You'll have to trust me on this one...

Afro Ken is the latest character to come from the nation, and indeed the company, Sanrio, which thought up Hello Kitty. A combination of an afro and ken (Japanese for dog), you get a dog with a multitude of cute afro wigs, involving fruit, hearts, noodles and other things.

Think of the cuteness and variation available with Hello Kitty, then translate to an afro-haircut dog, and you'll be getting close.

Actually, Afro Ken is created by Aimi Tetsuro (who admits to looking like Afro Ken) and produced by San-X. The same twisted japanese minds that have given us Beer Chan and Tare Panda. He has multiple wigs that he wears that make him appear friendly to whatever object he is near. If you think he is odd, he has a bunch of dog friends he hangs out with, Including; Curly dog, Mousse dog, Dread dog, Charisma dog, Brother dog, Super Afro dog, Funky dog, Mohawk dog, Lord dog, Punch dog and strangely, Normal dog.

According to the San-X site (broken english included) his stats are:

Name:
Afro Ken.
Mood:
Always in good mood.
Characteristic:
Likes to get close to things that look like Afro Ken (Maybe it wants to be friends).
Afro’s hair color changes to the Afro-like things that it gets near.
Species:
Afro Dog (Like Shiba dog, Tosa dog, there is also Afro dog)
Yelping:
Unconfirmed (From Confidential information, it speaks Afro language)
Sex:
Unknown.
Food:
Afro Ken will try anything at least once
Personality:
Innocent, blameless Afro Ken surprises many people
Movement:
Walking

And they've also given us a little story:

"Let me tell you some history about Afro Ken. Afro Ken is created by Aimi Tetsuro, who is 31 years old. He loves dog, and almost everything that he draws is related to dogs. Afro Ken is a pure and kind dog, it is either a boy or a girl and it is not picky about choosing food. The most special thing about Afro Ken is that he always tries to make friend. It makes friends by changing its hairstyle to the thing that it wants to make friends with. For example, when it sees an apple tree, Afro Ken will change its hairstyle into an apple tree in order to show its friendliness. That is the reason why Afro Ken has so many hairstyles."

I've seen plushies of him in shoes. wtf.

sources:

http://www.dreamkitty.com/afroken.html
http://www.ingram.co.jp/inter/



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