The Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has inspired a manga that will begin to be published in the issue of the Japanese magazine “Nakayoshi” that will be released on December 28 and has been supervised by her older sister, also a tennis player, Mari Osaka.
The work is called “Unrivaled Naomi Tenka-ichi” (Naomi without equal) and is carried out by the Kamikita twins (Futago Kamikita), cartoonists and character designers especially known for their adaptations to the manga format of the “Pretty Cure” franchise. .
“Growing up reading manga and watching ‘anime’ is something that united me and my sister immensely, so this is really exciting for both of us,” the recent US Open winner and world number three wrote on her profile. Twitter when sharing the ad for the aforementioned magazine from the Kodansha publishing house.
Born to a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother, Osaka is a sensation in Japan for his sporting achievements and is the image of several brands in the Asian country. Idol in his country, with 23 years he has already accumulated three Grand Slam titles, after having won the three finals of that level that he played on the circuit.
Among them is the instant noodle company Nissin Foods, which in 2019 already immortalized the tennis player in the form of animation along with fellow tennis player Kei Nishikori, in some YouTube ads that had to be removed from the platform after the characterization of the player will cause controversy for being racist.
The image of Osaka, which was carried out by the author Takeshi Konomi (“The Prince of Tennis”), received numerous criticisms from Internet users for not reflecting the miscegenation of Osaka and depicting her as a prototype character, with bleached skin, in a country in which cultural and racial homogeneity predominates.
The former WTA number one has been publicly active in the fight against racial discrimination in the United States and her commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement. The initiative to wear masks with the names of African-American citizens killed by the US police during the recent US Open made it even more popular.