The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar is the biggest football event of the year, with hundreds of thousands of sports fans watching live in its venues and on television worldwide.
The tournament has attracted people from all walks of life, including anime fans.
Instead of wearing bright bucket hats and other headgear to show support for their respective countries, a few fans wore eye-catching character costumes to the stadium.
One avid Spy x Family viewer showed up as the series’ loveable protagonist, Anya Forger.
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Anya Forger cosplayer makes surprise appearance at FIFA World Cup 2022
The cosplayer was caught on cam during the group stage game between Japan and Germany on November 23.
They wore a Samurai Blue jersey over their cosplay costume to show their support for Japan, as well as a bright pink wig with a pair of black, triangular hair clips to represent the anime character.
Because of their striking getup, some attendees lined up to take a selfie with them and congratulate them on their country’s victory 2-1 against Germany.
“Jouzu, jouzu,” they said to their fellow spectator, who congratulated them in Japanese.
The word means being good at or skillful at something — in this case, at speaking Japanese.