Japan Fights China with Moe, China Crushed


Japanese otaku have fought back against Chinese propaganda by turning the favourite anti-Japanese insult of the Chinese into a moe character.

Some explanation is in order – “Japanese devils” (literally, “Japanese devil children”) is a traditional Chinese racist insult towards the Japanese, having come into common currency during WWII and been maintained by anti-Japanese propaganda ever since.


In Chinese it is 日本鬼子 / rìběn guǐzi (read as “nihon onigo” in Japanese), meaning simply “Japanese devils” (incidentally, 鬼子/guǐzi on its own is also the traditional “foreign devils” insult Chinese apply to westerners in general).

With the anti-Japanese riots in China, the term has seen plenty of recent usage.

Japanese artists on 2ch decided to use moe to appropriate the term and “turn the Chinese into moetards,” creating “Hi-no-Moto Oniko” based on an alternative reading of the 日本鬼子 characters – the characters for Japan, 日本, mean “origin of the sun” (Hi no Moto) and 鬼子 can be rendered into a female name, “Oniko.”


Chinese confronted with these lovely creatures are perplexed:

I didn’t think it would turn out like this… I just don’t understand that country.

Damn, just damn. Japan is a dangerous country. Perhaps we should admit our loss.

We boo and jeer them and their response is a moe character… We’re helpless before them.

Riben Guizi is a moe character!? What can we call them now? Japs? Creepy otaku?

Related to this is the “little Japan” (小日本 / xiǎo rìběn) epithet used disparagingly by contemporary Chinese Japan-haters to refer to Japan – this also gives 小日本鬼子 (“little Japanese devils”), which has been co-opted into the devastatingly cute “little Oniko”:



More fruits of the “Let’s make Hi-no-Moto Oniko into a moe character and turn all those racist Chinese into moetards” project:


More of her.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 29/10/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Chinese otaku who commented on the issue and said to be "perplexed" by Oniko are never anti-Japanese to begin with. Heh I have already seen an ecchi Oniko doujin released by them. Talk about speed and efficiency...

    On the other hand I highly doubt the extreme nationalists will give a shit to Japanese 2D drawings. They just treat them like ukiyo-e anyway and will hardly be able to see anything moe out of them.

    Still, kudos to the 2ch for doing something more productive than throwing random insults at gaijin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 28/10/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Damn, just damn. Japan is a dangerous country. Perhaps we should admit our loss."

    i laughed X)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 29/10/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "GuiZi" is not really "Devils" but more "Deamons" in the Chinese language and culture.
    China has no imagination about the christian devil, but a shitload of evil and bloodthirsty deamons coming from the underworld to burn, pillage and terrorize the living.
    And that, what the Japanese díd, and still lot of Japanese right-wingers agreed to, is pretty much fitting to the traditional Chinese imagination about those evil spirits and deamons...
    This terms depicts a being, that does things no ordinary human mind can think of, things that are so terrifying and inhuman, that it has to be something out of this world.

    Watch this, and tell for yourself wether the Japanese should be called "Deamons" or not:


    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    02:39 29/10/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    At first I thought you mispelled and were talking about some computer program [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(computer_software)]...

    Comment by Anonymous

    ITT, chinks trolling.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Fucking right.

    Japs were and are still daemons.

    fuckers who voted this anon down and hide his post just prove that they cannot face the reality of history.

    vivisecting people alive and putting them in pressure chambers until their eye-balls explode, sure is fun and moe.

    Fucking disgusting japs.

    And the americans even let them off the hook for the research data.

    I hope China ruins them both economically and then stomp them down with debts and sanctions, so that they will never ever rise again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 29/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And the Americans should just move back to Europe while enslaving themselves to the Africans.
    And the Turks should give Asia Minor back to the
    Greeks so they could re-establish the Byzantine Empire.
    Oh, and your ancestral one-celled organism ate MY one-celled ancestor's plancton it had been savoring for a long time, thus causing my one-celled ancestor conciderable grief and suffering. It would be only just that you get yourself slain in a very unconfortable manner to repent for this crime.

    ...I could go on, but I don't think that I have to labour my point any more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 27/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    I agree, Japan and America should go to hell for what they did. But China should be the first to go to hell for the shit they did to their own people.
    A nation that betrays it's own people through oppression, murder, torture is a thousand times worse than a nation that brings such upon another.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 02/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, its racist bitches like YOU who need to go to hell.
    *Sigh* Typical.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 08/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most countries suck in their own way, no need to be so butthurt and analsore just because your country isn't a major economic power.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Though it is racist, it's pretty much true about what the Chinese government does. They don't care about the residents at all, kill all that say stuff and opress the general public.

