Source: PR Times Mizuno’s new athletic footwear is being nicknamed “Akira Shoes” because, well, look at them. 2020-07-02 Thu 2020-07-02 Thu Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company Mizuno's newly released shoes use a shock-resistant padding they call "MIZUNO ENERZY" that provides resilient lightweight footwear for athletes. However, some have noticed that the specially designed shoes have a striking resemblance to a certain transformation sequence in iconic anime AKIRA. The bubbly and resistant pink guards that envelope the shoe as padding have a bit of a fleshy aesthetic, one similar to the famous metamorphosis scene in AKIRA, which has inspired the nickanme "AKIRA Shoes" online. You can compare it to the bottom left figure in the image below as a reference. Source: Value Press The similarity isn't intentional, by the way. The resemblance is coincidental and due to the color and texture of the material Mizuno uses, as explained in the below video. Until the day we see official Akira sports shoes, these may be the perfect footwear for athletic Akira fans. By - grape Japan editorial staff. Tags: Akira / Anime / Mizuno / Shoes grape Japan Goods Mizuno’s new athletic footwear is being nicknamed “Akira Shoes” because, well, look at them. Related Article Shelter: The Six Minute Anime Short That Will Always Make You Cry Changing Face AND Strap Graphics Make Evangelion Edition E-Paper Watch A Must Ghibli’s Sound Director Brews Coffee In A Way I’ve Never Imagined Before Bandai releases premium stainless steel Mobile Suit Gundam drinking bottles Bandai’s Life-Size Pot Of Greed Lets You Draw Two Cards Famous Photographer Kishin Shinoyama’s Latest Photo Has Legs!