Aside from playing competitively and winning professional matches, many esports players have another obsession: anime!
But who’s the biggest otaku? And which shows do they watch? Do they own a big figure collection? Who are their waifus? We’ve done the research, and we can now answer all of these questions.
5. Karsa (League of Legends)
League of Legends actually has a lot of players who are huge anime fans, but let’s talk about one of the biggest otakus in the China region. Top Esports’ jungler Hung “Karsa” Hai-Hsuan keeps his precious figures just around his workstation. Saber Alter spotted!
Karsa also owns a special cabinet display full of his other loots featuring figures from titles like Date A Live and No Game No Life.
Karsa brought this same display case when he moved to China after joining LPL team Royal Never Give Up (RNG).
He seems to be a huge 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.
4. BeryL (League of Legends)
Another weaboo from the League of Legends scene is Worlds 2020 champion and DWG KIA’s support Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee.
BeryL plays a lot of miHoYo’s role-playing game Genshin Impact next to League of Legends. He even spent nearly US$7,000 on in-app purchases on Genshin Impact on the night of his championship according to a trending LoL post on Weibo.
BeryL’s ultimate waifu is Sasaki Saren from Princess Connect: Re Dive. He requested that his upcoming DWG KIA Worlds 2020 skin to be “as close as possible” to Sasaki’s image and likeness according to a tweet by Ashley Kang.
3. EternaLEnVy (Dota 2)
Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao (or EE-sama as his fans would call him) is one of the earliest weeaboos in esports. This Dota 2 player is just passionate about anime, and even his own fans recognize the importance of anime in his life.
Much like the other esports personalities on this list, EternalEnvy owns a glass case of figures. We can feel that Kyubey figure staring at us, real-time.
EternalEnvy also goes on occasional Japan trips and brings home a lot of figures and souvenirs to add to his collection.
2. TenZ (Valorant)
If you’ve seen his social media profile photos and even the GIFs that he uses on Twitter sometimes, it should be obvious, Valorant pro player Tyson “TenZ” Ngo loves Hunter x Hunter’s Killua Zoldyck.
Killua is one of Hunter x Hunter’s protagonists alongside Gon Freecs, Kurapika, and Leorio. Killua might even be the reason why TenZ dyed his hair silver last year.
Aside from Hunter x Hunter, TenZ watches a lot of other shows too like this season’s feel-good series, Horimiya. TenZ and his girlfriend Kyedae even have matching profile pictures as Kyouko Hori and Miyamura Izumi from the show.
TenZ also loves spending his money on merchandise. He was a Premier Fan badge holder at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, the biggest anime convention in North America.
Based on this photo that he tweeted, TenZ also watches Akame ga Kill, Re: Zero, and Naruto.
1. Akosi Dogie (Mobile Legends)
The Philippines’ number one Mobile Legends: Bang Bang streamer and Nexplay Esports’ head coach Akosi Dogie is arguably the biggest manga, and figure collector in the MLBB scene.
If you have been following Akosi Dogie’s vlogs, you already know about his expensive collection of figures. Just late last year he spent roughly US$10,000 (about PH₱500,000) on new One Piece figures, those giant ones that have their own backdrops and sometimes even light up for a full effect.
His total figure spending totaled to US$12,000 (PH₱600,000). The rarest item in Akosi Dogie’s collection would have to be Portgas D. Ace’s Burning Point figure, where only 300 stocks were made and he acquired model 001.
Akosi Dogie also allots some time on his vlogs to share his series and manga recommendations to his co-otakus.
Aside from One Piece, Akosi Dogie also loves Katekyo! Hitman Reborn and Bleach.