Japanese School Children Choose 2020 Tokyo Olympics Mascots- Futuristic Superheroes!

| March 1 , 2018 , 13:46 IST

Tokyo 2020 Games unveiled their mascot on Wednesday: a futuristic blue, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and "special powers" that was picked by school children across Japan. The mascot is yet to be named.

The students picked option “A” which according to the organizers has a “strong sense of justice and is very athletic”.  It also has “magical superpowers to move anywhere instantaneously”.

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The Paralympics counterpart has pink checks inspired by Japan’s famous cherry blossom and is “usually calm,  however, it gets very powerful when needed”. Its magic power is “it can talk to stones and the win. It can also move things by just looking at them".

The pair received over 100,000 votes. Designer Ryo Taniguchi seemed overwhelmed at the decision.

Mascots are massive in Japan, the land of Hello Kitty and Pokemon and there are literally thousands representing everything from small communities to prisons.

The social media had mixed reactions, as some people wanted them to be more “round” and “huggable”.

Many believe the futuristic looking mascots appealed more to the kids, whereas adults preferred the softer and more traditional options.

The 2016 Rio Olympics had a yellow feline animal representing Brazil's rich fauna and wildlife named Vinicius after music great Vinicius de Moraes.

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Meanwhile, the 2012 London Games’ mascot Wenlock and Mandeville, the widely were mocked. The one-eyed characters were dubbed "bizarre" and "creepy".

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