Tohoku Post-Quake Support Character Unveiled with App
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The Japanese company SSS has revealed an original character on Thursday to support the victims in the Tohoku region of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The character is named Zunko Tohoku (pictured at right), and she is named after a specialty of the Tohoku region, zunda mochi (a sticky cake made out of mashed green soybeans). Zunko is copyright free, so anyone can use the character for free without needing permission from SSS to do so.
Zunko, who was drawn by illustrator Ninico Edomura, is described as a 17-year-old second-year high school student who loves archery. Her headband and bow are made of edamame, and she coats her arrows in zunda paste. When she shoots mochi with her zunda-tipped arrows, the mochi then turn into zunda mochi. Zunko's dream is to open a zunda café in Tokyo.
SSS has also released an app featuring Zunko on the Android Market. The application provides the latest news on the Tohoku region and on zunda mochi. The application also has a game where players can practice archery with Zunko and level her up to get access to Zunko wallpapers.