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Microsoft releases best version of Internet Explorer to date: anime

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer is no stranger to attracting and battling viruses. Now, the Web browser is showing off what it can do anime-style.

On Nov. 6, Microsoft Singapore produced a short YouTube video that reimagines the popular—yet largely despised—Internet Explorer as an anime hero. Keeping in line with anime stereotypes, she is decked out in an impossibly short skirt, complete with Microsoft's logo on her butt.

Like any young girl would do, she races through the streets of a ruined city thrust into darkness (perhaps meant to represent Windows Vista). When a group of viruses played by (what else?) huge robots surround her, she calls upon the power of a small shield. When activated, the shield not only defends our heroine by way of a force field, but also gives her an indescribable amount of power to successfully blast them into oblivion.

The video was uploaded by Microsoft as a promotion for Anime Festival Asia, an annual anime convention being held Nov. 8-10 in Singapore. It has already received more than 400,000 views.

But even with all that, it's impossible to ignore the fact that Internet Explorer girl is constantly being singled out by the killer virus robots. They don't seem to be bothering to go after the Mozilla or Chrome anime girls at all.

Screengrab via internetexplorer/YouTube