Anime is going mainstream more than ever, and the release of the LA Chargers anime NFL schedule just proved it!
The NFL team decided to present their 2022 season schedule in style, taking inspiration from several of the most popular anime series available today.
That 2 minute twitter video is set to a soundtrack straight from your favorite shonen op. and each clip highlights a different weekly opponent with an anime reference.
Check it out for yourself below:
Which animes are mentioned in the trailer?
Several different anime series make their way into the video, and fans will likely 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 noted below.
One Piece is mentioned several times to refer to the Las Vegas Raiders.
The LA Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs twice and are obviously ready for “Mecha Mahomes,” which appears to be a homage to the mecha genre at large.
Russel Wilson, who recently signed with the Denver Broncos, wears an apron and headband that says “Let Russ Cook.” Food Wars fans may recognize the resemblance between his headband and Sōma Yukihira’s.
Here’s Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray looking pretty distraught in this Demon Slayer style animation.
Naruto also makes an appearance in week ten when the Chargers take on the San Francisco 49ers.
Even My Hero Academia’s Tokoyami gets some affection in week nine when the team takes on the Atlanta Falcons.
Are there 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 guessed Avatar, you’re right.
Whether you think Avatar is an anime series or not, there’s no mistaking this salute to the series during the LA Chargers’ week eight farewell.