Just thought I would stop through with my most recent inspo as I am getting my blog post together from DC KawaiiStyle’s Culture & Eats meet-up. It was our first meet of the year! Whoo hooooo~
I promise to share more later. But the other night, my beau and I decided to watch Chappie. From the previews Chappie certainly wasn’t a must see for me. I had more of a “I’ll see it one day” type of mood. However, for how I look at kawaii culture against life, overall, my imagination is really glad I did! Here is a quick overview of the plot (hopefully with no spoilers in case you haven’t seen it). 😀
Brought to you by Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser
I LOVE this photo! I’m such trash LOLZ
Ok first off, while watching the movie, I definitely knew I recognised the lead actress from somewhere. I often get actor/ actress names, roles, and images mixed up in my head. It’s one of those things where if we don’t interact, you just don’t know. >.< Anywhoo, I pegged her as a girl from Gummo, Smokin’ Aces, and I think I placed her in Sucker Punch. LOL I don’t know what is my mind when watching TV but hey!!! (just don’t judge me huhuhu) However, after doing a bit of research I was able to answer the annoying question of where I recognise her from. OMG! It’s YOLANDI VISSER of Die Antwoord, a South African rap-rave group. Of course her co-star was the group’s lead vocalist and Visser’s right hand man, Ninja. Now that I have placed the recognition, I can say that think it’s cool they allowed his character to have his namesake. ^^ Before I just thought it was cool because … who doesn’t like ninjas. haha
I often say that people into kawaii culture are seriously just as rough around the edges with just as much drab, gloom, and B.S. as the next person. However I am a firm believer that surrounding yourself with kawaii can make even the most undesirable situation tolerable (to work through). Kawaii can also help add a fresh, different, and (sometimes) more positive perspective to things. As soon as they showed the shot of Yo-landi’s room, given her character and character’s setting, it definitely rang true. While Chappie (the character) had many light-hearted moments that I loved to laugh at, especially his bling and slang, no imagery connected with me more than Yo-landi’s colorfully pastel kawaii swag.
Here’s Ninja being all kakoii and thangs 😀
If you haven’t seen Chappie, I definitely recommend it, for both the imagery and the message. It’s beautiful and personally, I think they got it right! But if you have seen it, what are your thoughts?!