The Tokyo Olympics Are Starting Soon, So Here's A Reminder About What Australia's Mascots Look Like
Immense furry vibes.
After being postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic Games are finally happening, with more and more athletes touching down in Japan ahead of the opening ceremony on July 23.
Meanwhile in Australia, to drum up national pride and excitement for the Olympics, the Royal Australian Mint have released a series of commemorative coins featuring anthropomorphic animal athletes as mascots.
The aptly named "Aussie Heroes" are also being promoted in Woolworths, with sticker packs being made available to purchase.
But as pointed by Reddit user u/unauthorisedcashews, the animals — which have been drawn in a anime-esque style —give off immense furry vibes.
Australians were quick to join in, labelling the sticker packs as "official Olympic fursonas".
Others agreed with the furry sentiment, saying "that is furry art for sure" and that the artist may or may not have been "getting yiffy whilst drawing these."
Now for the uninitiated, the furry fandom is a subculture made up of those who are interested in — and even dress up as — anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.
They're a harmless, positive and diverse community who mainly keep to themselves — except when advocating government-approved fursonas, of course.
All in all, it's a win for the furry community, who have been officially endorsed on a worldwide scale as part of Australia's image for the Olympics.
Although, I still harbour a soft spot for Olly, Syd and Millie — who were Australia's mascots during the 2000 Olympic Games.
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So, Australians and international friends reading this: Which mascots do you prefer?
vote votesFurries, duh
vote votesThe OG ones from the noughties
vote votesA different one which I'll mention in the comments