Monā (モナー) is one of the most popular ASCII characters. Along with e.g. Giko Cat, Soy Sauce Warrior Kikkoman and Pedo Bear, he appeared at 2channel.

The character is often accompanied with certain catchphrases popular on the site, such as omae mona! (“I know you are, but what am I?”) and kimee! (“Gross!”). Mona is the collective property of the 2channelers—no single person owns the copyright. But when music label Avex tried to commercialize Nomaneko products, 2channelers fought back with everything from legalistic nitpicking to death threats

Unlike Giko Neko, Monā has been entirely created on 2channel from a troll thread. In it, some user constructed the Monā character with his keyboard and had him say a standard complaint about Internet forums: “You people have too much free time”. The first post following up to this simply copied and pasted the artwork and said, “You too!”

Saturday 12/7/2013

shiftjis; 2chan; mona; 2channel; ascii; aa; omae mona; 2000s;

Zonu Train and a bus.

Thursday 12/5/2013

zonu; shiftJIS; aa; 2010s; japan;

MJ in #AA by painepo 

MJ in #AA by painepo 

Monday 12/2/2013

shift-JIS; shiftJIS; japan; unicode; aa; michael jackson;

Shift-JIS ASCII art, ZooMas98, source

Shift-JIS ASCII art, ZooMas98, source

shiftJIS; shift-JIS; aa; 2010s; japan;

imageJAPANESE ASCII ART WEEK!

This week we post only Japanese ASCII art, mostly from 4-ch and utf8art. These sites are really active sites, reflecting the huge popularity of ASCII in Japan.

Technically, these graphics are not ASCII since they use a different character encoding (Shift-JIS, JIS, EUC or Unicode). For simplicity, we tag everything with #ShiftJIS here. In Japan though, it’s usually known as ASCII art (AA).

The images above are from old posts we’ve made, see more at http://text-mode.tumblr.com/tagged/shiftjis. They are:

- Marisa Stole the Precious Thing (魔理沙は大変なものを盗んでいきました) by IOSYS (2006)
- Anata to wa chigau n desu (“I am different from you”) Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (2008).
- Channeler by Takashi Ohashi (2012).
- Giko (ギコ) and Mona.
- Well-made shift_JIS conversion of the Bad Apple video.
- Owata 人生 オワタ- a shiftjis game.
- Star Wars stuff posted by illiorzilli
- Densha Otoko 電車男. otaku intervening perverts on the train

japan; 2000s; ascii; shiftJIS; aa; 2010s;

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2006)

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2006)

Friday 10/25/2013

AA; ascii; Shift-JIS; shiftjis; 2000s; 4-ch;

Falling Down by ness_rivera, 2012

This is Japanese style ASCII ART.I drew this with the text editor of Mac. I love this movie & him!I am praying that he regain health.

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Falling Down by ness_rivera, 2012

This is Japanese style ASCII ART.
I drew this with the text editor of Mac. 
I love this movie & him!
I am praying that he regain health.

via

Wednesday 10/23/2013

japan; 2010s; ascii; shiftjis; AA; Shift-JIS;

ASCII in the rain! »

Wednesday 8/21/2013

shiftJIS; shift-JIS; aa; 2010s; japan;

orz AAセット  by illiorzilli (2012)

orz AAセット  by illiorzilli (2012)

Sunday 8/18/2013

AA; animation; shiftjis; ascii; 2010s;

Park by asciiart (2013)

Park by asciiart (2013)

Thursday 8/1/2013

Shift-JIS; shiftjis; aa; ascii;

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2006)

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2006)

Wednesday 7/10/2013

AA; ascii; Shift-JIS; shiftjis; 2000s; 4-ch;

123 by abcd007 (2012).

123 by abcd007 (2012).

Saturday 7/6/2013

AA; ascii; shiftjis; 2010s;

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2008)

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2008)

Sunday 6/30/2013

Shift-JIS; shiftjis; AA; ascii; 2000s; 4-ch;

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2006)

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2006)

Wednesday 5/29/2013

shiftjis; AA; ascii; 2000s; 4-ch;

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2006)

By CTRL+C & CTRL+V (2006)

Sunday 5/26/2013

AA; ascii; shiftjis; 2000s; χχχ; 4-ch;