A mainstream Taiwanese political candidate who has cunningly chosen to drop the usual airbrushed portrait of herself beaming unconvincingly at the electorate in favour of a more up-to-date 2D moe image of herself has been attracting attention both within and without Taiwan.
44-year-old candidate Chien Yu-yan, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (one of the two main parties in Taiwan, noted for favouring formal independence from the PRC), is seeking re-election to her seat in the Taipei municipal assembly.
As part of her electoral propaganda campaign, she has taken the rather unusual step of using an anime-styled campaign portrait alongside her regular ones, in the hopes of grubbing more votes from Taiwan’s huge contingent of Japanese culture aficionados.
Japan has been watching all this with mixed feelings:
“This is packaging fraud!”
“Do it over.”
“This is more anthropomorphisation than an actual portrait…”
“You have to draw the line somewhere – some things should not be made moe!”
“What a swindle!”
“You lot owe Taiwan an apology!”
“I think it looks more Taiwanese than moe…”
“Well, it’s all Photoshop anyway, isn’t it?:”
“What she really looks like:”
“She’s really not that bad for her age.”