By Jason S. Yadao
About a month and a half ago -- Sept. 7, to be exact -- a bunch of artists gathered on the Civic Center grounds during the First Responders Fair to paint art boards for Fire Prevention Month, using the theme of "Prevent Kitchen Fires." One of those artist groups was MangaBento, the anime- and manga-inspired young artist group featured regularly in this space.
Those boards have been up at Oahu's fire stations this month. Probably will be up for a few more days, at that. And where did MangaBento's board end up? At the corner of Leoole and Leonui streets in Waipahu, sitting near what's formally known as Honolulu Fire Department Station 12, you'll find … this.
And here's the board close up.
The Totoro cast plus Howl's Moving Castle's Calcifer, advocating fire prevention? Yeah, that's a message I can get behind.