September '15 - Why I Love Hello Kitty.
honest I was never a big fan of Hello Kitty.
I neither liked nor disliked her, I was just
not interested. I knew of her existence, but
to me the whole Hello Kitty franchise was
just a way to market children's toys and
cartoons, and didn't appeal to me as an adult.
Hello Kitty's been around for a good 40 years
or so but it's only recently that there's
been a big surge in her popularity. There are
adults that are fans, in the same way there
are adults who are fans of My Little Pony,
but I always suspected they were only fans
for the sake of being different, a case of
liking something on an ironic level. I had
seen some Hello Kitty cartoons too, but they
didn't appeal to me either. They were too
Americanised for my liking. For a Japanese
creation of a British character speaking
about cookies and candy felt strange to me.
day at Christmas time, Hello Kitty magazine
had a bumper set of stickers on the front
cover. I was actually looking at other
magazines on the shelf when I glanced toward
the Hello Kitty magazine and thought those
stickers would look good stuck to the front
of my fridge. I bought the magazine and used
the stickers, then just for the fun of it
filled in the puzzles in the magazine and did
magazine was a little odd in that while it
was obviously aimed at children there were a
lot of advertisements that were aimed at
adults. There was an ad for Sky TV showing an
image from the movie Skyfall, an ad for
adopting whales, and a competition to win a
PlayStation 4. The competition was easy and
the question was "Who makes the
PlayStation 4? Sony, Apple or Microsoft?"
Anyone under 18 needed a parent to sign the
bottom of the competition entry form. I never
win anything but luckily I had plenty of
postage stamps so I didn't mind using one to
enter the competition and post the entry form.
I did wonder what it would be like if I did
win because it would mean everyone would know
I bought a Hello Kitty magazine.
four months later I received a letter stating
that I had won and it was on its way. About a
week after that I had my brand new
PlayStation 4 worth around £400. I don't
know why but I felt at the back of my mind
that I knew I would win. There were only five
winners selected so the odds were staked
against me but I somehow knew. Maybe it was a
Christmas miracle. Kitty wanted me to win.
thank you to Kitty I got myself a tattoo and
proudly admit that I love Hello Kitty. I've
also got lots of stuffed toys, posters,
bubble bath, hat, pens, notepads, mugs,
beakers, shirts and underwear.
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