Rinkya ranked is our old friend, Noodle Brains (3Yen 2012-07-10), as 7th in creepiness. Following that, 6th in creepitude on the Rinkya ranking is the loose-character “Marimokkori,” Captain Hard-on of Hokkaido(3Yen 2006-03-13).
Obviously the 1st in creepiness is Melon Guma/bear↓ (2012-10-18).
← Japan has been the longtime winner of the title of having the World’s Creepiest Mascots with characters like Tokyo Tower’s pink penis, “Noppon” (3Yen/2009-04-05).
However, Japan’s domination of having the creepiest mascots is being challenged by a Brazil’s cancer association, Associação de Assistência às Pessoas com Câncer with their Señor Testiculo aka “Mr. Balls“—the world’s happiest scrotum character ↓ …more...
Of course all of this makes complete Japanese sense since everything here needs a cute Yuru-Chara, that is a yurui-character (lit. loose character)—the mascots that populate Japan the land of HAPPY (3Yen / 2010-10-20).
*Yuru-Chara is a Japanese abbreviation of yurui-characters
with yurui meaning “loose,” “B-list,” or “unsophisticated.”
In Japan everything has to have a mascot.
And, Japan’s #1 mascot, “Kumamon,” a bear who represents Kumamoto prefecture* and all his yuru-kyara† butt-buddies set a Guinness world record for synchronized dork dancing.
Japan sets Guinness record for synchronized mascot dancing …This week, 141 “yuru-kyara” from 25 prefectures across the country gathered in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, to make their mark on history by becoming the largest group of mascots ever to do the same dance together…
… [slacker] Kumamon, the bear-like mascot for Kumamoto, was heard to say, “I’m a little tired, mon”…more…
And for fun, here is Kyodo News’ description of the above video thanks to goofy Google Translate…
141 Characters in loose body do the Beard Dance to challenge the Guinness Record — YouTube Kyodo News – Jan 27, 2013
One hundred and one “loose characters’ went for a Guinness record at the Huis Ten Bosch Resort in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan on January 27th. Attaining the record, these 141 mascot characters from across Japan continued to dance in perfect in unison for five minutes doing the “Beard Dance.” More…
EDIT: The “Beard Dance” is really the ‘Mustache Dance” but since the Japanese word for mustache and beard are both hige (髭) the name gets misreported in English.
Don’t you hate it when you have panic disordered characters in the kitchen? writes the 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large, Den4.
‘Iron Chef’ Returns to Japan Wall Street Journal –Scene Asia | Nov. 2, 2012
After 13 years off the air, “Iron Chef” in Japan…is back…[and] stays largely faithful to the original. The most obvious change is the adoption of the overseas title “Iron Chef” — a clear recognition of the strong brand the original show has built internationally…more…
. ← Japan is famous for its frighteningly expensive $100 Melons (3Yen/2007-05-15), but this green-veined, ravenous looking, melon-bear mascot with bugging-out, bloodshot eyes in Hokkaido Japan is perfect for the kiddies (to have nightmares).
It’s weird to think that these Marimo balls are an endangered species in the Japanese wild, but they may become a threat in New Zealand.
Student sentenced for importing fish tank algae TVNZ | October 03, 2012
…Jasmine Maxwell, 20, appeared at the Christchurch District Court today for illegally importing marimo moss balls, a type of fish tank algae, last year.
The moss balls are prohibited here as authorities say the algae could wipe out entire species of New Zealand native fish…the Ministry of Primary Industries said because marimo is a green algae, it could interrupt the whole ecological system...more…
Over on reddit the question was what could be this character (R) that was spotted in Kagoshima, Japan’s deep south, at the southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu. (Wiki).
Kagoshima is famous for its oranges, in particular Satsuma/mandarin oranges. The fruity, yuru-chara “lose character” (3Yen / 2010-10-20 ) is “Kajukansa” and its made up the four types of oranges of the area.
Kajukansa is part of a local TV show for kids called “Hayato Satsuma Swordsman*” that is filmed in various places in Kagoshima to show off the tourist spots: “Eat, drink, sleep, and take a bath, or enjoy the specialties*.” Ri-i-ight.
What could be a cuter as a Yuru-Chara (lit. loose character) perfectual mascot than an Eat-Brains cheerleader?
Kagawa's new mascot has noodles on the brain The Japan Times | July 10, 2012
“Udon no “debuted last week as the mascot of Kagawa, which has been billing itself as “Udon Prefecture” since last fall. The noodle-brained mascot will be used to help promote Kagawa as the kingdom of the wheat-flour noodle…more…