Faking Anime Fight Scenes is Emerging As a Fun Photo Fad in Japan


There’s a humorous new photography meme emerging from Japan. Students in the country are shooting photos that look like they’re ‘Kamehameha’ scenes from the popular manga and anime franchise Dragon Ball.

In each shot, one participant poses as a character exploding with energy, while one or more other subjects pretends to be blown away by the force of the blast. As with all of the popular memes that have emerged in recent years, participants are jumping onboard by shooting their own photos and then sharing them on the web.

The photograph above was shot by Tokyo student named Ryo Ichikawa.

The technique behind the photographs is simple enough: just time the shot so that you capture the “flying” subjects jumping up and consorting their body into an ‘L’ or sideways ‘V’ shape (try touching your toes in midair). In the resulting photo you’ll look like you’re flying backwards (it helps if you can get some motion blur in the shot).

By @ari_snows:

Photo by @ari_snows

This one is by Rimi (@Mrmr0630)

Photo by Rimi)

Photo by @haarnppp

Photo by @haarnppp

Photo by @arri_1122

Photo by @arri_1122

This one is by a girl named Natsuno (@72Ldh):

Photo by Natsuno

This new meme is likely due to the fact that a new Dragon Ball movie titled Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is set to hit theaters at the end of this month. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus yet on what this new fad is called, but “kamehamehaing” seems like a likely candidate.

(via Kotaku via Laughing Squid)

  • chiarashine

    I thought this has been going on for years

  • keru

    IT’S OVER 9000 !!!

  • Jake

    How do we know they’re fake? Could be that the Saiyans have finally landed.

  • Eric Pare
  • Dude

    This is so last week. Why is Petapixel always behind on news?

  • scruffy

    well compared to german news & blogs petapixel is like 1-2 weeks ahead.

  • 3ric15

    Virginity protection? LOL

  • David Liang

    That last picture is awesome, they’re totally synced in height and distance

  • Earl

    So what is it really going to be, Hadouken or Kamehameha?

  • Norshan Nusi

    I want shoryuken version :3

  • LucifeL

    Oh your GAAWWWD….!!! ITs dang AMAZING…@___@

  • Steve Perry

    “Try touching your toes in midair” Right. I can barely touch my toes while firmly standing the ground!

  • Lum

    For the very 1st photo, why the bags is not flying away? The energy is not strong enough for the bag? :)