At the end of the 2016 Olympic games, Japan was named the host city for the 2020 Olympics games. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rose from a very familiar green pipe dressed as Super Mario. Once that happened, speculation began to run wild. The biggest question, would we see any anime characters appear during the games? Well, it looks like we have our answer.
The Tokyo Olympic Committee named their ambassadors for the 2020 Olympic games, and they are ALL popular anime characters. Son Goku, Naruto, and Luffy are some of the characters chosen to represent Japan in the 2020 Olympics. While not really a surprise, I’m sure this decision makes many anime fans happy. The goal is to draw in a younger audience to the games. With services like the new Anime Strike, anime is now widely available to many people. With such characters, many people are sure to now pay attention to the games. That is exactly what Japan is banking on.
With great anime comes great merchandise
As with anything anime, merchandise will follow. An official online shop is open with everything from t-shirts to keychains. The webpage is in Japanese so you made need a translator to navigate through it. The official merchandise for the games sold out fast, so I am sure any of the anime products will go fast. There is no word on if the products will ship outside of Japan, but it doesn’t make sense to not ship elsewhere. Anime fans cover the globe and it would be a shame to leave them out.
I have always loved the Olympic games since I was a kid. As an anime fan, combining these two is a match made in heaven. It is fitting to have ambassadors such as Goku and Sailor Moon. Characters like these embody not only the Japanese spirit, but the spirit of competition. They are characters that don’t give up in the face of adversity. That is what the Olympic games are about. Athletes push themselves to new heights to achieve something only few people have. As always, I am looking forward to the 2020 Olympics, but even more so now that Japan has such awesome ambassadors.
What do you think, geeks? Are you excited about Japan’s ambassadors? Will you be watching the games?