Chidejika Saga (you know it’s epic when ABe steps in)

I’m all fuzzy on the details, but it seems Japan will be switching to terrestrial digital TV in 2011.  In order to explain this process, the NAB (Japan’s National Association  of Broadcasters) hired Tsuyoshi Kusanagi for a series of commercials and ads.

he'll be back...

OK, I'm sold...

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi is a member of the boys-become-men band SMAP, an institution in the world of Japanese pop.  If you looked up the definition of the word “mainstream” in a Japanese dictionary, you’d see a picture of SMAP.  For modern day show biz standards, SMAP has a very clean image.  Kusanagi himself was spotless, even angelical.

That is, until he was found running stark naked in the middle of the night, in Tokyo, and yelling at police “What’s wrong with being naked?!”  For more info on the night that sparked this whole thing go to Tasukidaisuki here (check the links too).

So the NAB immediately dropped Kusanagi, as we can all be sure that Japanese digital programming will be full of wholesome shows without a trace of vulgarity or obscenity.  Yeah, right.

In any case, the NAB decided to go a safer route and create their own mascot for the campaign.  Enter Chidejika:

love the leotard

love the leotard

The wordplay itself is stunning.  Chi = “earth”, deji = short for dejitaru = “digital”, ka = “change”.  Chidejika then means “terrestrial digitalization”.  For the coup de grace, the word shika / jika means “deer”, so you slap some antennae on the antelope and you get Chidejika-chan!!  How cute!

But the cuteness proved irresistible for pixiv artists, who started moefying and lolifying the new mascot, sometimes even merging it with disgraced Kusanagi’s face.  Now the NAB is angrily scrambling to figure out how to stop all of these perverts from ruining their mascot (never mind the free publicity).  For more info and pictures of the many radder, meaner and often nakeder Chidejikas, check Sankaku Complex here (nsfw).

A couple of days ago, while the NAB raged and the rogue pics continued to multiply, the calm, collected genius of Yoshitoshi ABe stepped into the fray.  ABe simply analyzed the NAB’s own official campaign poster, here:

OMG!

OMG!

As you can see, one out of the 5 characters is totally naked!!!  What’s up with that?  ABe suspects that the NAB will argue that was a reindeer and that naked reindeer are OK, but plain deer aren’t.  ABe-sensei won’t accept this though.  He throws his hands up in the air and proclaims his confusion.  Why the uproar?  Wise man (his post is here, in Japanese).

Predictably, pixiv is fighting back, and I’ve selected some text-heavy Chidejika pics that illustrate the artists’ feelings, with my translations.  Enjoy.

EXHIBIT A (pixiv artist: append)

this dude's angry

this dude's angry

Translation:

“Anyone who infringes Chidejika’s copyright should cut his belly open and die.  And it shouldn’t just end with these people dying.  These artists should be thrown into the pits of Hell by the NAB.  Along with their supporters.  The reason is that whoever infringes our copyright and damages the image of Chidejika deserves to die.  To understand this issue in all its complexity you should visit http:/www.nab.or.jpchidejika”

[The big red letters stand for the NAB]

Exhibit B (pixiv artist: くろいひつじ)

funny

still sarcastic but funnier

Translation:

“Chidejika-chan has come all the way from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in order to massacre all analog users!  Chidejika-chan will use the waves emanating from the antlers on her head to brainwash everyone!  ‘I’m not stark naked so there’s nothing to be ashamed of!'”

[The blurb next to the little deer says “Usually I look like this!!”]

EXHIBIT C (pixiv artist: 田口)

funnier still

plain funny

Translation:

“ANALOGBEAR says ‘I fe-fe-feel like I’m being sucked into this Chidejima Shadow'”

~ by Haloed Bane on April 29, 2009.

12 Responses to “Chidejika Saga (you know it’s epic when ABe steps in)”

  1. アナログマ is a great Japanese pun.

    I think Crypton had a similar hissy fit over Hatsune Miku. It’s understandable, but this is Japan. If you create something, sooner or later it gets sexualized.

  2. Naked deer in winter, huh? Good thing they’ve got natural coats instead of just skin. Furries, eat your heart out.

    And hey, enough of this loli shit. Where’s the shota at? Or better yet, someone with a Wu Jing physique in leotard. C’mon Abe, what are you waiting for?

  3. @OGT

    Yup, and Analogbear is all over pixiv now. Sometimes he even beats Chidejika: http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=4049430 . You need a pixiv account to see it!

    @prophet

    Oh, darling prophet, this one’s just for you (you need a pixiv account!!): http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=4048925

  4. RULE. 34.

  5. For some reason i find Chidejika rather… revolting.

    Even when as a cute loli.

  6. @digiboy

    and you know why? coz everybody likes SEX.

    @kaisepingvin

    Revolting because you’re sick of all the deer around your neighborhood. For many of us around the world, however, deer are rare and special creatures. In fact, in my country we worship them. “Father Blitzen, hallow this harvest etc and so forth”.

  7. Sounds like a reasonable hypothesis. There’s not that many lolis in yellow leotards with antlers on their head around though.

  8. Actually ak, I end up seeing deer whenever I go camping. Nearly hit one last time. And I didn’t even need an account to experience that leotard shredding deer! That thumbnail’s ALREADY rocked out.

  9. This just shows again how awesome ABe is.😛

  10. ABe knows what’s up, but he’s way too obsessed with gadgets. his blog is 90% fanboying over mobile phones and stuff. To each his own, I guess..

  11. Cuteness Analoguma has come! Kawaii Analoguma-chan!http://tsuyatsuya.com/analoguma/

  12. これが好き( http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=4074648 )。かわいそうだけどかわいい。  Analogumas are flourishing, the one in the link is my favorite.

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