Japanese telecom operator KDDI turns Shibuya into game zone

Japanese telecommunications provider KDDI has launched a campaign in Tokyo to demonstrate the capabilities of 5G.

In collaboration with Netflix and the Shibuya ward of Tokyo, the company’s subsidiary au has launched “Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 x au 5G Unlimited Reality”, a campaign which has transformed Shibuya into a futuristic entertainment showcase with mixed reality content, with the help of Netflix’s original anime series Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045.

Based on the hugely popular Japanese manga series Ghost in the Shell, by Shirow Masamune, in the 1980s, the mixed reality content leverages iconic Shibuya monuments to bring both the characters and plot lines of the series to life, demonstrating the power and speed of 5G.

The campaign can be divided into four parts, including experience-based extended reality content originally planned to be conducted at Tokyu Plaza Shibuya; a twitter campaign which invites participants to take photos and place a hashtag; an Instagram filter; and an augmented reality game. 

As Japan is implementing restrictive measures on social movements and non-essential outings due to COVID-19, the campaign has expanded to make the full range of content accessible to consumers who stay at home. 

“This unique partnership demonstrates first-hand the ability of au 5G to provide futuristic experiences to a city on the cutting-edge of entertainment such as Shibuya. In this challenging time for the world, we had to completely reinvent how we brought this story to life for consumers limited to their home environment,” said Sean Palmer, general manager of Geometry Ogilvy Japan.


Client: KDDI, Netflix

Agency: Geometry Ogilvy Japan 

CEO: Ichiro Ota

Chief strategy officer: Gareth Ellen

Chief creative officer: Doug Schiff

Creative director: Yasushi Arikawa 

Art director: Hiroyuki Furuta 

Designer: Iori Hayakawa

Copywriter: Wataru Miyahara

General manager: Sean Palmer

Account director: Tadao Ieda, Takuya Murakami 

Senior account executive: Sayumi Taniya 

Digital producer: Ikko Nakata 

Activation director: Junya Takahashi 

Activation producer: Takehiro Shishido, Takehito Hikida

Art director: Seishi Ono (Concept Conception*)

Contents director: Atsunori Toshi (A4A) 

Producer: Satoshi Kuno (CLIVER)

Designer: Naoyuki Tamura (concept conception*), Yudai Suzuki (concept conception*)

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