Queen of moeblobs Mio Akiyama has apparently found herself appropriated by Chinese otaku as an image character for their nation’s newly copied stealth plane, the Chengdu J-20.

The similarity is said to be both because of certain mild aesthetic similarities between the two, and because of some tenuous connection between the Akiyama Mio name and the plane.


The fact that plenty of Chinese anime fans love Mio probably helps a great deal as well…

The J-20 proper, part of China’s ongoing military build up:


The plane is thought to be the result of Chinese spies copying American stealth planes, using parts clandestinely retrieved from a stealth plane shot down over Serbia.

It has already been the subject of some original moe anthropomorphisation, in the form of the splendid display of mecha-musume shown below (most of which are apparently not by Chinese artists for some strange reason):


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    Comment by OtakuX
    11:13 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    I don't see a resemblence

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    Comment by toyNN
    14:38 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Resemblances abound..Mio is Mio even when she's the other Mio - but could the Chinese please come up with something of their own.

    Orange Gundam, Stealth Figher J20, and Strike-figher Mio - 3 hi-tech copies that might not ever get off the ground.

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    Comment by FlyingCake
    18:10 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Chengdu-tan's personality traits:
    Keen observer
    Frequently late to fashion trends ^^;

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    19:53 25/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    @FlyingCake,for real?

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    Comment by nanuchan
    20:35 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A copypasta moe-tan for a copypasta plane, chinese do really like copypaste xD

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    Comment by Elc
    21:00 25/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    proves chinese weapons engineers are unable to create weapons that can truly be considered on par with other major nations without stealing and basically photocopying what other nations have. its almost as bad as when the soviets stole and built perfect clones of the US Flying Fortress bombers...
    wonder what J20-tan will do if she finds out she is just a clone, though that wont happen with the chinese governments suffocating grip on information... i guess the normal reactions would be either break down mentally and kill yourself, or kill your creators... or both...
    oh... and why is she (Mio) holding a QBZ? I know its the standard rifle of the PLA, but... when it costs double digit millions to build you, i would expect her to choose a better rifle at least... you know... spend a little extra for something that will keep you alive much better than that... at the very least, an AK74...

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    09:25 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, this plane again huh?...yeah, I remember seeing this plane when watching "The Daily Show with Jon Steward", copypasta indeed...

    Comment by Anonymous

    u guys are all fuktards.
    complaining about how chinese stole blah blah blah, remember, kanji was/is a form of chinese that has apparently been borrowed.

    without chinese, japanese can't even write their own name.

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    Comment by Gitami
    14:14 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's no copyright over words anywhere in the world.

    Technology, military secrets, yes there is copyrights of it. It's just that it's impossible to persecute theft of military secrets. In the end theft is theft and the only creativity is in how you obtained the secret.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The plane achieves its stealth capabilities by being made entirely out of hollow plastic.

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    Comment by Elc
    20:26 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    cultural copying is different than schematic copying for military secrets and commercial products. nobody owns the culture... if you want to use Kanji as an example, just look at English, it "steals" many things from pretty much every other language out there, though mostly Germanic in origin. another example of stealing writing is the arabic numeric system, you know all those lovely numbers that almost everyone uses like 1,2,3? yea, those come from ancient Arabia. then theres chinese, where they are too lazy to make up names for new things recently, so they just literally translate the english names for the items and ideas, and even make silly names for things, like a selection menu in a computer is known as a "food menu(a menu for a restaurant)".

    seriously, all Ive been seeing out of Chinese weapons engineers is the copying of other nations weapons, their standard rifles were AK clones up until recently, now they use the crappy QBZ they designed which is now being phased out by ANOTHER AK clone since they found the QBZ rifles to be lacking, they use Russian T90 Tanks, they use Russian MIG fighter planes, now they steal and copy US stealth planes? not surprising given their history with weapons development, you would think that the Chinese weapons engineers just sit on their asses twiddling their thumbs all day instead of designing useful weapons...

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    17:08 25/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Only the 3rd and 4th resemble Mio and I'm sure it was done on purpose, the other ones look original although she clearly is DarkTallAndBishoujo. But even so, that's not going to stop me from fapping.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That's the image where it's most painfully obvious. The resemblance on the previous one could be mere coincidence.

    Now, the third image... Shimapan. So it's Mio.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:18 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    More than damn obvious when the large line of simplified Chinese says I am the flying Akiyama Mio.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    they are both asian....

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    Comment by ☆ БОSS ☆
    11:29 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    PAK FA-tan

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ilya as PAK FA tan


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:43 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why so many negative comments for PAK-FA tan, It would be awesome

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 25/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    so Mio is now a Strike Witch! XD

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    14:22 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And she replaces the ageing Sakamoto Mio with Akiyama Mio.....

    Yes, I can see it now, and it looks fuckin awesome...

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    22:49 25/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    And she wields a machinegun disguised as a lefty bass guitar. Special magic attack is the Moe Moe Kyun Beam.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks more like an Elemental Daughter to me :-/
    Seems like CAVE was able to design an actual battle unit. Well, as long as it's not Hibachi...

    Comment by Anonymous

    you are right this is NOT Mio, not at all, who made this article, stop passing off good artwork as another character just cause that character is famous.

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    Comment by Artefact
    03:53 26/01/2011 # ! Astronomical

    The article explicitly states those are "original" characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL... EPIC china FAIL once again. Not an original idea in sight. Copy a fighter from the US, copy an anime character from Japan, and steal a highspeed train from France.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And the US uses the Russians to create the F22 raptor so what is your point?

    Next your gonna say the Russian super plane is copied the F22 raptor?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:29 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow... r u by any chance Russian?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The F-22's completely different to the Sukhoi line of fighters - different core principles at work.

