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K-MEDIA includes MANGA (漫 画) comics & cartoons & ANIME (アニメ) hand drawn or computer animation, ART, FILMS & ADVERTISING. It also includes COMPUTER GAMING, Scale Models and some Quirky Names !!
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Strange American advertising posters with the slogan “Cheap and Ugly Does It” …
… Malcolm Bricklin imported Subaru 360’s in the 60’s. A genious advertising guru (aha), he coined the nifty slogan “Cheap and Ugly Does It”. Just what the Subaru 360 in a fish tank depicts escapes me.
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Subaru 360: In Japan all sumo wrestlers are celebs !!
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Kat’s Run : Zen-Nippon K Car Senshuken (キャッツ ·ラン全日本 Kカー 選手権) Is a racing video game which was released exclusively in Japan in 1995. All the playable vehicles are kei cars. There are 2-play modes and a choice of 10 drivers, 10 cars and 4 courses.
The Honda Beat is featured in Gran Turismo 2 (Mugen tuned), Sega GT, Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo 4, Gran Turismo 5, and Gran Turismo 6.
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The Daihatsu Fellow Buggy in Art
The beautiful watercolour paintings of Mazda designer “Miki Nakajima”
[ F I L M S & T V ]
“MALCOLM” : The 1986 (Australian) cult film (90 mins)
The film involves a pair of bank robbers whose getaway car is a specially converted Honda Z. The car splits in two and both halves can be driven independently with disastrous results !!
Three or four cars were used in the film, the two halves being powered by motorbikes.
Asahi TV featured this re-modeled AZ1 for their “Blue Swat” TV series, which was part of the Metal Hero Series (51 episodes). Called the “Striker”, it had a body made of Titanium alloy, Tungsten steel and Carbon Fibre. It also had a super computer and bullet-proof windows and a roll-cage covering the entire car. The gas-turbine engine had a top speed of 312 KPH (194 MPH). The series was more popular with adults rather than children !!
Japanese Minitruck: An Introduction To All Things Kei Truck by Mark Roehrig.
Publisher: Trafford (17th July 2012); Paperback: 72 Pages; Kindle edition: Also available.
The 50’s to 70’s eras 360cc kei-cars all in one issue @ ￥838.
Choose Your Kei Car Magazines (￥780/£5.86)
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Kei Cars Special (K カー ·スペシャル) : Kei car magazines are available in the UK but are very expensive.
The film Taiho Shichauzo (逮捕しちゃうぞ) “Your Under Arrest !!” is also a popular Manga series.
It’s driven by police girls Natsumi and Miyuki.
“MECHADOC” is a popular Manga and Anime series. It famously uses a Suzuki Cervo which is referred to as a “minipato”. This is basically an English phrase meaning “mini patrol car”.
‘Pictures from the “Narutaru” manga series by Mohiro Kitoh’
In the Shuichi Shigeno manga and anime Initial D, as well as the Arcade Stage games, “Sakamoto” of the Northern Saitama Alliance drives a modified red Suzuki Cappuccino.
In the 2004 anime series Sgt. Frog, Private 2nd Class Tamama wears a reverse “shoshinsha” on his stomach and head, this is in reference to Tamama’s status as the youngest, lowest-ranking member of the Advance Recon Mission Preparatory Invasion Terror (A.R.M.P.I.T.) Platoon !!
’86 Daihatsu Leeza Turbo 1/24 ’88 Daihatsu Mira TR-XX Aero 1/24 ’91 Honda Beat 1:43: ’93 Subaru Vivio Safari Colin McRae1/64: ’94 Suzuki Cappuccino 1:43: ’95 Autozam AZ-1 concept 1:24: ’96 Daihatsu Midget Mkll 1:24: ’12 Daihatsu Copen 1:24:
This self-assembly kit is a 6-wheeler !!
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The Honda 600 and smaller Kei cars like the Honda N360 andMazda R360 are built on modified 1/43rd scale Carrera GO! chassis.
Tomy Company, Ltd. (株式会社タカラ·トミー)
Takara Tomy is a Japanese toy manufacturer, whose products are sometimes referred to as the Matchbox toys of Japan. The company was formed on the 1st March 2006 by a merger between “Tomy” (founded in 1924) as Tomiyama, changing their name to Tomy in 1963 and their long-time rival “Takara” (founded in 1955). The company has its headquarters in Katsushita, Tōkyō.
In 1970, Tomy started to produce its Tomica line of diecast vehicles. Although various scale sizes are made, the Tomica name is normally associated with the 1/55 (3″) sized models.
1/55 Suzuki Carry noodle sellers truck Black box (pre-1984) No45.
(From 1988 all boxes including older remakes were Red & White)
1/56 Mitsubishi Minica “Diving School” Red & White box (post ’84) No71.
[ Q U I R K Y N A M E S ]
Daihatsu Naked; Daihatsu Opti Aerodown Beex; Honda N-Box Slash; Honda That’s; Mitsubishi Lettuce; Nissan Dayz Roox; Suzuki Every Joy Pop Turbo.