Animation is expensive. Really expensive. An average 22-minute episode of an anime costs around $123,000, and American shows tend to be double that amount. When a production company decides that the important episodes (i.e. pilots, whams, and finales) of a show get priority, other episodes (like filler) will, to conserve production costs, be drawn with only the bare minimum of framework that they absolutely must have.
Itasha, “Painful Cars,” have been a subculture of Otaku culture for quite a while. It evolved from randomly plastering stickers on cars, to full wraps and custom paint jobs celebrating favorite characters from anime and manga. There are now Itasha car shows in Japan, and the Itasha craze has spread throughout Asia and even to America.
Ladies, has there been a towel-clad, handsome man-sized hole in your heart when you're bathing? This Sunday could be your very last to bear such a burden, because the broadcasting station BS Japan, which brought you a summer of bathing boy beauties, is delivering in full with DVD's and books sure to steam up your sunglasses.