Chappie: Yolandi Visser Provides the Kawaii Aesthetic

Hi friends! 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). 😀 Chappie 2015 1080 (1)

Overview

In the near future, a mechanized police force patrols the streets and deals with lawbreakers, but now the people are fighting back. When one police droid is stolen and given new programming, he acquires the ability to feel and think for himself. Set and shot in Johannesburg, Chappie is about an artificially intelligent law enforcement robot captured and taught by gangsters who give him his nickname.  While the robot, dubbed “Chappie (Sharlto Copley),” puzzles out human behavior, the authorities begin to see him as a danger to mankind and order; they will stop at nothing to ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.
I am noting that the art direction is by Bobby Cardoso & Emilia Roux for my research later. ^^

The KawaiiAesthetic

Brought to you by Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser

B-AYN6NCIAAygNAI 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

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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.

Screenshot-Chappie.2015.720p.BluRay.x264.YIFY.mp4-2Here’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?!

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