‘Kame Camera’ takes Japanese schoolgirl Dragon Ball meme a step further



About a month ago, an internet meme called Makankosappo (literally translated as “Magic Penetrating Killing Ray”) spread around the world pretty fast. It all began when Japanese schoolgirls were photographing themselves as if they were hit by a special attack from Dragon Ball. And from there it took off, even spawning a ‘Quidditching‘ spin-off.

But Tokyo startup Nagisa, which is well known for having developed the Balloon messaging app, has taken the meme one step further. The company recently introduced a photo effects app that allows users to easily create pictures with that sort of effects. It’s called Kame Camera and today it became the top ranked application in the free photo & video category on the Japanese App Store, also reaching the 20th position overall.

The app is available in both English and Japanese, and can be downloaded for iOS and Android platforms. It has multiple photo effects including Kamehameha (from Dragon Ball), Hadoken (from Street Fighter), and the Force (Star Wars) as well. In their announcement, the startup noted that it aspires to create more apps to bring fun Japanese culture to the world. If you don’t want to miss out on the fun, now is the time to give it a try.

Of course, Japan has no shortage of other great photo apps if you’d like to check out some more. Regrettably, they aren’t all quite as much fun as Kame Camera!