Meditopia Campaign in Japan Looks to Help People Tame the ‘Monsters in Our Minds’

Life is tough. On that, we can all agree. According to the mindfulness app, Meditopia, one thousand Japanese respondents surveyed said that 40% struggle to sleep at least once a week citing over-thinking, work, and relationship/loneliness issues. More than 20% experiences stress on a daily basis and more than 25% multiple times each week.

With levels of stress, anxiety, and depression on the rise (you know, there is a pandemic!), it’s unsurprising that we all need a little help to unwind, reset, rebalance our mind, body, and soul.

For the Japan launch Meditopia, creative network UltraSuperNew has created ‘Your Mind is a Noisy Place’ based on the app brand’s research results where five primary triggers of stress and anxiety were identified.


After looking at the characteristics of these triggers closely, UltraSuperNew created a recognizable character for each one, with unique personalities, shapes, and behaviors.

The idea works on the proviso that our stresses are monsters, but when we meditate, find some peace of mind, and take a moment to breathe, they become monsters we can tame.

“We executed a comprehensive research study in Japan and mapped out 5 core triggers of stress and created a monster persona for each feeling.,” said Burcu Agma, Head of Global Marketing & Strategy at Meditopia.

“Talking about stress and mental health is still a taboo in Japan so we wanted our campaign to give you a ‘yes I know that feeling’ reaction from the get-go, which is the first and most important step of mindfulness to be able to label difficult emotions.”


In the campaign, we meet Fumin, the monster responsible for sapping our sleep:

Mr. Unn, in control of over-thinking:

Saggechi, master of worry:

Yatakke, organizing lack of concentration:

And finally, Atsuko, who supervises your severe self-judgment:

An in-app feature includes a specially curated meditation playlist for each individual monster.

The multi-channel campaign consists of five 15″ animations for each character on YouTube and Insta interactive, IG stories, plus an Instagram AR filter. There will also be a digital OOH takeover in Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing where the five characters will appear on the biggest five screens,  as well as the Tokyo metro and Yamanote Line.

“Mindfulness and mental health are topics we need to discuss in order to make our lives better, but sometimes they can get too abstract and hard to grasp,” said Andres Aguilar, Creative Director at UltraSuperNew.

“With our five stress monsters, we wanted to show that taming the noises in your mind is not as challenging as you might expect, and the same goes for meditation.”


Client: Burcu Aoma, Hibiki Nakatake, Sean Nichols

Agency: UltraSuperNew Tokyo & Singapore
Directors: Tomo Murakami, Marc Wesseling
Account Director: Sarah Emmanuel
Account Manager: Haziq Hussain
Producer: Daiki Shimizu
Creative Director: Yousuke Ozawa
Associate Creative Directors: Oðuzcan Kaðanoðuzbeyoðlu, Andrés Aguilar
Copywriter: Nobuaki Nogamoto, Ryo Motooka, Ming Swee Koh
Senior Art Director: Widad Ismail
Art Director: Kelly Nguyen, Kevin Yeo Khalid
Character Designer: Oðuzcan Kaðanoðuzbeyoðlu
Content Strategists: Karen Lynch, Allison Lee
Content Producer: Belle Sim
Photography: Dhani Caro
Graphic Designer: Haruna Akashi

Animation Director, VFX Supervisor, Get Lit 3D: Jesse Franklin
Producer: Hirofumi Nobuta
Offline Editor:  Shota Tachikawa
Flame Artist: Tomoko Takahashi
Sound Mixer: Masayuki Oodaira

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