involves schoolgirls (or those decked out as them) staging action scenes from Dragon Ball Z, getting themselves into various positions and then getting snapped.
Most of the shots surfacing so far follow a teenager – usually a uniformed schoolgirl – who poses in a position where she releases ‘superhuman energy’ or some other invisible energy force from her hands. The release sends those around her flying into the air, with some pretty crazy (and laughable) results.
And if that doesn’t really excite you, another move is also doing the rounds, called Kamehameha. It’s pretty much the same thing, except this time the ‘invisible energy force’ is depicted as a ‘fireball’. The move was apparently very popular when Dragon Ball Z was on prime time kids TV in Japan in the 1980s.
My Modern Net reckons that the sudden craze has eventuated in anticipation of a new Dragon Ball Z movie coming out later this year. If that’s the case, the producers will be very, very happy with the plug they are getting.
In the meantime, you can check out a gallery of some of the best pics doing the rounds, which Ninemsn have put together. We’ve also found a couple of pics to give you the general vibe on what’s going on.