Overwatch League team Hangzhou Spark recently announced a unique partnership with the main character from the popular anime A Certain Scientific Railgun, Misaka Mikoto. She will become an honorary member of the team and will wear the number three jersey on the Hangzhou Spark.
A Certain Scientific Railgun is in its third season running after being on air from 2009-2010, and OVA in 2010, season two in 2013 under the name A Certain Scientific Railgun S, and now season three which premiered in January of 2020 under A Certain Scientific Railgun T. Season three is currently running with 22 out of its 25 episodes being aired.
Misaka has had a long history with the Hangzhou Spark team. When Hangzhou Spark entered the OWL, a community poll was released to help choose their name and the winner was Hangzhou Railgun. The Spark did file trademarks for the team’s name to be the Hangzhou Railgun, but it was withdrawn after trademark concerns. Even though the Hangzhou Spark had to back away from a recognizable connection to Misaka. She has remained the team’s unofficial mascot and the finger gun symbol was created to honor Misaka.
While the Overwatch Community does know how Misaka will interact with the team, league, and fans there has been excitement surrounding the partnership. Fans have been finally given a way that they can interact with the Misaka character and the Hangzhou Spark officially. This announcement comes as the Overwatch League moves into the playoffs with the Hangzhou Spark meeting either the Chengdu Hunters or the London Spitfire on September 5th in the second round.