This weekend, Pokémon players from across the world gathered in Anaheim, California for the highly anticipated World Championships – a weekend where the world’s best video game, trading card and Pokkén players battled it out for the top prize. However, winning a global tournament isn’t the only way you win in life.
In a fated rematch, South Korean player Hong Jyoung fought a tough battle in the final, defeating Japan’s Yuki Wata to be awarded with the top prize and honour as the Senior Division 2017 Pokémon Video Game World Champion, eagle-eyed observers noticed something, that makes this champion even more of a winner.
Juyoung's ingame name is 'Nishikino Maki' 😂 pic.twitter.com/ieLguVDa0s
— Sejun Park (@pokemon_tcg) August 20, 2017
Competitive juggernaut Sejun Park, noted that the in-game character representing Hong Jyoung is a red-haired girl by the name “니시키노 마키”, which is read as “Nishikino Maki“. While playing as opposite gender characters isn’t uncommon at competitive level (female characters just have better clothing options), this particular name is worth noting, because:
Using Pokémon Sun /Moon‘s limited character customisation options, Hong Jyoung has likely tweaked the appearance of his avatar to resemble the
best girl character from hit idol anime Love Live! School Idol Project as much as possible.
Originally broadcast in 2013, Love Live! School Idol Project is one part of a multimedia franchise ranging from multiple television anime series, an anime feature film, a library of music CDs and even live concert events. Streaming service Crunchyroll describe the series as follows:
“Otonokizaka High School is planning to close within three years. However, nine female students come together with one thing in mind—form a pop idol group to revive the school’s popularity and keep it from shutting down. ‘In order to protect our beloved school, there’s only one thing we can do…become pop stars!’”
Love Live! School Idol Project is available on home video in the US from NIS America and in the UK from MVM Films. A second season of Love Live! Sunshine!!, featuring an all new cast, is scheduled to broadcast from October 2017.