What a Lovely Day for Japanese Mad Max Memes

Mad Max: Fury Road and Love Live! The School Idol Movie have raced neck-and-neck at the Japanese box office since opening on June 20. Fans are stoking the hype machine to push one ahead of the other like in the scene where Nux gets into a fuel-spitting drag race--except instead of gas, this engine runs on Twitter memes. Some of the mashups are mediocre, while others are perfect, perfect in every way. Witness them!

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Why mod a car when you could ride a tractor?

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"I Live! I die! I live again!" and other gag strips.

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Before it turned into a toxic swamp, the War Rigs of the the Green Place were fearsome to behold.

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“My wife got a hair cut on her way home from the theater."

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The obvious Before/After gag. No joke, on my way home from a late night showing I witnessed a salary man bust some guy's nose inside Shinjuku station. Coincidence...or glory?

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Japan is having as much fun with Deep Dream as the rest of us.

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SILVER SPRAY-ON FOOD COLORING SOLD OUT! Reckless teens across the nation inspired to get shiny and chrome.

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Warboys would feel right at him in Japan, with its portable mikoshi shrines, bosozoku custom rides and shiny hearses ready to carry you to Valhalla.

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The vehicles from 70s tokusatsu shows are worthy of their own car cult.

The Choju Giga scrolls are said to be the precursor to modern manga--and now that there's an online toolkit, a never-ending source of irreverence.

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The original Mad Mad films  the manga Fist of the North Star, but what of the influence of Japanese manga on Fury Road?

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Long before the Fury Road prequel anime was cancelled, Goblin Moriguchi was drawing manga more mad than Mad Max.

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Gag manga collective Dookuman, on the other hand, stick to the source material with Nessho! Hanazawa High School.

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Morohoshi Daijiro took more of a high-brow approach in this parody where Max is so absorbed in reading Capital: A Critique of Political Economy he doesn't notice its author, Mad Marx, until it's too late.

Female anime fans love the film for reasons that have nothing to do with feminism.

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Redesign for Comiket blood drive posters demands that you "Give your blood to Valhalla!"

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"TAKE DOWN ABE" promo for anti-Abe protect in Osaka on August 30.

The future belongs to the mad. Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag Mad Max is cray cray.