Irresistible review: A charming look at why we find things cute

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS


TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 4, 2023: All Nippon Airways B787-9 Pok?mon Jet leaves Hanada Airport. ; Shutterstock ID 2326792475; purchase_order: -; job: -; client: -; other: -

All Nippon Airways now has a Boeing 777-300ER with a painted Pokémon livery

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Irresistible
Joshua Paul Dale (Profile)

THE manhole covers outside Joshua Paul Dale’s front door sport bright portraits of manga characters. Hello Kitty appears on construction barriers at the end of his road, alongside various cute cartoon frogs, monkeys, ducks and more.

Dale lives in Tokyo, epicentre of a “cutequake” that has conquered mass media (the Pokémon craze, which began in 1996, is now one of the highest-grossing media franchises) and encroaches, at pace, upon the wider realm.…



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