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Ever Wondered What The Mexican Flag Would Look Like As An Anime Samurai, Well Now We Know

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It’s no doubt that the Japanese do a number of things better than anyone else.

As the host of the 2020 Olympics, Japan first wowed us with how they decided to produce the Olympic medals – by recycling gold, silver, and bronze found in discarded smartphones and laptops. A plan that not only saves them a ton of money, but is also really good for the environment!

Now, it appears that several artists in Japan have reimagined the flags of each competing country as anime samurais to help promote the Games.

A Japanese website is promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the most Japanese way possible – by combining anime and country flags of the world.

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This project isn’t directly affiliated with the government of Japan or with the Japanese Olympics committee. It was just some artists who were excited for the Games and decided to draw some cool samurais and upload them onto a website called “World Flags” to help introduce people to the countries that will be competing in this global competition.

Although the artwork of each of the characters is very Japanese-inspired, each samurai is inspired by the culture, history and national identity of each country, giving us a “harmony in diversity” kind of vibe.

Check out some of the ones they did for Latin American countries below:

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The Brazilian samurai has the traditional Brazilian flag front and center in its design. The samurai features the yellow diamond which represents “Mother Earth,” while the blue circle represents the morning sky above Rio de Janeiro on the day the republic was established.

By the way, there is a star that shines exceptionally big above the white belt in the stars among the stars in the blue circle, Virgo Spica. Many may think that this is the capital Brasilia. Actually, this is Para. It is neither Rio de Janeiro nor Sao Paulo. By the way, Brasilia is a small star at the bottom.

Argentina’s samurai is fully representing with the ‘sol de mayo.’

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The colors in this samurai outfit are giving me life! And they also included the iconic Sol de Mayo prominently across his chest.

While Mexico’s is complete with an eagle!

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We all know the Mexican flag has a giant eagle holding a snake in its talons, so to see it come to life in this form is so cool. And look at those boots!

The artist even named the samurai “Falconer.”

As for the meaning: Green means “the hope of the people in the destiny of the nation”, white means “catholic or religious purity”, red means “blood of a patriot who has united with the country.”

We might be biased, but we think the Latino samurai are probably the best out of them all.

But, in case you were wondering, here are some versions from other countries:

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The artists gave a shout out to Old Glory with their version of the US samurai.

And according to the artists: White is purity and innocence. Red is hardiness and valor. Blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

And India’s samurai looks pretty amazing.

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The colors of the Indian samurai are as follows: the upper saffron color symbolizes Hinduism. The green in the lower row symbolizes Islam. The middle white means the reconciliation of both religions. The union of the two religions is the manifestation of the intention that it is essential for the unity of India. 

And check out the one they drew up for South Africa.

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There are two theories about the color of the national flag. 

Red is the bloodshed of the past confrontation, blue is the sky and the surrounding sea, green represents farms and nature, yellow is mineral resources such as gold, black represents the black population, while white represents the white population.

Each of the colors is also derived from the British and Dutch flags of the former colonial powers.

And the Chinese have to got be loving their samurai interpretation.

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Red is used as the main color of the flag in socialist countries. It can be seen with the former Soviet flag and the present Vietnam flag. It is a color that represents communism and socialism. 

In China, the flag has become a symbol of class struggle between capitalists and workers. The largest of the yellow five stars is said to represent the Chinese Communist Party that leads to the revolution. The other four represent workers, farmers, patriotic capitalists, and intellectuals.

And can we talk about how hot the samurai is for Italy?!

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The Italian flag and the French flag are the same tricolor flag although they are different in color. It is believed that the Napoleonic era is the beginning of the official use of the three-color flag of green, white and red in Italy. 

The tricolor flag was revived as the flag of the Kingdom of Italy, after the defeat of Napolean.

While the samurai from the UAE comes with a legit sword!

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The present design dates back to the country’s independence. Each color has a solid origin and meaning, and these four colors are said to be key Arab colors. The four colors are red, green, white and black. Countries around the Middle East also have some of the same four-color flags.

