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4th-Mar-2012 08:57 pm
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Sooo I was watching some television and look what I found guis! :D wooo~

I perused the memories and don't think anyone has caught this yet but there is a new show here in Sweden called "Äkta Människor" (Real Humans) it's about the not so distant future where it has become commonplace to own a life-sized humanesque robot to assist you in your day to day life.

You can watch it for free on SVTplay through their website. I don't know if it's geoblock'd to people outside of Sweden/Europe but I highly doubt it is. Sweden tends to be more lenient about those things compared to the US. Here's the link to the pilot episode

I will warn you though that there aren't any English subtitles that I can find :/ but check out the trailer! (unlike the episodes the trailer is subbed!)


Overall, the show is very much reminiscent of Chobits and I, Robot. I wouldn't be surprised if either didn't have a huge influence on the very concept of this show. So far I quite like it :D

In the first episode about 30 minutes in when the family is shopping for a new 'hubot' as they are called you can briefly spot some 'Lolita' robots in the background. It's too blurry to really make out what brand they're wearing but nevertheless it was fun seeing them :) so here are some screen grabs for you guys!


(You can see two of them behind the two human characters seen talking.)

(here you can actually see them on their sales display to the left. They're not mannequins! They're REAL PEOPLE but in the show they are 'hubots' aka robotic companions/assistants :p)

(here they are again but you can see what they're wearing slightly better but it's still blurry since they're filmed from a distant 'depth of field' shot. The weird 'ken doll' hubot to the left is creepy weird XD)

Sooo beyond that you really don't see any more of them. None of the main character hubots are seen sporting Lolita but I haven't seen past the pilot episode so one can hope! But sadly, I doubt they get more face time than this considering the tone of the show :/

Annnyways, I hope you enjoyed this! Yaaaay, I finally made my first post! :p did I do good? :D

PS. Like so many others have already pointed out in previous entries, tags are not loading ;A;

4th-Mar-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of Mitsukazu Mihara's "Doll" manga series... Don't know how I feel about that.
4th-Mar-2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry I should have elaborated. In "DOLL", robots wore lolita outfits, mostly, and were human assistants...
4th-Mar-2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Haha yeah, kind of :p now that you mention it :o

The show proves to be somewhat interesting thus far. I'm just curious as to where they go with it from here =3
4th-Mar-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
It's also a very dark manga :x Though I love the stories <3 Made me cry ; _ ;
and some of them touch on some serious serious topics ^_^ just wanted to warn in case >_<

I love that series <3333
4th-Mar-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
This show is very dark as well so in that aspect it is very much like DOLL.

There's plenty of drama, murder, discrimination, betrayal, and nudity XD but with that said it is very well executed and so far has a very strong storyline and some comic relief to balance the more darker themes of the show every now and again :)
4th-Mar-2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
I will definitely check that series out, sounds very interesting. I've only ever skimmed through it in the past. But I have heard of it and the synopsis seems fun :p
5th-Mar-2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
It fun, thought provoking, dark, and a mind fuck all at once XD I really enjoyed it, so much, that as a Video Production student, I'm going to try and take one of the stories and adapt it into a short film for one of my classes.

The problem is getting your hands on DOLL now-a-days. Since it's out of print in English (and I believe Japanese too) and the publisher, Tokyopop went out of business, that combined, I've seen single volumes selling used for around $60USD. I have the whole series, and the prices for a volume in my collection (used and new) all ranged from $10 to $40 over a 5 year span of collecting (5 years because they're so hard to find affordable). I once found the entire set for $90 on eBay, and I would have loved to get that, but I already had for 4 out of 6 books at the time XD

Tl;dr search eBay for a while. If you can find the whole set (whether bidding or buy it now) for a good price (anything under $125 is reasonable), TAKE IT! :D
4th-Mar-2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Ha ha I was just about to say that! I wonder if it's a homage?
4th-Mar-2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
So much love for that series!
4th-Mar-2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
Oh how I love Mitskazu Mihara's works! :D they are great and thats not just because they are lolitas.
5th-Mar-2012 05:00 am (UTC)
I know! She is my favorite mangaka. So happy that she is no longer so ill and that she is writing/drawing again!
4th-Mar-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Very Chobits-esque.
4th-Mar-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly :p

A live action Chobits would be fun to see. This show is the closest I've seen to it, though.
5th-Mar-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
I agree xD
4th-Mar-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Hahaha this sounds like a really bizarre series...

Funny that they snuck lolitas into a pilot episode! But I'm guessing it isn't the focus of the series, so it's just a fun little cameo, right? XD
4th-Mar-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was surprisingly excited when I saw that little homage :D but the show itself is more of a darker action drama. So I don't think we will be seeing more of the Lolita hubots outside of just being cast as extras. But it was very fun to see :p

If I see any more throughout further episodes I will definitely post more screenshots n_n!
4th-Mar-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Maaaan now I wish I could watch the show (well, I could, but I mean I wish they were all subtitled) because it looks so interesting!

