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Yoshiki-Inspired Yoshikitty Dominates Global Sanrio Character Ranking!

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Yoshikitty Defeats Hello Kitty To Win #1 In France, Germany, And Brazil, #2 China, And #6 Worldwide

In 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking.

Here’s a bit of global news that will surely take your mind off the current troubling state the world, especially in you ar a fan of Japanese Rock Star Yoshiki and also Hello Kitty. The final results of the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking (yes, it is a thing) were announced in early June and Yoshikitty has defeated Hello Kitty to win #1 Sanrio character in France, Germany, and Brazil, as well as, #2 in China. This is obviously a BFD. The Sanrio Character Ranking competition grows more intense every year, and the 2020 event allowed fans from all over the world to vote on a selection of Sanrio’s 80 most-popular characters. Yoshikitty’s massive international support brought the beloved character to #6 worldwide overall, placing in the Top 10 for the fifth straight year in a row. To view the full Sanrio Character Ranking voting results of the 80 characters, visit: This Link!

Based on Yoshiki, rock star, composer and the leader of heavy metal superstars  X JapanYoshikitty was created in 2009 by the original Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi as the first Hello Kitty character to be modeled after an actual living person.  Did your head just explode yet? Because mine did.

Yoshiki (who is a babe) commented, “Thanks to everyone who voted for Yoshikitty. I’m so happy to see the support from fans not just in Japan but also from around the world.” Yoshiki, who composed the official theme song for Hello Kitty, teased fans with the idea that “Maybe I’ll compose a theme song for Yoshikitty to say ‘thank you’ for all the support. Not only that, I would like to continue delivering wonderful music, so that I can give back to everyone as much as possible.”

Squee.

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Yoshiki and Yoshikitty, Having Some Fun.

Pink Thing of The Day: Hello Kitty Upholstered Chair

Hello Kitty Upholstered Chair
Photo By Gail

This comfy looking upholstered chair, which bears the likeness of Hello Kitty, is currently displayed in the front window of the Hello Kitty / Sanrio Store in Times Square, on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. If you look, not even that closely, you can see a reflection of the McDonalds just across the street.

Pink Thing of The Day: Hello Kitty Pink Leopard Steering Wheel Cover

Hello Kitty Steering Wheel Cover
Photographed by Gail in the Hello Kitty Sanrio Store, Times Square NYC

If I still drove, I would really want to have a pink car. And if this steering wheel cover was just a pink leopard print and did not have Hello Kitty on it, I would want that also.

Hello Tomato

Hello Tomato
Photo By Gail

I don’t even know what to say about this Hello Kitty / Tomato-hybrid plush toy spotted in the Hello Kitty Sanrio store, on 42nd Street, in Times Square. If there was a Hello Banana, I would want to own it.

Kiss Collaborate With Hello Kitty for Upcoming Animated Series

Kiss Hello Kitty Gene and Paul
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“Just when you thought Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley could not sell out any further in their shameless worship of the Almighty Dollar, this comes along. Story from Ultimate Classic Rock:

The hottest band in the world — Kiss — are teaming up with Hello Kitty for a new animated series on the Hub Network titled (what else?) Kiss Hello Kitty — and no, we did not just make that up.

The iconic rock group have never exactly been reticent about, shall we say, “expanding their markets” through licensing deals, and they first entered into the seemingly unlikely partnership with Hello Kitty in 2010. According to a press release, “This global collection of hugely desirable co-branded products connects Kiss and Hello Kitty followers all over the world with hundreds of licensed items across all categories, including apparel, toys, electronics, stationery, and back to school merchandise, among others.”

With the success of that venture, the band have extended the relationship with the announcement of the upcoming show, which will be produced in a joint venture between Kiss Catalogue Ltd. and Sanrio, the makers of Hello Kitty. The show will air on the Hub Network, the fastest-growing children’s cable network. Gene Simmons will serve as one of the show’s producers.

“The Hub Network is the perfect home for the TV show, ‘Kiss Hello Kitty,’” Simmons says. “We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and want to make all our millions of fans worldwide proud of a show they can watch with the whole family.”

Paul Stanley adds, “Knowing and viewing the Hub as I do daily with my three children, it is the perfect home for us to bring the ‘Kiss Hello Kitty’ juggernaut to yet another generation.”

Sanrio’s operating officer, Roberto Lanzi, acknowledges the show seems unlikely on the surface, calling it “for sure the most unexpected” Hello Kitty crossover. “The idea sounded crazy in the beginning,” he admits. “But Gene and Paul are not only rock icons, they are incredible creative minds who were soon able to see a future success.”

Kiss Hello Kitty is currently in the early stages of development. No air dates have yet been announced.”

Gross.

Yes, It Exists: Hello Kitty Kiss Toilet Paper

Hello Kitty Kiss Toilet Paper
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How . . . appropriate.

Yes, it Exists: Hello Kitty Canned Pasta


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If you’ve ever eaten a canned pasta product, say, Spaghettios – you know, when you were a kid – then you know that stuff tastes like ass. But kids will put just about anything in their mouths, and if it’s mushy pasta that looks like Hello Kitty, they probably don’t care how repulsive it is!

Thanks to Hello Kitty Hell for the Tip!

Yes, it Exists: Hello Kitty Sushi Plush Toy

Hello Kitty Sushi Roll Plush

Here on the Rad Blog we are quite fond of discovering unusual and fucked up plush toys, and this one is no exception: the Hello Kitty Sushi Plush! So twisted, and yet so adorable. Just look at that little Hello Kitty head attached to the tiny plush piece of fake sushi. I could squeal. This near crime against nature comes in three styles and, according to the packaging, can be purchased from Toys R Us stores for just $7.99. What a bargain!

Thanks to Hello Kitty Hell for the tip!

Hello Kitty HR Giger Demon

Hello Kitty Demon

I found this image on one of my very favorite websites, Hello Kitty Hell. I love the way it portrays a “Hello Kitty–meets-HR Giger” vibe, but I’m unable to confirm whether or not Giger is the actual artist in this case, or if this rendering is merely a“Giger-esque” tribute to the Swiss surrealist. You’ll see what I mean if you compare the Hello Kitty demon to the image below. Yeah, similar.

Lil HR Giger
Lil By HR Giger

Hello Kitty Taser Gun: Does It Really Exist?

Hello Kitty Taser
Bad Kitty

One of my very favorite time-waster websites is Hello Kitty Hell, a ridiculously fun and snarky blog which was previously featured here on The ‘Gig. Today’s Hello Kitty Hell featured post is – of all things – a Hello Kitty Taser Gun, “because nothing shows the true cuteness and sweet side of Hello Kitty — and the love and happiness she brings to all — like 50,000 volts of electricity streaming through your body.” One commenter noted that this product surely must be a Photoshop job, so I decided to do a bit of sluething myself. First, I did a Google search for “Hello Kitty Taser Gun” to find out if this is a real product or a Photoshop job, as claimed. While I did get quite a few page hits on the product, they ALL appear to link back to Hello Kitty Hell as the source article. I also did a search on Sanrio’s (maker of Hello Kitty) official online store and it turned up zero results for the product. Lastly, if you take a look at this link you’ll see a taser gun exactly like the one pictured in the HKH post, minus (of course) the Hello Kitty Logo. My conclusion: this is indeed a very entertaining post, but likely a Photoshop job, nonetheless.