Anime Made Realistic, Oh Goodness Why

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Previously, Kotaku reported that the characters in one of Japan’s most beloved anime were getting realistic versions. They have and do they ever look awful.

Sazae-san is the longest-running animated TV show in the world. Debuting in 1969, the anime is a cultural institution in its native Japan.

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Image: Fuji TV

The main character is Sazae, who is standing in the middle. Her father is 54-year-old Naimhei, who has also has a son and a daughter. Sazae is married and has a son of her own.

The anime (and manga before that) follows the daily adventures of the family, who all live together.

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And now they will haunt our nightmares.

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Their faces don’t look human.

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These realistic versions are part of an exhibit celebrating the anime’s 50th anniversary, which recently opened in Tokyo.

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You know what looks even scarier than the real-world versions?

Screenshot: Twihash
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The making-of the real-world versions.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.