Liverpool’s pro-English football player Harvey Elliott recently celebrated the winning goal against Crystal Palace Goku-style with a perfectly executed Kamehameha move from Dragon Ball.
Elliott’s Kamehameha clip, uploaded on by holding an imaginary sphere in your hand and launching it toward the cheering crowd. Kamehameha is a powerful wave of energy and involves focusing one’s energy in the hands and releasing it in a powerful beam, often accompanied by the chant “Kamehameha” as the energy is gathered and released. launch. Elliott was celebrating the goal he had just scored against Crystal Palace, an almost textbook victory.
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The 20-year-old, who has struggled for game time this season, was substituted in stoppage time and really rose to the occasion, scoring the winner from a 1-1 draw. 1 up wins 1-2. , decided the match in favor of Liverpool. The Kamehameha clip is currently circulating on social media, with some fans criticizing Elliott for being flashy, but others admitting it was a worthy celebratory move for the youngster.
The connection between professional athletes and anime, while interesting, is not new. American football players in particular have been very public about their connection to anime—indeed, the Los Angeles Chargers have had anime-themed promotional videos released over the past two years. Other famous NFL players like Jamaal Williams of the Saints and Juju Smith-Schuster of the Patriots regularly use their platforms to promote their favorite anime. Williams has called himself “the first Swagg Kazekaze” both on Sunday Night Football and on most of his social media accounts. Schuster recently teamed up with NFT ON1 Force and posted about the upcoming collaboration, saying: “I find inspiration in heroes who overcome obstacles, in anime characters who make things happen can.”
The intersection between professional athletes and anime can be surprising, since on paper these interests seem to lie in two very different worlds. However, logically, the overlap is obvious. Intense training, constant efforts to become stronger, and a “never give up” attitude are common in many anime titles, especially in major anime series such as Naruto, Dragon Ball, and Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer, reflects the daily gathering of professional athletes in many places. way. Elliot’s Kamehameha celebration is another proof that anime can be both inspiring and a testament to becoming stronger.
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The Kamehameha technique originated in the original Dragon Ball series when Master Roshi taught it to Goku as part of his training. Throughout its evolution in Dragon Ball Z, Goku perfected the move, displaying many different forms and levels of power. Its iconic stance and release of energy have made it a cultural phenomenon, expanding beyond Goku to characters like Gohan, Krillin and even Thor and others outside the series. story. The legacy of the Kamehameha and Elliott’s use of it after the winning goal is a testament to Dragon Ball’s impact on popular culture.
Dragon Ball, created by Akira Toriyama, emerged as a manga series in 1984. The story follows Goku’s adventures as he searches for the Dragon Balls and tries to protect Earth from various threats together. The manga became extremely successful in Japan and led to an anime adaptation, which debuted in 1986, bringing Dragon Ball to global recognition. Through subsequent iterations, such as Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Super, and the upcoming Dragon Ball Daima, the franchise’s lasting legacy has transcended generations.
You can watch the full Liverpool vs Crystal Palace match on Peacock TV. Dragon Ball is currently streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Prime Video.
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