I was writing about NSMB when I started thinking about tanuki. (And I didn't imagine the scrotum fight!!!) Wikipedia is a wonderful thing.
From tanuki I found Tom Robbins (whose work looks super interesting) and Melt Banana (which could probably be called "Metal Banana.") Certainly the best item, however, is The Obakemono Project. I added it to the links and you should definitely check it out. All about traditional Japanese monsterzzzzzzz.
The boy and I watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire last night. I had forgotten how goofy that movie is sometimes. Hermione is everyone's mom! Harry Potter is sort of like Full House in that you watch the actors grow up. I was thinking it would be really weird to see the first movie again. Check out this pic! They are so tiny!