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
Community Member
3 years 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
3 years 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."

#3

UK

UK

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Gareth Graham
Community Member
3 years 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

Vietnam

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Luis Milian
Community Member
3 years 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
3 years ago

Venezuela with a "z" dudes!

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#6

South Korea

South Korea

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miaow
Community Member
3 years 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
3 years ago

The robes are actually really historically accurate!

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#8

China

China

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Dumas Radityo
Community Member
3 years ago

everything changed when the fire nation attacked

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#9

Malaysia

Malaysia

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Meeow
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3 years 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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3 years 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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3 years 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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3 years ago

Torille

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#13

Sweden

Sweden

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Withnail
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3 years 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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3 years ago

no hockey stick? :-)

LOttawa
Community Member
3 years ago

And where's the maple syrup canteen...

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Twenty øne doggos
Community Member
3 years ago

Nah, I think Canada would have a kinder face.

Lynne Darroch
Community Member
3 years ago

That's our face watching American news on tv.

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TheCanadianViking
Community Member
3 years ago

I was expecting a Mountie look, but am pleased that it went more into the First Nations direction. Well done!

Laura Habermehl
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, love the First Nations look!

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Jaime Stillwell
Community Member
3 years ago

He doesn't look sorry

Randy Zanuar
Community Member
3 years ago

im crying laughing!

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Wyndmere
Community Member
3 years ago

Why is Canada all white? We having a blizzard? Eh?

Linda Robinett
Community Member
3 years ago

I would have made it more Native Canadian

Fanstacia D
Community Member
3 years ago

Or a bit more racially ambiguous. Not sure why, but Japanese manga and anime artists often depict Canada as blonde and blue eyed. We are a nation of diverse immigration, and robust indigenous communities, all of which have inter-married and had children who have inter-married, etc... The top character traits in Canada is shades of brown hair, hazel or brown eyes.

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Connie Bonneville
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3 years ago

I'm not feeling it... But then Canada is so diverse it's hard to represent. I'm thinking he's going to need warmer footwear.

slumcrow the craven
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah he needs mukluks for real. But at least hes not wearing sandals (all the Asian characters are)

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Jared Lammi
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3 years ago

I'm surprised that no references to hockey have been made- and that's coming from a Canadian.

D. Pitbull
Community Member
3 years ago

I see a distinct lack of the Maple Syrup/Hockey Stick/Canada Goose as animal sidekick combo (c'mon. You all know that friggin' goose. It'd be a DEADLY sidekick) - I do like how they remembered to incorporate fur (not that it's... y'know... cold here... or... anything) - Thank you artist, also for making us far more handsome and angry-looking than we have any right to be.

slumcrow the craven
Community Member
1 year ago

I only support a Canada goose if it was dead and he was holding it by the neck. Digusting nasty beasts.

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
3 years ago

Beaver riding a moose drinking maple syrup would do

Ziyuan Huang
Community Member
3 years ago

I love maple syrup

Huyền-Châu Lê
Community Member
3 years ago

As a citizen of Canada, I found Canada looks like an arrogant scoundrel.

Mia Spazzatura
Community Member
1 year ago

Eep! The bear skin 😍 And the maple leaf looks like a maple syrup ice-lolly! 😍

Michelle Stephenson
Community Member
1 year ago

Should be native

Karin von Riegan
Community Member
1 year ago

I love the furs and the fact that he's an archer boy. Reminds me of Gil from FGO

Karin von Riegan
Community Member
1 year ago

I love the furs and the fact that he's an archer boy! He kinda looks like Gil from FGO.

Andrew Rowlands
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought there would be a Tim Hortons in there somewhere

Stephen Crawley
Community Member
1 year ago

Love the beaver pelt. Footwear should have been skates

Katherine Beavis
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice arrow - the end reminds me of the maple candies we would get from the sugar shacks in spring!

slumcrow the craven
Community Member
1 year ago

Not my favourite but at least its not as bad as the American one.

Natalie Beauchamp
Community Member
1 year ago

Absolutely beautiful!

