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
Community Member
1 year ago

AS A PINOY I APPROVE OF THIS!

Murphy Gundan
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Many ppl are still complaining and/or looking for something else and not that satisfied of the design the artist come up with lol. I get the point abt the weapons etc. but (just my 2 cents) The concept here I think is that the flag of the specific country is infused with the japanese culture and history, since the 2020 olympics will be held in tokyo japan. By immersing their culture to their designs of the participating country's flag, shows the diversity and hope for unity for the representing countries this upcoming 2020 tokyo olympics. No hate, just appreciate. They did a really great job to come up with the whole design, colours and idea for the characters as well. Thank you creators :)

Genie Vie
Community Member
1 year ago

agreee!!!!

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Harry Spitz
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1 year ago

I think this is the best of the lot - and I'm a Murican!

Narben Deligencia
Community Member
1 year ago

katana>? guns>? fan?// much sense this fire cuz ball PH RING OF FIRE

Narben Deligencia
Community Member
1 year ago

philipines #1

Francis Luigie Cajigas
Community Member
1 year ago

We have 3 stars as 3 weapons to....PILIPINAS!

Mickledapickle
Community Member
1 year ago

Phillipenes have a gun?!?!

Sabrina Trinidad
Community Member
1 year ago

Why surprised? Due to our country's strategically ideal location we've been involved in multiple battles and invasions over our history. Even now there are still battles in the Southern islands.

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ptm45
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1 year ago

He also needs arnis sticks--that's our national sport [but it's actually a weapon]

Virgmarie Cinco Muassab
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow , great work of art !

Palm VonGames
Community Member
1 year ago

This is really cool

Benjie Dela Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahaha parang si kirito lang to ah

miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

YESS!!!

Edward Lim
Community Member
9 months ago

Amazing!!!

望月零
Community Member
11 months ago

I drew this illustration. Your comments are very happy. :) My twitter →https://twitter.com/mochidukirei

Lee Arnie Bernardino
Community Member
9 months ago

Thank you for drawing this Mochi Dukirei

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Arthur Turingan Jr.
Community Member
1 year ago

Gunslinger , Mage, Samurai :D btw he looks like an MC

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
12 months ago

Three job classes in one. We Pinoys are really that hard working people multi tasking like that is hard.

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frank0ys
Community Member
1 year ago

...I truly approve! I like it so much!

Rio Rio
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so cool. 😍 Filipina here

Jay-ar Catorce
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow sooo goooood

Genie Vie
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW!!!!

Christine Mediante
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

Mike Kirihara
Community Member
1 year ago

Great one

Russian Otaku
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty cool

fruit_panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Three countries have a firearm on their flags: Mozambique, Haiti, and Guatemala.

Ryan Willsons
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1 month ago

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Hong Nguyen
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful

Eric Gaur
Community Member
3 months ago

Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo! subscribers free like https://youtu.be/rD6zIc4btsc

DesDoritos VEVO
Community Member
4 months ago

Typical Anime Main Character design! SOOOO COOL <3

Anthony Datu
Community Member
8 months ago

Ashigaru. Look it up.

Anthony Datu
Community Member
8 months ago

Ashigaru

John Lucas
Community Member
8 months ago

I like this.

Gibbon Dare
Community Member
8 months ago

The beach walks are wrong....but anything else is damn good!

Elizabeth Gabriel
Community Member
8 months ago

Wow,, amazing! Love it!!!

Ai Chan
Community Member
8 months ago

Wow

Tim Ferrer
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

Hey guys. This is a work of a japanese artist. So we should respect them. And all the characters are looking great. And to the one that make this character Rizal. Thank you. It's fantastic.

Harra
Community Member
1 year ago

I love this! I am a Filipino.

Jill Marie Ravena
Community Member
1 year ago

This is one powerful image. Love, love, love your work. -from the Philippines.

Ziyuan Huang
Community Member
1 year ago

I like it

Sujin Kang
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1 year ago

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Markus Majer
Community Member
1 year ago

Well that could be better. At least dont use a katana but one of the iconic weapons of the Philippines, like a Kris or a Kalis or a Kampilan.. Thats the minimum

Rodolfo Aguinaldo
Community Member
8 months ago

they did the same thing to all the other countries, they are only using the color scheme of the flags not claiming to research our history.

