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The Uzbekistan team competed in the Tokyo Olympics in Sailor Moon style outfits.

In the name of the Moon, the Uzbekistan team will do gymnastics.
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With the closing ceremony ending tonight in Japan, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have come to an end. As in the previous Olympic Games, there were winners, losers and upheavals. But unlike others, the Tokyo Games had more references to anime than ever before.

Previously, Kotaku Featured Miltiadis Tentoglou, who took the pose of A piece before winning gold in the men’s long jump. He was hardly alone. Other athletes have stepped into the act as well, nodding to beloved franchises before, during and after competitions.

Let’s take a look at other Olympians showing their love for manga and anime.

American shot putter Payton Otterdahl, for example, made another A piece tribute, do Frankythe “Super” pose of (and even said “Super” like he did!).

The official One Piece Twitter team sent the finalist a nice note of congratulation, writing: “We sincerely celebrate the activities of our ‘NAKAMA‘around the world with the utmost respect for your efforts and achievements.

Noah Lyles celebrated his bronze medal with a Dragon Ball pose.

At the Tokyo Olympics, Lyles ran the 200m with a time of 19.74 seconds.
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After winning bronze in the men’s 200m, Team USA’s Noah Lyles celebrated with a Kamehameha. On Instagram, Lyles confirmed that it is in fact a Kamehameha and not a street fighter Hadouken. (The China men’s 400m relay team also did what was a Kamehameha or Hadouken pose before their competition.)

The Italy team, meanwhile, also appear to be a big Dragon ball Fans.

Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno did her floor routine at the Demon slayer soundtrack.

Alexa Moreno's floor routine featured music from the Demon Slayer anime.

Alexa Moreno also competed in the women’s vault final, making her the second Mexican gymnast to reach the final.
Photo: Laurence Griffith (Getty Images)

It is not uncommon for anime music (or video game music, for that matter) to be used in routines or sporting events, but since these are Moreno’s last Olympics, the best choice. makes it very special.

The Uzbekistan team wore Sailor Moon style uniforms at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Uzbekistan team wore these Sailor Moon style outfits in competitions leading up to the Olympics.
Photo: Martin Bureau / AFP (Getty Images)

Figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva already proven this Sailor moon works well with ice skating, and this year the Uzbekistan team showed how well it goes with rhythmic gymnastics.

These are not the only references (more here and here), with The attack of the Titans and Jojo’s bizarre adventure also get the inevitable screams. It was inevitable! Besides the fact that the Olympics were held in Japan, characters from manga and anime have appeared on official merchandise. Additionally, loving anime and manga has become mainstream internationally.

Considering how particularly popular anime and manga are in France, don’t be surprised if poses like these become a norm at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

While there was no shortage of anime nods, video games certainly weren’t forgotten. The Tokyo Games inspired an Olympic theme JRPG Google Doodle, and the opening ceremony was packed with music from video games.



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