So the other day I decided to look for a spicy meme to add to my daily vocabulary. To make me seem like a true intellectual. A true meme connoisseur.
This famous line comes from a character named Kenshiro from the anime/manga series Hokuto no Ken (translated to Fist of the North Star) which premiered in 1983 in Japan. Our protagonist, Kenshiro, is a survivor in a post-apocalyptic world where violence rules and the weak die. If you’ve watched any of the Mad Max movies, the world is similar to that.
Kenshiro’s purpose is to defend those who need help and kill those who would take advantage of the weak in any way. For example, in the very first episode of the anime, Kenshiro was desperate for water and stole some from a town well, landing him in the town jail. Later, the small town is attacked by a gang. After learning that the gang would kill all of the villagers, he broke the bars of the jail cell and murdered everyone in the gang.
That’s the kind of person Kenshiro is.
Well, what about the meme itself? What does “Omae wa mou shinderu” even mean?
Kenshiro is well versed in a martial arts style called Hokuto Shinken. This fighting style focused on attacking the inside of the body through various pressure points. After a few seconds, the insides of those bodies would explode, leading to a gory scene as seen below.
However, when attacking these pressure points, Kenshiro does no damage to the outside of the body, leading many of his opponents to think he did no harm to them. Often times, the responses after being assaulted by Kenshiro’s moves would be “Your punches are weak” or “You hardly did anything to me!”
This is when Kenshiro would reply:
“Omae wa mou shinderu.”
This means “You are already dead.”
He says this referring to the fact that their pressure points have been destroyed already, and they will die momentarily.
Often times, the antagonists will reply with “nani?!” which means means “what?!” in Japanese (so whenever you see someone mention this meme on the internet, be sure to reply to them with “NANI?!”).
This meme has also been remixed to hell and back in many creative ways. I’ve included a few examples below.
I decided to include my own rendition of the meme with respect to botnets brute forcing easy passwords to compromise information. Check it out!
As a final thought, I just wanted to include a YouTube video which includes some of the most awesome moments from the show. The gifs and pictures truly do not give it justice. If you have a moment, check it out. You won’t regret witnessing the cool, calm and collected attitude of Kenshiro as he murders groups of bad guys with awesome music in the background, telling them they’re already dead.
P.S. If you like One Punch Man, you’ll love this show.