Monday, January 17th, 2022

Pokemon Company embarks on sumo

image: Pokemon Company / Japan Sumo Association

We’ve been saying that sumo is basically the same as Pokemon for years, except that it’s more consensus and less likely to catch defeated enemies. Finally, Pokemon has become an official sponsor of sumo in partnership with the Japan Sumo Association (H / T), and the two have become one. Kotaku For translation).

As part of the collaboration, the Pokemon Company sponsors several kensho A banner that parades around the sumo ring before the match. From Pikachu to wrestlers, the banner will feature famous sumo-based Pokemon. There are a total of 200 types of banners.

Part of the Kensho banner
Several kensho banner (image: Pokemon Company / Japan Sumo Association)

The Japan Times commentator John Gunning, They said kensho The banner represents the prize money bet on the match by the corporate sponsor and can be purchased for ¥ 62,000 ($ 545, £ 400) per piece. About 90% of it goes to the winner, half of which is received shortly after the battle and the other half goes directly to the retirement fund.

Pokémon kensho The banner will appear in the November tournament, and in January sumo wrestlers will also play Pokemon-themed sports. kesho-mawashi, Ring A ceremonial apron to be worn at the entrance ceremony.