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Despite being planned for the still distant year of 2020, the Tokyo Olympics have pushed Japan’s merchandising efforts into overdrive as a variety of noteworthy anime characters are being emblazoned on an assortment of products that will no doubt drain the wallets of early bird otaku collectors.

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The wondrous treasures are available for purchase now.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not a single Akira thing? Seriously? The anime that PREDICTED these Olympics? If they don't have someone ride in on Kaneda's bike at the opening ceremony the whole thing is a joke.

    Also why did they put the one version of Precure nobody cares about on it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:51 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe because it is easier to get the right to? That said still likes that and all other titles, including other mahoushoujo titles.

    Still cares about GitS and a bit of Akira too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:54 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just want to add, outside of much older fans from the States with Uni, pretty much no one cares about Akira.

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    Comment by Octopi
    20:30 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe but those who know Akira probably do have a job and can actually buy something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only americans and normalfags care about Akira, that movie and Ghost in the shell are the only two things not related to studio ghibli that posers care about.

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    Comment by Octopi
    20:33 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    that makes you what a weirdfag, or more like dumb poser weird fag?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kodomo no Jikan, go big or go home.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    japan stole the mastercard logo LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:36 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stole or not. Japan is one of the few safe places where custom Visa/MC/JBC cards with anime characters, officially released with partnership from other legit big businesses can be safely used without at least the cops being called on the card owner.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are sending out new cards for everyone anyway. When you install these Verifone Terminals it becomes a pain. Why can't we be like the UK? Fix your shit Mastercard!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm surprised AKIRA's not there, given that it kinda predicted this. Maybe they'll use the SOL to light the olympic flame?

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    Comment by pantsu
    02:04 02/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    **S**hit
    **O**ut of
    **L**uck

    Bad Acronym.

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    Comment by No Name
    04:18 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Shin, Naruto, and Luffy do NOT belong on these products.

    Also IF Miku doesn't get to perform at the Opening or Closing Ceremonies, THEN WE ALL RIOT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the olympics..not an anime convention xD
    I'd love to hear more than anime or jpop for that event.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Imo, to have Miku as part of opening would wow, baffle, and hopefully impress a lot of people who have never seen anything like it. Thinking in lines of various miku reacts.

    It might not be a bad idea, considering some idiots even came up with the bright idea of giving some kb4 stage airtime in the opening, the same group with ties to some other less desirable groups.

    If you want to open with awkwardness, go big or go home. It is not like most olympic openings are quite boring every time anyway, even if you knows or lives the people or the culture. Have resided long-term in 5 nations who have hosted, all borning as F and completely irrelevant to the local cultures being showcased.

    Imo, it will also be a bad time for regular anime fans to visit Japan during that time.

    That said, in this day and age, there are quite a number of competitors who knows these characters. At least a household name and former medal winner have an anime crush love with the rival of one of those characters shown here, and cosplayed as another characters shown here, too bad that former medalist don't like otakus in the public face, even if that medalist was a huge fanatic and might be on GO as part of the running training.

    Would not mind watching a few olympic events live. Two of those sporting event with Japan as the probable top winner.

    Too bad there have only been one manga made for each of those sports.

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    Comment by Octopi
    20:25 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes i bet there is more money involved on an anime event.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ... Worse than these stuff would only be putting Miku in the opening. From low to lowest.

    Please riot by not eating or chugging pills, thanks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:28 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    What are you even doing here?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just your daily "animu" trolls faking as SJW wannabe count. Sad really, so low in their life they have to troll what they preceived to be "lower than low", but whatever. If they do that naruto or one punch man daily traing, they might get better. Personally used to be able to do that with hundreds of pushup, situp, squat and stuff. Had also lifted a light car briefly before. Not a pillhead and don't chug pills, but probably can still outlift that brah, even after so long without training. Yes, am that guy and not other counts trying to troll as me. Anime4life.

    Anway, same as anon 16:55 "Would not mind watching a few olympic events live."

    Missed a sport where Japan have improved vastly and might have a shot in the future, too bad not much manga on that sport either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:13 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Prepare Japan to lose more of 30 billions of dollars kakakaka

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    Comment by Octopi
    20:24 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    When will the ones in Brazil start?

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    Comment by pantsu
    02:18 02/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Japan really wants to turn itself into a manga they'll get Eichiro Oda to design the stadium.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 02/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Captain Tsubasa or Ashita no Joe?WTF These sports characters are very popular in South America and Europe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    So generic that looks like those bad chinese fakes with impossible crossovers, like Gucci Universal Studios LOL

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    Comment by cats2
    09:17 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, they removed all the young hookers that where selling themselves every other block.

    They don't have much else besides anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought you guys wanted everyone to use one?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Speak for yourself. There are those into cosplay and kb4 here. There are also those who are only into CGs of 2D and 3D here.

    Then there is you, wanting everyone to fuck everything that moves and then turns around to shame those who don't. What are you? a pimp or hooker trying to push your BS while pretending to be pure and innocent of all this, in this day and age we calls it a sham marriage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    the sad part is these are pretty much the only things known to casual fans...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:44 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    And that is okay. If most people knows who they are, which some of the competitors and gold medalists do, it is a win for us.

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    Comment by momochan
    06:08 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Getting ready to live in Tokyo in next year ;3

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's going to be a weeaboo purge after this. My final sunset is clear.

    (Rules of Nature)

    And they run when the sun comes up
    With their lives on the line
    (Alive)
    For a while
    (No choice)
    Gotta follow the laws of the wild
    (Alive)
    With their lives on the line
    (No choice)
    Out here only the strong survive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not a weeb personally and technically, however WTF are you doing here? Trying to troll a safe space and a online club house?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where's the bodypillow one?

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    Comment by Chen-04
    21:50 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck the Olympics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking as Olympics events? there was a couple H mangas like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yo-Kai Watch instead of Pokemon? =/

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:44 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would imagine that AKIRA is more known internationally than Precure?

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    Comment by Chen-04
    21:51 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    If by "internationally" you actually meant to say "in America", than yes. Otherwise, no.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Taking into account Akira was the first big anime movie launched in Europe and Australia in movie theatres, I'd say you're wrong. It's way more a generational thing, people over 30 know Akira more, the rest know PreCure better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:31 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Knows both, have not seen them both openly in the States or in Oz, except in very small limited circles, or as arthouse replay movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:18 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sadly dating myself by saying I know AKIRA more T.T

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    Comment by Octopi
    20:28 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    always thinking the US is the rest of the world how annoying. in my country Akira would probably more know, even though Precure aired at some point.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:07 08/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    One run in the cinema doesn't make a movie well known. Dozens of reruns on TV do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm so happy that Jibanyan made it in, Pikachu and his pokecuck following BTFO.

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    Comment by Velvet-Star
    15:43 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    All participants must wear some sort of anime cosplay.

    jk jk

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:25 31/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    A former medalist outside and not representing Japan did once, as a character shown here, and had an anime crush love with the rival of another character shown here; just not in that former medalist's public face.

    There are probably others like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:27 30/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where's the Gundam statue?

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm sorry Japan for me watch much anime am make the world have the vision of the Japan.




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