When you have successfully merged yourself with the cat herself, Hello Kitty, you have officially entered a new and elevated rank in the pantheon of characters and cultural phenomena! Latest to achieve that honor is the cat from the hugely successful Monster Hunter game, Airu! Airu went from being a rather bland pet character in the online role playing game to becoming a huge character in itself, spawning hordes of games, toys, spin offs, comics etc. Capcom even created a game based on just this cat character called Airu Village (you can see the trailer at Youtube).
Here’s a photo of Airu and Hello Kitty mashed up, as well as some plushies that were on sale in the Capcom booth at the latest Wonder Festival! I don’t have time to play the games, but I just love this cat! By the way, I hope you didn’t miss all the other Monster Hunter related posts I have done, over here, here and here.
You might remember the wooden toy sculptures from the master craftsman at Koubou Atara (工房 Atara) that I posted a few months ago? Here is his latest line of figures from myth and religion. I really love the Jesus and the Iron maiden! There’s also an Oden from norse mythology and a few figures that I imagine might be Krishna and Shiva.
The most impressive cosplay at this summer’s Wonder Festival was without question this troupe of cosplayers doing their version Capcom’s massive game hit, Monster Hunter. In recent years Monster Hunter (or “Monhan” as it is shortened here in Japan) cosplayers have become the most numerous and usually make up about one third of all cosplayers at any major event. This group had amazing costumes and a very coordinated group outfit, but most impressive was the poor guy (it was over 30 degrees in the shade, and very humid) inside the monster mount suit! He barely moved as the troupe spent hours posing for photographers and fellow cosplayers. Later on I caught them checking out a show inside the festival so I snapped a picture (even though you are not supposed to, very bad manners) just to show you how the suit looks half-worn! That guy is a real hero! I’m happy for the sake of his back though, that he didn’t actually do any poses with the rest of this team astride on his back!
Here’s a cute and rather improbable mash up between Monster Hunter and sweets: the Donyatsu, a wordplay on the Japanese word for kitty (nyanko) and doughnut. Isn’t it adorable? Now I think it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out a way to cosplay this, using real or fake cats! If you want to send your kitten love letters for this wonderful figure, please direct them to Studio Reflect at mitumasa.com – preferably when you’re not at work, unless your work involves figures, anime, manga and Japanese toys.