Bottom Line: Combine Anime with absurdity and Finnish folk and you’re pretty much guaranteed a meme. Leekspin just goes to show that it’s often the simplest concepts that tickle the Internet’s funny bone.
Loituma Girl (also known as Leekspin) is a Flash animation set to a gibberish section of the traditional Finnish folk song ‘Ievan Polkka’ (sometimes misspelled Levan Polka) sung by the Finnish quartet Loituma, taken from their 1995 debut album Things of Beauty. It appeared on the Internet in late April 2006 and quickly became popular, drawing over a million viewers.
A five-frame animation of the anime Bleach character Orihime Inoue spinning a leek with a 26-second excerpt of the Finnish folk “Ievan Polkka” song by Loituma playing in the background, in an infinite loop.
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