1. It all started with this thread from YouTuber and Proud Weeb Trinimortal that went viral in the Otaku corners of twitter

trinimortal earth chan tweet
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2. Almost instantly, his fans began trying to visualize his idea (mockups by @flytedify)

earth chan anime fake screenshots

sunchan student council president

3. Soon, artists began itirating on each other's ideas and the character's mythos began to grow (art by @felipecunhaeloi)

Im not flat earth loli

 

4. Eventually gelling around this continental-haired girl who lacks self-esteem and whose health was precarious due to her unfortunate human infestation (Designs by DatWeirdoWhoLuvsMilk)

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5. The phenomenon of "Gijinka" personification isn't new, but converting our home planet into a frail moe girl mirrors our own concern for the world we live in. (via r/animemes)

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6. Could this be what drives the often right-leaning community of Internet otaku to start caring more about the environment!?

environmental anime memes

 


7. Perhaps Earth-Chan is the symbol we need now that Hippy-Dippy imagery of "Mother Earth" has fallen by the wayside...

earth anime sa

 

8. Like Liberty or Justice, a female avatar for science, conservation, and our shared responsibilities as global citizens?

who would win

 



9. Or, it's just another goofy trope-filled waifu for fun-loving horndogs to draw fanart of... yeah probably it's that. 

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10. No matter what, let's be kind to Earth-Chan. She's young, emotional, and needs all the love we can muster  (painting by EkalinaArt)

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