Pure plastic love. It lives on desks. Its lives on shelves. But in Japan, it lives everywhere. Figures are more than collectibles. They're sculpted fantasy that reflect the artistic tradition of the country's past and its present.
Damn, they're cute. Not the girl—her ears. She is a catgirl—a female with cat ears. To underscore their feline traits, some have cat teeth,and even cat eyes. In Japan, the cat ears are called "nekomimi", and they're more than a simple personification of cats.
The 3D breasts were inevitable. After Nintendo revealed its glasses-free 3D portable, the Nintendo 3DS, it was only a brief matter of time before gamers in Japan could ogle 3D boobs them. Senran Kagura, the first of what's likely to be many games with that feature, includes a bevy of top-heavy, jiggly ninjas.
Someone once told me, "Half-Japanese kids grow up to either be TV celebrities or porn stars." Flip on television, and there's half-British male model Joy selling Samurai Road 4 or singer Becky promoting her latest CD single. Turn on a dirty movie, and there's half-Brazilian actress and Yakuza star Rio getting naked.
Lipstick. Long hair. Cute dresses. They're beautiful women, but they're not necessarily all women. In Japan, they're called "男の娘", or literally "male daughter".
"Who's to say there is a difference?" said the baffled, balding customer in khaki pants and a green windbreaker. I had asked him what the difference between Japanese and Western rail fans was.
In game after game, comic book after comic book, manga after manga, there they are: characters with glasses. And Japan is totally gaga for them.