The NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers have turned their 2022 schedule into a wild anime intro that references One Piece, Naruto, Attack on Titan, and more.
Complete with a J-Pop styled background track, the two-minute trailer first mimics some classic anime intros by showing a handful of players in dramatic poses.
Once the actual schedule starts – which is released by most teams as a simple web page of text – the Chargers begin to reference several famous anime based on which team they’re playing that week.
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The Las Vegas Raiders are up first, and as their logo is a pirate, they’re parodied using the famous pirate anime One Piece.
A Naruto-themed entry makes an appearance to represent the San Francisco 49ers, the Kansas City Chiefs appear as a giant mech fight (with coaches Brandon Staley and Andy Reid controlling them from the inside), and the Tennessee Titans are, of course, turned into Attack on Titan.
The video has a ton of other references for both NFL and anime fans, with some being riskier than others, and one apparently so risky that the video says the Chargers’ lawyers asked it be removed altogether.
It’s not the only surprising NFL crossover we’ve seen lately, as in April the league announced a new annualized series of virtual reality NFL video games and in February Tom Brady revealed in February that he was making and staring in his own football comedy called 80 for Brady.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.