Source: Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots Meet The New Tokyo Olympic Mascots…Who Have Superhero Powers 2018-03-01 Thu 2018-03-01 Thu On Wednesday, a committee of organizers announced the two official mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ryo Taniguchi, a character designer and illustrator from Fukuoka, submitted the winning illustrations of characters with a blue "futuristic" theme (Olympics) and a sakura-theme attire (Paralympics). Thematically, the pair of official mascots are intended to represent a harmony between cutting-edge innovation and old tradition in Japan. 【 #2020マスコット 決定！】東京2020大会マスコットに選ばれたのは109,041票を集めた、#マスコット 候補「ア」。小学生のみなさん、たくさんの投票ありがとうございました。これから一緒に #Tokyo2020 を盛り上げていきましょう✨ pic.twitter.com/pw64gdie6S— Tokyo 2020 (@Tokyo2020jp) 2018年2月28日 The winning pair was voted on by a total of 205,755 classes at 16,769 elementary schools, including international and overseas schools. From the 2,042 submissions, a shortlist of three pairs made up the final round of voting, Sankei News reports. There's been quite a commotion online about the result, with the other two proposed pairs having a lot of support. 【明日生中継！#2020マスコット 発表会🎙️】たくさんの人の想いがこもった #マスコット がいよいよ発表✨発表会の模様は明日2月28日(水)正午から #Tokyo2020 のFacebook、LINE、Youtubeで生中継します。 どの候補が選ばれたのでしょうか？発表の瞬間を一緒に見届けましょう！ pic.twitter.com/C0SEuK4kbO— Tokyo 2020 (@Tokyo2020jp) 2018年2月27日 Below is an English description of the mascots, who have yet to be given official names, and their character traits. While their general motif is embodying bridge between both traditional past and progressive future in a cute and friendly form, it's particularly interesting to note that these mascots have superpowers. As the Japan Times reports, the Olympic mascot has a transportation ability to travel anywhere instantaneously, and the Paralympic mascot can move things simply by looking at them. The winning pair was announced in front of Hoyonomori Gakuen, one of the many elementary schools that participated in the voting. Both mascots will receive their names in the lead-up to the actual Games, but many fans have started speculating and guessing with Pokemon or Digimon-esque names, given their aesthetic. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games haven't shied away from embracing the appeal of anime in campaign projects, having already dubbed popular anime characters like Luffy and Goku official "ambassadors" and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government celebrating with an Akira-themed projection mapping event. At the very least, we know these mascots aren't safe from Pop Team Epic illustrations. 出来心シリーズ。「ア案」 pic.twitter.com/j8d5ktOENH— 鋼鉄 (@koutetu_) 2018年2月28日 By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots / @Tokyo2020jp / h/t: Japan Times / Sankei Shinbun / @koutetu_ Tags: Atheletics / Cute / Elections / Funny / Japan / Mascots / Olympic Mascots / Olympics / Paralympics / Pokemon / Pop Team Epic / Sports / Tokyo 2020 / Tokyo Olympics / Votes / YouTube grape Japan Culture Meet The New Tokyo Olympic Mascots…Who Have Superhero Powers Related Article Take A Bite Out Of The World’s First Piranha Ramen In Japan Neko Atsume Cat Clingers Are Bringing Some Of The Rarest Cats To Your Drinks Sandshrew expands Tottori takeover with even more one-of-a-kind Pokemon manhole covers Make A Statement With Nail Polish In Traditional Japanese Colors Japan Is Getting A New Kawaii Poop Museum To Show How Cute Poop Is East Asian High School Illustration Contest 2021 – Submissions now open!