As Robert Frost once said, "Nothing gold can stay." We're pretty sure that was in reference the the London 2012 Summer Olympics, which come to a close this Sunday night. The Games have captured the attention of the world, but what if some of our favorite anime/manga characters were allowed to compete? We think things might pan out a little differently on the podium.
Volleyball: Minako Aino (Sailor V) – “Volleyball star” probably isn’t the first phrase would think to use when describing Minako, but she’s an all-star on the court and even considers giving up the senshi lifestyle to focus on volleyball full-time. Thankfully for Crystal Tokyo, she decides to stick to ass-kicking off the court.
Boxing: Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) – After being victimized by local bullies, Ippo is taken in to a local gym where he eventually rises through the ranks to become the best boxer in the world. His dedication to boxing makes him a natural to bring home the gold. Considering the opponents this guy's faced, we're certain that he'd pound Pacquiao to a pulp.
Tennis: Ryoma Echizen (The Prince of Tennis) – Ryoma may only be a first-year student at Seishun Academy, but his talent on the tennis court set him apart from the rest rather quickly. Plus, he’s got the blood of a champion – his father is a former pro tennis player. Look out, Andy Murray - you've got some competition.
Wrestling: Goku (Dragon Ball Z) – Goku doesn’t really wrestle per se, but since “straight up fighting” and “hurling huge energy balls at people” aren’t Olympic sports yet, we had to fit him in to a regular sport. Plus, we don’t think he’d have any trouble putting away the competition. If he gets caught in a hold, he can always use his instant transmission to get him out of there.
Basketball: Hanamichi Sakuragi (Slam Dunk) – Hanamichi gets into basketball initially to impress a girl, but soon finds that he has a passion for it. His rebellious nature and self-reliant drive makes him a fierce competitior on and off the court. Did we mention that he's way more likable than LeBron?