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If The Avengers could have one Japanese superhero, who would it be?

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By Fran Wrigley

It was a veritable who’s who of Marvel superheroes: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor… but some fans from a country with its own rich history of superhero characters have been asking, couldn’t there have been a Captain Japan in The Avengers?

Join us as we delve into a parallel universe, asking, “If The Avengers had a Japanese superhero, which one would it be?”

In a thread on online message board 2channel last week, Japanese netizens put forward their suggestions for a superhero to represent their country in The Avengers.

10. Anpanman

Beloved children’s character and bread-headed hero for the masses, Anpanman would be a great addition to the Avengers team. And in a pinch, they could use him for emergency rations.

9. Goku

Dragon Ball protagonist and all-round mighty warrior Goku could do martial arts alongside Black Widow.

8. Miyamoto Musashi

Because who says superheroes need to be fictional? Seventeenth-century swordsman, rōnin and general badass.

7. Pretty Cure

Magical girl anime series Pretty Cure (プリキュア Purikyua) seems like a solid female superhero choice. We’re not sure which particular heroine the commenter means, though. Maybe all of them?

6. Koji Murofushi

World champion hammer thrower. Although, the Avengers team already has Thor, so there might be some in-fighting over hammers going on.

5. Ryu

Because his striking, simple appearance in Street Fighter (white karate gi, with red and black details) would make a good addition to any superhero movie lineup.

4. Astro Boy

Hero of Japan’s first popular TV anime and brainchild of ‘father of manga’ Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy could help the Avengers fight for peace, as well as justice.

3. Ultraman

At 40m tall, Utraman would make the Hulk look like his little green man-child.

2. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Because then it could have been called The Abe-ngers.

1. Japanese Spider-Man

Top of the list though has to be the Toei Spider-Man. Concerned about the character’s marketability in Japan, Toei gave their 1978 Spider-Man an extraterrestrial back-story and a spaceship that could transform into a giant robot. We think he’d be ideally placed to represent the country as a Marvel Japanese Avenger.

Sources: chomanga, 2channel

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Why isn't Godzilla in this list?

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Tatemae Man would be perfect for one.

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Easy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rapeman

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Ichiro! And obviously, his weapon of choice ... a baseball bat.

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Surgical Mask Man, with the power of convincing himself against all evidence that he's invulnerable to colds and flu.

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Salaryman: he's invulnerable to everything but Abenomics.

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What no Kamen Rider or Doraemon? List Fail!

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Tora-san!

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My favorite is Hentai Kamen, but I doubt he would fit in.

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hahaha i LoL'd at the Abe-ngers so hard!!! gagaga

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Astro Boy ! Yeah

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Funasshii! Yeah

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My favourite - Chi-batman. Though, there would probably be some sort of infringement.

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SUNFIRE => proper in line with the current political views.....

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Hello Kitty !!!

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Kekkou Kamen !!!!!

Sorry, let my fantasy go wild a lil bit ~

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Mr. Sato of RocketNews24.

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@JWithers First this is not about the Japan Slef Defense Force and its actions but about super heroes. Second, the reason for the mild to none activities in relation of military from Japan is because what the US did and impose to Japan after the war...so if you want to blame someone for the action of Japan, blame the US government and occupation forces after the surrendering of Japan

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If The Avengers could have one Japanese superhero, who would it be?

I'm sure Shinzo Abe would like it to be himself. He probably has a cape in his office that he poses with every morning

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I take back Tora-san, his powers are substantial but out of place for this particular team, it would have to be Uzamaki Naruto!

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During the Iraq war Japanese soldiers decided to stay far far away from the combat lines.

It's my understanding that they were ordered to stay away from active combat to avoid abrogating the Japanese Constitution. So not only is this not an example of cowardice, it's an example of respecting the rule of law, which some other militaries might learn a thing or two from.

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Guyver. Pretty standard issue super hero stuff there, and pretty similar to what we see in marvel.

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Definitely can't be Godzilla as he is in a whole class by himself. Other than Superman, Godzilla rocks the Avengers have nothing on him. With this said, a Japanese super hero would be Narito, now that guy would fit nicely.