    Though, I don't really agree on them being worse the others, every country has it's own dark past. Some learn and move on, others.. well they stick to it. I.E. China

    Just my (uncalled for) opinion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 25/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You think China's History don't have any "Daemon" stuffs? What did you do with neightbor countries arround you in the past?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 19/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, stupid, quit the racist talk and do something productive in your own life before I become tempted to physically hunt you down, rip off your pants and then hang the pants on a public school's flagpole while photographing you in your underwear!

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    Comment by Quack!

    I don't know what country you're talking about, but it sure as hell isn't Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 29/10/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    too bad weaboo, IT IS Japan.

    learn the real face of the country you revere.

    ever wondered why guro-porn and tentacle-rape was invented by the japs?

    they are still the children of those mindfucked mass-murderers who never had to fear retribution and justice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 02/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, you clearly are still at the WWII days. For the guro and tentacle rape thing, well have you ever heard of a fetish?

    Ever wonder why America is involved in every single war? Why they spend most of their Trillions of dollars into their milliatary?

    You are still the children of those mindfucked mass-murderers who never had to fear retribution and justice because, oh, youre soo powerful.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Lulz look at the mad chink with clear inferiority complex. And guro-pron isn't invented by the japs you dumb chink. Gore was a big part of black metal scene way before guro came along for example.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 28/10/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I´d kill every single of those creatures. If after watching the japanese anime you think little cute girls with horns or weapons are anything other but terrifyingly violent, merciless and dangerous creatures, so different from humans that we cant exist together - you know shit about japanese anime.

    Slay the Oni!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 02/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thing is that they aren't human. Stop being scared and racist to 2D drawings. You make yourself an idiot, but I imagine you were anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 25/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    humans are no different. they're more destructive than what you think. just look around you it's not that hard given that you're "intelligent"

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cuz humans totally did not create these monstrosities to either scare children or frame something that doesn't exist. Humans were also the ones to create weapons. I don't see why they can't co-exist.

    Also, cute girl with horns and a weapon
    from Youko x Boku SS

    Looks like she can co-exist pretty well with us humans, no?

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    Comment by nightcolored
    23:58 28/10/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    it's your loss then...

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    Comment by gumiko

    you're so-called "tsundere"!

    you have to admit that you found her cuteness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 29/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I thought the war was over why fighting about the past when we live in the present? People just need to grow up and move ahead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 02/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Old people these days... Grow up more. Even us younger people have more good sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 07/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    just let old people be. the grudge will either die with them or turn against anyone who tries to stop them from avenging their dead relatives from the war.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:12 29/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Please China, insult them more.

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    Comment by obro
    20:36 28/10/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    go to war already!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 28/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Btw 子 doesn't always have to mean "child." In 日本鬼子 it's just 'Japanese Devil.' 鬼 pretty much covers any evil creature though from trolls to ghosts to demons.

    iirc Japanese were also described as 倭寇, something to the effect of 'midget pirates' or 'dwarf raiders' waaaay back in the, I dunno, 1400s? 1500s? Anyways back then it seemed notable to the Han ethnicity that Japanese were somehow physically smaller and had a tradition of piracy up and down the coast of China.
    Of course, 小日本 is purely an expression of belittlement, I don't think it comments on their height.

    Anyways, it's pretty stupid but Asians have a bad habit of keeping these eternal grudges. When will they grow up?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you should know 倭寇 has 2 series.
    the second part of 倭寇 , most of them were chinese.

    when will Asian grow up?
    The day when they notice that realy who aggressed them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 25/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    as much as i hated korean drama for being long-winded and shit, they mentioned japanese pirates as 倭寇 multiple times. saying most of them were chinese might just be your fantasy.

    lastly, you speak as though these countries are children and you are the father. you must be either one hell of a lousy parent or a nut.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 13/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    For the record, though I have no idea what they were labeled, there were Chinese pirates back in the day. In fact, the Chinese were arguably the most successful at it, at least amongst the Asian cultures, seeing as one of the MOST successful pirates in history was a Chinese woman. Yes, woman.

