ISIS-chan

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ISIS-chan (ISISアイシスちゃん, aishisuchan)[1][2][3][4] is a fictional manga character which originated on the Japanese internet textboard 2channel and was created in 2015 after a series of incidents in which Japanese nationals were kidnapped and beheaded by ISIL. The character is portrayed as a moe-style girl.

Overview[edit]

ISIS-chan was originally conceived by users of 2channel as a response to the propaganda of the Islamic terrorism group ISIS (aka ISIL).[5][6][7][8] The character is a moe anthropomorphism of ISIL and soon became a meme across some Japanese social media.[8]

Their intentions were to flood the web with ISIS-chan's images to make the character rank highly in Google's search engine results (Google bomb).[1][2][9] If things go well, they hoped that an Internet search for ISIS will come up with the moe character instead of militant propaganda sites.[5] The campaign has become a part of the social media war that the US and the UK have already launched against ISIS.[5]

Characteristics[edit]

In various examples, ISIS-Chan is shown with a cut muskmelon and a paring knife in her hand.
  • 19 years old[1][6]
  • green eyes[1][4][6][7]
  • Green hair[4]
  • Clad in black jihadi outfit[1][4][6][7]
  • Playful, funny, and creative[10]
  • Fond of muskmelons;[6][7] in some cases armed with a melon.[1]
  • Sometimes carries a knife used to cut melons[1][6][7]
  • The knife could be a combat knife, but she uses it only to cut melons.[4] The creators explain that she is supposed to teach "these confused ISIS people" what knives are actually used for.[4]
  • She has a mission to stop ISIS and to gather as many melons as she can.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bel Trew Cairo (2015-09-07). "Manga girl takes on Isis with a slice of melon". The Times. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  2. ^ a b Jose Pagliery (2015-07-23). "Anime nerds trying to Google bomb ISIS". CNNMoney. CNN. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  3. ^ Jeff John Roberts (2015-09-22). "Feds drop plan for Facebook to report "terrorist activity"". フォーチュン. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Melons instead of tanks: Meet "ISIS-chan" - the anime that fights 'Islamic State'". Deutsche Welle. September 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  5. ^ a b c Alexandra Di Stefano Pironti (2015-07-24). "Isis chops melons instead of heads". Rudaw Media Network. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "アニメおたくが「ISISちゃん」で過激派と戦う". CNNMoney. CNN. 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "対「イスラム国」ネット展開 アニメキャラで宣伝戦". Kyodo News. Sankei Shimbun. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  8. ^ a b "匿名ハッカー集団「アノニマス」が「ISISちゃん」の画像を大量送信してイスラム国の広報活動を妨害か". BIGLOBE. BIGLOBE. 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  9. ^ "アニメおたくが「ISISちゃん」で過激派と戦う". CNNMoney. CNN. 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  10. ^ Johansson, Anna (25 July 2017). "ISIS-chan – the meanings of the Manga girl in image warfare against the Islamic State". Critical Studies on Terrorism: 1–25. doi:10.1080/17539153.2017.1348889. 
  11. ^ "Japanese 'ISIS-chan' is probably the cutest thing to happen in the fight against Daesh". Al Bawaba. 2015-07-29. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 

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