Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Boa Hancock Scooter Anime Applique

Anime applique on scooters is a distinguishing feature of Taiwan Scooter Style. I found this example on a scooter parked on Chongching N. Road, near the Taipei Main Station. Boa Hancock is a character from the One Piece anime series.

Here is the Wikipedia entry for Boa Hancock...
Boa Hancock (ボア・ハンコック Boa Hankokku?) is a member of the all-female Kuja Tribe from the island of Amazon Lily. Sold to the Celestial Dragons during her childhood, she and her two sisters are fed Devil Fruits and branded as slaves. Eventually freed by Fisher Tiger, the three return to their people, where Hancock becomes ruler and is referred to by her subjects as "Snake Princess" (蛇姫 Hebihime).Leading the Kuja Pirates, Hancock quickly gains infamy as the "Pirate Empress" (海賊女帝 Kaizoku Jotei) and is offered membership to the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Despite her resentment towards the World Government for her past enslavement, which she keeps a secret even from her kinswomen, Hancock accepts the position to protect her people, but when called upon to participate in the Government's war against the Whitebeard Pirates, she initially refuses and only reconsiders after falling in love with Luffy, who enlists her help to infiltrate Impel Down. She is capable of utilizing Haki, including the Color of the Supreme King, and the ability of the Love-Love Fruit (メロメロの実 Mero Mero no Mi) allows her to turn anyone charmed by her into stone. In the anime series, her voice actress is Kotono Mitsuishi.

And I just thought it was a cool design to put on a scooter. Now, I not only need to find out where one can get the stickers to apply such designs on a scooter, but also to investigate the various the characters that one sees.

Here's information from Wikipedia about One Piece...
One Piece is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda that has been translated into various languages and spawned a substantial media franchise. It follows the adventures of the seventeen-year-old boy Monkey D. Luffy, whose body gains the properties of rubber from accidentally eating a supernatural fruit, as he travels the oceans in search of the series' titular treasure and gathers himself a diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hats. In Japan, the series is published by Shueisha—chapterwise in the manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since the magazine's issue of August 4, 1997, and in tankōbon format since December 24, 1997.  As of November 2010, the series spans over 700 chapters and more than 60 tankōbon volumes.