    I know it's normal to bash the Ruskies, but their fighters have got much longer ranges than US fighters and generally speaking, heftier payloads. The aircraft aren't as focused on stealth, but are generally better dogfighters, and their radar systems and pilot instrumentation are better.

    The modern US designs are based around raw stealth, and even the T-50 prototypes are apparently less stealthy than the F-22, but how much of a real advantage this gives the 22 isn't known, and probably never will be - it's unlikely the two will meet in combat.

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    Comment by EXkurogane
    13:54 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, are they supposed to use someone else's (japan's) anime character as their own mascot character for for their own political/business intesrests? Wouldn't that be infringing copyrights?

    Please Sue China.

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    Comment by Yourtime
    19:59 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol not funny -.-. to use the famous again for weapons.

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    Comment by Akmal
    23:12 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So...why Mio = J20 you might ask?

    Chengdu J20 = Stealth jet
    Stealth = Hidden
    Hidden = Shy
    Shy = Sai...I mean..Mio.

    The more you know...

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    Comment by hazelfish
    11:19 25/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    it feels so goddam weird seeing my friend's drawing on sankaku.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 25/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's even weird when you see your OWN art on sankaku...

    Comment by Anonymous

    china builds stealth fighters while on the other side of the sea japanese can only draw moe mecha-musume in retaliation. it basically summarize the japan of today. pity.

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    Comment by X_FANG
    11:41 25/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Japan doesn't feel the need to build a stealth fighter... after all they already build a stealth mobile suits...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they feel the need to do so (ATD-X, shinshin), but as the defense budget it strictly limited and as there are no options for exports (japan's self-ban of arms exports) the investment is a bit problematic.

    ... and if you look at what was budget blown on building an enlarged F-16, I'd rather stick with an available platform.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 25/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The JSDF, despite their size, has one of the most technologically advanced forces in the world, though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    replacing the F4s with a mix of F-35 and Typhoons with optional available TVN (thrust vectoring nozzle) would be nice though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:50 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I thought Russia has been a happy camper when it comes to selling planes these days. Asian countries have been swarming Sukhoi like a bunch of housewives on department store discount day.

    Japan should also stock on some high-end Russian planes. However, I guess them being a key ally to the US in the region kinda makes it difficult to happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Russian planes are engineering marvel, it's much cheaper and can be mass produced faster than american planes and they are not cheapskate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    too bad Russian planes K/D ratios can only dream of matching modern american planes

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ anon 15:50
    main problem would be that japan and russia are officially still at war.
    I'd love to see them eventually replacing the F-15s with T-50s... but given the political circumstances Typhoons would be the most suitable and available choice as F4 interceptor replacement. (the British got radar lock in BVR on F22s in a recent mock battle [and were evenly matched in close range, even without TVN]... so they should be more than sufficient to cope with the less stealthy chinese designs.)

    *comment doesn't intend to imply a bias towards a particular country.

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    Comment by Neko Musume Classic
    11:16 25/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hot jets are hot.

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    Comment by Fred
    12:58 25/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The J-20 is suspected to have been made by combining a modern Russian airframe with the reverse engineered skin coatings of a downed F-117.
    Assuming they made it for the export market then it should be quite a successful stealth aircraft... so long as it doesn't cross paths with the real deal.

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    Comment by Pyrolight

    What real deal?

    The F-22 project is dead. The F-117 is a bomber that is only tagged as a fighter for political reasons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 25/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The F-22 is already in service right now by 2012 we'll our entire 187 plane order complete thus all of them in service. We can build more if needed. And the F-117 was retired in 2008.

    I get a kick out of what it says in pic #5, No china yours is no where close to ours your using 30 year old stealth tech on something with sections that look like an F-22 hopeing it'll work the same.

    But that aside I do enjoy all these new fighter-tans of it.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    14:01 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't think that many were made before they decided to halt production.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    F22 project started in the 80s and finalized in the 90s. That's around 20 to 30 years old tech depending on how you count. Better check before making this kind of funny comment next time.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    14:08 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lockheed fixed the production cost problems with the F-22 and it is in service right now and they do plan on eventually replacing the front line F15 fleet with F-22s.

    BTW the F-117 coatings are outdated they're not all weather like the new stealth coatings.

    Maintenance cost was one reason the F-117 was retired also the F-22 can do pretty much everything it can do.

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    Comment by Fred
    14:17 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The real deal is a fifth generation fighter with thrust vectoring, fly by wire controls, still secretive skin materials, supercruise, long range missiles with off bore sight capability, integrated helmet displays and squadron wide target sharing.

    Its the kind of thing the US has deployed in the F-22 (two hundred aircraft is hardly "dead") and will be deploying with the F-35. Its also the kind of thing the Russians have been working to develop in secret since the Berkut.
    The J-20 has alot to prove... but I suspect they don't intend to do that. Its more lucrative to sell it to an oil rich nation and leave them with the problem of figuring out the limitations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would disagree with the F-35 being a 5th generator "fighter". It is more a strike craft and is aerodynamically and kinematically, Inferior to, well, anything (I wouldnt call a craft with a turn rate worse than an F-4 phantom a fighter). Not to mention its "stealth" is a joke (Its easily picked up by Su-35's L-band radar, and that particular fighter communicates its targets with other military assets in the region).

    And as the J-20 having a lot to prove, Its an interceptor designed to to quickly and stealthily destroy high value assets such as tankers and AWACS. And with F-22's (the only plane in production that can stop it, pak-fa could do it too but its just a prototype) not being deployed outside the US due to its stealth coating that tends to flake in bad weather, the chinese will have air superiority anywhere that doesnt have those 2 fighters

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