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Hello, Please! Very Helpful Super Kawaii Characters from Japan Paperback – September 6, 2007

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About the Author

Matt Alt is the co-author of Super #1 Robot. He and Hiroko Yoda live in Tokyo, where they run the translation company AltJapan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Printing edition (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811856747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811856744
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.8 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a great coffee table or gift book. Awesome photographs, beautiful design and insightful text. Totally captures the quirkiness of this aspect of Japanese pop culture...
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Okay, I admit this isn't the most eloquent review, but I'm giving this book a shout-out because it is so amusing, adorable, funny. The authors classify these cartoony characters into five sections with an intro for each and an overall introduction prefacing it all. The intros were somewhat informative, not terribly deep in explanation but deep enough. I liked the variety and quantity of images they included and how their captions were set in a solid-color version of the character they are describing on that page. Great gift idea for anyone who likes Japanese pop art and cute, bubbly cartoons in general.
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The immediate and obvious appeal of this book is seeing so many of these mascot characters "in the wild," but more importantly, the book provides context, explaining how Japanese aesthetics and traditions have affected the widespread adoption of these characters throughout the years. I really recommend this to anyone who is interested in Japanese culture and/or cartooning.
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