Poor Baikinman

18 Nov

When my kids were young, they used to love a popular Japanese cartoon called 「それいけ!アンパンマン」 (“Go! Anpanman“).

This cartoon is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most characters. A new one is constantly being introduced by the 90-year old artist!
I wrote a post about the world record. Click here to read it.

Anpanman‘s artist, Yanase Takashi, grew up in the city of Kochi, Japan.
Last month, the city decided to honor Mr. Yanase and the characters he created that have become a part of Japanese culture by renaming a street “Yanase Takashi Road” and placing large, stone statues on the street of the cartoon’s six main characters.

Well, late last Sunday, someone destroyed the statue of the cartoon’s main “villain”, 「バイキンマン」 (“Baikinman“).

Baikinman has two antennae on his head. But some cut off one of the statue’s antennae. In Japan, vandalism isn’t very common.

Here’s what the statue used to look like:

And this is what the vandal did to it:

12 Responses to “Poor Baikinman”

  1. cuteandcurls November 23, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    I just detest vandals ..they’re just a bunch of irresponsible and sad bunch, putting that in a polite way.


    • tokyo5 November 23, 2009 at 10:19 am #

      I think the worst thing about most crimes in general is that someone victimizes other people who did nothing to them.


      • cuteandcurls November 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

        Absolutely agree


      • tokyo5 November 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm #



  2. Sir Pent November 21, 2009 at 1:25 am #

    When “we” turned 16, some of my friends were really into playing MAILBOX BASEBALL. (Where you hang out the window of a car with a baseball and try to hit mailboxes while you drive by.) I refused to participate. It just seemed really weird to take pleasure in damaging something that someone else has worked for.


    • tokyo5 November 21, 2009 at 1:47 am #

      “Mailbox Baseball”. I think that’s another one of those “only-in-America” things!)

      And although, I was driving a car in America when I was sixteen…I think now that that age is much too young to have a driver’s license!


  3. Sir Pent November 20, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    I’m not saying I CONDONE stealing, but I understand. You get something as a result of it.
    What do they get for destroying something that belongs to someone else?


    • tokyo5 November 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

      I didn’t think you were condoning it. I know what you meant.

      I think we feel the same way about it. I think most people do. 🙂


  4. Sir Pent November 18, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    I’ve never understood vandalism. Theft I can get…you want/need something but don’t have the money to get it.
    Vandalism is destroying something so that nobody else can have or enjoy it.
    That sucks.


    • tokyo5 November 19, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

      I don’t understand stealing either.
      But I know what you’re saying.

      How could someone destroy something that was made to honor someone who gave so much to make children happy for so many years?


  5. tornadoes28 November 18, 2009 at 3:23 am #

    That is sad. Why would someone do that? My kids love Anpanman.


    • tokyo5 November 19, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

      Do they show Anpanman in America?


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