Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.
As you know, I am always tortured, I mean, subjected to the Hello Kitty universe almost daily. [singlepic id=441 w=160 h=120 float=right]
It is part of the daily routine to open links, sent from Mylie T, that open into some world of ‘cuteness‘. Today was no different, or I thought it wasn’t. Mylie T sent me a link that took me to Sanrio Puroland. Yes, the Hello Kitty theme park nightmare. I say nightmare because if offers shows like the Hello Kitty and the Wizard of OZ musical.[singlepic id=442 w=160 h=120 float=left] Another theme park attraction is the “Kitty’s House” or what I like to call ‘The House of Satan!” Where you can “Experience Kitty’s daily lifestyle in her very own boudoir and have a commemorative photo take with Kitty!” Click on the photo to your left to check out the house of satan…the Kitty House.
While looking through the flames of hell – AKA the Sanrio Puroland website – I noticed something that caught my eye. It was the Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro 3D ride! There might be hope for Hello Kitty…[singlepic id=443 w=320 h=240 float=right] GeGeGe no Kitaro is a manga series created in 1959 by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. It is best known for its popularization of the folklore creatures known as yōkai, a class of spirit-monster to which all of the main characters belong.
The title of the original story is Hakaba no Kitarō , literally meaning “Kitaro (of the) Graveyard”. This story was an early 20th century Japanese folk tale performed on kamishibai. The name “Ge Ge Ge…” was applied to Mizuki’s particular telling of the Kitaro story when his manga became an anime. In January, 2008, the original manga was finally adapted into an anime, running in Fuji TV’s Noitamina slot.*
Here is the intro to the modern day Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro .. and now a 3D ride at Sanrio Puroland — YAY!
**Update: Mylie T just walked in with the Hello Kitty Online MMORPG game in her hand and a HUGE smile on her face. You can view the Hello Kitty Online game trailer below Kitaro.