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Mizuno’s new athletic footwear nicknamed 'Akira Shoes'

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By grape Japan

Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company Mizuno's newly released shoes use a shock-resistant padding they call "MIZUNO ENERZY" that provides resilient lightweight footwear for athletes. However, some have noticed that the specially designed shoes have a striking resemblance to a certain transformation sequence in iconic anime "AKIRA."

The bubbly and resistant pink guards that envelope the shoe as padding have a bit of a fleshy aesthetic, one similar to the famous metamorphosis scene in AKIRA, which has inspired the nickname "AKIRA Shoes" online. You can compare it to the bottom left figure in the image below as a reference.

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The similarity isn't intentional, by the way. The resemblance is coincidental and due to the color and texture of the material Mizuno uses, as explained in the below video.

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Yuck. Those shoes look diseased.

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Is it just me or have a lot of sports type shoes become real gaudy & nasty looking over the past decade....

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@Puckey2 yeah sure do look like they're covered in covid-19 cells hey

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If Mizuno can sell even just one pair, I’ll give them props.

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They look like they got some weird skin disease.

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Good luck shifting those monstrosities, especially with an asking price of 27,500 yen.

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