How a Judo Olympian Spawned an Anime Meme

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Nearly 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.

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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!]

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lukeplunkett
Luke Plunkett

Dear Kaori Matsumoto,

Please marry Keisuke Honda. The world needs more gifs.

Love, Luke.