History behind Mona - Japan's first Cryptocurrency
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History behind Mona - Japan's first Cryptocurrency

By circuitops | The Crypto News | 10 Feb 2020

Japan was being eyed because of its witty creations in the anime world. The work is for other people or for their own purposes only. Thanks to their advanced technology and high-intellect thinking about things in the field of science.

One of the faddish works is Monā (モナー), a popular cat-like character that is often hailed in the from of Shift JIS art, a tremendous set of ASCIIs (a code for representing alphanumeric information), intended for Japanese usage. The features including his smiley face, consisting of the universal quantifier symbol (upside-down capital “A”), for the mouth (flanked by an apostrophe) and grave accent for eyes and his pointed ears.

Now, let’s take a look at the origin of the character. The name comes from the phrase, “omae mo nā’’ means “You too!”. Monā was believed that have been conceived from a troll thread posted on 2channel sometime in the late 1990s to early 2000s.

Many people believed or claimed that the phrase "omae mo nā!" had been previously used on other BBS (Bulletin board System) communities like Ayasii, the birthplace of Giko Neko, and Amezou, though these claims remain unconfirmed through the other sources.

Way back 2000, the character flashy gained momentum on 2channel and elsewhere on the Japanese web with a similar meaning with the NO U and also went to inspire a series of flash animation and flash games that centered the character. As a result of the frequent appearance in videos, Monā (モナー), had been also listed as a recurring character and spawned its own article on Nico Douga. In addition, the Mona Font for displaying Shift JIS art compatibly on Linux was named after this character.

Here are some character evolution of Monā according to some sources:

  • Morarā, A variant with dots (in Shift JIS art, the katakana middle dot) for eyes, rather than the apostrophe and backtick, has been named Morarā (sometimes spelled "Moraler" or "Moralar") or Matāri (also spelled "Matterly" or "Mattarly") and is considered a separate character. He sometimes characterized as being more sensible than the whimsical Monā, but in many cases they are interchangeable.
  • Giko Neko, Monā appeared in Nightmare City and its follow- up Nightmare City Catastrophe, flash animations which were first issued for the annual Flash Bomb festival that took place in Tokyo respectively in December 2004 for the first animation and then September 2005 for its follow-up.
  • Hattoushin Monā, Often known as simply Hattoushin (8頭身 meaning "eight heads tall") and also frequently spelled "8toushin", is an evolution from the initial Monã. He is frequently depicted in mock-homoerotic poses, or pursuing 1-san, another 2channel fictional character used for the basic depiction of a newbie user, originally with murderous but more recently lustful intent.

One of his first appearances is from a 2ch thread from the 9th of November 2001. It's also from this peculiar thread that the main features of this character have emerged because, in it, >>1(1-san, ichi-san) insisted that Hattoushin is creepy and he hated Hattoushin. Then, other anonymous users began to tease him jokingly with Hattousin’s Shift-JIS Art filling full of love for him.

Quickly, Hattousin was characterized as the man expressing his love for ichi-san dynamically and enthusiastically. And ichi-san was also characterized as a guy who is always running away from Hattoushin’s crazy homosexual loving.

Hattoushin soon became an entire character, the only one being drawn with human-like shapes, to be represented in many Flash animations, starting in 2001. These animations, and many more, can be found on Nico Douga as well. Because of his human-like body, with long legs and arms, Hattoushin was able to reproduce basic human moves, such as dancing. As a result, in addition, to be a passionate character, the two joined and gave birth to dancing animations.

That way, Hattoushin has been used in many Japanese dancing memes as well, including Geddan/ゲッダン, Fukkireta/吹-っ-切-れ-た, PoPiPo, among many others.

Now, looking forward to its advancement. Japan made it to its highest attainment. Make it’s Mona themed cryptocurrency that can be used in payment, not long after, it can be used in any purpose, worldwide.

In July 2014, following the success of other meme-based cryptocurrencies like DogeCoin, a Mona-themed altcoin was launched by a group under the name of the Monacoin Project. Notable for its exceptionally high geographic concentration of users in Japan, the value of the currency began rising in early July and reached a peak of JP¥ 80 on August 1st, though it has since fallen back to JP¥ 44.6 as of August 5th. According to Coindesk, there are at least five online and physical stores, as well as an auction site, that began accepting Monacoin as a form of payment.


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