Google Doodle Champion Island Games Myths & Legends Explained! -

Google Doodle Champion Island Games Myths & Legends Explained!

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The Champion Island Games have begun! Join Lucky the Ninja Cat in her journey to defeat the legendary sports champions in table tennis, rugby, marathon running, skateboarding, swimming, archery, and rock-climbing. Compete against people around the world for Olympics gold and learn more about Japanese mythology and folklore.

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00:00 Special Olympics Message
00:42 Google Doodle Champion Island
01:55 Shishi & Komainu
02:43 The Legendary Champions
03:08 The Yokai Team Leaders
03:52 All Are Welcome
04:11 Tengu Explained
05:08 Amefuri Kozō Explained
05:37 Red & Blue Oni Explained
05:54 Momotaro Explained
06:45 Kijimuna Explained
07:19 Tanuki Explained
07:58 Otohime & Urashima Taro Explained
09:16 Yoichi Explained
10:03 Fukuro Explained (Cikap Kamuy)
10:53 Issues with Defining Japanese Culture
11:26 We Are the Champions!


  1. If you could choose a Japanese myth or legend to captain an Olympic sport, what would it be? 🏅

  2. I was waiting for one of the Anitubers or Japanese myth and culture orientated channels to discuss this really cool game. I love how it uses Japanese myths, legends and yokai. Very good analysis.

  3. Wow this was a really interesting video. I knew of some of the more widely known references, such as the Red and Blue Oni and Momotaro, but had never even heard of some of these things, like the rain yokai or the owl spirit dude before. Fantastic video and keep up the great work 🙂

  4. I found this video by chance, and it is exactly what I didn’t knew I wanted! Thank you very much!

  5. You explained everything so well & now I know the stories behind the characters more in depth. This was exactly the video for the Champion Island Games I’ve been looking for! Thank you for taking the time to research and share this. I thoroughly enjoyed this 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼☺️

  6. Fantastic analysis, thank you for putting it together! It's ridiculous amount of passion that has been put into this doodle.


  8. Thank you so much for making this video, I learned a lot more abt the folklores now!

    I've been trying to find out more abt the folklores but it was difficult to find the details, but your analysis is everything I needed!

    I really love this game, definitely one of the best Google Doodle they've ever made ^_^

  9. Thank you very much for this video
    I am eager to know about Japanese culture
    And I am gonna subscribe your channel now
    I hope you get 10 million fast

  10. I played this game, it was short and good but why is yellow team not winning if I’m the literal CHAMPION of every sport?

  11. I faced tanooki first 2nd yoichi,fukoro and tengu


  13. I loved playing this game 😊😊

    Also not me knowing Momotaro and the Dragon palace from Maid-Sama 😂

  14. it took me 19 minutes to speedrun the game

  15. Kappa is water monster Koopa in Mario is inspird from kappa

  16. Im playing it until now it makes me remember undertale hehe

  17. Hello, Victor here! I’m so glad you covered this! I never got to finish it but I hope to eventually! I wish it were a downloadable standalone game that I could save and come back to or even play on the Switch. Having kids makes it a bit tough to tank through games 😛

    That said, I also love that you spoke a bit about the treatment of Ainu and Okinawans in order to keep things real and point out how some folks didn’t take the gesture well for good reasons

  18. Also cool to learn that kappa are your favorite yōkai! I eventually need to look more heavily into them since my brain tends to narrow focus on things. I do love the fact that one of their favorite pastimes is sumo!

  19. I can really only think of 1 you missed – the Crow team leader is actually a Yatagarasu, a divine 3-legged crow said to be the embodiment of divine will and intervention. Other than that great work!

  20. 🔵 Ushi = Gryffindor 🟥🟧
    🔴 Karasu = Ravenclaw 🟦🟫
    🟡 Inari = Slytherin 🟩⬜
    🟢 Kappa = Hufflepuff 🟨⬛

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