Meow, I’m not a Cat


“Meow, I’m not a Cat!”


By; Julie Ann De Villa Sadsad

A cute cartoon character, white in color with touch of pink and pointy ears – that is HELLO KITTY. Undoubtedly, its attractive appearance and the cheerfulimpression it brings, seems to attract not
only the vision, but also the heart of every little girl. Many of us enjoyed spending time watching television, as if we are in Sanrio World with Hello Kitty and the other characters therein. And through those times that we spend watching
them, we ought to familiarize and s o m e h o w m a s t e r t h e i r d i ff e r e n t a p p e a r a n c e a n d i d e n t i t y. A n d consequently, we find ourselves interested in it.

Admit it or not, it has been proven beyond the shadow of doubt, that some of the girls desperately adhere stuffs imprinted with this character. We got to see them in their shirts, bag, notebooks, hankie, wrist watch, or worst, they have their stickers to attach in every belongings they have. And other girls, especially those kids, prefer to decorate their room with this character. Whilst other seems to be a Hello Kitty merchandisers, for having almost all the possible collections
of Hello Kitty stuffs they could ever had. Well, we may not find anything wrong about it. But the thing is – upon watching and collecting those bits and pieces of “Hello Kitty things”, have they
ever wondered about Hello Kitty’s real identity? Probably no, for others might not care about it, as long as they enjoy watching and having those things, regardless of what identity that character may possess. And others might not bother their selves thinking about it because Hello Kitty’s name itself, almost implanted our minds that she is a cat. However, behind all these is a revelation that arouses people’s intuition about this character. The revelation that started when a Hawaii-based
academic specializing in the epitome of “kawaii” (“cute” in Japanese) asked Sanrio to verify the captions for an exhibition in line with the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty. And Christine Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, said she “was corrected – very firmly” by Sanrio that Kitty was not a cat. Sanrio spoke person stated “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature….” Thereby, after all, it was like – seeing Hello Kitty in front us saying… “Meow, I’m not a Cat!”