Google Japan is making some favorite Japanese franchise characters a little more “real.” Essentially, if Japanese users search the name of one of the selected characters on a smartphone and pick “View 3D,” they’ll get to see the characters in augmented reality. Google Japan released a trailer of this using Pac-Man as an example.
Besides Pac-Man, you can do the same thing with Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Cogimyun, and Little Twin Stars from Sanrio if you want something cute. Or you could go all Gundam with RX-105 Xi Gundam, RX-104 Odysseus Gundam, or RX-104FF Penelope. Evangelion Unit-01 is also available, and so are Ultraman characters Ultraman, Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Belial, and Gomora.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.