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Shingeki no Kyojin: opening inspires archery participants at the Olympics

The excitement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is at full throttle. Since this Friday, July 23, thousands of athletes from hundreds of countries are in the Japanese capital fighting for the honor of representing their country in a dignified way and also to obtain a long-awaited Olympic medal.

And the organization of the Games knows how to inspire athletes. If yesterday, during the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony we saw the nations parade accompanied by epic themes from various video game franchises (here we tell you more details about this), today in the archery tests one of the best known openings sounded and inspiration from the anime world: Guren no Yumiya.

If the name doesn’t tell you anything, just mention that it is the first entry theme for Shingeki no Kyojin, known in this part of the world as Attack on Titan. Yes, the one that begins with the iconic phrase “Sind Sie das Essen? Nein, wir sind der Jäger!” (“Are you the food? No, we are the huntedr “in German). The song, performed by Linked Horizon, has become an anthem for fans of Hajime Isayama’s work and also for those who love anime in general.

Well, the orchestral notes together with the choral voices give it an epic and inspiring touch, which undoubtedly blends in perfectly with the sporting spirit that is lived on Japanese soil today. This Friday, the opening sounded during the Archery – Mixed match between the United States and Indonesia. The moment was captured by fans and shared on social networks and we will show you below:

But that was not all. Another well-known anime theme was used to liven up another discipline. If we talk about volleyball, we also talk about Haikyuu !! This time the song sounded in the men’s branch match between Japan and Venezuela. Once the local team scored a point, the sound of the venue played “Imagination” by SPYAIR, the first opening of the renowned sports anime.

What can we say to this? 100 points to Japan for these nice organizational details.


Jemima Sebastián does a bit of everything at IGN Latin America. He loves anime, sports, and photography. Find her on Twitter and Instagram as @jemafg.