    Her name was (well, is usually written in English text as) Ching Shih. Not only was she an excellent pirate captain, but at her height, she controlled tens of thousands of men in a whole fleet - a fleet so good it beat the actual Chinese navy. Repeatedly. In fact, she was undefeated - they were so sick of fighting her and losing that they actually bought her fleet from her and paid her to retire. Her fleet was absorbed into the actual Chinese navy, and she settled down to run a gambling house - one of the only notorious pirates in history to successfully retire I might add.

    Sure, she might be an exception to the rule - but she was Chinese, and she was not just a pirate, but one of the world's most successful ones.

    So, you know. It's not like there were no Chinese pirates, ever. :P

    And "80k men" is kind of a lot of pirates, even if we're just counting Ching Shih's armada by itself...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 02/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyway, its pretty stupid but America should stop having a grudge against blacks and asians because their so cool.


    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 28/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't that the same with those who freak out at the sight of 'manju'?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 28/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)



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    Comment by kamiru

    they used to call gaijin as 洋鬼子 as well. the 鬼子 does not necessary means devil, its more like scolding others as "bitches" or "dumbass", its just to call others by not using the word "人" which mean people. the chinese has a way of thinking that they are superior so other races are not like themselves so they call other races 鬼子.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:29 28/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well to be fair, at the time the phrase became popular was when foreigners first arrived to China in mass, which was during their last dynasty. Where they were getting exploited by the outsiders like crazy (opium trade, etc). The inability of the weak imperial court to act against foreign oppression means calling foreigner insulting names was pretty much the only satisfaction ordinary Chinese can get in those days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 29/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    thing is, the 鬼子 part isnt a racist remark at anyone in particular and the 日本 simply denotes japanese or japan

    basically, it's not a particularly offensive remark and is just a common place word you'd never really find offense in

    i can think of many worse insults tbh

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 28/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting observation.

    Extending it further this suggests that Japan has become so ineffectual and inconsequential that the only thing it can do against current Chinese aggression is to draw cute pictures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 09/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese aggression???
    What the fuck are you talking about, man?

    The Japs killed millions of Chinese, mostly civilians, in horrible ways. How many Japs did the Chinese kill (excluding Imperial soldiers who were buttraping their country)?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 29/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Horribly, horribly effective cute pictures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 29/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese say similar things about foreigners as well, so it's not like it's a Chinese thing.

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    Comment by JAG
    20:14 28/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Now thats' Japan!. Seriously though, I hope this wont escalate any further.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    22:07 28/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It should escalate into doujinshi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 02/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now, we all know America goes to every single war, right? Lets see what they come up with.

    Aaaand here's a Superman hentai doujin. Preettty laaaaame. They need to stop making weapons and make more of the GOOD STUFF, you know, like what Japan is doing. -.-

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    Comment by nightcolored
    23:44 28/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    this is what i call "silent stance"...
    n it always works better...

    n where's suika ibuki in times like this???

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Drunk, with her head stuck in the toilet lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 29/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    “Japanese devil children”
    The translation has made a mistake.

    [devil] Mistake
    [ogre] Correct meaning

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    Comment by Artefact

    Whilst it is often translated as "ogre," what Japanese mythology implies with "oni" bears no resemblance to what most westerners would consider an "ogre." Demon or devil is perfectly appropriate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 29/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol, pwned.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:54 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    in Chinese, Negro is 黑鬼(black ogre).all westerner are 西洋鬼子(western ogre)
    And personaly i believe Japanese word 赤鬼(red ogre) is sunburned White. 青鬼(blue ogre) is pale White.

    it's anything okay ogre means demon or devil or not.
    which 鬼("oni") do you belong to?
    I'm also belong to Honomoto Oniko.
    let's drow on your own devil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:41 29/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry. I'm Japanese.

    Demon or devil also has word [悪魔 akuma]in Japan.

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    Comment by TeDasCuen
    01:43 30/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not Japanese, but in all my Japanese dictionaries and kanji meanings books, "鬼" has the meanings:

    Like kanji (鬼): ghost; devil.
    Like word (おに): ogre; demon.

    By the way, I want to make a question: all these drawings what represent? An ogre girl or a demon or devil girl? I think that second.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 05/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually when Japanese use 鬼 as 1 word, it often means old Japanese monster, big stout man with one or two horns, red skin, and wearing only a tiger fur (can you see some girls wearing tiger fur?). I'm not sure but maybe ogre is most alike.. or do you feel it's more like devil?

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