It is always a strange occurrence when worlds collide. Even more so when the worlds in question are as different as anime and Borussia Dortmund.
During his long awaited television debut on Monday, Eiichiro Oda, creator of Japan's most popular anime series, One Piece, was presented with a brand new, customized BVB jersey signed by long-time super fan Shinji Kagawa.
The exchange was caught on camera per a request by Kagawa himself, and was aired on the Japanese TV show Densetsu no Shunkan, under the condition that Oda's face be kept hidden to maintain the artist's reclusive profile.
The program shows Oda trying on his new jersey, which features his name above Kagawa's number 23, and exclaiming, "It feels really good to wear. I want to jump out on the field right now!" Oda then addresses a signed drawing of One Piece's main protagonist "Straw Hat Luffy" to Kagawa as a token of his appreciation.
But Kagawa's jersey offering was itself a response to an earlier gift from the BVB fan and now legendary manga artist; a signed pair of cleats and shin guards, as well as some signed drawings. Which begs the question; who is really a fan of whom?