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Cool Find: How to register at Nico Nico Douga

Nico Nico Douga is a sort of Japanese YouTube, and is one of the most popular video sharing sites in Japan.  It’s a hotbed of otaku-related video sharing activity, and you can often find fun fan-made anime- or video game-related video content on it.  (There’s tons of other weird, wild and wacky Japan-related video content on there as well, of course.)  One unique feature that NND has over other similar sites is that when a user comments on a video, rather than the comments appearing as one long list below the video, comments are instead overlaid directly on top of the video, and furthermore can be synced to a particular time in the video.  The whole effect is rather akin to VH1’s Pop Up Videos.

While the website is in Japanese, it isn’t really that difficult to find and view videos.  (“see shiny looking video thumbnail?  click on it.”) Registering for the site is another matter entirely, and unless you have a fairly good grasp of the Japanese writing system, you’re out of luck.  Until now, that is.  This excellent video from the folks over at Ichiro-Style (a site that I honestly hadn’t heard of until today) shows you the step-by-step procedure for registering, including translations of all the prompts.  Wonderful!

So why not head over to Nico Nico Douga today and try it out for yourself?  Registration is free (there are paid Premium accounts that give you certain unknown added benefits, but registering for one of those requires a Japanese credit card).  All you need is a working e-mail address where you can receive the validation e-mail.  Of course, if you’re afraid of spam or whatnot, you don’t have to use your regular e-mail address; you can always set up a free Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or heck, even a Hotmail account.


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