Japanese ice skater Yuzuru Hanyu might not be taking home the gold from the 2022 Olympics to sit with his previous gold medals, but his fans are as excited about him as ever. Sui Ishida, the creator of Tokyo Ghoul and Choujin X, shared some fanart he made of Hanyu, along with the note “He was really cool.”
This isn’t even his first time making Hanyu art. Take a look at what he drew in 2018 for the PyeongChang Olympics.
And it turns out the fandom goes both ways, because Hanyu is also a fan of Tokyo Ghoul! He even expressed a desire to be eaten by character Ken Kaneki.
Hanyu had hurt himself before performing at this Olympics, and he explained, “The sprain [in my ankle] was worse than I initially thought. Any other competition and I would have definitely pulled out. The doctor told me I need to rest it for 10 days. It’s that bad. It hurt so badly during morning practice the day of competition that I even thought about pulling out. I was given a painkilling shot about 10 minutes before warm-up and decided to compete.”
Despite the pain, he still skated better than 99% of people in the world. Another Japanese fan who showed her adoration is Shoko Nakagawa, who, in addition to singing and acting, is also a skilled artist. She explains that this fanart isn’t brand-new and she would be interested in updating it if there’s enough time.
Hopefully Hanyu won’t be dealing with any injuries the next time the Winter Olympics come around. “If you ask me whether these were my last Games, I don’t know,” he remarked. “The Olympics is a special place, one of a kind. It’s a competition, a challenge, that you want to take on even if you’re hurt. There’s no other place like that for a figure skater. There is a part of me that does want to skate here again.”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.