This year, AnimeNEXT is very excited to introduce the Anime Car Show! We will have a showcase of replica vehicles inspired by Japanese Anime and Manga. We will also have Itasha vehicle decorated with images of the owner’s favorite characters from Anime or Video Games. Hope you enjoy the show!
You might be asking yourself what is Itasha and what does the term have to do with cars? In Japanese Itasha means “painful car.” Itasha are cars highly and intricately decorated with anime, manga or video game characters.
The term Itasha first entered the Japanese language when referring to Italian sports cars, but the term has come to have a different meaning related to the characters wraps or paint jobs on cars. Itasha, when related to these decorated cars, comes from Japanese wordplay, itai meaning painful and sha meaning vehicle.