about this page
When I first saw Ecoko, I thought "Aw, she is so cute!" But, when I looked at the sort of pages she was on, they were all "girl game" type pages, and a lot of porn pages of her came up too! So, I thought that she was a H character and thought, what a waste of such a cute idea!
Then later, I found out her true origins, which are completely not H related, and then later found out I was a fan of her creator by the way of her manga Fun Fun Factory! So, I began to be a fan of Ecoko's, once I knew her true self :D
This page is inteded to give you a truthful idea about ecoko's origins, so she can have more fans that aren't just fans of H/lolicon stuff, but to show everyone how she was originally intended, and let people enjoy her just for her sweet cuteness!! This page is a campain to rebuild her reputation, and also to bring others to enjoy her cuteness!
" Ecoco" is the mascot for the Japanese air conditioner "eco-ice" from the company Tohoku Electric Power Co. The idea of the eco-ice airconditioner is to make ice at night while the price for electricity is low, and then use it to cool your house during the day. That is why it is called "eco-ice", its "economical" and "ecological"!
"Ecoko" was developed as the mascot for these air conditioners. Her advertisement campain ran from 4/1/99 to 6/30/99. She was designed by Watanabe Yoshimoto, who is a manga artist, her most popular work being the cute "Fun Fun Factory", and also the creator of the manga "Gin no Yuusha". .Ecoko's picture was featured on 2 promotional items for eco-ice: a poster and a pamphlet. Because of this, there are only 2 official pictures of her, one where she is standing with penguins, and one where she is holding balloons. These have become rare collector's items for otaku types!
Although she was not given an "official" name on these items, fans came up with the nick name "ecoko" by taking the "eco" from the air conditioner's name. "Ko" is a popular character to use in the name of girl's in Japan, and was probably added to her name to mimic Digicharat's way of shortening her name to "dejiko" since both characters became popular around the same time.
She is often called by other names/spellings, here are some common ones:
ecoco, eco-ice, ice-chan, ekoko, ecoko, aisu-chan, ekoaisu, ect...
Her most offical name is probably "aisu-chan" or "ice-chan", because when Tora no Ana put out an "official goods" figure of her, that was her name on it.
I use the name "Ecoko" because that is what she is usually called, and I spell it that way to get across the "ecological" and "economical" idea and the Japanese "ko" ending.
The cuteness of Ecoco's character quickly attracted many anime/manga/game fans to her. Her popularity spread throughout the internet quickly. Many people drew her after seeing her on fansites, even without knowing her origins. Her popularity also spread quickly into doujinshi (fan comics) at Comiket and other popular events. Even cosplaying her became popular.
Since Digicharat and Ecoko are both cute girls with an animal based outfit and a mascot, she quickly became associated with Digicharat. Most people either thought of them as friends, or as bitter rivals for who is cuter.
the end (?) of ecoko
When the company making the eco-ice air conditioners found out about ecoco's popularity, they became upset. Many pornographic doujinshi were made about her, so they thought that the character had lost the original innocence intended in her character. Also, while the Ecoko character was popular, the actual air conditioners did not sell particularily well, and they decided that she was not helping them sell any air conditioners despite her popularity, so she became retired as the mascot of Eco-ice.
However, this did not stop her fandom from spreading. In fact, an "event" (convention) based on her was founded. It was called "Eco-ket", the "-ket" being short for market, as with Japan's most popular event, Comiket. This event is based on mascot characters like Ecoko, Digicharat, and more. Also, (I think), her character rights were bought by Hakuensha, the company who puts out Watanabe-sensei's manga. (I could be wrong on that..??)
Overall, Ecoko has come quite far from her modest beginings as an air conditioner mascot, and I hope this page will help spread her popularity to the English speaking world as well!! :D