For the otaku

THERE IS NO VE­HI­CLE MORE APT FOR FANS OF JA­PANESE CUL­TURE THAN A KAWAII KEI CAR. IT MAY BE SMALL, BUT IT CAN FIT BIG IMAG­I­NA­TIONS

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GUN­DAM OR­NA­MENT

In­spired by the mas­sive Gun­dam statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba is­land, the otaku proudly an­nounces his con­sum­ing pas­sion by plac­ing a robot head in front of his car. It’s a lit­tle ode to Trans­form­ers as well, a pop­u­lar robot fran­chise that orig­i­nated from a Ja­panese toy line.

SLEEP­ING BED

The otaku’s car may be tiny and boxy, but its square shape can fit a mat­tress. This is use­ful for camp­ing out overnight be­fore a big comic con­ven­tion, as well as invit­ing cute cos­play­ers to rest and freshen up. An otaku goes where his pas­sion leads him, and he can live in his car if needed.

ANIME DE­CALS

Yes, they’re tacky when ca­sual fans stick them on the side of their rides, and dis­play them in car shows. But for true fans of Ja­panese pop cul­ture th­ese aren’t dec­o­ra­tion, th­ese are badges of pride, and a bea­con to those who share a love of Astro Boy, Godzilla and Akira.

FU­TURE PLANS

Sci­en­tific im­pos­si­bil­i­ties and lack of lo­gis­tics are mere set­backs to the ob­sessed. The otaku has plans to trans­form his car into a robot in the fu­ture, be­cause all of us grew up want­ing a me­chan­i­cal best friend. You know, if a fan­tasy is too easy, then the dream isn’t big enough.

COS­TUME CHANGES

The otaku must al­ways be pre­pared for any sit­u­a­tion, even stum­bling onto an un­ex­pected geek gath­er­ing. A clothes rack with cos­tumes of pop­u­lar anime char­ac­ters is al­ways ready in the back, washed and ironed. Usu­ally. And even if not worn, they serve as in­door vi­su­als.

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