Leaf Hats

Today’s podcast is all about leaf hats!

Okay, so they’re not really “hats,” but I didn’t know what to call them. I’m talking about when an anime character wears a leaf on their head.

Like so.

Like so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aww!  Hamtaro is so cute!  But, wait.  Haven’t we seen this somewhere before?

 

Oh, yeah!  I knew that looked familiar.

Oh, yeah! I knew that looked familiar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe it’s a trend to wear a leaf on one’s head…  Right, Naruto?

Believe it!

Believe it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what’s this all about?

Remember our friend and neighbour, Totoro?  Well, he’s got relatives.

PomPoko

 

These are tanuki.  Maybe they can explain what the leaves are all about.

And here is a tanuki, drawn in another style (by someone named vantid).

And here is a tanuki, drawn in another style (by someone named vantid).

 

Squishable Tanuki!

Squishable Tanuki!

And again!

And again!

 

The resemblance is certainly there.

TotoroLeaf

 

Leaves can imply magical transformation abilities.

 

Leaves can mean a character is sly and sneaky...

Leaves can mean a character is sly and sneaky…

...or cute and naive.  Ve~

…or cute and naive. Ve~

 

Finally!  It is explained how a leaf makes Mario fly.

Finally! It is explained how a leaf makes Mario fly.