I took my Hello Kitty plush to Kumoricon This weekend where she responded to the recent controversy that she is not a cat.
The media making a big whoop de doo over the fact Hello Kitty is not a cat but a perpetual little girl and British third grader. This is something we fan knew all the time. It true she is around nine year old but in other manifestations she is protruded as an adult for example Momobery and Playboy collaborations . If one wants to get technical, she is a anthropomorphic cartoon little girl, a furry. That is how this member of the furry subculture got into collecting Hello Kitty items.
Hello Kitty is back in space orbiting on Hodoyoshi-3 satellite as part of Hello Kitty 40th anniversary, Sanrio took part of the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite by sending up a 4 cm Hello Kitty figure with other cameras and experiments. Already Sanrio has already released a picture on their Japanese website and a series of videos.
Ongoing is a contest by Sanrio to select and broadcast ten 10 messages from fans aboard the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite. You can find information and the contest entry form here.
Sadly this a one way trip for the Hello Kitty figure, eventually the figure will deorbit and bun up depending on the altitude of the satellite or spend years orbiting the earth.
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“Okay, we have a question for you. How many of you personally know someone who’s fallen under the spell of Sanrio? We’re guessing, quite a lot. The sheer number of characters the company has come up with during its 54-year history is truly amazing, not to mention the immense appeal and popularity some of these characters enjoy across the world. Even if you’re not a passionate fan, if you have even a remote fondness for anything kawaii, then you’re bound to have a favorite Sanrio character, which is why Sanrio has a popularity poll for its characters each year, called the Sanrio Character Ranking.”