From June 12th through the 25th, Shaun the Sheep, the British stop-motion spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit sets up shop at the Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku for a Japanese stop on its charity exhibit/auction tour. Hideaki Anno designed an Evangelion take on the character, along with wife Moyocco Anno offering her Sugar Sugar Rune interpretation. More after the jump.
Reito Hatoyama, chief operating office of Sanrio, has revealed that Sanrio is going to be opening up an American brand in June. Hit the jump for more!
A new smart phone app featuring Sanrio's Hello Kitty character aims to help people stick to their diet regimen by offering rewards both in-game and in the real world. Hit the jump to learn more.
American reality competition show RuPaul's Drag Race welcomed Hello Kitty as a special guest for the 11th episode of its 7th season, and that three-apple-tall character goods queen threw down the gauntlet, challenging the drag performers construct a couture runway look using Hello Kitty supplies and get in on the kigurumi. Check out the climax after the jump.
Young love and mosquito bites will both drive you crazy, but luckily there's a medication for the latter, and Hello Kitty and Akihabara idol group Dempagumi.inc are teaming up to advertise it. Hit the jump to learn more.
Artist Sebastian Masuda's TIME AFTER TIME CAPSULE installation arrives in New York City in the form of a giant, hollow sculpture of Sanrio's Hello Kitty. Hit the jump to learn more.
For three days only, Patisserie Mon Cher is offering a line of special baked goods to celebrate the Japanese Doll Festival, including cakes featuring Sanrio's Hello Kitty and My Melody. Hit the jump to learn more.
Out of all the Hello Kitty items I have in my life, I've never stopped to consider picking up a Hello Kitty toilet seat cover and bidet. Sure, I've got a toaster, alarm clock, and lamp, but I've never thought about Hello Kitty's face being present when I've got to go to the bathroom. Hit the jump to see what I mean!
Hello Kitty has always been aimed toward female buyers, whether it's a toaster, pencil case, T-shirt, and more. But Sanrio is looking to change that with the launch of the Hello Kitty Men Project, which seeks to introduce aspects of Hello Kitty's trademark style into traditional mens' attire. Hit the jump to see more!
The chogokin line of mecha figures and Hello Kitty both turned 40 in 2014 and the anniversaries with celebrated together with a special Hello Kitty die-cast robot figure. First released last June, the 10.5 centimeters tall figure is returning this May, joined by a new, alternate striped version.
After presenting the character goods at events like Dengeki Fall Festival, the Hello Kitty x Durarara!! merchandise from Kawashima Industries and Asunaro-sya is now available at your favorite anime paraphernalia retailer. Check them out after the jump.