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Click above for gallery of Itasha supercars

In Japan, Otaku are the rabid fans of anime who often take their passion to extremes. One way they show their affection is to pull their favorite characters out of the imaginary world and plant them on vehicles in the real world. The pain caused by leaving their fantasy lives to join mainstream life lends its name to the show vehicles on which these characters land, itasha. Itasha has become a huge fad in Japan, with shows around the country almost every weekend. Fans decorate their cars with custom paint jobs or vinyls that act as a tribute to their favorite movies, games and characters.

One such Otaku happens to be a chairman of Age Soft software, creators of the game Total Eclipse, among others. At a recent Itasha show he brought along three of his favorite rides, all decked out with manga. That in itself might not seem so newsworthy, but when you hear what three cars he had done up in anime glory, you might be a bit shocked. Yoshida San showed up with his personal BMW M5, Lamborghini Gallardo and Lancia Stratos. Check out the gallery to see the madness for yourself. Click any image for a gallery of itasha, and follow the jump for an AOL video that explains itasha. Grazie per il tip, Francesco!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      These examples are tame compared to what most otakus do to their itasha's.

      This trend has actually spread to the motor sports world as well, here in Japan. The Super GT series here has two cars that sport anime character designs, one of them being the 350Z 300 horsepower class champion、and the other one being a Z4 with an "interesting" design."

      • 6 Years Ago
      As usual, good cars being ruined by idiotic Jap paint jobs and anime applied to cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stratos needs to be Yellow like Batou's one in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can respect nearly all forms of car modding, even if it's strange to me. I like it when people take their cars to new levels, even in this way.

      I wouldn't do it, but it's neat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just incase ppl think it's weird, ppl as old as ur grand father reads manga weekly and they read it pretty much whenever they have the free time to spare.

      Nice paint job btw........some ppl wont like it due to culture difference :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      if i had the money i would do the same. to anyone that knows about anything, it takes time to kno why things are good or not. if you know nothing about art you might see monet and think it lacks edges, or you might see a piccaso and dont get the picture at all. i watch a lot of anime and real all the manga i can get my hands on. i like it and i kno about it. the drawings have meaning if you kno what to read of them and there is more to it than little kids looking characters. i think these cars look awesome cause i get it. i see the type of detail and design of the characters. for those who dont see the difference these designs are really tasteful and charming. so, if you have never seen anything and dont have the knowledge to understand the "art" in this genre then hate it. you should cause you wont it get until you know about what this is all about. now, he did what he did, and knowing what i kno, i can say that it is not cause he has too much money and doesnt kno what to do with it. it is cause he just finds it to be a representation of what he likes... like nut sacks for pickups.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would you even waste money on that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would someone paint the Confederate flag on the roof of a Charger? Fans are crazy. I can't wait to see what 'Twilight' fans do to there cars...actually I don't.

        In any event was that Motoko Kusunagi on that Stratos?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm into manga, but if I had that Stratos, the first thing I'd do is take off the decals!

      It's my favorite car design, so to me it would be like putting Naruto's outfit on the Mona Lisa.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoever did this to that Stratos deserves to have his privates chopped off. srsly...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Never understood anime, since it is basically child looking characters, it seems creepy to be a fan of it. Painting on a car does nothing but ruin it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Usage of "Otaku" isn't limited to just being a fan of anime/manga.
      I would suggest sticking to english...
      • 6 Years Ago
      To each his own but I don't like anime.
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