Japanese Web Community As Person

Gijinka (anthropomorphization) is what Japanese anime/manga people love, and it often passes the language barriers.

On giant anonymous bulletin board 2-channel, some amateur cartoonists seemed to vie in their personification sense [J].

2-channel: They know who they are well. derision for everything is their basic attitude.

Nico Nico (Douga): Hatsune Miku, young girls’ livestream on Nico Nico Namahousou, people distantly watching her

Mixi: typical host men image, drinks and smokes. implies how 2-channeller look down the current mainstream Mixi users

Hatsugen Komachi: another gigantic discussion board occupied by Japanese housewives. it is said that everything is driven by jealousy there.

Hatena: Japanese geeks community. well-schooled, critics (from Japanese average), who think (only) they are logical

Pixiv: Social illustration site boasting millions of amateur (and pro) illustrator members

Different from deviantART’s one (see below), this person is given an introverted personality. Beret is a symbol of the father of Japanese manga Osamu Tezuka, often used to draw professional cartoonist and wannabe.

Futaba: The origin of 4chan

Futaba added image upload feature on 2-channel-like bulletin boards, then moot made an English version. Futaba’s domain name is 2chan.net, 2-channel is 2ch.net if you are confused.

This Futaba’s character must be copied from 4-chan’s one. See below.

Yahoo! Chiebukuro: Japanese Yahoo! Answers, though US Yahoo! Answers were made after seeing the Chiebukuro’s success

Net-savvies are irritated with never-ending dorky questions and useless answers.

Mobage-Town: possible Japan’s No.1 social network is full of games

2-channellers seem to believe that some use the social network as a dating site to find high-school girls.

English social services were personified before, you might know,

Yajiuma Watch tells that those personifications might be inspired by this. [J]

See Also:

Asiajin » Q&A: What’s The Japanese Equivalent Of [enter foreign web service here]?

“Zombie Japanese” – Chinese Derogatory Term Referring Japan Anthropomorphized

Riben Guizi
(Contest winning design by a project wiki)

Like as “Jap” in some English countries, there are Chinese words for insulting Japan/Japanese. One of the popular words is Riben Guizi(日本鬼子), which means “Zombie Japanese” in Chinese (“Devil’s Children Japanese” in Japanese, slightly different). The word is often used to talk about Imperial Japan’s army during WWII, but still seen on Chinese web especially when some conflict happens between the two countries.

Because of the recent territorial dispute around Senkaku islands(Diaoyu Islands from China), the word is appearing more in Chinese web and that is reported on Japanese media.

October 18th, one guy (anonymous of course) started a new discussion thread [J] on 2-channel, Japan’s largest bulletin board service. The thread named “Let’s make moe character of Riben Guizi to make derogatory Chinese moe pig”. (“moe” means cute, kawaii, etc. please check moe on English Wikipedia)

He/she suggested Japanese people who might have gotten offended by seeing the word Riben Guizi, to give positive meanings and a cute character. Then the offensive word will not be really offensive. The letter “子”(Child) in the word is often used for Japanese girls’ name, it was natural to give it a girl’s character.

That idea immediately attracted many people and they discussed what characteristics, appearance, cloths, etc. the girl character must have. Many amateur cartoonists followed and uploaded their drawings.

On social drawing community Pixiv, there are 831 pictures of Riben Guizi girl,

Another image uploading bbs made for Riben Guizi girls,

This movie shows Japanese discussions and cartoons drawn.

Taiwanese Newspaper The Liberty Times and TV reported [Chinese] this strange counterplay,

Taiwan is also involved with the territorial dispute so people should have interests. Most understand Chinese and some are keen on Japanese culture.

When 2-channel got DoS attack from Korean web users around winter Olympic medal in March 2010, 2-channellers ran a project to donate for Chilean earthquake victims to “revenge” against those attacking Korean. The total amount of the donation reported on the campaign page [J] was about 2 million yen.

Some categories on 2-channel, there is a cynical attitude to think that anyone getting upset are uncool. And sometimes such attitude creates this kind of strange “counterattack”.

See Also:

Wiki rounding up the Riben Guizi girl information [J]