So you've found the information page. What now? Well, it's time for me to give you a little information, I guess. Much rehashed, much repeated information, but information nonetheless. Since I have nowhere better to start, I suppose that I'll start with this website. It seems as good a place as any. Before I begin, I'd like to thank a few people: Scutilla!GxN59U5oVM, Daru!Hp.kYKeO/., and all the people from the forums -- without their invaluable suggestions, this website would be a very different (and likely much bleaker) place. Thank you, so much! You are appreciated.

So, what is this thing anyway?
Well, basically, it's a place to share information about, and perhaps most importantly, copies of, different Nico Nico Douga medleys past and present. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, scroll down and keep reading.

Whose horrible idea was this, anyway?
Actually, it was Yukito's idea, though he rarely even looks at it anymore. :) It was put together by myself, Rintaun. This information page was the idea of Scutilla!GxN59U5oVM. If you like it, give kudos to him/her/it. If you don't like it, it's clearly Scutilla's fault as well, even though I made it. I think the layout was made by Daru... but I could be misremembering. It was so long ago, now...

Why's it so ugly?
This question used to have a real answer -- because I suck at making things pretty. But it has long since been pretty-fied by Daru or some other forum-goer, so this has pretty much become irrelevant. After all, a person who thinks the current site is ugly can't possibly exist.

Can you get to the stuff I want to know already?
Okay.


What is a Kumikyoku, and why do I care?
Kumikyoku is a Japanese word literally meaning "group song", or as I prefer it, "medley". It's a song composed of many other songs, often sung by many people. And everyone knows that many good songs shoved together (in an way which is pleasing to the ears), makes for an even better song.

What is Nico Nico Douga?
Nico Nico Douga is a Japanese video uploading website, essentially the bastard child of Youtube and 2chan. It was originally a website that played videos from Youtube with their own unique player. However, they used too much bandwidth and Youtube banned them. Within a few days they had come up with their own video server and so now we have Nico Nico Douga. One big attraction to Nico Nico Douga is that when you comment on a video, the comment is left at the time in the video where you left it. Then, when someone else views the video, your comment will scroll across the screen (though of course this can be disabled). So it's like you're watching the video with everyone else that has ever watched it (and commented). It's fun. Though, of course, it's about 99.9% in Japanese, so too bad if you can't read it.

Where did these Kumikyokus all start?
Well, I'm sure there's somebody out there who knows the definite answer to this question. Unfortunately, it's not me. However, I can tell you that the video that started all the hype was titled, simply, "Kumikyoku Nico Nico Douga", made by a now-great person of the presumably Japanese persuasion named Shimo. This video became immensely popular and spurred trillions of different versions (literally), clogging the tubes with more spam than those infinite-loop "Free PS3" websites. Okay, well, that might be an exaggeration. In any case, even if there are undoubtedly Nico Nico Douga Kumikyokus which existed before this one (in fact, there is one such video made by none other than Shimo himself), Kumikyoku Nico Nico Douga is the one which started the trend.

So, what different Kumikyokus are out there?
Well, there are a bunch. See the Wiki for a list of known Nico Nico Douga Kumikyokus.

Wow, I've heard <insert Kumikyoku X here>. What are the songs in it and where can I get them?
Well, half of this question is easy, and half of it is very, very difficult (with a couple of exceptions). The first half, "what songs are in it" is relatively easy. See the Wiki page for the song you're looking for for a list of the songs. Where you can find these songs, though, may be a different story. See, these Kumikyokus often contain songs which aren't the easiest to find (trust me), as a lot of them are independently released, fan-made songs. However, many of them are openings, endings, or insert songs from various different animes. This doesn't always make them easy to find, however. I'm in the process of collecting all of the songs from all of the Kumikyokus that I know of, but it's taking a long time since some of the songs are nearly impossible to find, even on Japanese P2P services. However, to date, two collections have been released, one for Kumikyoku Nico Nico Douga and one for Lantis Kumikyoku. Links:

Yukito's Kumikyoku Collection
Rintaun's Lantis Kumikyoku Collection


Why isn't there any ASCII art on this FAQ?!
Well, because I didn't bug Yukito to make ASCII art for this FAQ. *shrug*

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