Fan Spots Real Pro Skater Influence in SK8 the Infinity 🛹

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Nicholas Friedman
Nicholas Friedman is a career pop culture journalist and Sr. Managing Editor at Funimation. You'll likely find him talking about Mob Psycho 100.

The latest from Aniplex and studio Bones, SK8 the Infinity, is already ramping up to be one of the strongest original debuts of the anime season! And while you might think that some of the skating styles of the series are too fantastic for reality, think again.

Eagle-eyed fan @eternalsludge on TikTok (also @primordialspin1 on Twitter) noticed some striking similarities between series prodigy Miya Chinen and skateboarding legend and trick pioneer, Rodney Mullen.

Known for his invention of staple skateboarding tricks like the ground ollie, kickflip, impossible and heelflip, Rodney Mullen is one of the most prolific pros in skateboarding history.

After turning pro in 1980 at the age of 14, Mullen would redefine the trick and competition scene for years, with his influence still being felt today.

So it only makes sense that the young pro of SK8 the Infinity, Miya Chinen, would sport some of that influence, with tricks echoing the once-unorthodox skate stylings of Mullen.

Look y’all. If you try hard enough, maybe it’ll feel like you’re playing as Miya Chinen in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. And if that doesn’t work, you can catch SK8 the Infinity right here on Funimation.

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