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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"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.

"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

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Gareth Graham
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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!'"


"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."

#6

South Korea

South Korea

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miaow
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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China

China

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Malaysia

Malaysia

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South Africa

South Africa

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Cyndi H
Community Member
3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Italy

Italy

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David Townsend
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#13

Sweden

Sweden

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Withnail
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Spain

Spain

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ben jamin
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Belgium

Belgium

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France

France

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Word Weaver
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Switzerland

Switzerland

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Indonesia

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India

India

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SukhveEr SIngh
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Denmark

Denmark

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Hans_not_the_real_Hans
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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