Tarepanda

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Tarepanda

Tarepanda (たれぱんだ) is a cute panda character owned by the company San-X サンエックス (San Ekkusu?). The term "tare" (垂れ?) means "lazy" or "droopy" in Japanese.[1]

History[edit]

Creation[edit]

Tarepanda is licensed by San-X, the company that introduced Tarepanda stickers in 1995. It was designed by Hikaru Suemasa (末政ひかる?) and was inspired when he was being tired.

Characteristics[edit]

Tarepanda is a character that moves by rolling over, with a record speed of 2.75 m/h.[1][2] Tarepanda's favorite food is mochi (?), especially suama (寿甘?).[1][3]

Popularity[edit]

In February 1998, San-X launched Tarepanda erasers and letter pads, which proved enormous hits. San-X believed these products were successful because they were released shortly after the Asian financial crisis of autumn 1997, a time when many people in Japan were facing layoffs and, consequently, were sympathetic toward a "worn-out" panda character.[4] By 1999, sales of Tarepanda goods had reached 30 billion yen.[4] Character Databank, a Japanese character popularity monitoring firm, has claimed Tarepanda was a huge hit in Japan.[5] It was rated one of the most popular characters in Japan for being so "Kawaii" (cute in Japanese.)

Merchandise[edit]

Picture books[edit]

Sticker books[edit]

Videos[edit]

Games[edit]

  • Tarepanda no Gunpei (Bandai, WonderSwan, December 9, 1999)
  • Taregoro: Tarepanda no Iru Nichijou (Bandai, PlayStation, August 31, 2000)

Computer[edit]

  • Tarepanda (Interchannel, 2001/6/29, typing-tutor software)
  • Tare Tsuzuri (Interchannel, 2001/11/22, card-creation software)
  • Tarepanda Toissho (Fortyfive, 1999/4/16, desktop accessories)
  • Tarepanda Toissho 2 (Fortyfive, 1999/8/10, desktop accessories)
  • Tarepanda Toissho 3 (Fortyfive, 2000/4/28, desktop accessories)
  • Tarepanda Toissho Tsume Awa Se (Fortyfive, 2002/2/8, desktop accessories)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c San-X.net. (2011). Tarepanda. Retrieved May 29, 2011, from http://www.san-x.jp/characters/tarepanda.html
  2. ^ Roach, M. (1999). Wired 7.12: Cute Inc. Retrieved may 29, 2011, from
  3. ^ Tariepie. Retrieved May 29, 2011, from http://tarepie.tripod.com/sum3.htm
  4. ^ a b Takuya Hamashima, "Stressed out? You need 'virtual healing'!", Yomiuri Shimbun, November 27, 1999, at 7.
  5. ^ Tabuchi, Hiroko (May 14, 2010). "In Search of Adorable, as Hello Kitty Gets Closer to Goodbye". NYTimes.com.