Professional skater recreates Sailor Moon’s transformation sequence on the ice in Tokyo.
Every other year the International Skating Union holds its World Team Trophy in Figure Skating competition, with each participating country sending a team of eight athletes. All five iterations have been held in Tokyo, including this year’s event, which took place last weekend.
While it’s obviously an honor to be selected to represent your country, the venue no doubt meant that skater Evgenia Medvedeva was particularly happy about being picked as a member of Team Russia. See, Medvedeva is an unabashed anime fan with a particular fondness for not only ice-skating series Yuri!!! on Ice but also epoch-making magical girl franchise Sailor Moon.
So for one of her performances at the event, Medvedeva decided to a piece of music the home-town crowed would instantly recognize: “Moonlight Densetsu,” the original opening theme of the Sailor Moon anime.
What’s more, she did the whole thing while dressed as series protagonist Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon, reenacting the first episode’s opening scenes and throwing in a transformation sequence for good measure. At moments, the jubilant Medvedeva can even be seen singing along to the anime theme’s lyrics, and before leaving the ice she mouths the character’s famous line, “Tsuki ni kawatte, oshioki yo!” or “In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you!”
Among the locals Medvedeva made an impression on were Japanese figure skater Marin Honda. The teenaged professional skaters are both too young to have watched Sailor Moon during its initial TV broadcast, but they both know the heroine’s signature pose.
And while in Japan, it looks like Medvedeva got at least a bit of time to indulge in her fangirl desires, posing for a snapshot with this standee of Yuri!!! on Ice’s Victor.
I'll take it. Pack him, please https://t.co/riGHu0Iyj4—
Evgenia Medvedeva (@JannyMedvedeva) April 19, 2017
Who knows? Maybe in two years’ time, we’ll see Medvedeva come back to Japan again and change things up by performing a routine from Yuri!!! on Ice.