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Spine TV's Tokyo city series

February 14, 2012

Leo Leigh and Leo Marks head to Japan to create an insightful subculture video series that digs beneath the surface

  • Text by Alexandra Plesner



Spine TV have always been at the forefront of exploring the most interesting subcultures across the globe and their Tokyo City Series is no different. Spine TV's Leo Leigh and Leo Marks produced and directed mini-series on Tokyo with a diverse and unique viewpoint on the cultural underbelly and niche reporting.

In their newest episode they visit Kokoro HQ, part of the Sanrio Group responsible for one of the most famous Japanese exports, Hello Kitty. Since their inception on 1984 Kokoro have created various 'ofrobots' including people friendly vending machines, massive animatronic dinosaurs and life-like 'humanoid' robots, developed in 'continuous observation of humans'. Takeshi Mita shows them the female actroids (actor/android) they are currently developing and tells us of his hopes for an actroid and human integrated future.

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