I'd never heard the term "UMA" (pronounced "you-mah") until it came up in a meeting with illustrator Morino-san during the making of Yokai Attack. Outside of Japan, these "unidentified mysterious animals" are usually referred to as "cryptids." Whatever the case, I have news. Big news. I found one of my very own!
Hiroko and I were walking in Kichijoji's Inokashira Park two days ago when I noticed this strange carcass behind some bushes. How many pedestrians simply walked past this with their green tea lattes, never realizing the mysteries unfolding in the shrubbery around them?
Note the flattened head and extremely short tail. It isn't a dog. Our best guess is a tanuki (a.k.a. "raccoon dog"), which I've spotted several of in Inokashira Park before, albeit while extremely drunk. At least, I'm pretty sure I did. Whatever. This is real, damn it! I have evidence, and I want some answers.
(Seriously -- anyone have some answers?)