Sometimes I think if I am not a bit weird or what. I have two antagonic sides co-existing inside me.
One is the "I-adore-all-things-cute" side or, most specifically, kawaii. The other is the complimentary "But-I-love-horror-flicks" one. Meaning that people can listen to me digressing and going all "aawwww" at the latest Hello Kitty gimmick and - ten minutes later, literally - going all excited about that new JHorror release where hairy ghosts come out of toasters, for example.
Those two things live inside me like an old Stevie Wonder's song: "in perfect harmony". Although they may seem a bit incompatible to the world around me. That is why I so much identify with Momotchi and Tama-chan, from my beloved Keroro Gunso series. They are characters of "extremes". Taste-wise and pesonality-wise too. I have a bit of their mood swings as well (Mark knows well about it!). I can be in cute-mode now, and the next moment become a venomous harpy! Ha ha! Of course I am exaggerating a bit here, but yeah, you can picture it...
Cute stuff I love:
- Sanrio characters, especially (and above all) Hello Kitty;
- Morning Glory's Babu and Blue Bear;
- San-X stuff:
- Cute maneki neko;
- Nici stuff;
- Cute Asian makeup brands such as Majolica Majorca, Anna Sui and Lavshuca.
However, there are "cute" stuff I seriously dislike because they look tacky, passé and utterly mind-numbing, such as:
- Some kinds of Teddy Bears (eg, Care Bears and several greeting card ones);
- Barbie dolls;
- Anne Geddes baby pics;
- Ads where dogs and little babies talk with silly adult voices (eg, Andrex toilet rolls where a lovely and playful Labrador puppy sounds like an old drag-queen, Pampers etc...)
As for the Horror, I must say I am quite proud of my collection of DVDs! Mostly Asian films, because their approach of horror is not only "cleaner" but also deeper, and mostly impressive. Stylish even. And, the Horror I dislike is stuff like Re-animator and Infection for example. They are just plain gross. Period.
Notes: There is no such a thing as a JHorror film where a hairy ghost comes out of a toaster, of course! They normally come out of TVs and bathroom sinks, but not toasters - at least for now; one can only hope...
Also, I recognise this whole cute thing is a bit subjective. I know that, for some people, Hello Kitty may look abominable and Care Bears adorable, for example. Or drag-queenish labrador puppies may sound like the epitome of cuteness... Who am I to say? Anyway, it's all too personal in the end, no?
Finally, the above picture with Momotchi and Tama-chan I got in the super-cool Keroro's Korean website! Worth checking (and bookmarking) it!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Posted by Andrea Leite Marques at 1:24 AM
Labels: Cute stuff, Horror
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Just curious, but is it easy to get Majolica Majorca outside of Asia?ReplyDelete
Hi again Dear! MM cannot be found here at all, but I use some nice EBay sellers in HKG, Adambeauty shop in HKG too, and another guy in Tokyo this one via EBay). All of them have MM, and other brands. I recently even got some Lunasol from the Tokyo seller. I really love Asian mu brands. I think they are great, the foundations suit me better, eyeshadows are of the best quality! Just love it! You are in Tokyo, so you don't have probs in finding them!ReplyDelete
Still, if you wish I can send you the names of the sellers in HKG at least!
Thanks for the cooment and talk to you soon!
I just started trying the foundations but I don't know where to start. I'm using proudia now, but there are so many other lines! I don't know how to use eyeshadow effectively so I don't use it much :D But I think I will play with MM since they're inexpensive. What I need are sellers who will ship me stuff from the U.S. and Europe though. I mostly read English reviews so there are all these tempting sounding products that I want to try that are really expensive here or just not available. It would be more efficient to focus on the asian stuff though :DReplyDelete