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James Gallegos
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah totally cool! Was unaware that the Philippines were ever in the Olympics. But its cool to see them represent!

Hino Fujiwara
Community Member
1 year ago

かっこいい!!! 😍😍😍💖💖💖 Proud to be a Filipino.

Ahmad Pujianto
Community Member
1 year ago

Lapu-lapu..

Paul Anthony Dumdumaya
Community Member
1 year ago

EXCELLENT

Chris wax
Community Member
1 year ago

I think it would've been better if the gun was a yo-yo instead.

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
12 months ago

and the katana as bolo or machete.

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Chris wax
Community Member
1 year ago

It would've been better if the gun was a yo-yo for me.

Eric Soliday
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow this impressive they make an anime of all these characters for sure, I'm not into anime but this would intrigue me a lot though

Ivan An
Community Member
1 year ago

Why is there a samurai? The concept is far from Filipino theme.

Λмαтѕυĸαze Kαι Nι
Community Member
1 year ago

I once saw a Filipino holding a Katana against the mob control units...

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Joshua Etulle
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1 year ago

China #1 :D Go KAPA! WAY SARADO!

Sef Yzerman
Community Member
1 year ago

Cool..... But where are the Arnis sticks.

Christopher Casaba
Community Member
1 year ago

We Filipinos are more tan tho. And I prefer a kris or a machete as his weapon.

Razz Matazz
Community Member
1 year ago

yup... definitely looks Filipino like me. but the sun in the crotch thing? not a fan. *winks*

Terence Marqueses
Community Member
1 year ago

ganda.

Remy Muescan
Community Member
1 year ago

gun, aptly. for the many extra-judicial killings happening under the present administration.

Jomerson Mercado
Community Member
1 year ago

not just gun but a fire ball,. hahaha

ptm45
Community Member
1 year ago

well, we have the sun in our flag. makes sense.

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Mike De La Cruz
Community Member
11 months ago

Why isn't he brown? The vast majority of Pinoys don't have any non-Malay admixture? Is this image a throwback to our COLONIAL PAST? Just goes to show you: you can kick the foreigners out of the Philippines but you can't kick the SLAVE mentality out of the pinoy. So sad. No wonder our country is a laggard. How can others love us when we can't even love ourselves. Stand up and Stand proud. BROWN PRIDE!!!!!!!

Icepick
Community Member
11 months ago

You do realize this was made by a Japanese artist right?...

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rhyan lumilay
Community Member
12 months ago (edited)

It's fine but looks more of a cosplaying samurai, it could have been better if he was wearing a modernized katipunero outfit. White shirt, red pants and red scarf with matching salakot. Anyway we were occupied by Japanese so it's fine at least we have a rifle , katana and a magical fan that spews fire ( just don't use it to cool you when it's hot). Also we still have the three star and the sun.

Bobby Clemente
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, that looks like the average Pinoy. #whitewashed #eyeroll

Inie D'Oro
Community Member
1 year ago

wish the artist could replace the gold with yellow color.

Sef Yzerman
Community Member
1 year ago

Cool.... Where are the Arnis Sticks or any traditional Filipino blades?

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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."

#3

UK

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Gareth Graham
Community Member
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

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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

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

Venezuela with a "z" dudes!

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#6

South Korea

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miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#7

Japan

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反社会的 UNDER COVER
Community Member
1 year ago

The robes are actually really historically accurate!

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#8

China

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Dumas Radityo
Community Member
1 year ago

everything changed when the fire nation attacked

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#9

Malaysia

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Meeow
Community Member
1 year ago

I love the moon/star

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#10

South Africa

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Cyndi H
Community Member
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

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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

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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

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Tahani
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow we look amazing!

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#17

France

France

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Word Weaver
Community Member
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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Germany

Germany

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Hans_not_the_real_Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#19

Switzerland

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Hans_not_the_real_Hans
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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Netherlands

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LLegend
Community Member
1 year ago

Where is the orange?

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#27

India

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SukhveEr SIngh
Community Member
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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Denmark

Denmark

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Hans_not_the_real_Hans
Community Member
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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USA

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought it would have been more Murica

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