Japan's men's volleyball team might be out of the Olympics, but its star rookie is going viral on Twitter for his slick moves straight out of sports anime 'Haikyuu!!'
- Fans noticed Olympic rookie Ran Takahashi, 19, during a match with Canada on July 26.
- To anime fans' delight, Takahashi pulled off a move seen in "Haikyuu!!," a popular sports anime.
- The move turned him into a celebrity on Twitter overnight.
A rookie on Japan's men's volleyball team has become an unlikely breakout star.
Fans took notice of collegiate athlete Ran Takahashi, 19, during Japan's match against Canada on July 26. During the match, Takahashi ran up to the net, feigned a spike, then turned it into a quick set to his team captain, Yuki Ishikawa.
-yam (@hahaparangtanga) July 28, 2021
Anime fans were quick to realize that the move was also used by anime characters Atsumu and Osamu Miya in the fourth season of the wildly popular anime, "Haikyuu!!"
-sun 宮 (@osamufy) August 1, 2021
Unfortunately, Takahashi's newfound fans won't be seeing much more of him this Olympics. The Japanese volleyball team was eliminated at the Ariake Arena on August 3 after losing 3-0 to volleyball powerhouse Brazil in 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 sets.
But enthusiasts can continue to look out for other elements of Japanese anime that made their way into the Games.
Sharp-eared anime fans also noticed that the"Haikyuu!!" soundtrack played in the background during game breaks on the volleyball court, and that "Attack on Titan" theme song "Guren no Yumiya" also played during an archery match.
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