During Japan’s first match in the final FIFA Soccer World Cup Qatar 2022, Japan won 1-0 against Germany. These were the results at the end of the first half. In the second half, the Japanese team amazingly scored two goals in just ten minutes and ensured their victory.
This is not the first time that Germany has lost while playing against an Asian team — it’s the second. Germany has only won three of their last four world cup games. Fans of the German team were especially disappointed by their performance during the FIFA World Cup Russia back in 2018.
The Japanese team (nicknamed Samurai Blue) joins other powerhouse teams such as Spain’s, Germany’s, and Costa Rica’s in Group E. Although, the Japanese team was definitely considered to be the “underdog” of Group E – people many now need to change their original impression of this year’s team.
Perhaps, the Japan Team was inspired by the latest anime Blue Lock, which is about the Japan Team trying to create an ace striker!
The result was unexpected, however, which had Japanese people taking to the street in Shibuya Crossing to celebrate the victory:
Here’s a fun fact. The Japanese team has a live mascot Otter, which they use to predict the outcome of the game. The Otter’s name is Taiyo. Taiyo is instructed to pick up a small ball and he can drop it into one of three containers marked with “Japan Win”, “Draw”, and “Germany Win”. Apparently, Taiyo knows what he’s doing because he chose “Japan Win” this time around!
Taiyo confidently places the ball for Japan’s win.
Japanese anime fans couldn’t help but notice the anime cosplayers that stood up in the stands to celebrate Japan’s victory. Especially, an amazing Anya cosplayer from the anime Spy X Family.
What is the plot of Spy X Family?
In order to maintain peace between the rival nations of Westalis and Ostania, a Westalian agent code-named “Twilight” is tasked with spying on Donovan Desmond – the leader of Ostania’s National Unity Party. However, Desmond is known for being an eccentric recluse, who is very wary of strangers. The only way for Twilight to get close to Desmond is to enroll a child in the same private school, Eden Academy, and pose as a fellow parent.
Twilight creates the alias of “Loid Forger”, adopts a young orphan girl named Anya, and marries a woman named Yor Briar so that he can present the front of a happy family to the school. However, Loid isn’t the only one keeping secrets in the family. Anya is secretly an Esper and can read minds. Anya is aware of the fact her adoptive father is actually a spy and her adoptive mother is a professional assassin.
Neither Loid nor Yor are aware of each other’s identities. Later, the family decides to adopt a dog that was experimented on until it gained precognitive abilities. Anya decides to name the dog Bond after her favorite spy cartoon. As Loid struggles with learning how to be a good father and husband while lacking common sense due to all his years of being a spy he somehow manages to form close bonds with his new family.
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