The Los Angeles Chargers Go Full Anime Ahead A New NFL Season

The Los Angeles Chargers might get a few anime fans to root for them with this spectacular reveal for the new NFL season’s schedule.

NFL teams are getting ready once more for another intense campaign that requires players to report to early preseason training camps. However, the Los Angeles Chargers have taken preparations to the next level with a gorgeous anime teaser that promises an exciting schedule for their 2022 season.

The Chargers missed the playoffs last year, finishing the 2021 NFL season with a 9-8 record. So maybe a shonen anime story arc is exactly what the teams need to turn their fortunes around once more after only making a single postseason appearance in 2018 ever since moving back to LA from San Diego in 2017. Still, even those who are not into football can enjoy the anime montage the team has put together for this year, which, judging from the sheer number of references in it, might have struck a note far beyond the Chargers’ usual group of fans.

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Naturally, the art style chosen for it is pretty bright and vivid, perfect for any great sports anime. However, it’s the level of creativity required to make everything fit in perfectly with the Chargers’ motifs that really makes it click. Take the One Piece Las Vegas Raiders (whom the Chargers will be facing on their season opener on September 11), the Gundam-inspired showdown vs. the Kansas City Chiefs and their Patrick Mahomes mech, or the Tennessee Titans’ literally being paired with Attack On Titan. It’s all beautiful stuff.

The main protagonist in the Chargers anime are stars like quarterback Justin Herbert, cornerback JC Jackson, running back Austin Ekeler and top-rated Madden 22 linebacker Joey Bosa. The latter will have to face his own brother Nick when the Chargers go up against the San Francisco 49ers come week 10. Whether it’s the sight of head coach Brandon Staley fighting Andy Reid inside their quarterback mechs, the team riffing on the Seattle Seahawks losing Russell to the Denver Broncos, or their Los Angeles rivals the Rams literally burning their draft picks, there’s a little something here for everyone.


NFL teams continue to bridge the gap with industries like gaming, far beyond the yearly release of a new Madden game. For example, Dr. Disrespect recently showed up on draft night to announce the 49ers third-round pick. Perhaps more football teams should consider making their own anime trailers, after all, Tom Brady’s career is already filled with enough drama and victories for his own anime arc.

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Source: Los Angeles Chargers


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