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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Anime industrial design makes me buy things

Stupid cartoons. I've watched them all my life, and some have had more than a small impact on my sense of aesthetics. Take, for example, the Mach 5 from Speed Racer, or Mach Go Go Go in Japan. To this day, it is my perfect car. Not so much for the gadgets (although I must admit a little thrill at the number of buttons on the steering wheel of my Prius), but for it's lines, it's look. I must admit to severe misgivings about the Wachowski siblings' live action version. Not least because they've changed the Mach 5.

Now, the Prius has built in bluetooth. This pretty much takes care of the only instance in which I would need a bluetooth headset. But I own a bluetooth headset anyways. Why? Which Hunter Robin. I haven't even seen the entire run of the show, just the few episodes I caught back when it aired on Adult Swim. But the headsets they had were fantastic. At least the one I bought was inexpensive.

My most recent failing at the hands of cool looking cartoon tech is a pair of Audio-Technica headphones. The villain in this case? Eureka 7. All of the pilots wear extremely cool looking headphones when flying their mecha about.

So what does this say about me? It means I take my fashion cues from a bunch of cartoon characters. I suppose it's not all that bad. Everyone wants to look like their heroes. Some people buy ridiculously expensive sports jerseys, with their favorite player's name on the back. Others buy designer clothes they've seen their movie and music idols wearing. I, on the other hand, want to look like a mecha pilot. Now if I only I had a huge robot to drive around. I've already got the headphones...

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