While Tokyo is busy preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games, people are already psyched for it. A few Japanese artists have come together to create an unofficial promotion campaign for the Tokyo Olympics, drawing inspiration from a subject they're incredibly passionate about. Anime. They have been reimagining the participating countries as badass anime characters who are ready to go into combat, and the designs are very Japanese. In the best way. Each os the Olympic sports competitor is created with the culture, history, and national identity of the corresponding country in mind, offering a pretty visual harmonious diversity. Which is what the Olympics is all about.

Now, character drawings and concepts are always 'love it or hate it,' but we think that the artists behind these awesome anime drawings did an amazing job. All you have to do is scroll down below and check their drawing ideas out for yourself!

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#1

Mexico

Mexico

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Raúl Emiliano Díaz Rodríguez
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1 year ago

¡Viva México!

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"There are six people working on the project, but more creators will join soon," World Flags told Bored Panda. "We've been doing it for about a year now." And even though the crew haven't done every participating country yet, they said the won't stop until everyone who is participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gets their own character.

#2

Philippines

Philippines

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Henry Goodchild
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1 year ago

AS A PINOY I APPROVE OF THIS!

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"We feel so much respect for all of the countries around the world. They and their symbols (flags) are very important to us," the artists said. "We know we can't treat any of them in a way that would disrespect them and that's what we're constantly trying to do."

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UK

UK

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Gareth Graham
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1 year ago

Not everyone in Britain walks around dressed as a Lord Admiral, we only do it three or four days a week at most

Nomadus Aureus
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1 year ago

If I were to become your MP, I'd decree that every man *must* wear the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment uniform at least once a week...

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Useless Panda
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1 year ago

Not enough tea

Loki Laufeyson
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1 year ago

If he turned around he would probably look like the album cover of David Bowie's Earthling.

Edwin Goh
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1 year ago

Skill 1: Stiff Upper Lip Make a disparaging comment about the target's utter lack of decorum, dealing 200 psychic damage. Skill 2: It's Coming Home! Increases morale of self by 75 for 30 seconds, and then lowers morale of self by 100 for 60 seconds. Skill 3: Colonization Aura (Passive) All nearby allied heroes have a sudden urge to sing the British National Anthem and drink tea for no apparent reason. Ultimate Skill: Brexit Threatens to ragequit the game, but for some strange reason is still playing. Skill 2:

Ziyuan Huang
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1 year ago

Why does everyone of these animes carry a weapon????

Vivian Hui
Community Member
5 months ago

I think it's because 1) They're supposed to be samurai warriors 2) it's more aesthetically appealing and contributes to a more balanced composition 3) it's just really cool!

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캉 홍빈
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1 year ago

I thought these were going to be like the anime Hetalia lol. But these came out better, I really like the art styles🥰

Henry Goodchild
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1 year ago

he looks like the villain tbh. :D

Ansu Laishram
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7 months ago

I was thinking that as well ⊙_⊙

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Hope Floats
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1 year ago

This is wonderful!! Love it!!

Sean Mchardy
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1 week ago

Man I wish we dressed like this still

Ryan Willsons
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1 month ago

Tbh it needs more eyebrows

Hong Nguyen
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2 months ago

👌👌👌

HetalianNeko
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8 months ago

I want to see how this would look with thicker eyebrows...

Ryan Willsons
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1 month ago

Lol me too

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Michelle Usnerus
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11 months ago

Where is the tea? :P ;)

rhyan lumilay
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1 year ago

Look at U.K he looks so regal and classy.

Megan O'keefe
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1 year ago

This is incredible! ❤️

Spencer Kasper
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1 year ago

Oh good, you did it just right. He is definitely supposed to look like a pampas a$$.

Anime_blue_fox
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1 year ago

It's royal like the country

Child
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1 year ago

Have you ever seen a Brit?

Ziyuan Huang
Community Member
1 year ago

no

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Alicia Wright, Ph.D., M.A.
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1 year ago

SIMPLY BRILLIANT AND SPOT ON ❗ TA VERY MUCH INDEED ❗🇬🇧

Stephano Barbosa
Community Member
1 year ago

amazing, mate

Alyssa Hunt
Community Member
1 year ago

Love this!

Rita Frost
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1 year ago

Ha, very bullingdon club.

Fiona Tomkinson
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1 year ago

Superb 英

Mandi Long
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1 year ago

Looks like his britches are coming down!

Georgette Goldie
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1 year ago

nope

Laurence Sinclair
Community Member
1 year ago

The flag doesn't hang properly off that colony-claimin' pole!

