If there's one way to stand up to ISIS, I guess, it's with memes. This past January, Japanese Twitter users uploaded images Photoshopped with anime as a way to defy ISIS.
Around that same time, net users on Japan's largest bulletin board 2ch created ISIS-chan anime girls (which were, perhaps, inspired by Tumblr images dating from late last year).
The BBC (via IT Media) recently did a story on how Anonymous was "ramping up efforts to tackle sympathisers of the Islamic State group on Twitter". Their method, the BBC reported, was to flood ISIS-friendly accounts with anime girls.
— ISISちゃん 普及bot（公式） (@isisvipper) July 22, 2015
However, Japanese Twitter account ISIS Vipper is claiming responsiblity and is targeting ISIS-friendly Twitter accounts Anonymous previously uploaded to a Pastebin. These accounts have been allegedly spreading propaganda.
As ISIS Vipper points out, there are rules about using ISIS-chan, such as not insulting Islam, not posting gore and not posting pornography as well as being respectful to Muslim beliefs and the victims and hostages.
The idea is that ISIS-chan, with her cute anime looks and love of melons, neutralises the horrific ISIS images circulating online. The ISIS Vipper "team" says it "disrupts" ISIS propaganda.
The Japanese Twitter account is uploading photos like this by spamming commonly used ISIS themed hashtags.
This is about message control and battling propaganda and fear with memes by reducing ISIS to anime characters. To some, it might come off as trivial, making light of a horrific events and making them "cute". Maybe it is. Or, perhaps, this is the only way for some to exercise control.
— ISISちゃん 普及bot（公式） (@isisvipper) June 23, 2015
Ain't she a beautiful sight... #ISISchan
— ISISちゃん 普及bot（公式） (@isisvipper) May 16, 2015
— MS-06S ザクⅡ (@FoxQbee) July 13, 2015
— ISISちゃん 普及bot（公式） (@isisvipper) May 19, 2015
The Japanese text reads: "You thought this was going to be a gruesome image? Too bad! It was ISIS-chan."