Soccer World Cup Teams Given Anime Girl Mascots

 Pages 1 2 3 NEXT
 

Soccer World Cup Teams Given Anime Girl Mascots

There isn't an anime about the Soccer World Cup, but if there was, we'd imagine it would look something like this.

There are very few things that can't be improved with the addition of anime girls, and these fantastic anime girl representations of the 32 Soccer World Cup teams is proof of that. One stunning artist has done his best to imagine what each team would look like if an anime girl was representing them, and I have to say, he's done a pretty good job. Nice, little touches, such as the cheese hat on Switzerland, or Asuka making an appearance as Germany's mascot, really help bring the girls to life.

There (currently) isn't an anime about the World Cup, but if there was, we'd imagine it would look something like this:

As an Aussie, I was particularly happy with the Socceroos anime girl, but the French, Mexican and Swiss girls are definitely among my favorites. A few are a little on the offensive side, but most of them are in pretty good taste.

I'm not really a sports guy, so I haven't been too interested in the competition, but if someone were to make an anime featuring these kick-ass mascots, I'd probably be more inclined to watch.

Source: Pixiv via Acid Cow, Rocket News 24

Permalink

It was somewhat amusing to see Asuka representing Germany lol. Belgium is probably my favourite overall.

Something very... Trigger-ish about these designs. Still, gotta love the UK one, particularly the whole "Come any closer and I will cave in your skull" air she gives off. Ahhhh, my dear homeland (hums "Rule Britannia")

France is pretty cool too, and the Netherlands have a robot lion!

Edit: Just took another look at Bosnia. Now I feel bad.

Okay some of these are..bad. I mean, Iran, Algeria and Chile are..rather lightly clothed to say the least, though Chile is at least not as bad as the other two. And dear lord Bosnia/Herzegovina..thats just poor taste. Some of the rest are pretty cool-looking but god damn some of them are just bad.

For Christ's sake OP, Sweden and Switzerland are not the same country. Get it right.
OT: It's a good try, but I still don't care about football.

It's very much a mixed bag yeah, ranging from pretty cool to tacky to... yeah, most likely drifting well into the realm of poor taste. But if the artist was Japanese, well, their view of geopolitical and culture situations outside of the SEA region can be a bit skewed, to say the least.

Not bad, but I see no relation between the country and the girls in Costa Rica, Germany and Honduras, I don't get them.
Switzerland is just plain bad. National stereotyping in the most tasteless way.
And Bosnia Herzegovina is just sad. That country is so much more than the recent tragedy.

Sorry, but there are so many unrelated and bad ones in there, this is not good.
National stereotyping and just really bad taste ruin this.

Although, got to say, I quite liked Netherlands, Belgium and Croatia. Those were pretty good.

Man, a lot of these are either poor-quality or in poor taste. I know anime isn't exactly renown for it's perfect proportions, but something about all of these anime girls feels really, really off in regards to the proportions of their limbs.

Still, A for effort at least.

Loved the Australian one.
Even disregarding the bias.... Kangaroo girls the new Catgirl?

The one for Greece was also pretty good too and as a plus was sensibly clothed.

Oh, ffs, cant you just have fun looking at someones art? Or is everybody in here running for presidency? At least someone remembers Bosnia&Herzegovina...

JenSeven:
And Bosnia Herzegovina is just sad. That country is so much more than the recent tragedy.

Unfortunately this is pretty much the only thing that the average internet user knows about my country. There is tons of interesting things and things that my country is known for by the people on the Balkans, but farther than that, it's just the recent war. I'm still kinda happy that my country got so much attention with the world cup. Seeing so many people rooting for my team... it was nice for a change.

Also I wouldn't say that using stereotypes to picture some countries is inherently bad. It's just that they decided to use bad stereotypes.

I'm from Bosnia and honestly when I saw the girl crying I at first thought that it was because of how the referees bent us over in our game against Nigeria (but obviously no one watched the game so it didn't happen), but yeah, the war reference makes more sense. Frankly, a little disappointed.

Man that gallery is impossible to navigate. If you insist on one image per pageview, at least ensure it entirely fits on-screen on a 1080p display.

Well I thought they were rather good, and in many cases - England, for example - captured at the very least a generic presentation of the country at times of patriotism.

Iran's is scary as all hell though.

At least they aren't Disney Princesses.

I find Costa Rica's depiction a bit racy but I love the ninja/pirate theme: it's fitting :D

Me55enger:
Iran's is scary as all hell though.

The only way in which the artist could have made it worse was by having her hold up an American embassy while the head of Salman Rushdie is swinging from her belt.

The nuclear sign on her knee, the bulletbelt, the gun on her back and those swords.... That is just plain wrong.

So Germany gets Asuka, but England doesn't get Saber? Boo

I usually hate these "X as Y" anime mashups, but these were actually pretty good. Even if Switzerland is the epitome of dopey designs.

SacremPyrobolum:
At least they aren't Disney Princesses.

A thousand times this.

I like how Iran and Algeria, the two strictly Muslim nations, are the ones wearing the least amount of clothing. Makes a lot of sense.

And Costa Rica's looks very apt in hindsight now. Not expected to do anything, they struck Uruguay and Italy in the blind spots like a ninja and then snuck into the quarterfinals, also like a ninja.

