A Few Words from a Book by Harry Harrison

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“When girls head for the stars, they are clad in bikinis, or skintight bathing suits made of cellophane or some other flexible and transparent substance. Even when they get out of their space gear they sport bare legs and bared midriffs. So who is it that would like to look at girls with very little clothes on? Why boys of course.”

Paraphrased from a segment of the book MECHANISMO (1978) in which the author, Harry Harrison, discusses the reason for the differences between the space gear worn by girls and boys in the old space opera pulps.

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What If Heidi Was a Modern-day High Schooler?

Back in June, I wrote about post (which you can read here) about a new Japanese commercial for Nissin’s “Cup Noodle”. As I stated in that post, that commercial was the first in a series in which certain heroines would be reimagined in modern settings. Well, it’s taken three months, but a second commercial has been released! This one features Heidi, who is of course originally from the famous Swiss children’s novel of the same name by Johanna Spyri. Here, however, Heidi is clearly based on the version from the classic Japanese cartoon, known as Arupusu no Shōjo Haiji, (or Heidi, Girl of the Alps in English), which was produced in the 70s.

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