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Shift_JIS art

ASCII art (アスキーアート, Asukī Āto), or AA, is text-based visual art that utilizes the Shift JIS character set from Japanese Windows computers. Some non-Japanese users may call it Shift_JIS art or SJIS art in order to differentiate it from the various forms of ASCII art.

They shouldn't be confused with one-line emoticons called Kaomoji, but it is possible to give Kaomoji bodies and make them into ASCII art.


CSS or HTML tags

For the most part, non-Japanese websites don't render Shift_JIS art correctly, so you will either have to mess with CSS files, the <style> tag, or the style="" attribute, and use something that looks like:

font-size: 16px; 
line-height: 18px; 
font-family: Mona, IPAMonaPGothic, 'IPA モナー Pゴシック', 'MS PGothic AA', 'MS PGothic', 'MS Pゴシック', sans-serif;

MS PGothic / Mona Font

It should be warned that if you do not have the correct fonts installed on your system, the art will continue to look broken unless you have one of these fonts installed. So, here's a list of fonts that should work:

  • MS PGothic (v5.10) - A licensed Microsoft proportional font, first seen in the Japanese version of Windows 95 computers. On Monotype's website, it's referred to as "MS Gothic Proportional".
  • モナーフォント / Mona Font (v2.90; 2003-09-09) - An open source font, initially made for Linux users.1)2) This font is named after Mona, and is a fork of “Shinonome Font” (東雲フォント).
  • IPAモナーフォント / IPA Mona Font (v1.0.8; 2008-04-27) - A modified “IPA Font” (IPAフォント),3) by Ken Kobayashi (小林 準). Development stopped in 2007 due to licensing issues.

Verification Test

※ In the right environment, nothing should be shifted and the columns should line up:
                            |     .|\|/ |     |   .|
                            | ∧∧.|/⌒ヽ、| ∧_∧ .| ∧∧ |
                            |(,,゚Д゚)||,,゚ Θ゚)|(; ´Д`)|(=゚ω゚)|

※ It's probably fine if their legs don't line up, just focus on the columns for this one:
|    ∧ ∧     |      ∧∧     |    ∧___∧   │   ∧_∧    |
|    (*゚ー゚)   |    (,,゚Д゚)   |   ( ´∀` )   │   (・∀・ ,,)   │
|     U  |   │    (i  i).    |   (     )    |    (    )   │
|   ~|  |   │   ~|  |    |    i     i     |    | | |    .|
|    U U   │    し`J    │  (,__,ハ,__,)    |    (_(__)    |


Instead of opening Notepad and setting the font to Mona Font, you can use programs to make new text art or edit existing text art. I personally use OrinrinEditor, but many other programs exist:

  • Ascii Art Editor / AAE (v2.61, 2002-08-24) - An old editor from the Windows ME era. It's been surpassed by (´д`)Edit, but some crafters still prefer their auto-tracer. There are many known bugs4) but ignoring this, you need Visual Basic 6.0 Runtime to run it. It also has a guide.
  • Shitarabian / したらびあん (vβ5_050326, 2005-04-03) - Developed in C++. An old editor from the Windows XP era, not intended for crafting. It has a manual and a separate auto-tracer tool.
  • (´д`)Edit (v3.015.4.0, 2009-05-15) - Developed in Delphi 6. The popular all-in-one program, praised for its tabs, presets, and own tracing tool.
  • OrinrinEditor (v0.341, 2015-01-27) - Developed in C and C++ by “Orinrin ◆kozSKULDqI”. It's the most popular editor that aims to eliminate incompatibilities with older software. The developer is still alive under the name, “SikigamiHNQ”, despite the lack of recent updates.
    • OrinrinViewer (r11, 2013-06-17) - A derivative program used to view MLT files in a tree format.
    • OrinrinCollector (v1.2, 2012-05-17) - A derivative program used to add to MLT files.

See also

  • Mona, Giko, Shii, Morala - The original big four of 2ch AA. They're not so big now.
  • Yukkuri - The unspoken history of Yukkuris.
  • AA Saloon, AA Story, Mona, Nida, Kaomojis on 2channel - The five boards seen under 2channel's AA category. The first board was actually “Kaomojis”, then “Mona”, and then the rest.
    • SJIS Room on 2channel - The English AA board of the 2ch Embassy, but nobody knows what it's for, so a lot of video links get spammed here due to how the board is set up.
  • ASCII on 4-ch - The oldest English AA board that's still alive today.
  • ASCII Art on NicoVideo Encyclopedia
  • ASCII Art on 2channel's Wiki
"2ちゃんねる用フォント「モナー」" (February 10, 2001). 2channel /unix/.
"モナーフォント 2" (January 26, 2003). 2channel /unix/.
“IPA” is just short for “Information-Technology Promotion Agency”.
Ascii Art Editor can't handle text art larger than 60KB, data can be lost once it exceeds a certain size, and you may find “stealthy line breaks” that aren't visible within the editor.
aa.txt · Last modified: 2020-09-04 02:53:29 by namelessrumia