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JWithers: "During the Iraq war Japanese soldiers decided to stay far far away from the combat lines. Plus they stopped offering naval support to the U.S."

Their presence in Iraq was controversial to begin with, given that the Japanese Constitution technically can't even allow an army (they skirted around that with making it a 'self-defense force') to begin with and that 'self-defense' is not extended to Iraq, and they were certainly not there in any offensive capability. They were there to provide support for restructuring, more or less.

As for there not really being any Japanese superheroes with any bravado or that are selfless, that's a little more truthful, although if we're talking about the Avengers you can't say the majority of the members are exactly 'selfless', can you? (ex. Tony Stark). As for names like Anpanman or Astro Boy in the Avengers, I couldn't help laughing my head off at the live-action character costumes I pictured for them, or for just how lame and predictable said choices were. I AM surprised that Kitty Chan didn't make the list, given that the only qualifications for a 'hero' to win an award or be elected a leader are an affection for the character, or the fact that there is a tendency towards feelings of entitlement here.

There ARE, I think, some superheroes produced here that would be suitable, but none that I see in the above list.

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Really scraping the bottom of the article barrel, aren't we Fran?

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Yu Ominae Golgo 13 Captain Harlock should all have been on this list

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Candidates could be Sendai Rangers, Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Space Sheriff, etc. Each has multiple option/characters.

Plenty of options

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JT: In a thread on online message board 2channel last week, Japanese netizens put forward their suggestions for a superhero to represent their country in The Avengers.

Why not report the vote tallies?

Are you sure you transcribed correctly, because I don't see Cutey Honey on the list.

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How about Matsuko Deluxe?

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Sunfire I believe who was an X-man for a short time. If a Japanese creation, maybe Ultraman...

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Salaryman: he's invulnerable to everything but Abenomics.

Must stop....falling.....yen....

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Abe could never be an Avenger. He is more in the mold of Warau Salesman 笑ゥせぇるすまん (Laughing Salesman). He seems to be taking cues from this 2D guy, playing on people's desires, fears, desperation and fragilities.

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the PM Mr. Abe for sure But then the story is not ending yet...

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If it is a super hero, my first choice is Ultraman.

Speed Racer would be a cool addition, but not sure if he is classified as a "super hero".

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Kitty Chan....she would kill them all with her cuteness.

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Company Warrior Yamazaki (企業戦士YAMAZAKI) a super robo-salaryman that used his business cards as ninja throwing stars.

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Forgot Kikaider, Hakaider, JOJo, Hokuto no Ken.

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I vote Musashi, because he knew how to win without fighting sometimes.

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Not Abe. Can not use living people. Lawsuits. It is super hero show, not super failure show, My choice is Musashi. Ot os wasy for American to pronounce. His Nitenryu Double Swords to fight villains and help fellow avengers. Young Musaashi. Maybe one more female. One Kuboichi character, Fictious name is OK.

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I was thinking of Kamen Rider, but maybe he's more suitable in the DC universe rather than Marvel

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Why isn't Godzilla in this list? unfortunaltey Godzilla would probably just step on everybody and destroy all the buildings while helping out.

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GREAT MAGINGA

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How about Captain Nationalism?

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Space Dandy. Hey baby!

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Koroshiya Ichi would be a perfect fit. Sure he is a bit of a psychopath, but he would make a mean addition to their crew.

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Not Abe. Can not use living people.

Dead super-heroes dont do much of any good anyway right?

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The Otaku!

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Either Rola or AKB en masse.

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I think.....Gyaban is preferable. He would stand well side by side with Iron Man haha

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SAILOR MOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JIBANYAN!!!

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wheres Naruto? Theres so many Anime Characters to choose from.

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Gigantic, Marine Boy, but I choose Arale-chan.

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Chin Pokemon with super cameras on his shoes?

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Cricky: Chin Pokemon with super cameras on his shoes?

@Cricky

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Charisma Man!

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How about Dragon Lady? Sound more Chinese? But I thought an Asian woman can be an Avenger.

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Samanoske from Onimusha would fit in great, I think!

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