You can now use Google Search on your mobile devices to access and enjoy some of your favorite anime characters in 3D and augmented reality (AR). These are the characters:
- Hello Kitty
- Little Twin Stars
- Ultraman Zero
- Ultraman Belial
- Taiko no Tatsujin
- Gundam Penelope
- Gundam Odysseus
- Xi Gundam
“Filipinos are one of the biggest fans of anime and Japanese pop culture in the world. Tagalized anime series dominated free-to-air TV, becoming a significant part of many Filipinos’ childhood. Now in the digital era, we want to use Google Search to bring anime fans closer to their beloved characters and bring back their fondest memories with them. During difficult times, we hope that simple joys like this can also provide comfort in one way or another,” said Mervin Wenke, Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Google Philippines.
In the last five years, the Philippines has ranked first for Hello Kitty searches, eighth for Little Twin Stars searches, and ninth for Gundam searches.
To Access and Share
You can search for one of the characters on Google using a mobile device and tap “View in 3D” to rotate or zoom in and see it up close. You can also bring the characters from outer space into your space with AR and turn up the volume to hear Hello Kitty deliver a cute message or Pac-Man’s retro sound effects.
● Android: Search for “Hello Kitty” or one of the 14 characters on the Google app or Android browser and tap “View in 3D.” The 3D content can be seen on devices with Android 7 Plus, while AR content can be accessed on ARCore-enabled devices.
Please note that you must update the Google Search app on your mobile device to the most recent version to enjoy the new AR characters fully. To learn more about how to view Google 3D AR animals and characters on your smartphone, go to this link.