When Japan took a shock 2-0 lead by scoring a brace of goals in quick succession in their World Cup last 16 game in Rostov Arena, the internet exploded into a frenzy of anime memes in support of ‘Samurai Blue’.
Goals from Genki Haraguchi on 48 minutes from a tight angle and then a second from long-range by Takashi Inui four minutes later gave Japan a surprise lead against the Belgian Red Devils.
Japan 2-0 up against Belgium. Incredible pic.twitter.com/jGGFNCHXtP— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) July 2, 2018
It might actually happen. We've spent our whole childhood wondering what will happen when Japan finally meets Brazil in the World Cup in the Tsubasa anime.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) July 2, 2018
The time has come. pic.twitter.com/JDANoMenJ7
Anime is a brand of hand-drawn computer animation originating in the country and has been used to bring to life series and movies centered on soccer, including 'The Knight in the Area' and 'Captain Tsubasa'.