How a Judo Olympian Spawned an Anime MemeNearly a week ago, Japan's Kaori Matsumoto took Olympic gold after defeating UK judoka Sarah Clarke Romanian judoka Corina Caprioriu. Matsumoto's spirited judo and her ensuing Olympic win have spawned a meme online in Japan that compares the gold medal winner to Neon Genesis Evangelion Unit 01—the unit piloted by Eva hero Shinji Ikari.


This will be Matsumoto's last Olympics, and Matsumoto is deciding whether she should become a judo coach, an astronomer, a pastry chef or go on to her life's true calling: Saving Neo Tokyo-3.

松本薫 [JAMぐろ Thanks Alex!]

How a Judo Olympian Spawned an Anime Meme