Anime is becoming more mainstream than ever, and the release of the LA Chargers anime NFL schedule just proved it!
The NFL team decided to debut their 2022 season schedule in style, taking inspiration from several of the most popular anime series available today.
The Two minute twitter video is set to a soundtrack straight from your favorite shonen on. and each highlight of the clip is a different weekly opponent with an anime reference.
Check it out for yourself below:
Which animes are referenced in the trailer?
Several anime series are making their way into the video, and fans are likely to pick up more than a few fun anime Easter eggs from series like Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan. Some of the other important references are listed below.
One Piece is brought up several times to refer to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Playing twice against the Kansas City Chiefs, the LA Chargers are clearly ready for “Mecha Mahomes,” which seems to be a tribute to the mecha genre as a whole.
Russell Wilson, who recently signed with the Denver Broncos, can be seen wearing an apron and headband that reads “Let Russ Cook.” Food Wars fans may notice the resemblance between his headband and Sōma Yukihira’s.
Here, Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals looks pretty sad in this Demon Slayer style animation.
Naruto also makes an appearance in week ten, when the Chargers take on the San Francisco 49ers.
Even Tokoyami from My Hero Academia gets some love in week nine when the team takes on the Atlanta Falcons.
Are there any other references in the trailer?
While almost everything in the video is an anime reference, there is also a reference to a popular Nickelodeon anime-style cartoon.
If you’d guessed Avatar, you’d be right.
Whether or not you think of Avatar as an anime series, there’s no denying this shout-out to the series during the LA Chargers bye in week eight.