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Updated 13 December at 17.31 (GMT+8): Added BeryL’s World’s 2022 skin anecdote and TenZ’s top 20 anime list.
Aside from playing competitively and winning professional matches, many esports players have another obsession: anime!
But who is the biggest otaku? And what programs do they watch?
Do they own a large figure collection? Who is theirs waifu? We have done the research and we can now answer all these questions.
5 esports players who love watching anime as much as you do
Karsa (League of Legends)
There are many League of Legends players who are huge anime fans, but let’s talk about one of the biggest otakus based in China.
Jungler Hung “Karsa” Hai-Hsuan likes to display his precious figurines around his workstation. Saber Alter discovered!
Karsa also owns a special cabinet display full of other loot with characters from titles such as Date A Live and No Game No Life.
Karsa brought this same showcase with him when he moved to China after joining LPL team Royal Never Give Up (RNG) in 2017.
He seems to be a big fan of the romantic comedy genre, especially since his favorite series is Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend. Karsa also recommends watching Kaguya-sama: Love Is War to his fans.
BeryL (League of Legends)
Another weaboo from the League of Legends scene is two-time World Champion Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee.
BeryL plays a lot of HoYoverse’s RPG Genshin Impact alongside League of Legends. He even spent US$7,000 on in-app purchases on Genshin Impact the night he won the 2020 World Championship.
Prior to the creation of his DWG KIA Worlds 2020 skin, BeryL requested that his championship skin be “as close as possible” to the image and likeness of his ultimate waifuSasaki Saren from Princess Connect: Re Dive, according to one tweet by Ashley Kang.
After winning Worlds 2022 with DRX, BeryL again asked Riot if he could model his championship after Honkai Impact 3rd’s Elysia, to which they agreed. He is considering LoL champion Ashe for his Worlds 2022 skin.
EternaLEVNy (Dota 2)
Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao (or EE-sama as his fans will call him) is one of the earliest weaboos in eSports. This retired Dota 2 player is just passionate about anime and even his own fans acknowledge the importance of anime in his life.
Much like the other esports personalities on this list, EternalEnvy owns a glass house of characters. We can feel the Kyubey figure staring at us in real time.
EternalEnvy also goes on occasional trips to Japan and brings home many figurines and souvenirs for the collection.
If you’ve seen his social media profile pictures and even the occasional GIFs he uses on Twitter, it should be obvious that Valorant pro Tyson “TenZ” Ngo loves Hunter x Hunter’s Killua Zoldyck.
Killua is one of Hunter x Hunter’s main characters along with Gon Freecs, Kurapika and Leorio. Killua might even be the reason why TenZ dyed his hair silver in 2020.
Apart from Hunter x Hunter, TenZ watches many other shows as well. TenZ and his girlfriend, Kyedae, once had matching profile pictures as Kyouko Hori and Miyamura Izumi of Horimiya.
TenZ also loves to spend his money on merchandise. He was a Premier Fan badge holder at Anime Expo 2019 in Los Angeles, the largest anime convention in North America.
Check out TenZ’s Top 20 Anime Team List here.
Akosi Dogie (Mobile Legends)
The Philippines’ number one Mobile Legends: Bang Bang streamer and pro player, Akosi Dogie, is arguably the biggest manga and figure collector in the MLBB scene.
If you’ve been following Akosi Dogie’s vlogs, you already know about his expensive collection of figurines. Just late last year, he spent roughly US$10,000 (roughly PH₱500,000) on new One Piece figures, the giant ones that have their own backgrounds and sometimes even light up for full effect.
“It just feels so good,” Akosi Dogie said in her vlog. “I can now design my own room with anime stuff, no one is going to stop me.”
His total amount amounted to US$12,000 (PH₱600,000). The rarest item in Akosi Dogie’s collection has to be Portgas D. Ace’s Burning Point figure, of which only 300 were made and he bought model 001.
Akosi Dogie also spends some time on her vlogs to share her series and manga recommendations with her co-star.
Apart from One Piece, Akosi Dogie also loves Katekyo! Hitman Reborn and Bleach.
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