Someone Bought This: Japan combines cute little white lions and wrestling onto a shirt!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling NJPW Kimba The White Lion Shirt 1

New Japan Pro Wrestling NJPW Kimba The White Lion Shirt 2

Crapper Paul S. writes:

Here’s a clever new shirt from New Japan Pro Wrestling where the traditional lion logo is replaced by Jungle Emperor Leo AKA Kimba the White Lion an Osamu Tezuka manga that was turned into an animated series in 1965.

While Leo/Kimba is one of Tezuka’s most popular characters in Japan he was pretty obscure in the US until everyone noticed that Disney’s The Lion King bore more than a slight resemblance to him.

Anyway this new shirt commemorates the show’s 50th anniversary.

And to make the announcement of here’s Hiroshi Tanahashi visiting Tezuka Productions. Featuring a brief look at cartoon images of young Leo dressed up as Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Kazuchika Okada

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7 Responses to "Someone Bought This: Japan combines cute little white lions and wrestling onto a shirt!"
  1. Anonymous says:

    I have less than no opinion about this. I just haven’t cared about japanese wrestling in YEARS. It just seems too much like American wrestling now and if I want that I’ll watch the real thing.

  2. JustAGuyGuy says:

    This has been today’s episode of “hey Japan’s kinda weird guys.”

  3. Gotchism For Life says:

    Anon:

    I know how you feel. I love watching NJPW from the 1970s, 80s and 1990s. Don’t really care for Tanahashi’s Hi Fly low or Air Guitar. I miss Strong and Shoot style

    You should check out DDT’s Hard Hit series. While DDT itself is comedy and lucharesu, Hard Hit is a bit more serious and a lot more stiff.

  4. John C says:

    Is that the first Japanese video thst doesn’t feature either schoolgirl outfits or tentacles. Or usually a very disturbing combo of both.

  5. Sean Bateman says:

    Sadly, Kimball was not on Broadway….. yet

  6. Mister Forth says:

    This is actually not too bad.

  7. Thun says:

    That’s nice. Better than the Hello Kitty ones I sorta recall existing.

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