And it looks like they did a good job dressing the hubots. It's hard to tell from the screenshots, but they look great.
4th-Mar-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
I'm actually not Swedish myself although I do live here. (Originally from Florida) but I understand most of what they're saying and it is very addicting :D

I like what they've done with it so far =3

I am sure it will become more popular and with demand I'm sure someone will eventually fandub it. I would myself but I haven't a clue how to properly do that XD I am a noob ;A;
5th-Mar-2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
What, the second american loli living in Gothenburg I know of? What are the odds?
5th-Mar-2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
haha, really? :p I didn't know :o
4th-Mar-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of Chobits and Doll. ^-^
4th-Mar-2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
Imma steal this from my swedish friends <3333 * A *
4th-Mar-2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
Lolita robots? I'll take a dozen! We can share a wardrobe.
4th-Mar-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Hoverloli inc
4th-Mar-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Actually, this was heavily inspired by Blade runner/Do androids dream of electric sheep?! The dresses were bought from some of the girls on the Swedish lolita forum :) As a sci-fi fan I love the idea of this show, but I can't abide the horrible Swedish acting (or lack thereof), so I only managed an episode or two... And I don't think there are any more lolita after the first.
This isn't the first time SVT uses lolita dresses, one of the main characters in sommarlovsmorgon last year wore Metamorphose, and one of the contestants in the Junior Eurovision a couple of years ago wore APs Fruits Parlor!
5th-Mar-2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, the acting was a bit stale but I didn't mind it so much. It was cool enough to see Swedish TV churn out something original and especially that of scifi.

Almost every time I do get the chance to turn on the television they're always airing re-runs of That 70's Show or How I Met Your Mother ;A;

95% of Swedish TV is American/Canadian/UK imports XD

One thing I did like was the level of quality this show had compared to other Swedish sitcoms that tend to have such a degraded film quality AND atrocious acting that I'm usually brought to the assumption that SVT/TV6 randomly hands out 5,000kr and a script that was concocted during a drunken stupor to fame hungry college students and tells them to act silly in front of a camera for 20min. and labels that 'entertainment' :p

But then again America gave the world things like..."The Jersey Shore" so I can't really judge :/ haha
5th-Mar-2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
The series that SVT makes are always higher qualite. TV4 can make some good too, but the rest of the channels, if they ever make a serie on their own, it's always bad.... Like Karatefylla on TV6 or whichever channel it is..... I never watch TV...
SVT also sends good overseas series, like a lot of HBO.
5th-Mar-2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
Just out of curiosity have you seen the girl who played with fire? I'm sure Miriam Wu is wearing a meta jacket (the music score one) but I couldn't quite tell!
5th-Mar-2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Oh I'd forgotten about that. I haven't seen it personally, but yes it's the Melody note jacket!
5th-Mar-2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh oh, and also, in julkalendern (lol) the main character wore a coat from bodyline. I was going to take a screenshot of that, but it's down from svt play now :(
5th-Mar-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Oh wait a minute, the girl I meant with metamorphose was probably in julkalendern right? not sommarlovsmorgon. But seriously, what's with swedish television and lolita...? XD
5th-Mar-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
lol, there have been lolita clothing in julklaendern both 2010 and 2011. 2010 the doughter in the family wore a meta dress, candy star rabbit, and maybe some more. 2011, the eight year old main character, that is a thief, is adopted by a rich pair, and they dress her in fancy clothes. Which of one is a coat from bodyline. But it's floorlength on her because she's so short.

Why does swedish television, manly SVT, love lolita clothes??? XD

Edited at 2012-03-05 03:46 pm (UTC)
5th-Mar-2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
too bad. I would love to see lolitas moving around in the tv show!
4th-Mar-2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
This looks awesome!
5th-Mar-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
Wow, this show really does look like Mitsukazu's manga... someone needs to sub it!
5th-Mar-2012 01:28 am (UTC)
That's really cool! I wish this show could get translated so the rest of us can watch it!
5th-Mar-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Hope english subs come out soon. Kinda sounds like a interesting show.
5th-Mar-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
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5th-Mar-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
totally remind me of chobits, i'm even more curious to see more!
5th-Mar-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
This really reminds me of Doll, although I suppose since Blade Runner came first, it's probably closer to that.

According to Wikipedia, the English-language rights has been sold to Kudos Film Intelligent Company in the UK already, so maybe we'll get an English-speaking version sometime down the road?
5th-Mar-2012 10:31 am (UTC)
I wish I could watch it, it looks very good!
5th-Mar-2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
Even though the whole serie has a special atmosphere, (most swedish series are very realistic), it's still very normal. Those characters with the lolita outfits just appear in the "hobut market", they are obviously some sort of special, entertainment hubots. Most hubots looks like this:

I found a promo picture from the "hubot market", shows one of the lolita outfits better:

Anyone who has any idea where the dress is from?

The other dress is made by thepinkfairies, seen here:

Edited at 2012-03-05 03:36 pm (UTC)
6th-Mar-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
they do appear 2or 3 times after the pilot episode, but again they're only standing in the background.
In the hubot market (robot store) they sell different kinds of robots, some for exercising, some to have as company, some to help out elderly people, some for cleaning the house etc. and the robots dressed as lolitas are surrounded by toys and are seen interacting with children so I suppose they are marketed as babysitters..
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