A ninja, a pirate, a robot, and an extraterrestrial super-warrior lead the star-studded team of brand ambassadors for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The games may be three years away but it has already drummed up immense anticipation following the announcement of the Tokyo Olympics Committee that Son Goku of the Dragonball Z fame will be among the chosen ambassadors, Konbini reported.
Other anime favorites Naruto, One Piece’ Luffy, Shin Chan, Pretty Cure, Sailor Moon, and Astroboy will be the Saiyan’s co-ambassadors. Noticeably missing from the bunch are Pikachu and his gang of pocket monsters.
This means the official merchandises for the event are already destined for awesomeness.
According to the organizers, the use of the “popular animated celebrities” is, in part, an effort to draw the attention of younger fans. It is also a perfect way for Japan to promote and celebrate its rich influence on modern culture.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has earlier highlighted the importance of Japanese culture for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics during the closing ceremony of the Rio Games on August 21, 2016. Japan’s head of state even came out of a green tube dressed as Super Mario.
The Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to kick off on July 24 and will run until August 9, 2020.