*Dang, man. ”Kimo-kawaii.”
"It wasn’t until the 2000s, though, that kimo-kawaiireally became a cultural force. Characters like Pikachu, “relaxation bear” Rilakkuma, and Hello Kitty remained extremely popular, but more alternatives emerged. One was Gloomy Bear, a pink critter that a graphic designer going by the name Mori Chack created as an explicit response tokawaii, saying, “Say there’s an illustration of a bear holding hands, dancing happily with a human. Is this not the epitome of cruelty?” Tall and violent, Gloomy usually has blood splattered on his face and claws from repeatedly attacking his human companion, Pitty. His official website allows users to bludgeon the kid in three different ways.
"The year 2006 brought the debut of Kobitodukan, a set of dwarf-like creatures with weird faces, who became popular enough to warrant several convenience-store tie-ins. They were soon joined in pop culture by video-game characters like the mushroom-come-alive Nameko and the strange-faced alpaca from “Alpaca Evolution.” The vogue for the bizarre hasn’t been limited to Japanese creations—Spongebob Squarepants, America’s favorite cartoon freak, has become newly popular in Japan over the last few years, as has the unsettling ‘90s fad toy Furby.
"Most kimo-kawaii stars of late, however, are government creations….”