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Japan's mascot, the three-legged raven (no, not the three-eyed raven; that's Game of Thrones), is supposed to suggest the guidance and support of some higher power. Yeah, about that.... The Samurai Blue barely topped their group in Asian qualifying (the weakest region in the world), they're 0 for 5 in advancing past the round of 16, and they head to Russia lacking an established star in Europe. They'll need all the Yatagarasu's help they can get.