The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics were capped with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe coming out of a green pipe dressed as Mario, so it’s odd to see that Nintendo characters aren’t part of an upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics promotional merchandise campaign. A line of merchandise featuring some of Japan’s most beloved characters is missing any representation from Nintendo.
Crypton Future Media's virtual diva darling Hatsune Miku is joining forces with world-reknowned taiko drumming troupe Kodō for a special live concert event promoting the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Hit the jump to rock out.
Rio 2016 has come and gone. PM Shinzō Abe did his Super Mario handoff. And, now, it's time to look ahead to Tokyo 2020. Back in July, we got a look at the official Olympics merchandise featuring characters from Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, Crayon Shin-chan, One Piece, Naruto Shippuden, Yo-Kai Watch, Dragon Ball Super, and Maho Girls PreCure!. The shop for this is now live. More after the jump.
With the 2016 Rio Olympics officially ending, it's time to pass the baton to Tokyo, which will be hosting the event in 2020. Japan is pretty far from Rio, but that didn't stop Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe from appearing at the closing ceremony in person thanks to his innate powers as SUPER MARIO. Read on for some videos!
On this week's Aniwords, Isaac takes a break from watching the Olympics to break down what we we're really looking for when we watch sports anime and how those shows meet our expectations. Hit the jump to see if he wins the gold!
Official Olympics merchandise featuring characters from 8 popular anime & manga will go on sale beginning on July 16, 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
When Russian Yulia Vyacheslavovna Lipnitskaya became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in ladies figure skating history at 15 years 249 days, someone had to do a sketch. And, turns out that that someone was Matsuryu, probably best known to international otaku for designing Queen's Blade's Alleyne. Get a look at the work after the jump.
There's a manga about just about any subject. Back in 2004 (year of the Athens summer Olympic games), writer Bohemian-K and artist Toshinori Sogabe, launched a manga about bowling meets ice sweeping Winter Olympics sports curiosity curling. The series, Orange Delivery, ran in Jive's Monthly Comic Rush (home of the manga versions of Clannad and Casshern Sins) ran four volumes. In time for Sochi, get a look after the jump.
Notebook computer maker Acer is releasing a series of Surprise Yourself promotional campaign shorts featuring the stories of female Olympic athletes, animated by Production I.G. The latest full spot features kickboxer/MMA fighter Satsuki Ito's boxing endeavor. Get a look after the jump.
On May 23rd, the International Olympic Committee cut Doha and Baku from their Games of the XXXII Olympiad candidate city roster, leaving the short list for the 2020 Summer Olympics at Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid. "It is a great pleasure and true honor that Tokyo has been accepted as a candidate city," said Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, chairman of the bid committee. More after the jump.
Japan's national soccer team is hard at work training for its Olympic bid this Summer and its latest training aid is none other than an onigiri-shaped soccer ball! Hit the jump to learn more and see a picture of the ball in action.