What does Nico Nico nii mean? Why did it go viral?


You may have come across a viral video meme where an annoying little girl repeats the words over and over single single single. You probably wondered what the hell is this?

In this article we will try to understand all the origin, meaning and history of the famous Nico Nico Nii! This complete article will talk about absolutely everything about viral, anime, memes and others.

What is Nico nico ni?

The word Nico Nico Ni is a slogan used in the anime Love Live! School Idol Project by the character Yazawa Niko (矢澤にこ). In Japanese the word is written Niko Niko Ni (にこにこに) and often appears on forums like 4chan, reddit and other popular sites in Japan and among otakus from the west.

The character Nico Yazawa of Love Live she has an aggressive personality and she is very self-confident. She sometimes needs to take on a brighter personality and moe to act like a Idol so you usually use the phrase Niko Niko Ni to play cute.

What does nico nico nico mean? Why did it go viral?
Idol anime is very successful in Japan.

This phrase first appeared in the fifth episode of Love Live, where the character Niko tries to demonstrate her impression of an Idol to the rest of the cast. The scene quickly became notable among fans due to its expression, form and behavior moe. It was not just a phrase that went viral, the sign that the character makes with the hand, the heart and the expressions are part of the viral.

Niko niko ni going viral

After its first appearance, the term has started to become popular on websites, generating thousands of gifs, videos and FanArt and being used by several people. Even the Korean singer Kim Heechul uses that expression in his shows. The popularity increased even more when they made a video remix that has already reached more than 10 million views: (the guy deleted the youtube account? What?)

Some began to say that the term single single single it belongs to Satan due to its great popularity and the fact that the character Niko has an unfriendly personality. This only generated more memes, gifs and fan arts.

What does Nico Nico Nii mean?

Some may imagine that this phrase has absolutely no meaning. Really the character's name is Niko which would explain why she uses that expression. Only in Japanese there is the expression niko niko にこにこ which is the onomatopoeia of smiling, so basically it is saying that you are smiling in your heart.

What does nico nico nico mean? Why did it go viral?

The word Nii can be just the particle ni according to the phrase she’s using, or she may be just doing like other anime characters who invent to finish the sentences by speaking nyan to look like cats.

To better understand the expression we will see the whole sentence that Niko Yazawa says:

Anata no Heart ni Nico Nico-nii

  • You are smiling in your heart.
    • Anata - あなた - You
    • Heart - Heart
    • Niko Niko - Smile

Egao todokeru Yazawa Nico Nico

  • And I will put a smile on your heart!
    • Todokeru - 届ける - deliver, send
    • Yazawa - She referred to herself in third person.
    • Egao - 笑顔 - Smile

Nico-nii te oboeteru Love Nico nii 

  • Remember Nico! Nico loves you!
  • Oboeteru - 覚えてる - Remember, don't forget;

There is a video site similar to youtube called Nico Nico Douga, thus showing that the onomatopoeia niko niko is present in Japanese culture, which facilitated the vitalization of Nico Yazawa's speech.

The Name Nico Yazawa

Some people write Nico Yazawa, but it is not entirely wrong to do so. There is no letter “C” in the Japanese language, so nico is written niko [にこ] in the native language of Japan. The first name (niko) is written in Hiragana, so it has no profound meaning, it should probably refer to smile onomatopoeia.

In Japanese the name or family name is written first. Yazawa [矢澤] is written with [矢] which literally means arrow or dart, making full reference to his ability to Idol that hits the hearts of fans.

Nico Yazawa she is 1.54 tall, blood type A, her sizes are B74-W57-H79 and was born on July 22nd, in the anime she is 17 years old. She is voiced by Tokui Sora.

The Legendary Nico Nico Knee

The fighter Marcellus Black known as Otaku on Twitter screams and makes the gestures of Nico Nico Knee to finish a sip on his opponents. You can see in the video below a scene of the influence caused by Nico Yazawa.

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  1. perfect the article, any layman becomes an expert, after reading, good reading nothing very complex detailed without further ado, it was amazing!

  2. Thank you very much… I wanted this explanation, because last year my daughter was watching this video directly and asked me what it was. I had found the explanation nico nico - smile, but only today I saw this article and explained the details, anime etc ... Thank you very much !!!


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