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This weekend, Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu won Olympic gold. In Japan, people were excited and online, they quickly pointed out that Hanyu’s dramatic poses and intense stares look like something straight from Final Fantasy.

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Update February 20 - 2:00am: An earlier version of this story included clips of Hanyu apparently skating to Final Fantasy music (here and here). However, as reader Chat points out, it appears the original videos (here and here) did not include Final Fantasy music. We regret the error.

On Twitter, folks noticed that Hanyu looked like a character drawn by Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano.

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Which lead to the inevitable Photoshops:

Namely, this one, which has been retweeted over 70,000 times and liked over 135,000 times. It inspired numerous other Photoshops.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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