History UsefulNotes / Kawaisa

8th Feb '16 2:47:55 PM MoonByte
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* Small shops sometimes have chalk boards with current sales in their windows. It isn't rare that a employee draws a cute critter on it as well. This can range from something genuily cute as Pikachu to questionable creatures such as [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyubey]].
25th Nov '15 6:07:09 AM Larkmarn
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* Asahi Bank used ''{{Franchise/Miffy}}'', a character from a Dutch series of children's picture books, on some of its ATM and credit cards.
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* Asahi Bank used ''{{Franchise/Miffy}}'', ''{{Literature/Miffy}}'', a character from a Dutch series of children's picture books, on some of its ATM and credit cards.
3rd Nov '15 5:19:41 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' is a long study in the dark side of Kawaisa aesthetics, implying that the real reason for its success is the generalized immaturity of the current generation -- or, for those of you who like shorter words, the problem is that Japan ''simply will not '''grow the fuck up'''''. ** [[http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200703/global-psyche-one-nation-under-cute This article from Psychology Today]] came to the same conclusion. It's worth noting that according to it, Kawaisa has a somewhat ancient pedigree--simply because Japan's constant social stratification needed ''something'' to soften the edges. Kawaisa: Feudalism's version of a rollover bug? ** Creator/SatoshiKon, the director of ''Paranoia Agent'', absolutely '''''hated''''' the Kawaisa concept, and attacked it in a number of his works, that one being the most obvious.
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* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' is a long study in the dark side of Kawaisa aesthetics, implying that the real reason for its success is the generalized immaturity of the current generation -- or, for those of you who like shorter words, the problem is that Japan ''simply will not '''grow the fuck up'''''. ** [[http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200703/global-psyche-one-nation-under-cute This article from Psychology Today]] came to the same conclusion. It's worth noting Today]] states that according to it, Kawaisa has a somewhat an ancient pedigree--simply because Japan's constant social stratification needed ''something'' to soften the edges. Kawaisa: Feudalism's version of a rollover bug? ** Creator/SatoshiKon, the director of ''Paranoia Agent'', absolutely '''''hated''''' the Kawaisa concept, and attacked it in a number of his works, that this one being the most obvious.
18th Oct '15 10:17:43 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Potemayo}}'' (the series) is very, very cute and very, very weird. Potemayo herself is a 2-foot-tall blob of {{moe}} features who acts like a 8-year-old... and was found in a fridge.
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* ''{{Potemayo}}'' ''Anime/{{Potemayo}}'' (the series) is very, very cute and very, very weird. Potemayo herself is a 2-foot-tall blob of {{moe}} features who acts like a 8-year-old... and was found in a fridge.
14th Oct '15 7:11:01 AM PhysicalStamina
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[[AC:{{Music}}]] * The image of midi-pop band Kero Kero Bonito, right down to the music. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL8fz8W2Yos Behold.]]
6th Sep '15 11:48:44 AM nombretomado
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* Can Creator/YuiHorie make NeedForSpeed Kawaii? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpO3aH4QTNM You be the judge]].
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* Can Creator/YuiHorie make NeedForSpeed ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' Kawaii? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpO3aH4QTNM You be the judge]].
15th Aug '15 12:45:19 AM brb1006
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* Reportedly Chip and Dale are the most popular Disney characters in Japan; no doubt this is why. [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Stitch]] is also very popular.
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* Reportedly Chip and Dale are the most popular Disney characters in Japan; no doubt this is why. ** Same goes for Marie from Disney/TheAristocats due to Japan's fondness with cats. * [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Stitch]] is also very popular.
14th Aug '15 7:32:03 PM wootzits
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* ''MyBrideIsAMermaid'' as a whole generally parodies this mindset, as the more obviously cute something is the more chance there is of it resulting in something utterly insane (e.g. Maki is an eight-inch tall girl who acts [[ShrinkingViolet extremely shy]] and has an extremely high-pitched and cutesy voice. She's actually [[spoiler: a yakuza enforcer who puts on the cute act as a front]]). The crowing point has to be episode 20, which takes stereotypical {{Moe}} elements (CatGirl, SailorFuku, etc.) and applies them to [[RatedMForManly extremely masculine]] characters. [[FanDisservice Naturally, it turns out a bit disturbing.]]
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* ''MyBrideIsAMermaid'' ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' as a whole generally parodies this mindset, as the more obviously cute something is the more chance there is of it resulting in something utterly insane (e.g. Maki is an eight-inch tall girl who acts [[ShrinkingViolet extremely shy]] and has an extremely high-pitched and cutesy voice. She's actually [[spoiler: a yakuza enforcer who puts on the cute act as a front]]). The crowing point has to be episode 20, which takes stereotypical {{Moe}} elements (CatGirl, SailorFuku, etc.) and applies them to [[RatedMForManly extremely masculine]] characters. [[FanDisservice Naturally, it turns out a bit disturbing.]]
1st Jul '15 6:13:22 PM Llygodenfawr
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Not all embrace the cute so readily though, those skeptical of this "cuteness" consider it a sign of an infantile mentality. Hiroto Murasawa, professor of beauty and culture at Osaka Shoin Women's University, calls cuteness "a mentality that breeds non-assertion ... Individuals who choose to stand out get beaten down." Controversially, some have suggested that Japan's brutal defeat in WorldWarII bred this mentality, viewing it as the only way to explain how the warrior culture of ImperialJapan did a complete one–eighty in just a couple of generations.
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Not all embrace the cute so readily though, readily, though; those skeptical of this "cuteness" consider it a sign of an infantile mentality. Hiroto Murasawa, professor of beauty and culture at Osaka Shoin Women's University, calls cuteness "a mentality that breeds non-assertion ... Individuals who choose to stand out get beaten down." Controversially, some have suggested that Japan's brutal defeat in WorldWarII bred this mentality, viewing it as the only way to explain how the warrior culture of ImperialJapan did a complete one–eighty in just a couple of generations.
24th Jun '15 7:02:38 PM nombretomado
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* The {{Kirby}} series plays with this interestingly. While most of its inhabitants carefree and Dreamland is pretty much an idyllic paradise, it is always constantly being invaded by [[VileVillainSaccharineShow dark forces]] and [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], some of which even possess said cute inhabitants. Things tend to get dramatically serious when [[SugarApocalypse the lives of the Dreamlanders are at stake]], and Kirby himself changes gears from being just a cute moeblob to the assertive BadAss.
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* The {{Kirby}} ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series plays with this interestingly. While most of its inhabitants carefree and Dreamland is pretty much an idyllic paradise, it is always constantly being invaded by [[VileVillainSaccharineShow dark forces]] and [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], some of which even possess said cute inhabitants. Things tend to get dramatically serious when [[SugarApocalypse the lives of the Dreamlanders are at stake]], and Kirby himself changes gears from being just a cute moeblob to the assertive BadAss.
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