Yesterday afternoon, I was trying to watch this video of XP-tan on New Akiba Dot Com.
OSたん の XPたん
It was then I realised that there was something wrong with my system as there wasn’t any sound coming from the speakers. What was XP-tan trying to say?
Only then did I realise that the system wasn’t working well – the svchost.exe had gone nuts and couldn’t load properly. The Win32 generic host processes had totally gone hay wire. I hadn’t patched my OS after Microsoft implanted the Genuine Windows validation spyware without my knowledge. I trusted all Microsoft applications and let the auto-update install all the necessary fixes. The PC is my life and the gateway to my world – there’s one thing that I can’t do without and that is my Internet connection. Even if I could still use most of the applications, it sucks when error messages keep popping up on the screen and some of the essential components such as the sound system fail to function.
I guess my OS was compromised when I upgraded my hardware back in Nov 03 – I was transiting from Win98se to WinXP, and had bought an upgrade kit for installation. A friend of a friend helped to assemble the new PC for free. He might have used a ‘compromised’ OEM Windows during the set up. Fortunately, I’ve still had the CD-key of the original WinXP upgrade. I gave it a try and the OS was validated. Whew. I could get the Millennium Falcon to fly again.
PON – CHICK – POOOORRRNN
Now I can hear her go “PON – CHICK – POOOORRRNN”. The designers behind the OS-tans were playing on the pun “Memory” and “Mammary”. The OS that requires more memory resource to function would have larger assets.
OS-tan and the Moé Gijinka (萌え擬人化) Culture
The Japanese like to make cute mascots out of almost everything and anything – whether is it to campaign for social change or to promote products since the post-War period. Moé anthropomorphism or known in its native tongue as Moé Gijinka (萌え擬人化) is a branch of this tradition. Doujin artists who frequent the Nijiura image-board had created anthropomorphic characters out of computer operating systems known as the OS-tans (OSたん). There’s a dedicated section for the cute OS anthromorphs.
The OS-tans had acquired enough popularity among Japanese Netizens such that they’ve received fan tribute in terms of cosplay, figures and doujinshi. 宇（おおぞら）出版 [Ohzora Shuppan] had published the OS-tan fan book – “Trouble Windows“.
Chibi OS-tan Figurines
The fan book came with 3 out of 4 OS-tan chibi figurines. The fourth figurine – Win2K-tan was sold separately. There’s a moulded niche reserved for Win2K-tan within blister pack that came with the fan book’s package. It’s next to XP-tan.
There’s a doujinshi designed in the style of shojo manga. The title took on the name of the image-board “Futaba Channel” where the OS-tans first appeared.
I know that there’s been a number of bishojo figurines of the OS-tans, the most recent being XP-tan
とらぶる・うぃんどうず ＸＰたん 完成品フィギュア ユウユ版
This figurine came from an indy company – YuuYu (ユウユ).
Some cosplayers had also gotten into the spirit of XP-tan: