Figure Skating Gold Medalist. Does he look like Shinji Ikari? – 2014 Article from AnimeClick

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Ciao a tutti!
In questi giorni si fa un gran parlare di Yuzuru Hanyu che pattina sulle note della sigla di apertura di Neon Genesis Evangelion, “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” e mi ricordo di quando, subito dopo la prima vittoria olimpica a Sochi 2014, la sua notorietà esplose e si diffusero immagini che sottolineavano la sua somiglianza, vera o presunta, con il protagonista di Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji Ikari.
Hi everyone!
These days there’s a lot of talk about Yuzuru Hanyu who skates on the notes of the opening theme song of Neon Genesis Evangelion, “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” and I remember when, right after his first Olympic victory in Sochi 2014, his fame literally exploded and all around the web spread a lot of images that emphasized his resemblance, real or alleged, with the main character of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji Ikari.

Ho quindi deciso di riportare alla luce un articolo di AnimeClick di quei giorni, che trattava proprio di questo argomento e fece conoscere Yuzuru anche al popolo degli appassionati di anime e manga italiani.
AnimeClick è un portale interamente dedicato agli anime, ai manga, ai videogiochi e ai drama di origine giapponese, nonché al Giappone in quanto tale.
So, I decided to bring to light an AnimeClick article of those days, which was about this topic and made Italian anime and manga fans to know about Yuzuru Hanyu.
AnimeClick is a portal entirely dedicated to Japan, japanese videogames and dramas and, above all, anime and manga.

L’articolo che vado a tradurre è QUESTO , il quale è a sua volta tratto da un altro articolo, in inglese, pubblicato su AnimeNewsNetwork.
The article I am going to translate is THIS, which is taken from this other article, in English, published on AnimeNewsNetwork.

Voglio ringraziare Sunako Sato per avermi segnalato questo articolo.
I want to thank Sunako Sato who made me read this article.


Original article

Figure Skating Gold Medalist.
Does he look like Shinji Ikari?

written on Tuesday, february 25th 2014

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Nineteen year old Yuzuru Hanyu, Figure Skating Gold Medalist (in single men cathegory) at Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, has won the hearts of Japanese fans and across the globe.
Hanyu is known not only because he is the first Figure Skating single men Olympic Gold Medalist for Japan (ElenaC: and for the whole Asia), but also for… his remarkable resemblance to Shinji Ikari of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Another nice/cute detail is the Winnie the Pooh tissue box that the young champion brings with him to the competitions.

The Character designer Akemi Takada (Urusei Yatsura, Creamy Mami, Kimagure Orange Road, Patlabor, Fancy Lala) drew a hasty sketch of Hanyu as Shinji Ikari.

[ElenaC:
Questo disegno rappresenta Yuzuru Hanyu ed è stato fatto da Akemi Takada il giorno stesso della vittoria olimpica, con le proprie congratulazioni a Yuzu.
This is a first drawing of Yuzuru Hanyu made by Akemi Takada the same day of his olympic victory, to congratulate him for his Gold Medal.]

[… e questo è stato fatto sempre da Akemi Takada il giorno dopo, e rappresenta Yuzuru nel ruolo di Shinji.
… and this is a second drawing, made by Akemi Takada the next day, which represents Yuzuru as Shinji.]

A similar “photoshopped” image has been circulating on the Internet since before the end of the Olympic competition, prompting Shinji’s voice actress Megumi Ogata to post her own comment on Twitter.

[ElenaC:
Questa credo sia l’immagine di cui si parla, una delle prime che si diffuse sul web in quei giorni.
I believe this is the image the article is talking about, it’s one of the first that spread on the web in those days.]

Sorry, I don’t know this image’s source.

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[…E questo è il commento di Megumi Ogata su twitter. Scrisse di essere pienamente d’accordo con un tweet che aveva letto in precedenza, nel quale si diceva che se Yuzuru avesse un giorno pattinato sulle note di Cruel Angel’s Thesis indossando la plug suit tutti si sarebbero messi a piangere (si intende per la gioia e l’emozione!).
… And this is Megumi Ogata’s comment on twitter. She wrote that she fully agreed with a tweet she had previously read, which said that if Yuzuru had someday skated on the notes of Cruel Angel’s Thesis wearing the plug suit everyone would have started crying (she meant for joy and emotion!).]

Yukito Ayatsuji, the author of the light novel “Another” (from which the same title anime was inspired), talked about Hanyu on Twitter, admitting that he had little interest in figure skating before the Olympics. He added that he might like to turn that “cute-looking boy” into a character of one of his novels — Satsujinki (Diabolic Killer). Jokingly he said that “Satsujinki: Winter Sports Edition” would have many lethal weapons at its disposal.

[ElenaC: 
Questo il tweet di Yukito Ayatsuji con il commento di cui si parla nell’articolo. 
This is Yukito Ayatsuji’s tweet with the comment mentioned in the article.]

[Aggiungo che il character designer Masami Obari ha previsto all’epoca che ci sarebbe stata una valanga di proposte per anime ispirati al pattinaggio di figura.
One more thing: At that time, the anime character designer Masami Obari predicted that there was going to be an avalanche of figure-skating anime proposals.]

Takumi, winner of Weekly Shonen Jump’s one-time award as new artist, as well as a member of pixiv, designed Hanyu (and his tissue box) in the style of the “Bizarre adventures of Jojo” (Jojo no kimyō na bōken), the famous work of Hirohiko Araki.
Also Kousuke Fujishima (Oh, My Goddess!) sketched a portrait of Hanyu with the fude pen.Other fans in Japan and around the world are having fun making creations using Photoshop, including the “Hyōjō no Prince-sama” (Prince-sama on Ice) version, and many more.

[I tweet di Takumi e Kousuke Fujishima con i loro disegni.
Takumi and Kousuke Fujishima’s tweets with their drawings.]

Per concludere…
Molti dei commenti sotto l’articolo, riassumendo, dicono che Yuzuru è molto carino, un bel ragazzo e bravissimo, e molte persone hanno scoperto il pattinaggio proprio vedendo lui pattinare a Sochi. Molti dicono anche che Yuzu è decisamente meglio di Shinji, perché è sorridente e vincente.
To conclude …
Many of the comments under the article, summarizing, say that Yuzuru is very cute, a really good-looking boy, and many of these people have discovered Figure Skating just seeing him skate in Sochi. Many also say that Yuzu is definitely better than Shinji, because he is smiling and he is a winner.


In questi giorni alcune aspettative di allora si sono avverate e Yuzurino ha finalmente pattinato con la musica di Evangelion.
Spero che leggere o rileggere un articolo del lontano 2014 vi abbia fatto piacere.
A presto, ciao ciao!
These days some expectations of that time have come true and “Yuzurino” (in Italian it means… cute, little Yuzuru) has finally skated with the music of Evangelion.
I hope it has been pleasant for you to read or reread an article from 2014.
(Sorry for my broken English )
See you soon, bye bye!]



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Autore: EleChicca

Italian. I like Japan, cats, fashion dolls, anime&manga, figure skating and a lot of other things, but, above all, I LOVE Yuzuru Hanyu! 🥇💖

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