Pokémon Supports Japanese National Soccer Team With Pikachu Jerseys

By Sato . May 28, 2014 . 3:00pm

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With the World Cup 2014 taking place in a couple more weeks, the Japanese team will need all the support they can get from fans, and what better way to do so than having the beloved Pokémon mascot Pikachu on your side? Inside Games shows a look at Adidas Japan and Pokémon’s collaboration.

 

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The above is a look at a replica of the Japanese “home” jerseys for the upcoming World Cup games, with an added Pikachu on the right part of the chest. The concept behind the jersey is part of Adidas Japan’s Enjin (Ring) Project, named after the circle players make when they huddle together.

 

The goal of the project is to get more Japanese fans involved in supporting their national squad, and they figured that Pikachu would be the best way to get the younger kids interested in doing so.

 

Adidas Japan will also release other collaborative goods such as T-shirts, towels, scarves, and more. As for the jersey, they’re currently available in Japan for 7,400 yen (plus tax.)

 


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  • AuraGuyChris

    Oh, would you look at that! They’re recruiting the Pikachu that loses in every major anime Pokemon League! On top of that, they’re also recruiting the backstabbing bastard known as Meowth!

    • urbanscholar

      burn

    • 하세요

      Ey, homeboy took down a Latios, even if it was a suicide.

      • AuraGuyChris

        Doesn’t change anything if it didn’t do that at the final battle.

        • God

          Not to mention he lost against a level 5 Snivy a few chapters after that.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      hahahahahaha
      well said dude, well said

  • GOLD

    i want one.

  • VenerableSage

    Even with how big Pokemon is, I’m surprised that there isn’t a Away jersey variant with something from Yo-Kai Watch, given how it seems to be exploding in popularity in Japan.

    • Brion Valkerion

      Sure but then only Japanese kids would recognize it, this way, the world recognizes it. Yokai is popular but they got a ways to go before they are world cup rep. popular.

      • VenerableSage

        But Pikachu isn’t on the actual jerseys that the players are wearing in Brazil. It’s only on the replicas being sold in Japan to try and bolster more people to care about the national team.

        Even the article says this, “The goal of the project is to get more Japanese fans involved in supporting their national squad, and they figured that Pikachu would be the best way to get the younger kids interested in doing so.”

        Key words “Japanese fans” and “younger kids”. And given how consistently Yo-Kai Watch has been selling… Basically, it’s a new, hip thing that’s fresh on the minds of young Japanese gamers. Pikachu’s a stalwart, yes, but Yo-Kai is the up-and-coming game looking to “dethrone” Pokemon. Plus, I did note to throw it on the Away jersey – Japan’s not going to be wearing a Home jersey every single game.

    • Eder García

      Yokai is still new, wait a few years and that kind of things will happen

  • Virevolte

    They will fight with the strengh of the mouse. è_é
    Meanwhile, America is making Mickey jerseys to prepare for the last battle which will decide who is the strongest rodent.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Soccer pokemon confirmed for gen 7

    • Elizabeth ‘Ely’ Moreno

      It will be a ballshaped pokémon (with genders)

  • makubexnas
    • andref

      I’m sure that shirt will make a splash somewhere

      • 하세요

        It might slightly improve their slide Tackles, but I don’t see it Bouncing into popularity too high.

        • andref

          Hopefully they don’t behave like a fish out of water and flop

          • Joshua Lewis

            well hopefully they catch the cup hook line and sinker :D

          • andref

            Hopefully they remain super instead of becoming old and worn out

    • Namuro

      Winning!

  • Eder García

    so where to order?

    • 하세요

      It would be cool if you could order it with your country of preference. I’m not really into the World Cup, but I’d naturally cheer for my home team which, like 99% of us here, isn’t Japan, lol.

  • Tonton Ramos

    Wonder what happened to Inazuma Eleven? The last time I heard of them is they are making a special episode of Best Eleven vs Battle Eleven…

    • ZnTxn

      Which makes me wonder… why didn’t they make an Inazuma Japan/Raimon versions? =/

  • Renaldi Saputra

    I just think that Soccer x Pokemon isn’t relevant…

    If only it’s Inazuma Eleven, it will be very cool

    • 하세요

      Pokemon is relevant with anything when it comes to Japan. Hello, Pokemon Conquest.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        I know, but for sports like soccer, I don’t think so…

        • 하세요

          Suit yourself. More jerseys for them.

    • God

      Inazuma Eleven is more similar to Dragon Ball Z than to football…

      • Renaldi Saputra

        but they’re still football/soccer, unlike pokemon

  • MaskedHeroxx

    I dont know anything about soccer but I found my team

  • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

    I’m gonna support Japan in the world cup just for Pickahu =P

    and its football not soccer, Even though I don’t like the sport anyway

    FIFA has not S for Soccer in it but has an F for Footbal

  • Rean

    Unfortunately they only have it in kids size…
    http://www.sskamo.co.jp/s/g/gG85292POKE/

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