Soccer Team Collaborates with A Certain Scientific Railgun!

On Nov. 1, J. League Division 2 team Tokyo Verdy 1969 collaborated with the anime A Certain Scientific Railgun. At the venue of the event, Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, goods related to the anime were on display.

A Certain Scientific Railgun is a spinoff series of A Certain Magical Index. The collaboration stemmed from the fact that Tachikawa, the city where Ajinomoto Stadium is located, is the setting of both series. Mikoto Misaka’s voice actress, Rina Sato, and Kuroko Shirai’s voice actress, Satomi Arai, made appearances on the day of the match. Before kickoff there was a talk segment and the players were announced, and there was also a talk segment at half time.

In front of the stadium. A lineup of characters that spans the history of the A Certain series!

Misaka on the big screen! The anime’s theme song “Level 5 - Judgement” also filled the stadium, and its up-tempo and catchy melody felt like the perfect companion to soccer.

When the players were taking the pitch, a visual of Misaka wearing a Verdy uniform was displayed on the big screen.

Products were also for sale at the stadium. This is a Cu-Poche from Kotobukiya. Those who bought this at the stadium also received a bonus flag for their figure.

Gachapon machines for deluxe acrylic keychains and pin badges.

A match handbook. Misaka adorns this too!

Even the team formations were broken into the science side and the magic side. The science sides two top strikers are Misaka and Kamijo. The three strikers on the magic side are Thor, Othinus, and Acqua.

When the crowd began singing the Verdy chant in the middle of the game, Saten appeared on the big screen!

By the way, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. In an official interview, Akira Ibayashi 1 of Tokyo Verdy, who is also a figure partner with Kotobukiya, touched on his missed goal opportunities, with his chagrin seeping through over the fact that the special A Certain Scientific Railgun goal scene he had wanted to see wasn’t shown.

This unique collaboration between anime and soccer was a success. We hope to see even more campaigns such as this to come.

Tokyo Verdy Official Site
Kotobukiya Official Site
A Certain Scientific Railgun Official Site

^1^ A defender with Tokyo Verdy. Having professed his love of anime, he is known as an otaku soccer player. He is also a figure partner with Kotobukiya, meaning every time he scores a goal, he is sent one figure of his choice.

This is a Tokyo Otaku Mode original article.

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