You're All Wrong -- Hello Kitty Is A Cat After All
She IS a cat. A girl cat.
Today, Kotaku -- a news and opinion outlet -- reported that they spoke to the company behind the Hello Kitty brand and they confirmed she is, in fact, a cat. Well, a personification of a cat. A cat that acts like a human, but is still a cat.
When Kotaku called Sanrio's Tokyo headquarters today and asked whether or not Hello Kitty was indeed a cat, a spokesperson explained, "Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat. It's going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat." The specific word that the Sanrio spokesperson used to describe Hello Kitty was "gijinka" (擬人化), which means "anthropomorphization" or "personification."
Turns out, the writer interviewed by the L.A. Times, who Sanrio corrected for saying that Hello Kitty was a cat, never says that Hello Kitty isn't human, but just that she's a girl. Because cats can be girls. Like Mickey Mouse can be a "man," but he's still a mouse -- a mouse man.
That may sound confusing, but Kotaku reports that they double checked with the spokesperson at the company and there's no denying it: Hello Kitty is still a kitty.
Everyone, you can sleep peacefully tonight.