Pyeongchang Olympic gold and silver medalists Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva will perform in a Japanese TV ad for a smartphone role-playing game.
The ad titled "Reunion" will be aired from Monday, featuring the Russian pair skating in costume as characters of the game, "Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden."
(Medvedeva, left, and Zagitova in the game ad)
[Magica Quartet/Aniplex ・Magia Record Partners]
The commercial was filmed in Moscow, with Zagitova performing as character Madoka Kaname and Medvedeva as Akemi Homura.
Zagitova skated as the same character in a previous ad for the game last August, while it is the first time for Medvedeva to appear in a Japanese commercial.
Medvedeva, a die-hard fan of Japanese anime Sailor Moon, is known for having skated as Usagi Tsukino, the main character of the anime, in exhibition performances.
(Medvedeva performs in sailor moon costume in Nagaoka, Japan, in 2016.)