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First up

Hello Kitty’s Superhero Alter Ego Ichigoman Gets Web Manga.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-03-15/hello-kitty-superhero-alter-ego-ichigoman-gets-web-manga/.99807

The first  episode is live here

http://comip.jp/15/manga/comics/?title=ichigoman-01

It is interesting  that Sanrio is bring back Ichigoman  and combining with the  Chogokin  (think giant robot line.  Sanrio also will bring back  Dark Grapeman (I missed out getting the plush) and Hony Momo

By the way  I do have an Ichigoman plush in my collection.

Next up She is not your typical cute and cuddly Red Panda

 

Sanrio Debuts Aggressive Retsuko TV Anime Shorts on April 2

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-03-18/sanrio-debuts-aggressive-retsuko-tv-anime-shorts-on-april-2/.99949

What not to like a cute  Red Panda that works in accounting office, has to put up with a load of crap and  blows  off  steam  with a little Death Metal karaoke.   The first episode is  upon Youtube.

 

Finally

Sanrio Boys Get Their Own Line of Merchandise

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-04-06/sanrio-boys-get-their-own-line-of-merchandise/.100740

Sanrio has announced  in the past  the  Sanrio Danshi” (Sanrio Boys). The main plot is :

“The story is simple. It introduces Kōta Hasegawa, a high school boy that loves the yellow Pom Pom Purin dog. By mere coincidence, he ends up attending the same school as Yū Mizuno, a boy who likes the bunny My Melody. Yū tells Kōta that there’s nothing to be ashamed of for liking Sanrio’s cute  characters. Together, Kōta, Yū, Shunsuke Yoshino, Ryō Nishimiya, and Seiichiro Minamoto learn to accept their love of the characters instead of feeling embarrassed.”

My question is what  is the message  is this just Bishōnen /Yaoi  bait aimed  at a female audience or a positive reinforcement  of hey guys it OK to like cute Sanrio characters.   If it was me,  one of the boys will send a strong message I can be masculine  and like Sanrio characters.

 

Goodbye Kitty

Donald Trump at campaign stop in New York promises to deport Hello Kitty if he becomes president. He said “she is an illegal Asian immigrant from Japan. That the Japanese demon cat takes millions of American dollars, attention and jobs and ship back to her master in Japan taking , attention and profit from Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, both  true American Icons. Americans should only support American cartoon characters.”

Mr. Trump had back down a bit when it was pointed Hello Kitty is not a cat and identifies herself as a little girl born and raised outside of London.

Hello Kitty fans around the world expressed outrage at Trumps Comments. The Hillary campaign sent out a press release decrying Trumps bigotry and insensitivity. Hillary supports Hello Kitty as a world icon and role model. No word from the Cruz Campaign.

My Interview with Small Gift Big Story podcast.

Two weeks ago I was interviewed  by  Saumeh and Marty of the  Small Gift Big  Story  podcast.  The pos cast is about  us fans of Sanrio and Hello Kitty and our love  and  stories. I am very honored  to be interview them and gave them  free run of my blogs for  pictures of the cons I took Hello Kitty and Chococat .  The podcast is now  up on soundcoud and  Itunes.

The  sound suffers because I use my phone and I talk to fast. I discuss  my motivation and love of Hello Kitty influenced  by both  my time in Japan and  my involvement   in the Furry Fandom. I hope I represented the fandom well.

Saumeh and Marty are neat people and Hello Kitty fans  the been interviewed by a major paper covering Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/kitty-festival-marks-character-40th-birthday-article-1.1989289

It is a honor  to be interviewed by both of you.

Photo Link

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.963408467080456.1073741836.754444857976819&type=3

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

I went to  the  EMP mainly for Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty exhibit. I had been to the  EMP  museum in the past  when it was just Music and Science Fiction Hall of Fame.  The really  renovated  the museum  taking parts of  the Science  Fiction and music Exhibits and tuned  in to  a pop culture exhibit space including Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction,  Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, Can’t Look Away: The Lure Of Horror Film and the Sea Hawks We Are 12 exhibit.  The sky Church screen stopped me in my tracks . The studio and interactive  music studio is still on the third floor.  What was supposed to be just a few hours for the Hello Kitty Exhibit turned into a all day event. Well worth the time.

My only gripe is the location of the Science Fiction Hall of fame, it should have a more dignified space.

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