Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

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A 3 foot horror story +

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A real Hello Kitty +

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Kids vs Zombies +

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

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Space Invaders Bank +

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Hello Kitty against Japanese tradition? +

Hello Kitty - Big City Dreams

Seems Hello Kitty is finally growing up. No longer is she the stylish kitty stuck in Sanrio Town (is Sanrio Town rural Japan?) In her new Nintendo DS Game, Hello Kitty along with her friends My Melody, Keroppi, and Badtz Maru are moving to the Big City.

The game starts out where Hello Kitty is living on bottom floor of a huge apartment building. Through a slew of mini games, she hopes to be able to someday live on the penthouse floor. It’s your job to make sure Hello Kitty makes it there someday.

Is this game an innocent title in Nintendo’s lineup, or does it overshadow a growing trend in Japan?

What I am referring to is that many older Japan citizens are concerned with the youth of the nation wanting the new, exciting, fast paced city life that they see in big metropolitan cities and overseas. Older people feel like the youth are neglecting tradition, and are a main factor in the loss of traditional Japanese culture. Looking at the game’s cover art, they are pushing this idea to children ages 3 and up. Is Hello Kitty contributing to this idea?

Look for Hello Kitty – Big City Dreams to be released on August 26, 2008. Pre-order at Amazon.com

Via Kotaku.

4 Responses to “Hello Kitty against Japanese tradition?”

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    funny redneck jokesNo Gravatar Says:

    hilarious! lol

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    akosNo Gravatar Says:

    haha that’s funny, but yh hello kitty is growing up..she wants to change.

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    lady dutchessNo Gravatar Says:

    that games gonna be sold out… i always knew hello kitty wasnt all miss goody two shoes and stuff…hHhMmMpPp….!!!!O_o

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    jamaipaneseNo Gravatar Says:

    i just know that game is going to sell like crazy

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