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Namiko Moon is a cosplayer from a Mexican telenovela episode that appears to be an amalgamation of several different female anime characters. User Tlaloc of the Live Action Protest forums has described Namiko as “the union of Sailor Moon, Athena from Saint Seiya, Miku and guess the girls from Evangelion” and her sidekick Hiroshi San as “a mix of Goku and the Saint Seiya series.” The characters have often been mocked on various web forums and have inspired fan art, image macros and parody videos.
On August 1st, 2011, the Mexican television station Televisa aired a trailer for an episode of La Rosa de Guadalupe titled “Cosplay Salvemos al mundo” (“Cosplay Saves the World”). The trailer was posted to 4chan’s /a/ (Anime & Manga) board the same day and received negative reactions for portraying a false stereotype of the cosplaying subculture.
La Rosa de Guadalupe
La Rosa de Guadalupe is a Mexican telenovela that is often mocked for having sub-par acting, false stereotypes and cliché scripts. Each episode begins with a character praying to “La Virgen de Guadalupe” about a problem in their life and ends with a deus ex machina involving a magical rose that solves any problems that have arisen.
On August 6th, 2011, Live Action Protest forum user Tlaloc posted several YouTube embeds from the episode. Namiko Moon references have since appeared on DeviantArt, Tumblr, Meme Generator, and several Otaku themed sites as well. A Facebook fan page has 11,754 likes and a Twitter account has 594 followers as of December 4th, 2011.
Search queries for “namiko moon” peaked in August of 2011, the same month the trailer was posted to YouTube.
La Diaria De Daria – La Rosa de Guadalupe presenta “Cosplay: Salvemos al Mundo”