No Matter How Strange The Netflix Trailer For ‘Neo Yokio’ Looks, Having Black And Latino Main Characters In It Is Dope

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No Matter How Strange The Netflix Trailer For ‘Neo Yokio’ Looks, Having Black And Latino Main Characters In It Is Dope

Netflix/ YouTube

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“She’s possessed? That sucks!”

Coming to Netflix September 22nd is “Neo Yokio,” a new anime from the creative mind of Ezra Koenig, lead singer of Vampire Weekend. The lead character will be voiced by Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, who has just about outgrown being connected to his A-List parents. Almost. Smith, who started his career as a cute child actor in heart string-pulling films like “Pursuit of Happiness” and “The Karate Kid,” has expanded his artistic horizons as a recording artist, and as a gender-fluid fashion model.

Smith’s next creative venture will be providing the voice of Kaz Kaan, the demon-slaying socialite who is the lead in “Neo Yokio.” The show is a parody of classic anime, allowing them to go above and beyond in the strange and awkward department. Joining Kaz on his journey are his homies, Gottlieb and Lexy, played by late night’s best comedy duo: Desus & Mero. They all live in a mythical version of New York City, where the World Trade Center is still standing, albeit underwater. Oh, and it just so happens to be littered with magic and demons.

Mero was pumped to announce his inclusion on the show to Twitter.

His fans were just as excited, throwing down some classic anime to express their excitement.

Mero plays Lexy, who from the trailer, appears to be a bit of a life coach to Kaz.

He gives him advice on how to dress and how to get back at the guys messing with him.

Although, from this image that Smith shared of Kaz preparing to destroy someone (or something) with a ball of energy, he may not need that much help.

As Kaz Kaan, Smith will play a young man who has everything (including magic powers), but still finds himself feeling melancholy on the inside. You know, like every teenager ever.

The show features performances by Jude Law, as Kaz Kaan’s robot butler, as well as appearances by Susan Sarandon, Jason Schwartzman, Steve Buscemi, Stephen Fry and Willow Smith.

Check out the trailer above to find out how strange, but cool, this anime parody series is going to be.

READ: Netflix Released A Trailer For Narcos Season Three And They Turned A Well-Known Latino Comedian Into A Stone Cold Gangster

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This Artist Showed Us What An Anime Inspired ‘Anything For Selenas’ Scene Might Have Looked Like

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This Artist Showed Us What An Anime Inspired ‘Anything For Selenas’ Scene Might Have Looked Like

"Selena" / Christina Henderson

The “Selena” movie is known for its many, many iconic scenes. Whether Selena was grabbing pizza with Chris Perez, or brushing off an ignorant salesperson at the mall, everyone has their favorite moment. Personally, my favorite scene is when Selena waves down two cholos to help when her tour bus is stuck on the side of the highway.

Thankfully, Christina Henderson has drawn out that scene showing us what might have been had Selena ever crossed over into mitú flavored, anime-inspired illustrations. Let’s take a look…

With her tour bus broken down on the side of the road, Selena waves at two gentlemen to pull over. They basically looked at her just like…

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She approaches the car and the duo immediately go into ? fanboy ? mode for Selena, because she’s Selenas!

Selena didn’t really do much aside from being Selena when the fellas jump to the rescue.

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They have a “V8 and 400 horses,” so of course they were confident they could pull “anything out of anywhere.” The cholos then chain the bumper of their car to the bus and hit the gas. Everyone yells, “gun it!”

Things don’t go according to plan, however…

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To the horror of everyone watching, the cholos end up having their bumper ripped completely off. Selena apologizes, saying, “we are so sorry!” The rest of the band apologizes too, offering to pay for their bumper.

But the cholos were more than okay with their bumper getting destroyed exclaiming, “This bumper is going to go on the wall of my garage, carnal!”

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“I’m going to put a little sign under it. It’s gonna say, ‘this bumper was pulled off by the bus of Selenas,'” they proclaimed. The two knights-in-shining-armor end up offering the band a ride down the road to a pay phone so they can make a call for more help.

The guys were more than happy to help because…

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In case you were curious, Abraham Quintanilla confirmed that this scene actually happened IRL. The owner of the car even claimed he was going to put the bumper on display, just like in the movie.

Check out the entire “Anything for Selenas” clip right here.

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Still ?? my ?? favorite ?? scene!

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