Thank god it's not UNIQLO! New from your Shibuya-kei American Casual homies at LIVERTINE (home of fearsome sub-label Vice Fairy): a summer selection of T-shirts n' caps inspired by perennial favorite of kids-and-pirates ONE PIECE ("From TV Animation" the ads helpfully point out). Going on sale next Tuesday, there's 65 variants to collect in all ranging in price from 3,990 to 4,830 yen. The power of the Internet allows you to actually view the entire line here.
Oh yeah. Advance copies of LITTLE FLUFFY GIGOLO PELU have arrived, making this a positively scintillating "#mangamonday" for me! The book is the latest Junko Mizuno-jaPRESS-Last Gasp joint and will be available for civilian purchase in early September by which point several other Pelu related events will also be in the air. Amazon link for cheap pre-ordering here.
From the back of the book:
Meet Little Fluffy
Gigolo Pelu, a cute extraterrestrial critter who travels
to Earth to find happiness in the form of a bride. Prepare to be astounded as the
search for fulfillment takes him from the surface of his fantastic alien planet
to an off-kilter modern Japan inhabited by aspiring idol singers, sassy girls,
paint-sniffing bad boys, sushi chefs with unspeakable secrets and the
body-switching students of a mysterious high school. But where, oh where, is Pelu’s
true love to be found?
Artist Junko Mizuno
unleashes her unique graphic storytelling sensibilities on a tale that's
frequently adorable, sometimes grotesque, and always fluffy.
MUSICA! MUSICA! MUSICA! Say "hola amigos" to EL LATINO & Ms. OOJA and their new CD, entitled CD “IMPACT”, which is aiming to spice up the Japanese music charts like a fresh packet of Wild-grade Taco Bell hot sauce. At first glance, the act (she sings, he raps) looks like a bad identity politics performance art project gone horribly awry, but the disc -- featuring an eerily authentic looking Parental Advisory sticker -- is no joke and is being heavily pushed in this summer's gal magazines and in some really earnest TV spots.
And why shouldn't it be? “IMPACT” marks Nagoya-based El Latino's first recorded output after a three-year absence during which he was presumably undertaking painstaking frame-by-frame analysis of movies like “American Me" and "Blood In, Blood Out". Now he’s back with a new batch of songs including “Lifestyle of Ghetto” and “Tu Amor” certain to make the Nagoya low rider club feel like true "Homie Rollerz". Now press your bandanna with the tips of your fingers and make a wish...