Janet Bellantoni
Community Member
1 year ago

this reminds me of that quote about why Britain doesn’t have an independence day

Catherine Sidlowski
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1 year ago

I like the monocle on his right eye lol

Meyer Weinstock
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1 year ago

1980s memory: Adam Ant. Look him up.

Linda Robinett
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1 year ago

Gorgeous

Leo H
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1 year ago

Kinda puffy

Bredan TheGreat
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1 year ago

Shouldn't be standing on all of the countries it ruled????

Amanda Asquith
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1 year ago

Love this

Dev Das
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1 year ago

Looks like the disgusting Spear hero

ben jamin
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1 year ago

Is that blond boris?

Christopher Hann
Community Member
1 year ago

Where's the pint of Bitter?

Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

I love the pose and the regalia. This is perfect.

Giulia Romana
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1 year ago

Not many people would go around wearing a Union Flag on their clothes in the Uk and most of us wouldn't want to associate with people who did.

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"We started this project after recognizing the diversity between all of the people in the world. Also, we believe that illustration is the perfect tool to highlight this. Our motto is 'The whole world is cool!'"


#4

Vietnam

Vietnam

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

this one is amazing

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"Japan and Tokyo have already started promoting the Olympics and they're doing a good job. We want to remind that World Flags is not a part of the Olympics. We just wanted to contribute. We believe that art -- and anime in particular -- can truly do wonders when it comes to both celebrating the bond between the Japanese culture and the rest of the world and acknowledging their differences."

#5

Venesuela

Venesuela

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Raúl Emiliano Díaz Rodríguez
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1 year ago

Venezuela with a "z" dudes!

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#6

South Korea

South Korea

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miaow
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1 year ago

Sesshomaru is that you?!! LOVE THIS!! +_+

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#7

Japan

Japan

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反社会的 UNDER COVER
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1 year ago

The robes are actually really historically accurate!

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#8

China

China

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Dumas Radityo
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1 year ago

everything changed when the fire nation attacked

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#9

Malaysia

Malaysia

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Meeow
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1 year ago

I love the moon/star

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#10

South Africa

South Africa

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Cyndi H
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1 year ago (edited)

As a South African... I completely approve! I could only wish we were this cool.

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#11

Italy

Italy

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David Townsend
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1 year ago

Not certain on the strong influence of samurai on Roman culture but nice pic...

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#12

Finland

Finland

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Katri
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1 year ago

Torille

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#13

Sweden

Sweden

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Judging from the amount of clothing worn, those open Swedish toes must be chilly!

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#14

Canada

Canada

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

no hockey stick? :-)

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#15

Spain

Spain

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ben jamin
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1 year ago

The posing alone is very spanish already .. the catalans won't like it though ;)

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#16

Belgium

Belgium

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Tahani
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1 year ago

Wow we look amazing!

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#17

France

France

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Word Weaver
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1 year ago

I love this one even though I live in another country it truly reflects my French heritage and pride😁

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#18

Germany

Germany

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Hans_not_the_real_Hans
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1 year ago

I like it but a sword would have been better that a katana. ;)

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#19

Switzerland

Switzerland

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Hans_not_the_real_Hans
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1 year ago

This is more like denmark. The cross is too thin here.

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#20

Argentina

Argentina

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Andrea Delden
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1 year ago

WOW!

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#21

Singapore

Singapore

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

he is holding Longclaw

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#22

Norway

Norway

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Cody Eriksen
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1 year ago

Eh, too happy.

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#23

Thailand

Thailand

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Cheese Doodles
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1 year ago

Awesome!

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#24

Indonesia

Indonesia

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Sigrid Vinter
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1 year ago

Harry Potter was Indonesian? Who would have guessed

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#25

Brazil

Brazil

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Leonardo Chaves
Community Member
1 year ago

My country! Amazing!

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#26

Netherlands

Netherlands

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LLegend
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1 year ago

Where is the orange?

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#27

India

India

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SukhveEr SIngh
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1 year ago

🔥 aaawesome... but is he some wrestler samurai or what...they gave him no weapon.

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#28

Russia

Russia

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Lenka Smetanová
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1 year ago

Where's vodka??

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#29

Denmark

Denmark

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Hans_not_the_real_Hans
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1 year ago

Sorry, but nothing that reminds me here of denmark. The white towel should be the cross from the flag? The swiss version looks more like denmark.

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#30

USA

USA

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

I thought it would have been more Murica

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