Monā (モナー)

Monā (モナー)

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Monā (モナー) is a Shift JIS art, a Japanese version of ASCII art, fictionnal cat-like character, one of the most well-known above all the others.

Monā is distinguished by his pointed ears, and a face consisting of the universal quantifier symbol (upside-down capital “A”) for a mouth, flanked by an apostrophe and grave accent for eyes. When rendered from behind, he has a small, round tail.

His name comes from his favorite phrase, “omae mo nā!”, which is best rendered in English as “You too!” or “So do you!”

A variant with dots (in Shift_JIS art, the katakana middle dot) for eyes, rather than the apostrophe and backtick, has been named Morarā (モララー, sometimes spelled “Moraler” or “Moralar”) or Matāri (マターリ, also spelled “Matterly” or “Mattarly”) and is considered a separate character. He sometimes characterized as being more sensible than the whimsical Monā, but in many cases they are interchangeable.*

(Source: Wikipedia, see link)


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!”

While it’s fairly difficult to retrieve an archive from that exact moment, the earliest 2channel archive available and depicting Monâ is this one from the 3rd of January 2000.

“However, it is said that Mona might have been used in “Ayasii” and “Amezou” (it was a BBS as famous as Ayasii in old times.) before 2000.
And there is one opinion that the birthday of Mona is Jan 1, 1999.”
(This assertment isn’t confirmable for the time being but, as rumors, they have to be mentioned as well)

The Japanese version of Wikipedia (translated) offers a more detailed explanation on the circumstances behind Monã’s date of birth.

In some way, Monā is the Japanese equivalent of NO U for this became an instant catchphrase and that character was put to use across the forum.

Funny thing to know: The Mona Font for displaying Shift JIS art compatibly on Linux was named after this character.

(Source: Wikipedia, see link)

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Flash animations, games, and videos

Based on the initial Shift JIS art, many flash games made by fans involving the 2channel’s characters were made:

This also included animations and videos, most of the time featuring the other 2channel characters:

Hare Hare Yukai Dance

He is also a recurring characters appearing in Nico Nico Douga’s videos as seen by this list and this translated NND article

Character evolution

Like Giko Neko, and all 2channel’s characters so far, Monā appeared in Nightmare City and its followup Nightmare City Catastrophe, flash animations which where first issued for the annual Flash Bomb festival that took place in Tokyo respectively in December 2004 for the first animation and then September 2005 for its followup:

Here, the anime style led Monā to keep his white initial color, though more human-like, but Morarā, the round-eyed variation one, got some kind of a blue color. In the following flashes and fanarts, he would get a yellowish color.

Saint Elmo’s bullet zero

Here can be found a website called “Mac de Monar!”, entirely dedicated to 2channel characters’ drawings.


Hattoushin Monā, more often known as simply Hattoushin (8頭身 meaning “eight heads tall”) and also frequently spelled “8toushin”, is an evolution from the initial Monã. He is frequently depicted in mock-homoerotic poses, or pursuing 1-san, another 2channel fictionnal character used for basic depiction of a newbie user, originally with murderous but more recently lustful intent.
One of his first appearance is from a 2ch thread from the 9th of November 2001. It’s also from this peculiar thread that the main features of this character have emerged because, in it, >>1(1-san, ichi-san) insisted that Hattoushin is creepy and he hated Hattoushin.
Then, other anonymous users began to tease him jokingly with Hattousin’s Shift-JIS Art filling full of love for him.
Quickly, Hattousin was characterized as the man expressing his love for ichi-san dynamically and enthusiastically. And ichi-san was also characterized as a guy who is always running away from Hattoushin’s crazy homosexual loving.

Hattoushin soon became an entire character, the only one being drawn with human-like shapes, to be represented in many Flash animations, starting in 2001:
(The following are Youtube versions from them, thanks to Mona_JPN)

These animations, and many more, can be found on Nico Nico Douga as well.

Because of his human-like body, with long legs and arms, Hattoushin was able to reproduce basic human moves, such as dancing. As a result, in addition to be a passionate character, the two combined gave birth to dancing animations:

That way, Hattoushin has been used in many Japanese dancing memes as well:




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