Well, I DID do that story on an interesting sea star, Plazaster borealis whose name in Japanese the Tako Hidoe, literally means "Octopus Starfish" (click here to see!).
BUT as it turns out, I happen to know that a LOT of Japanese popular culture, including a lot of science fiction is inspired by marine animals...especially cephalopods!
These animals inspire a lot of toys and action figures in Japan, which in turn inspire a LOT of creative people to do some fun things.
So, a little break from echinoderms and actual biology..and a bit of a detour into art and pop culture this week!
You may recall that I did a post on Japanese echinoderm-themed monsters (called kaiju) a few years ago... (sadly the Starfish Hitler video seems to have been pulled)
But here is a creative fellow (from website Corey's Head) who has applied Photoshop to several Japanese monster toys (mostly about 6 to 9 inches tall) with cephalopod themes!! He has applied some scenic backgrounds from the Washington state area into..well... these cephalopod monster inspired masterpieces!
The monster Tagarl from the show Ultraman Taro. You can read about its "biology" here..
and finally the weird tentacled VIRAS from the Gamera movie franchise. Look its history up here.
Here are some wacky images of something called Chibull seijin (seijin is Japanese for alien) also from the Japanese show UltraSeven.
This one is called Tripus and is produced by an artist named Mark Nagata whose blog can be found here.
Back to echinoderms and biology next week!