The astute commenting community at YouTube acknowledged the impressive greatness of the original video with comments from fans like HoppelGaloppel who said, “I like the part where he she or it says nyan.” The community also observed the similarity of the animated GIF to a cat with a pop tart body and quickly generated an appropriate spin off titled “Real Life Pop tart cat (Nyan cat)“.
The obvious progressions, improvisations also sprung up with treats like “Kids React to Nyan Cat.” Where kids offered insights like “why would you love this, I want to know,” “why would someone load a six hour version of this song,” and “I would name this cat Mr. Irritating Pants.”
Overall, I think the success of the Nyan Cat video can be attributed to a few essential characteristics: it’s simple, innocent, has a catchy tune, and surprises the viewer — making them laugh and talk about their feelings related to the video: “I love this,” or “This is so stupid”. The emotional reaction triggered is what good art, or at the very least good memes do.