Also, to the Bosnians, I wish you had done better. I was rooting for Bosnia just because their team was called the Dragons. And Edin Dzeko is a boss striker.

France and Netherlands are very cool. I like them!

I'd watch a soccer anime if it looked like this.

Lol at the little dig at England with the 3 cats one of which is asleep instead of 3 lions

Of course the US gets the Iron Man suit. Of course it does.

I think it's funny that Asuka from NGE is representing Germany. Anyway because someone said that our mascot doesn't have anything related to Germany in it, let me try to shed some light into, because I can at least think of a few things related to my country in the picture.

First of all the symbol on the weapon belongs to the german football devision (DFB = Deutscher Fußball Bund). In addition the 3 stars in the background are related to the three world champion titles from 1954, 1974 and 1990.

On the armor and weapon she's carrying it might be related to the fact that germany is number 3 world wide for weapon exports. Maybe some kind of social criticism. On the other hand - it's anime/manga, so it could just be wild imagination of the creator.

Other than the things I mentioned I can't find anything else related to Germany but the same goes for some of the other pictures.

Bosnia is just bad taste imho....

Is anybody surprised that anime characters drawn as mascots for national footballs teams use national stereotypes?

Edit: for the record: whilst some are a little awkward, I like them :-)

Russia is kinda weird. Is that a character from some anime or something, like with Asuka and Germany? Oh well. Either way, the two-headed eagle looks cool.

Bosnia was just plain dark, what the hell.

While I'm glad Croatia got a good one, the Bosnian one is... well... poor taste doesn't begin to cover it. Seriously, it's not a matter of being oversensitive, this is simply not OK...

So Nigeria had the only completely black girl because... Japan, I guess? Ghana and Cameroon, places of traditional ethnic people of darker skin tone... Eh, we already had Nigeria. Make them light skin.

And I think the artist was going for a Rhian Benson design for Côte d'Ivoire. But I could be giving credit.

I love how Colombia got reduced to "Carlos Valderrama's hair".

BiH-Kira:

JenSeven:
And Bosnia Herzegovina is just sad. That country is so much more than the recent tragedy.

Unfortunately this is pretty much the only thing that the average internet user knows about my country. There is tons of interesting things and things that my country is known for by the people on the Balkans, but farther than that, it's just the recent war. I'm still kinda happy that my country got so much attention with the world cup. Seeing so many people rooting for my team... it was nice for a change.

I'll be the first to admit that I could probably tell you the sum total of about four things about Bosnia; it used to be part of Yugoslavia, it's where WW1 kicked off (the 100th anniversary of which has just been observed), it was part of another war barely twenty years ago, and the 1984 Winter Olympics were held there.

I know it probably makes me a bad person, but it's not dissimilar to the way a lot of people see Vietnam - a war, not a country. (I kept an eye on them during the World Cup, because they were who I picked in the work sweepstake, and while they played well they got absolutely shafted by the referees throughout.)

Why does Croatia have a volleyball? I mean I don't understand several of these, but that's just the wrong sport entirely... Either way, I like the concept even if the execution could use some work. I'd actually like to see this in fighting game style splash screens for the various matches that have taken place.

The US one has a weird pose, I know how that pose suppose to work but it doesn't look like it was drawn correctly.

Overall Argentine is probably my favourite and England look pretty rad!

Pedro The Hutt:
But if the artist was Japanese, well, their view of geopolitical and culture situations outside of the SEA region can be a bit skewed, to say the least.

Original pixiv account, so...probably.

http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=596139

[EDIT it's pixiv, so be prepared for some NSFW]

I liked the reference to Valderrama in the Colombian team. But WTF was Ghana about? Are those wooly bobble hats really popular over there or something?

Talaris:
So Germany gets Asuka, but England doesn't get Saber? Boo

Yeah I was kinda disappointed about that too.

MrMan999:
Of course the US gets the Iron Man suit. Of course it does.

To be honest I was expecting Captain America or a airhead valley girl stereotype so I'm not that disappointed.

OT I saw these last week and thought they were pretty cool (Bosnia notwithstanding).

image

We are pleased, but why does she have elf ears?

Alade:
I'm from Bosnia and honestly when I saw the girl crying I at first thought that it was because of how the referees bent us over in our game against Nigeria (but obviously no one watched the game so it didn't happen), but yeah, the war reference makes more sense. Frankly, a little disappointed.

I watched that game. It sucked. But at least Nigeria got its ass properly whooped by France.

The only thing I liked was the Valderrama reference for Columbia. The rest was just random at best and very insensitive at worst. Especially Bosnia-Herzegowina, that war was 20 years ago. Depicting Iran as practically naked except of a veil is as tasteless as it gets, too.

Kinitawowi:
I love how Colombia got reduced to "Carlos Valderrama's hair".

You gotta admit though, his hair is fabulous.

shirkbot:
Why does Croatia have a volleyball? I mean I don't understand several of these, but that's just the wrong sport entirely... Either way, I like the concept even if the execution could use some work. I'd actually like to see this in fighting game style splash screens for the various matches that have taken place.

It's not a volleyball, it's a football. In old times they looked like that.

 Pages 1 2 3 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here