Friday, October 19, 2007

HK47

Hello Kitty is an incredible international phenomenon - some of the coolest people I've ever known are huge fans and belies the notion of it being a kids' thing. Fuck, I'm a fan myself and am not quite sure why; and who, by the way, is up for a trip to Sanrio Puroland?

For the true otaku, there's a monthly Japanese glossy magazine packed with all the latest HK products and merch from around the world which includes almost everything under the sun - and now there's even this.

5 comments:

Thomas Transparent said...

Ah, where to even begin with this one- my parents once ran a children's clothing store which, unfortunatey for them, stocked imported HK goods well before the resurgence of Japan-o-philia or Stateside otaku-ism in the 90s. So Kitty-chan's mouthless visage was coloring my dreams and nightmares long before I actually set foot in Japan.

After THAT happened, I became more surprised when there was a commercial product designed WITHOUT a Hello Kitty character plastered onto it- maybe after the Hello Kitty Harley Davidson came along. The relationship between HK and merchandisers seems to be the polar opposite of the one employed in America: here we build up fictional characters through a series of hyperacctive cartoons, games etc. and then the merchandising deluge begins- with Kitty it was the cartoons, movies, books etc. which were the 'afterthought,' the omnipresence of Kitty merchandise demanding that an animated character be born out of it.

Personally I prefer the parodic and often demented Nekojiru character to Hello Kitty (even wrote this article on the artist -r.i.p.- and comic kitty of the same name.) But that's just me.

And I wonder why they went for a Hello Kitty AK-47 rather than, say, a Heckler & Koch (since they do bear the same initials after all)...

Davecat said...

I would've settled for the Hello Kitty guitar, but that's pretty impressive. Killed with cute!

If they make a Hello Kitty Mauser, I'll just post them my whole credit card.

The Hobby said...

Puro-Land's 'For Your Enjoyment' section is particularly good.

flora_mundi said...

my already vivid and sustaining fantasies of going berserk in the office with a large weapon just got much more entertaining...

cemenTIMental said...

Nice, shame it's fake... had me going for a moment. Still, it opens up the possibility for the real thing at least.

Have you seen Tom Sachs' Hello Kitty artworks?