Soleil Zapf
Community Member
1 year ago

As a Canadian I approve 👍

Emanuel Alfredsson
Community Member
1 year ago

What if Justin Bieber but FIERCE!

deb blair
Community Member
1 year ago

Was wondering where they got the blonde look from, but you're right as it could be Justin Bieber.

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Meto Nim
Community Member
1 year ago

Pfft haha not as regal but still cute!

Silent Fill
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Gah, this is really looks like a true horser bud.But there's a one thing ya missed. Better looking when he'll be with our traditional forester hat.Give'r to him!

Jake Krueger
Community Member
2 years ago

This is beautiful. Just missin a hockey stick

Niki Wright
Community Member
3 years ago

Cool

Spencer Kasper
Community Member
3 years ago

Probably the coolest picture Canada will ever have represent them.

HetalianNeko
Community Member
2 years ago

Have you seen APH Canada?

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Naomi Armitage
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm getting a Brienne of Tarth vibe off this one...

Shannon Barritt
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the cultural inclusion of the native gear without being appropriative!!

Taryn Wallace
Community Member
3 years ago

SEE MOOSE PELT!!!!

Giacomo Medici
Community Member
3 years ago

How about it eh?

Alex Solovyev
Community Member
3 years ago

Should be a lumber jack.. this character looks to girly

Alex Solovyev
Community Member
3 years ago

Should be a lumber jack...

Fanstacia D
Community Member
3 years ago

I like that he’s an archer. The Mapleleaf fletching is a nice touch.

Andrea Delden
Community Member
3 years ago

As a Canadian I heartily approve of this! ❤️

I'm dark
Community Member
3 years ago

Canada looks pissed

Virosh Siegecraft
Community Member
3 years ago

is that moose meat I smell?

Jenifer Cappello
Community Member
3 years ago

Maple leaves for the arrow's flights. I think I'm hugging myself internally. I love it!!!

Maria Lorna Cusi
Community Member
3 years ago

Quivers are made of frozen maple syrup (or beer)...yeah the hockey stick turns into a bow, and pucks into grenades or spinning ninja stars

Brandy Grote
Community Member
3 years ago

Not sorry at all!

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
3 years ago

My fave - but I am prejudiced because I was born in Canada.

ben jamin
Community Member
3 years ago

Who is in his pants?

Maria Lorna Cusi
Community Member
3 years ago

We found the goose!

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Lynne Darroch
Community Member
3 years ago

Now I know what to wear if I ever get invited to the Met Gala and they re-do the "camp" theme from this year.

Alice Laughs
Community Member
3 years ago

LOOK AT ALL THAT BEAVER FUR

Laura Kellner
Community Member
3 years ago

The Canadian should be Indigenous/First Nations

Gemini Enki
Community Member
3 years ago

These are ANIME drawings done by a Japanese ANIME artist. Anime characters are mostly drawn with fair complexions. Anime does not care about your western identity politics.

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Jamerax Alpha
Community Member
3 years ago

Lmao no weapon just a maple lollipop.

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#15

Spain

Spain

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ben jamin
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow we look amazing!

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#17

France

France

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Word Weaver
Community Member
3 years 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
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
3 years ago

WOW!

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#21

Singapore

Singapore

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Luis Milian
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3 years ago

he is holding Longclaw

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#22

Norway

Norway

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Cody Eriksen
Community Member
3 years ago

Eh, too happy.

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#23

Thailand

Thailand

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Cheese Doodles
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome!

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#24

Indonesia

Indonesia

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Sigrid Vinter
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3 years ago

Harry Potter was Indonesian? Who would have guessed

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#25

Brazil

Brazil

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Leonardo Chaves
Community Member
3 years ago

My country! Amazing!

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Netherlands

Netherlands

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LLegend
Community Member
3 years ago

Where is the orange?

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#27

India

India

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SukhveEr SIngh
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Where's vodka??

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Denmark

Denmark

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Hans_not_the_real_Hans
Community Member
3 years 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

USA

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Luis Milian
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought it would have been more Murica

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