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Extreme Hello Kitty

You think you like Hello Kitty?

Gotta have some hobbies
Jun 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Everyone loves the iconic Hello Kitty a little bit. Strangely, I don't think I've encountered anyone that outright hates the frozen faced feline. In fact, most ladies I hang out with are bound to have a couple Sanrio goods o...

A Look @ Hello Kitty: Delicious!

Jan 15 // Kristina Pino
Hello Kitty: Delicious! Published by: Perfect Square (a VIZ Media imprint)Story and Art: Jacob Chabot, Jorge Monlongo, Ian McGinty, Stephanie BuscemaRelease Date: Jan. 7, 2014MSRP: US$7.99 (print) US$4.99 (digital) [BUY] Hello Kitty: Delicious! follows the adventures (and some misadventures) of Hello Kitty, her family and friends, as they run into spaghetti monsters, aliens, giants with a sweet tooth, hectic candy-filled dreams, and more. The cast is the same from last time, in terms of the book's characters, but the humans making the stories change things up a little. We still have Jacob and Jorge, who present a more traditional approach to Kitty's art style accompanied by inventive speech-less storytelling. But their stories are complimented by not just one, but two guests in the book who both have very distinctive styles to apply to our hero: Ian McGinty and Stephanie Buscema. Ian McGinty had two segments in this book: "Sweet Dreams" and "Food Fright." One of those is a rad call-back to old school horror; can ya guess which one? His line work is a bit more detailed than that of the other artists, and he had colorist Michael Wiggam to really bring it all to life. I loved having a third artist with longer stories in this book because it brought diversity into it. It's not that Jacob and Jorge aren't inventive -- they are incredible -- but a third person with a totally different art style, as well as a different way of telling stories, rounded things off fabulously. Ian will be returning for the third book in this series. Stephanie Buscema covered the little interlude sections, like Susie Ghahremani did for the previous volume. Hers were pretty much one-page deals, and I'm honestly sad that she won't be getting an encore in the next book. She is heavily influenced by "1950s kitsch and vintage children's books," and it shows in the best way. You can get an idea of her style by checking out this portfolio. I just wish I could buy one of her Hello Kitty pages as an art print. It should be fairly obvious by now that I think you need to throw your money at your nearest bookseller or tablet to support this release. Hello Kitty: Here We Go! was a strong first volume in this new series, and volume two kept everything that was fantastic about it and then added more awesome sauce to the mix. You don't need to have read one to enjoy the other, and given its structure of (mostly*) independent short stories, it's also a good "pick up and put down" sort of book. These comics have universal appeal and are suitable for all ages (some references may escape a younger audience, but the humor will remain). Be sure to check back here in April to see my thoughts on volume three. *One of the stories in this book references a previous one, but not in a way that you have to have read both to "get" it.
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Let's go on food-filled adventures
The first volume in the Hello Kitty (reviewed) series published by Perfect Square was all about travel, and it didn't disappoint; we went all over the world and beyond. This second volume promised to have our mouths watering,...

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Hello Kitty volume 3

Hello Kitty is preparing to surprise you in April

More of Hello Kitty's awesome adventures afoot
Jan 11
// Kristina Pino
This week saw the release of Hello Kitty Delicious!, the second volume in the new Hello Kitty manga series being published by VIZ Media's Perfect Square imprint. And hot on its heels is the listing of Hello Kitty Surprise!, w...
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Hello Kitty shoes

New Hello Kitty shoes are a stylish delight

Rock the bow on your footwear
Dec 25
// Kristina Pino
As if to emphasize the established fact that Hello Kitty is always in style, Randa have revealed some new shoes featuring Hello Kitty designs on them which are available now in stores and online. There are two styles of shoe ...

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Uniqlo getting ready to stock loads of pop culture tees

Something for everyone
Dec 19
// Kristina Pino
There's a whole new tee collection set to hit the shelves at Uniqlo sometime around Februrary and March of next year, and I'm thrilled to report that designs and characters from Disney, Sanrio, Peanuts, LINE, and even the Sim...
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Hello Kitty

Chogokin Hello Kitty will shoot you with her rocket paw

Cutest cool Japan mashup in recent years
Nov 07
// Jeff Chuang
There's a Chogokin Hello Kitty figure in the works. That's huge news for people who know what Chogokin means, but for the rest of you this means soon you would be able to purchase a Hello Kitty toy with rocket punch.  Ro...
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My Melody Cafe

Think pink and eat pink at the My Melody Cafe in Shibuya

It's almost too cute to eat. Almost.
Nov 02
// Brittany Vincent
We really get the short end of the stick when it comes to being American and appreciating cutesy Japanese foods. Where could I go in Kentucky to hit up a My Melody-themed cafe with pink noodles and gorgeous roll cakes? I coul...
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Hello Kitty vol. 2

Hello Kitty's next target is your stomach

Adorable deliciousness coming our way
Oct 22
// Kristina Pino
Following the release of Hello Kitty: Here We Go! (reviewed), Perfect Square have updated their site with the listing for the second book in the series, titled Delicious! Delicious! will be released on January 7th with the pr...
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Hello Kitty caramel apple

Surprise party guests with Hello Kitty caramel apples

The perfect autumn snack with a cute twist
Oct 17
// Kristina Pino
Rosanna Pansino is one of my favorite YouTubers, particularly because of her Nerdy Nummies series in which she makes all kinds of snacks and foods with a geeky twist. She's made videos about making Rilakkuma pancakes, Dragon...

A Look at: Hello Kitty: Here We Go!

Oct 11 // Kristina Pino
Hello Kitty: Here We Go!Published by: Perfect Square (VIZ Media imprint)Story and Art: Jacob Chabot, Jorge Monlongo, Susie GhahremaniRelease date: October 1, 2013MSRP: US$7.99 print, US$4.99 digital [iOS] I already gave away my stance in the opening line of this article, but it bears emphasizing that Hello Kitty: Here We Go! is a most excellent comic. There is no dialogue; at least, none that involves words. Just a few images here and there to give you an impression of what is going on in conversation between different characters. This book stars Hello Kitty and her family, as well as Dear Daniel, Fifi, Tippy, Jodie, Tracy, Thomas, Tim and Tammy, Rorry, Joey, and Mory. Unless you're really into Sanrio, you may not recognize most of the characters, but that's alright. And it's also alright if you expected other big players like Keroppi and Badtz Maru - they make little cameos. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first cracked open the book (digitally, anyway), especially since I'm not personally too familiar with the work of the creators. The way it works is, each person involved in the book does the story and art for their own little short stories/comics, and they're presented alternating with each other. Some of the stories are told in just one page, like the ones from guest artist Susie Ghahremani, which provide a great little interlude between "acts." Others are longer, and put Hello Kitty (and friends) in various situations around the world. Some parts of this comic made me, literally, laugh out loud. The humor really shines through without the creators having to go too over the top. It's all simple stuff. Hello Kitty is helping a friend out, or Hello Kitty is taking a walk and things just... happen. And then we get to enjoy her adventures from the comfort of our reading nooks. There's a nice flow to the book, and each comic takes its time letting the story unfold visually. While reading, I got the feeling that Jacob Chabot (creator of Skullboy, who makes a cameo in this book, by the way) and Jorge Monlongo (artist on the current Mameshiba books for Perfect Square) really had all the breathing room they needed with how well-paced each story is. They also delighted me with loads of little references to famous movies, or whatever pop media they can work into their comics (Double-O Kitty is an obvious stand-out). I'm in danger of gushing way too much here, so I'll just stop while I'm ahead. Grab the comic - the stories are fun, the artwork is great, and you'll probably giggle while reading. Bonus points if you can spot the Mameshiba cameo.
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Go on awesome Hello Kitty adventures
Today is the day that Japanator recommends you buy a Hello Kitty comic. Things sure are goofy around here. Hello Kitty: Here We Go! is the first volume in a collection of short comics chronicling the many adventures of the wo...

Hello Kitty: Here We Go! photo
Hello Kitty: Here We Go!

Travel the world with Hello Kitty in a new graphic novel

Hello Kitty takes you high and low
Oct 08
// Kristina Pino
Hello Kitty: Here We Go! was announced way, way back when Perfect Square was still called Viz Kids. The newly re-branded VIZ Media imprint have announced the first book in this new series is now...released! Head on over to yo...

Hello Kitty just got a little bit sweeter (and doughy-er)

If you could even believe it
Mar 11
// Kristina Pino
Beginning April 1st, Mr Donut will be stocking Hello Kitty sweets in Japan. If there were one thing that would get me to go back to that store and give their donuts a re-try, it would be Hello Kitty donuts and other delicious...

Viz Media to print all-ages comics featuring Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty will charm her way in via the Viz Kids imprint
Feb 11
// Kristina Pino
Viz Media have announced that there will be two new titles released this year featuring Hello Kitty and published by their Viz Kids imprint. The first title will debut at this year's San Diego Comic Con and is a one volume co...

Sanrio makes even more new friends

Jun 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
Sanrio is back with another zany collaboration! This one is definitely interesting to readers as they have teamed up with some of our favorites. First up is a really adorable Hello Kitty/ Vocaloid venture, including all your ...

Madoka contracts with Sanrio

May 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
WIth all this crazy Hello Kitty licensing going on lately, fellow Sanrio cutie, My Melody did not want to left out of the action. Even I was a bit surprised by this team up!  Starting in July, My Melody will be doing a m...

Get buried in style with Hello Kitty

Feb 27
// Kristina Pino
Today in "Hello Kitty Things That Somehow Exist": coffins! Death has never been... cuter? Ok, I don't know. This is just one of those odd things that you look at and then move on with your day. Check out the header and galler...

Hello Kitty packs a sonic punch

Feb 16
// Hiroko Yamamura
Sanrio is non stop this season with the crazy Hello Kitty tie-ins going on. Next up is a pretty cute looking Hello Kitty wireless speaker system. Not to rely on cute, the ad actually takes us back to 80's, with a spoof on Maxell's Hi-Fidelity commercial. I'm wondering what kind of power those tiny kitty speakers might back, but you can't argue their cuteness! [Via Crunchyroll]

Fly the adorable skies with Hello Kitty

Feb 09
// Josh Totman
Why oh why am I getting all the Hello Kitty news.... Taiwan based airline EVA Air will be rolling out Hello Kitty based flights for the Taipei market. From the outside in, everything is Hello Kitty, from the baggage tags to t...

Hello, Kitty Genesis Evangelion

Feb 02
// Josh Totman
Sanrio, GroundWorks, and Khara have teamed up to bring you a Hello Kitty, Evangelion mash-up. This is to coincide with the third movie coming out this fall, Rebuild of Evangelion: You Can (Not) Redo (or Q in Japan). Ther...

Elle o Kitty?

Dec 20
// Hiroko Yamamura
One of Japan's most popular exports, Sanrio's Hello Kitty, ended up in an unlikely place this month. Things are starting to look up for you girl! The fierce feline graced the cover of Taiwan's Elle magazine. I don't have much background on how she ended up here, but she is looking fantastic! What do you think? Pink or black? [Via Huffington Post]

Dutch court declares Sanrio character a ripoff of 'Miffy'

Nov 04
// Bob Muir
She may not be the main character or even a well-known character, but Cathy the rabbit, a character from Sanrio's Hello Kitty franchise, is now being thrust to the forefront of a copyright debate. According to Mercis BV, a co...

Hello Kitty alarm fails: blogger demands retribution

Jan 05
// Karen Mead
This morning, my special Hello Kitty Alarm Clock did not go off. My kind and thoughtful future in-laws purchased said alarm clock just for me, and it has failed in its sole duty to make an obnoxious high-pitched noise at a pa...

Hello Kitty goes moe at Comiket

Jul 29
// Matthew Whitehead
Hello Kitty is popular the world over (my sisters and I were frequent visitors to the Sanrio store that used to be at the local mall), but now, Sanrio seems to be making a push to introduce the brand to a new audience with pl...

Hello Kitty underwear for men is a nice way to show off your bulge

Mar 26
// Eva Duenas
If you thought Hello Kitty had it all, then you haven't seen anything yet. We know Hello Kitty is popular with the ladies, but even guys can admit they can't help but loving the kitty. They've already made Hello Kitty merchan...

Annoyed easily? Then throw this Hello Kitty alarm clock at the wall!

Nov 08
// Rio McCarthy
I'm still a Hello Kitty fan somehow, even after all the years of having her merchandise shoved in your face no matter where you go. This one though, I'm thinking I'd throw it against the wall... Hard. It's a small alarm clock...

Survive the next Godzilla attack with your Hello Kitty Disaster Kit!

Jul 14
// Brad Rice
Is your home prepared for a kaiju monster attack? Sure, you've got the bomb shelter stuffed with canned food and hundreds of gallons of water. Sure, the building is reinforced with adamantium. But what about if a sudden emerg...

Sanrio to debut new Cherinacherine mascot Wednesday

Jun 14
// Brad Rice
The billion-dollar empire that is Sanrio and its infamous Hello Kitty franchise is launching a new character series, entitled Cherinacherine. What are we getting here? "Female fairy friends who live in a cherry forest.&q...

Silly for Sanrio? Then get ready for Hello Kitty Online

Feb 13
// Dale North
When I saw that I had a Sanrio press release in my inbox earlier today, I just assumed it was something silly like another HK diamond ring or a $2,000 necklace, and so I passed over it. I'm sure glad I gave it another look, a...

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