American football is cruel and unforgiving, and yet it is also beautiful.
It’s February, which means only one thing for American football fans – it’s getting closer to superbowl Sunday. I’m not ashamed to admit that I know almost nothing about the world of touchdowns and quarterbacks, partly because I’m British and partly because I think the sport is boring, but I’m informed of reliably that the Super Bowl is a very big deal in the world of American football because it is the championship game of the National Football League of the United States.
Until a few days ago, I had absolutely no idea the Super Bowl was near, but thanks to a recent tweet from the American sports news site Launderer’s Report, I not only know when the Super Bowl is going to be, but also which teams will be competing against each other. The tweet in question features familiar images of the anime worldto know The attack of the Titans.
THE SUPER BOWL IS ON 🏆
Bengals vs. Rams
Final clash of an incredible season pic.twitter.com/JlLso6waHf
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 31, 2022
The picture shows Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford facing Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who is portrayed as a Titan. Some tweets asked why the Cincinnati Bengals were pictured like the Titans in this image, but since the game will take place at the Los Angeles Rams stadium in Sofia Stadiumit’s almost like they’re defending their turf against the Bengals, just like Eren and the gang defended their home against the Titans – hence the title “Attack on SoFi” on the image.
The image isn’t just any old piece of fan art either; it is based on the promotional image from the final season of the anime.
Attack on Titan: the key visual of the last season pic.twitter.com/bR3kbUxbCd
— Attack on Titan Wiki (@AoTWiki) May 29, 2020
Japanese netizens were all abuzz with Bleacher Report’s imaginative post, which currently has over 57,000 likes.
“Does that mean Attack on Titan is more popular around the world than Squid Game?”
“I didn’t know it was so popular overseas!”
“The fact that over 10 million people are following this account and seeing this is amazing!”
“Invite the creator of the show to the game and install him in the VIP section!”
“I wonder if the live-action movie was popular overseas.”
Overseas fans also had a lot to say about the image, with many commenting on how great it was to see the anime referenced in mainstream media.
“It’s crazy how far the anime has come.”
“Give whoever did this a raise.”
“It’s absolutely amazing.”
A sudden anime-inspired tweet from a major US sports website may seem a little left-wing, but this isn’t the first time Bleacher Report has dipped its toes into the world of anime – watch this NBA/Naruto crossover video they did last year.
THE NBA IS BACK 🏀
BELIEVE IT… pic.twitter.com/MIWrj83K8h
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 19, 2021
The Super Bowl takes place on February 13, and while it’s great to see AoT being referenced, we have to hope the references stop there. I’ve already admitted to not being too familiar with the ins and outs of American football, but I’m pretty sure it’s against the rules to eat your opponents.
Source: Twitter@Bleacher Report by Hachima Kiko
Picture: Twitter@Bleacher Report
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