Yu-Gi-Oh! Animation Director Confirms 'Joey Chin' is Inspired By Wrestler Antonio Inoki

posted on by Kim Morrissy

There are times in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime when Joey Wheeler sports an unusually pointy chin and a "creepy" smile. This became a meme that even inspired anime fans around the world to Photoshop pointy chins onto other anime characters.

One anime fan has recently claimed to receive confirmation from Yu-Gi-Oh! animator and animation director Takahiro Kagami that Joey's chin is inspired by former Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki.

Inoki joined Tokyo Pro Wrestling in 1966 and retired in 1998. In 1976, he famously fought against boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In 1989, Inoki joined politics and was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors. He was reelected in 2013.

Kagami had previously confirmed in Japanese in a tweet posted in 2012 that Inoki was an inspiration for the Joey chin. He wrote: "It wasn't something I did arbitrarily. When I read Takahashi-sensei's source material, I thought, 'This character has that kind of personality so they might do this kind of thing.' For example: Joey is the hot-blooded 'big bro' character -> He might like martial arts -> I suppose he likes wrestling -> I bet he likes Inoki -> The chin! That's how it went."

The "Joey Chin" appears in episodes 7, 91, 134, 153, and others.

Source: @YamiArtio, Takahiro Kagami's Twitter account via Time-Wasting Info Blog

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