Statue of Yu Yu Hakusho's Toguro Lets You Climb On His Shoulders
posted on by Eric Stimson
The younger Toguro from Yū Yū Hakusho is so vast and well-muscled that his older brother can ride on his shoulders. Now a life-size statue of the top half of younger Toguro is on display in Tokyo for shōnen manga fans to climb on.
Elder Toguro wigs optional.
Why take a piggyback ride on a Terminator-like villain? Why is he engrossed in a smartphone? The answer is that the statue is part of a promotion for the smartphone game Monster Strike. If you take a picture of yourself riding Toguro's shoulders and tweet it, you'll charge up an online gauge that lets Toguro expand his muscles. If his muscles reach 100% expansion, Botan will become available to use in Monster Strike.
Five lucky participants in this tweeting will also get the chance to own Toguro's iconic sunglasses. They will be chosen by lottery. The sunglasses (only five of which exist) were made by craftsmen in Sabae, a town particularly known in Japan for its eyeglass industry.
The Toguro statue is on display outside of Laforet in Harajuku, Tokyo until November 14, when it shifts to MODI in Shibuya until November 16. Visitors can climb on it from 11 AM to 7 PM. If you're not in the area, there are other ways of charging up Toguro's muscles: you can take a picture of yourself using the camera app Snow, which has stickers related to Yū Yū Hakusho and Monster Strike, or you could tweet your thoughts on the Toguro episodes of the Dark Tournament Arc, which are available to watch for free until December 2 (Japanese only). In any case, use the hashtags #幽白モンスト ("YuHakuMonst") or #戸愚呂化計画 ("Project Change Toguro").
Examples of Snow's Yū Yū Hakusho/Monster Strike filter
More details on the Yū Yū Hakusho × Monster Strike collaboration will be revealed shortly. Monster Strike gets an anime film adaptation on December 10. It has also collaborated with Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Source: Comic Natalie