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[ M e d i a ]
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 !!
[ A D V E R T I S I N G ]
Malcolm Bricklin imported Subaru 360’s into the USA in the 1960’s. ‘A genious advertising guru‘ (aha), he coined the nifty advertising slogan ‘Cheap and Ugly Does It‘. Just what the Subaru 360 in a fish tank depicts escapes me !!
[ Celebrity Endorsements ]
Subaru 360 In Japan all sumo wrestlers are celebs !!
[ Brochures & Leaflets ]
[ Computer Games ]
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.
Kei-Cars in Computer Games
Source : INTERNET GAME CARS DATABASE (IGCD)
Bee: Copen: Cuore: Cuore Van: Hijet Pickup: Hijet Van: Max: Midget l: Midget ll: Mira: Mira Gino: Move: Move Conte: Move Latte: Move Naked: OFC-1: Opti: Terios Kid:
‘The Fuji Motor Co.‘ (富士自動車)
600 Coupé: Acty: Beat: Life: Life Step Van: Mugen Beat: N-Box: N-One: N360: S500: S600: S660: Stepwagon: T360: TN-V: Today: Vamos: Z: Zest:
Carol 360: R-360 Coupé:
eK Wagon: i: i-MiEV: Minica: Minicab: Pajero Mini:
360: Pleo: R-2: R1: R2: Sambar: Vivio:
Alto: Alto Lapin: Alto Works: Cappuccino: Carry: Cervo: Every Van: Every Wagon: Fronte Coupé: Hustler: Jimny: Kei: Mighty Boy: MR Wagon: SJ: Wagon R:
[ A R T ]
[ The Daihatsu Fellow Buggy in Art ]
The beautiful watercolour paintings of Mazda designer ‘Miki Nakajima‘.
[ Films & TV ]
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 !!
3 or 4 cars were used in the film, the 2 halves being powered by motorbikes.
Japanese Mini Truck: An Introduction to all things kei truck by Mark Roehrig.
The 50’s to 70’s eras 360cc kei-cars all in one issue @ (￥838 / £6.16)
Choose Your Kei Car Magazines (￥780/£5.86)
[ B e s t K e i – c a r M a g a z i n e s ]
Kei Cars Special: Kei-car magazines are available in the UK but they 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 & 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:
[ S l o t C a r s ]
The Honda 600 and smaller kei-cars like the Honda N360 & Mazda R360 are built on modified 1/43rd scale Carrera Go! chassis.
The Tomy Co. Ltd.
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.