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1:00 AM on 03.26.2015

L.A. based Hello Kitty exhibit extends its run another month

The Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles has announced that their popular museum exhibit, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, will be extended for another month, letting people enjoy...

Soul Tsukino



Hello Kitty hits controversy over not actually being a cat photo
Hello Kitty hits controversy over not actually being a cat
by Scarecroodle

Hello Kitty and Sanrio recently made headlines with the "revelation" that Kitty White (the eponymous Hello Kitty) was not, in fact, a cat. The news predictably evoked some pretty extreme reactions ("Hello Kitty is not a cat, Everything is a lie.") as well as a few mocking responses.

The LA Times reports that Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum when she was corrected after referring to Kitty as a cat

"I was corrected — very firmly," Yano says. "That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."

This bizarre distinction was widely taken to mean that Kitty White was a human, something that was allegedly disputed by a Sanrio PR rep who clarified: “We never said she was a human.” The rep is described as going on to explain that 'Hello Kitty is a personification or anthropomorphization, basically just like Micky Mouse. No one would mistake the Disney character for a human–but at the same time he’s not quite a mouse. Just like Hello Kitty isn’t a human, she’s not quite a cat either.'

The whole bizarre affair might be chalked up to something lost in translation. The Sanrio reps who spoke with Yano might have felt that the word "cat" was too literal or there may have been some other aspect that was misunderstood. The one thing that should be understood, however, is that all the "Hello Human" jokes fall flat because the "Kitty" in "Hello Kitty" refers to the character's name rather than her species.

For my own part, I'm still going to refer to her as a cat. I'd also like to point out that Disney never tries to claim that Mickey Mouse isn't a mouse.

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Cherish the departed by pre-ordering Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver photo
Cherish the departed by pre-ordering Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver
by Scarecroodle

Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver is currently available for pre-order. This Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos, not the zombie movie or its remake) themed figure comes with Joe (the mouse), an apple, and an alternate normal head. While it's a neat collectible, I'm just surprised that this version took precedence over other holidays.

Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver can be pre-ordered for ¥2,100 and is slated for an October release, hopefully in time for a Halloween or Dia de Muertos celebration.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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1:00 AM on 08.16.2014

Japan sends a Kitty into space

There's a long tradition of space agencies around the world sending animals into space, for better or worse. But this might be a first. Reuters is reporting that a tiny, 4 cm tall Hello Kitty figure is riding along on the rec...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


3:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Jason Freeny shows heart (and veins) with Cardio Kitty

Jason Freeny's anatomical sculptures and illustrations have become his trademark, but his newest piece — Cardio Kitty — is a slightly different twist on things. Normally, we've see his cutaway-style sculptures, bu...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 AM on 03.20.2014

In case of fire break glass and use Hello Kitty fire extinguisher

The number of places you wouldn't expect to find Hello Kitty has now become a little shorter. The Kousaka Disaster Prevention Company has begun selling officially licensed Hello Kitty fire extinguishers in Joetsu, N...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Hello Kitty teams up with Playboy for ne–wait, what?

I think we can all safely say we never saw this coming. Even after all the weird colabs that Hello Kitty was involved in last year like Ninja Turtles and giant robots, there's no way anyone could predict that 2014 would ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

6:00 PM on 01.06.2014

Hello Kitty is now Hello Tiger and Hello Bunny

Hello Kitty continues to cosplay as pop culture icons, this time playing the hero as both Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr. for the latest film Tiger & Bunny the Movie -The Rising-. The movie opens in Japan on February 8 ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 12.17.2013

Licca-chan gets a Hello Kitty makeover in new doll series

Hello Kitty continues her crusade to dominate the market with her face. Sanrio has especially been collaborating with many more companies to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary. The latest Hello Kitty collaboratio...

Vanessa Cubillo

8:00 AM on 12.09.2013

Why, hello there, Revoltech Hello Kitty

AmiAmi has released a review for Kaiyodo's upcoming Revoltech Hello Kitty / Kitty White. While the photos are fun, the review fails to answer what was running through Kaiyodo's head(s) when the company decided to produce a Re...

Scarecroodle

2:00 PM on 12.05.2013

Boxos papercraft playsets let you recreate fave series

For the DIY toy collector who loves pop culture, Funko's upcoming Boxos releases will let you re-enact scenes and create new adventures for characters from series such as Star Wars, My Little Pony, Hello Kitty, Teenage M...

Natalie Kipper



7:00 PM on 11.19.2013

Hello Kitty Ninja Turtles really says it all

Hello Kitty gets crossed over with lots of different franchises, but this one is really out there. Dreams Come True, Inc. has announced their latest COOL JAPAN X COOL AMERICA project promoting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker