Taiwanese taxis decorated with Miku and other Vocaloids


Some Japanese otaku are into a fad called itasha, where they decorate a car, often an Italian import or other fancy model, with decals and paint jobs of favorite characters, usually cute girls from anime, manga, and videogames. The word itasha has a complicated history, but is usually intended to mean "painmobile," since having such a car is painfully embarrassing or painful for your wallet.

Sensing that otaku will spend money on almost anything with their favorite characters on it, some Taiwanese cabbies are decorating their taxis with popular characters. In this Taiwanese broadcast, you can see itasha taxis decorated with Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloids. Apparently, this is actually improving the cabbies' business.

I wonder if itasha could catch on in America? It would be pretty strange to see someone driving down the road with an anime character on the side of their car, but I suppose many people would find it just as strange in Japan and Taiwan.

[Via Alafista]

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