Japan has given the world so much to enthuse over. We're not sure the Toyota Aygo is necessarily one of them as much as, say, the Scion FR-S or Lexus LFA (especially since it's actually made in Europe), but for many Nipponophiles, the centuries-old artistic discipline of Manga certainly is. And now the two have come together in this two-and-a-half-minute animated short.

In Toyota's own take on the classic narrative, an Aygo animated by celebrated artist Sonia Leong takes on Godzilla. As in, a giant lizard rampaging through a Japanese city, not the Nissan GT-R, against which the little Toyota would certainly stand even less of a chance by any metric other than affordability, fuel economy or ability to park in tight spots.

In any case, watch this Manga-fied video above, and feel free to read through the related press release below.
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AYGO MANGA – THE MOVIE

In a David and Goliath on-screen grudge fight, Toyota's new Aygo proves more than a match for a rampaging reptile.

Following the launch of the first Aygo Manga adventure, Toyota is pleased to announce the monster-slaying action story has been turned into an animated feature.

The short film follows the Heroine and her mighty Aygo as they save the city from destruction at the claws of a rampaging dinosaur. Created by Manga artist Sonia Leong, the tale puts Toyota's new city car at the heart of the action, while making subtle references to some of the classic Toyota models of the past as the mini-epic unfolds.

The new movie featuring Sonia's original artwork was created by animation team U-R-ILL™ and edited by Mark Gravil It is free to view now on Toyota's official UK blog, YouTube channel and Facebook page. You can also keep up with the buzz about the project using #aygomanga on Twitter.

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