ITASHA: Ranka Lee Lancer Evo wagonApril 23, 2009 12:30 am
I’ve been really busy the past couple of days, and haven’t had much time to go through any of older photos and develop them for the site, so check out this itasha seen in the parking lot at the recent Hyper Meeting, themed around Macross Frontier character, Ranka Lee.
It only makes sense, since this has been an all-girl week so far…
If you’re not familiar with the term itasha, it’s a play on words in Japanese.
The word sha means “car”. They cram this word together with another word to describe the origin of a foreign car. Amesha means “American car”, and itasha means “italian car”.
In this case however, they use the kanji character for “pain”, which is also pronounced ita. What you have then is a car that is painful to look at for most people.
That is unless of course, you’re a big fan of anime, manga or whatever else the car is themed around.
This particular Evo wagon is themed around Ranka Lee, one of the main characters in the recent Macross Frontier series that ran here in Japan last year. Most of you would know Macross as the Robotech series that ran on TV in the mid 1980s, since the Macross franchise has been running for decades in a similar way that Star Trek has.
Youtube videos of Ranka here.Tags: itasha, Lancer, Macross Frontier, Mitsubishi, Ranka Lee
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This post was written by Alexi
More on the Subie beside the Evo Wagon please! 🙂
didn’t know mitsu. made an evo touring, is that real……………love the pix……………
Macross 7 or Fail.
There is so much going on with that car, hard to look at.
yea mitsu did make an evo wagon, there wern’t alot of em made, this livery ruins it….
I got familiar with itasha some time ago without knowing it was called itasha: I posted a video on my blog of the Dream Car Club colliding with the world of itasha some time ago:
But JNC blog then posted something about itasha and it all connected. 😀
Somehow I really dig the itasha look on the outside but personally I wouldn’t drive a car with my favorite manga/anime on it. I guess its the same with the bosozku style (zokusha). 😉
robotech is awesome loved that anime as a kid(teen) 😛
im a fan of itasha but that particular one i would drive
saw a bunch of these in akihabara went i went to japan in march, saw a porsche, fto, chaser (god i wanted that chaser)…really only got a clear shot of the porsche it was parked in the day…all the others moving shots at night…not easy for me XD
Which rims are those?
I love the Mitsu Wagon, its a cute girly car, im also a macross fan 🙂
The Moehaku 2010 has lots of itasha
This priceless work of art has left me speechless… Kudos to you my good Sir!