Netizens have been shocked by the appearance of photographs showing “Com-chan”, a huge, fluffy yuru-character mascot based on a condom, that is supposedly the only official mascot of Kanagawa Prefecture.
But Com-chan also has a serious purpose in Japanese society, where overall AIDS awareness remains relatively low. According to the website of the Yokohama AIDS Action And Information Center, Com-chan was intended to be an educational character to increase AIDS awareness in young people, while the pictures circulating online are from an article featuring Com-chan that was published in a weekly magazine.
However when one one netizen uploaded photographs of the character onto Twitter, they immediately drew the attention of bloggers and Twitter users alike, with many finding the character hilarious.
From Naver Matome:
【Pretty Bad w】 “Yuru Character Based On A Condom” From Kanagawa Prefecture Strikes Out www
Kanagawa Yuru Character Mascot Is Trending
森近 緑 ＠ レモン:
Kanagawa’s official yuru character wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwCOM-CHANwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
What’s going on Kanagawa? What’s going on with this Com-chan thing?
Com-chan is baaaaaaaaaaad wwww
Still In Shock www Just What I’d Expect From Kanagawa
So in Kanawagawa prefecture, the only official yuru character we have is Com-chan, which is based on a condom. And I can’t hide my shock at it. twitpic.com/cyg67j twitpic.com/cyg67v
Huh? What’s that? What’s Comu-chan? Is this like, Miura Jun official? Hmmm? Even if you search for it you won’t find it wwww twitpic.com/cygj8m
Com-chan Is Pretty Awful www
I caught a glimpse of this article while I was at work, and I was unable to suppress my laughter!
Com-chan is definitely to the refined tastes of Kanagawa. Way to focus our attention. Condom mascot, ww
You just have to be completely dumbstruck at Kanagawa’s yuru character, Com-chan.
Com-chan is so kawaiiii [cute]…but..it’s pretty bad though.w
Com-chan…this is pretty bad….
Com-chan is cute, right←
LMAO Com-chan wwwww LMAO…
Com-chan is surprisingly cute…but…(~_~;)
Com-chan…kinda messed up…
Com-chan is a good thing! Condoms are really important!! Kanagawa should be proud of this!! Pff…
At the moment, no one would even imagine that Com-chan will become the most popular yuru character…
Thing is, the person inside Com-chan is still a virgin.
Comments from Hamusoku.com:
How you gonna explain that to children?
We’re living in the future.
Wow (total shock).
Filth characters at last.
This is irrelevant to me.
It’s like if they call it a fairy then it’s job done.
I’ve had enough of this prefecture.
I want to stop being a citizen of Kanagawa…
That condom looks pretty loose, like it’d come off.
Child: “Mummy! What’s a condom??”
It’s a good thing. Condoms wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
It’s better made than I thought, and the face is cute. I’d kind of imagined it would be like Funasshi [crazy, unofficial mascot of Funabashi, Chiba]
Sagami original [Sagami is the oldest condom manufacturer in Japan].
If girls flocked around Com-chan, my heart would flutter.
Right then, is it OK if I put it in?
In the US they show the kids how to put on condoms in class, it’s aimed at elementary school students and it’s candid. Japanese sex education is way behind, and they try not to show the kids this kind of thing.