Figure Skating Champion Evgenia Medvedeva Skates To Sailor Moon Opening In Cosplay

You may remember two time World, European and Russian national champion figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva, a self proclaimed anime otaku, for her 2016 Sailor Moon themed figure skating routine that made a huge splash in Japan. This past weekend, the talented skater let her love for skating anime like Yuri!!! on Ice and Sailor Moon power her to another colorful performance at the World Team Trophy in Figure Skating competition hosted by the International Skating Union in Tokyo. Medvedeva doubled down on her 2016 performance by performing her routine in full Sailor Moon cosplay to the tune of the anime's opening theme, "Moonlight Densetsu"!

Medvedeva had already endeared herself to a growing Japanese fanbase by studying Japanese (she learned to sing the opening in Japanese) and being so transparent with her love of Japanese animation, but in this particular performance she recreates sequences from the anime's opening and even performs the classic transformation sequence. She added some icing on the anime cake at the end of this performance by whispering "In the name of the Moon, I'll punish you!" (Tsuki ni kawatte, oshioki yo/月にかわって、おしおきよ! !) in Japanese, which seems to have cemented her status as a figure skating sweetheart in Japan.

She made sure to show off her appropriate fondness for Yuri!!! on Ice during her stay, and strike a Sailor Moon pose with Japanese figure skater Marin Honda as well.

Of course, it wouldn't quite be anime-related celebrity status in Japan without a little bit of fan art!

In addition to seeing her growing fanbase in Japan, Medvedeva also got to meet Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi and collect a prized autograph.

At just 17 years old, it's looking likely that we'll get to see her show off her enthusiasm for anime in future competitions.

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Evgenia Medvedeva "Sailor Moon" 2017 World Team Trophy. Tokyo / @jmedvedevaj / @JannyMedvedeva/ / @marin_honda / @noctisuguru_21
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