Japan is dwelling to video video games, manga and anime. It was additionally the host nation for the not too long ago concluded Olympic Video games which, not surprisingly, was full of popular culture references and nerdy moments.
In the course of the closing ceremony on the Rio 2016 Summer time Olympics, Japan’s former Prime Minister Shizo Abe stole the present by rising from a Tremendous Mario warp pipe. Since then, followers started to anticipate that the Tokyo Olympics would provide quite a lot of surprises, and so they had been by no means incorrect.
The Tokyo Olympics featured songs from massive names within the anime and video video games trade. In the course of the Parade of Nations on the opening ceremony, a rousing orchestral medley of songs from hit video video games like “Hero’s Fanfare” from “Closing Fantasy” and music from hit sequence like “Dragon Quest,” “Monster Hunter” and “Kingdom Hearts.”
A huge Gundam additionally appeared at some sporting occasions. In the course of the biking portion of the triathlon, for example, athletes raced beneath the watchful gaze of a 19.7-meter tall RX-0 Unicorn Gundam.
A Gundam was additionally current through the climbing occasion.
Athletes didn’t miss the possibility to point out their love for anime and video video games all all through the Tokyo Olympics. Throughout his introduction, Greek lengthy jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou, who gained gold, made the “Gear Second” pose of the long-lasting “One Piece” protagonist Luffy.
American shot-putter Payton Ottherdal, who additionally gained gold, struck the signature “Tremendous” pose of the Straw Hats’ shipwright Franky.
In the meantime, Italian athlete Massimo Stano, who bagged the gold medal for males’s 20-kilometer race stroll, seemingly did Luffy’s “Gear Third” pose.
As for American sprinter Noah Lyles, he made a tribute to the long-lasting anime character Son Goku of “Dragon Ball.” The athlete showcased Goku’s signature Kamehameha.
It is fairly noticeable that a lot of the anime-related tributes carried out by athletes through the Tokyo Olympics had been poses from “One Piece.” It was not stunning in any respect, contemplating that the manga and the sequence have been round for greater than a few a long time.
In the meantime, “One Piece” confirmed appreciation for the Olympians who had given their Straw Hat shout-outs by sending them congratulatory messages of their respective languages.