TOKYO, January 3 – While hunting for manga in the Akihabara district (秋葉原), we walked down the block from Mandarake and ran right into an impromptu car show. A significant number of otaku parked their Itasha (痛車) (customized cars with anime themes) along one of the district’s side street. The anime car subculture has been around for a few years, but the current crop of vehicles reflects the Vocaloid craze. The trend seems to be six months behind the dōjinshi fandom. Maybe next year we will start to see more Touhou Project (東方) automobiles.
Vocaloid Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) drawn in chibi-like fashion decorating a passenger door.
On the hood of a Supra, Sheryl (blonde) and Ranka (green hair) from Macross Frontier (identification via Gerald and Clarissa).
On the passenger side door of the same Supra.
Vocaloid Neru Akita (亞北ネル) over the trunk covering an awesome sound system.
Another Vocaloid Hatsune Miku on the hood of a classic luxury car.
Yet another Vocaloid Hatsune Miku on the back door wearing an alternate outfit.
Some of the cars were also customized on the insides too. This vehicle was wired with seven LCD personal monitors.
Yet another Vocaloid Hatsune Miku on the passenger door.
One of the few non-Vocaloid cars. This one features the visual-book/anime Queen's Blade.