Anime Characters For Tokyo Olympic Merchandise Unveiled

Author Thumbnail BY Jake Vyper - February 08, 2017

While the mascot character for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics hasn't been unveiled yet, the Japanese Olympic Committee and Japanese Paralympic Committee have revealed the anime characters that will be featured on licensed Olympic merchandise as ambassadors of Japanese culture.

As you can see above: from left to right, they are Astro boy, Sailor Moon, Shin-chan, Luffy (One Piece), Naruto, Jibanyan (Y?kai Watch), Goku (Dragon Ball Super), Cure Miracle and Cure Magical (Maho Girls Precure!)

The JOC and JPC's official stores are already selling several items featuring these characters. Among them are T-shirts of different sizes (prices vary by size):

Cap (3,780 yen/$33.50)

Face towel (1,998 yen/$17.70)

Keychain (810 yen/$7.18)

Pouch (2,484 yen/$22)

Fans (594 yen/$5.26)

Water bottle (1,836 yen/$16.26)

Two-level lunch box (2,592 yen/$22.96)

Melamin cup (1,080 yen/$9.60)

Clay mug (1,782 yen/$15.79)

The selection of characters has led to complaints among Chinese and Japanese fans, who pointed out the lack of globally famous characters like Pikachu, Mario, and Doraemon. Some Chinese fans also wondered why Goku was included in the roster, she he's based on a Chinese character (Sun Wukong of the 16th-century novel Journey to the West).

If you're interested in buying these items, check out the Tokyo 2020 Official Online Shop

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