The popularity of Rodrigo Duterte among Filipinos is unparalleled despite what critics say about him both at home and abroad. Now a group of anime fans have put together a video showing the president in his very own anime opening.
The video was created by the Nikkei Jin Anime Club from Duterte’s hometown of Davao and was inspired by the president’s tough guy personality. The fictional anime was titled “El Presidente” (The President) and tells the story of his journey from a patriotic youth to leading the country.
The video was based on the opening of the popular anime Naruto using the same soundtrack and premise. The only difference is instead of a teenage ninja, the hero is a motorcycle-riding president with the Philippine flag flying proudly behind him.
“El Presidente” was first shared on the page of “Bisayaball,” a spin-off page based on the highly popular “countryballs” meme. “Bisayaball” represents everything in the Southern Philippines where President Rodrigo Duterte was from.
The video was a hit among Filipinos both locally and abroad and even made local news. The video has also been shared over 40,000 times and currently has 866,000 views on Facebook.
Some requested for a subtitled version and even an English translation of the song. Given that the soundtrack is already an existing song; an English translation was quickly provided in the comments.
Rodrigo Duterte Anime Going To Happen?
The reception was so great many were even asking for it to be made into an actual show. Believe it or not, it might actually happen given that many Filipinos work in the animation industry both locally and overseas.
Anime has always been a part of the Filipino culture ever since the dictatorship of President Marcos. Even now Filipino dubbed versions of popular anime are aired on local channels helping promote a healthy relationship with Japan.
President Rodrigo Duterte has recently accepted an invitation by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit the country. But will the homage to Japanese culture made by his countrymen be of any help to the president?
Watch it here:
<iframe src=”https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbisayaball%2Fvideos%2F1088696501186192%2F&show_text=0&width=560″ width=”560″ height=”315″ style=”border:none;overflow:hidden” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ allowTransparency=”true” allowFullScreen=”true”></iframe>