Afuganisu-tan, Merikens and the Tayaribani

by Teo on 3/30/2008 · 4 comments

I just stumbled across the most bizarre rendition of Central Asian history, sure to both titillate and horrify all CA enthusiasts. Witness ‘Afuganisu-tan’, a comic-book geopolitical primer for Japanese teens, on the plight of little ‘Afu’, an unfortunate girl, surrounded by neighbors with strong personalities, who ‘trips and falls a lot.’ All the regional players are similarly rendered as girls (except the Al-Nyeda, who are feral cats) via ‘moe anthropomorphism‘ (You learn something new every day!), as listed on Wikipedia:

Tajikis-tan (たじきすタン, Tajikisu-tan)

A salt-of-the-earth Edokko type, quick to argue and quick to make up. Has girlish tastes.

Turkmenis-tan (とるくめにすタン, Torukumenisu-tan)

A girl with a mysterious personality – one never knows her true thoughts.

Meriken (めりけん, represents the United States)

The richest person in the neighborhood. Good in a fight, and never doubts her own sense of justice.

After being bitten by the feral Nyeda cats, Meriken’s ‘fair skin is injured’ and gets extremely scary. But if such cutesy-ness is too much for you, check out Stalin vs. Hitler. Apparently, Stalin was a total badass.

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Davíd March 31, 2008 at 12:25 am

Cute! I wanna see Palestine rendered the same way, haha.

kirugisu March 31, 2008 at 12:50 am

Check out the two panels on the right –

Northern Alliance is to Ahmad Shah Massoud with flowers
[just as]
Tayaribani is to … Robocop in a beret?

Michael Hancock March 31, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Didn’t realize that the Japanese loved Ahmad Shah Massoud so much. Anyway, I am completely blown away. Who is the target audience, anyway? And that Stalin vs. Hitler comic was just brilliant.

kirugisu April 1, 2008 at 2:56 am

A little surprising that the Stalin comic was published as recently as 2000.

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