“Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn’t work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ’s. We just figured it out. Today’s kids are soft.”
“And then I will wake up in the middle of the night because I had a dream about him, and I’ll cry. It hurts like, right in between my pancreas and lungs. There is a very specific pain that is ‘break up’, don’t you think?”—I hear you, girl.
In just over 30 years Hello Kitty has become a multibillion-dollar model of resourceful minimalism within the global juggernaut of Japanese pop culture. But why is she mouthless? Because when you look at Hello Kitty, or “Kitty-chan,” as she is affectionately known in Japan, she will feel just like you do. As Japanese anime critic Hideki Ono says: “Your brain projects the missing information, then your imagination fills it in and feels the pleasure of participation.”
Today, I told my fiance I got a neopets account. Instead of him telling me I was immature, he practically screamed, “Oh my gosh! Now we can be NeoFriends!!!” I’ve chosen the right man to marry. MLIA #465315