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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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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

5:00 PM on 01.17.2014

Sanrio's newest character will be a salmon fillet

Aren’t you tired of the same types of characters? Bears, puppies, kitties…they’ve all been done! Sanrio obviously thought the same thing because their new character is going to be a salmon filet. It’...

Vanessa Cubillo

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

Under the Radar: Ultimate Madoka My Melody spotted  photo
Under the Radar: Ultimate Madoka My Melody spotted
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

In the summer of 2012 exclusive Japanese retailers carried a special line of products featuring My Melody and Kuromi crossed-over with Puella Magi Madoka Magica. At the time they promised there could be more if the series was popular enough. As if there was any doubt. It may have taken well over a year, but they're finally making good on that promise. 

The latest step forward is a new plushie featuring My Melody in Ultimate Madoka's dress that has appeared on the Lawson website for ¥3,990. This is a medium size plush that duplicates may of the original design's features like wings and ribbons. Only thing missing is Ultimate Madoka's yellow eyes which can be seen on her tag.

What do you think? We've still got three more girls that still need in on this crossover. Which Sanrio characters would you pick to make a contract?

[via Anime News Network]

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7:00 AM on 10.15.2013

Hello Kitty+Simpsons come together for the first time

The Simpsons and Hello Kitty have been around for quite some time now. Still, in all this time these two have never crossed paths. Well, now that's about to change! Yesterday, Sanrio announced that Hello Kitty and The Simps...

Vanessa Cubillo

6:00 PM on 07.25.2013

SDCC 2013: Toynami

Toynami's booth at SDCC had merchandise from Sanrio, Skelanimals, Futurama, and more. Skelanimals had their usual lineup of plushes and figures that included the Day of the Dead line and their DC line. They had a lot of thei...

Vanessa Cubillo

4:00 AM on 07.25.2013

SDCC 2013: Sanrio

Hello Kitty had a presence all over SDCC this year, but the main focus here will be on Sanrio's booths themselves. A lot of you might have heard that they were having a pop-up shop in Petco Park outside of the convention. Thi...

Rio McCarthy

11:00 PM on 07.16.2013

Toynami brings two new Sanrio Street Fighters to SDCC

The Sanrio Street Fighter cross-over has brought us Hello Kitty dressed up as many Street Fighter characters. Hello Kitty has been made into characters like Chun Li, M. Bison and Ryu. Now for SDCC, this Sanrio Street Fighter...

Vanessa Cubillo

Sanrio brings Hello Kitty to San Diego Comic Con photo
Sanrio brings Hello Kitty to San Diego Comic Con
by Vanessa Cubillo

Sanrio will be making their big debut at SDCC with an interactive Hello Kitty experience called Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland. This interactive experience will be open to the public at Petco Park and inspired by the styles of Japan. There will be a retail pop-up shop that will have exclusive and limited edition Japanimation themed Hello Kitty items. Each purchase will come with a free poster.

Some of the items available will be leggings, bodysuits, iPhone cases, wrist watches, plushes, and cushions. At the retail pop-up shop, you'll also be able to find the new graphic novel, Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland. This will be the first Hello Kitty graphic novel and it will be published in partnership with VIZ Media. 

Also from July 19-20, a Tokyo nail artist will be there to offer fans free Sanrio nail art applications with any US$25 purchase. Of course, fans will get to meet Hello Kitty there in person with her band of Lolitas. Continuing the Hello Kitty experience, inside the convention center at booth #4537, will be "Kitty-chan Secret Space". At this booth, fans will be able to find the Funko limited edition pink Hello Kitty flocked collector's figure. The first 50 people to buy the figure will also receive a free customized drawing by one of Sanrio's lead designers from Tokyo. 

Aside from these areas, many Hello Kitty exclusive and debut lines will be available at booths all around. The Hello Kitty Uglydoll collection will make its debut at booth #3245, Sanrio figures will be available at Funko's booth #5343 and limited edition Sanrio x Street Fighter plushes will be at Toynami booth #3229 and Capcom booth #215. Various other Hello Kitty items will be at Mimoco booth #5338, tokidoki booth #5145, and Mighty Fine booth #5647. 

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Kaitendoh's Tachibana Mikan is adorable as ever photo
Kaitendoh's Tachibana Mikan is adorable as ever
by Kristina Pino

Though not my favorite Hello Kitty to Issho! figure out there, Mikan certainly is very cute in her own right (previously seen in magazine scans). Kaitendoh has posted up their sample images, along with the information that she is now complete - ready to go! 

I guess it's a little bit weird that she's riding a vacuum... but why is she texting and driving?! 

Anywho, you can check out the sample in the gallery and we'll post up some more details whenever they're made available. 

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