Pac-Man, Hello Kitty, and Gundam Hit Google Japan’s AR “3D View”

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Why does Japan always get the good stuff? The cute, wholly unnecessary, and awesome stuff! Is it so un-American to want random small fun things to brighten up our day? Maybe that’s what’s wrong with all those whiny people on Twitter. They don’t have enough Japanese-fueled fun stuff in their lives.

Me? Give me Pac-Man stuff, and it’ll pull me out of even the deepest depression. Heck, even seeing the random Hello Kitty stuff in a shop window grabs a smile from me now and again. Something about that stuff just being fun and non-political is so welcome right now.

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Well, if you’re in Japan, you can take those little twinkles of mirth with you via the Google App. Anime News Network pointed us in the direction of the Google Japan blog. 14 characters were announced for the app’s augmented reality feature. Just open up yer camera, turn on ‘3D View’ and superimpose Gundams, Pac-Man, and even Ultraman on your surroundings.

Here’s the rundown of who has been added:

  • RX-105 Xi Gundam
  • RX-104 Odysseus Gundam
  • RX-104FF Penelope
  • Evangelion Unit-0
  • Ultraman
  • Ultraman Zero
  • Ultraman Belial
  • Gomora
  • Pac-Man
  • Don-chan and Kat-chan
  • Hello Kitty
  • Pompompurin
  • Cogimyun
  • Little Twin Stars

Here’s a video preview of the characters in question:

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What’s the practical application for having small 3D characters from these IPs appear in AR? None, but it’s fun!

The Google App can be found on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Don’t get your hopes up if you’re outside of Japan. I’m not sure if these apps will function stateside. There are ways of circumventing the lockout. Just crack open a search engine and have a go.

Which characters from your favorite anime or video game would you like to see as part of the Google App’s AR function? Let us know in the comments.


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