"My daughter said to me, 'daddy, you should draw an Amabie to help defeat COVID-19'," relates Mega Man Megamix author and illustrator Hitoshi Ariga. With pen in hand, the renowned artist forged a hero to not only "fight" COVID-19, but to spread a message of hope and healing with the world.
And thus the antiviral medicine Reploid, Antivirus Armorvie, was born!
Per his daughter's wishes, Hitoshi Ariga's Antivirus Armorvie is a "tough" Amabie. Amabie are three-legged mermaid/merman yokai. According to legend, sharing drawings of Amabie will heal people in times of disease.
Ariga is not the only person drawing an Amabie in response to COVID-19. By searching the hashtag
If you would like create your very own Amabie (Mega Man-inspired or not), I implore you to use the above hashtag and share it on social media! It's a little something you can do to help comfort and inspire people during these scary and uncertain times.