Sad Kiryu’s Melancholic Song Gets Parodied And Deepfaked


Dame Da Ne refers to a lyric from “Baka Mitai,” a pop ballad which can be sung in karaoke sections of the video games Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 5_. The song has been paired with numerous humorous videos in remixes on YouTube, before also gaining popularity in “_Deepfakes“:/memes/deepfakes in July 2020.


In Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 5, the player can choose to have the main character, Kiryu, sing karaoke as a side mission. One of the songs he can sing is called “Baka Mitai” (eng. “I’ve Been A Fool”), whose chorus starts with the lyric “Dame Da Ne,” (eng. “It’s no use”).


Parodies of the song began appearing on YouTube in 2018. On May 11th, 2018, user Baku Haku posted a parody that gained over 201,000 views in two years (shown below, left). On August 27th, user doodlepoo gained over 234,000 views with their parody of the song (shown below, right).

Recent examples include a video posted April 24th, 2020 by Rusty Studio using VLive YouTubers that gained over 14,000 views (shown below, left). On February 26th, YouTuber Raven Hellkite posted a variation using K.K. Slider’s voice from Animal Crossing, gaining over 220,000 views (shown below, right).


In 2020, internet users utilized deepfake technology to have various characters sing Baka Mitai song. On July 17th, 2020, Twitter user @Tortokhod posted a doctored video of YouTuber Linus from Linus Tech Tips singing the song (shown below). The tweet is the earliest known example of the meme.

Later that day, @Torokhod shared a version featuring a photo of video game developer YandereDev. The following day, Facebook user Magnus shared the video, which received more than 1,400 reactions and 3,800 shares (shown below).

Facebook user AW Davis uploaded a video using Sad Linus photo to create the parody, gaining 178 reactions and 554 shares (shown below).
The meme also spread on YouTube. For example, on July 25th, 2020, YouTube user Azura uploaded video of GigaChad singing Baka Mitai (shown below, left). On July 19th, 2020, YouTube user HeyItsWindy uploaded a video explaining the meme. The video received 6,600 views (shown below, right).

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