Why Overwatch's Moira Runs Like Naruto

There's a lot to like about Overwatch's newest hero, Moira. She looks like David Bowie. She fires energy beams out of her hands like Goku. Tragically, she runs like Naruto.

Naruto, a demon-possessed orange crayon best known for being Boruto's dad, runs like he hasn't a care (or spinal cord) in the world. His run is so notorious that people have taken to organising events where they all just run around with their arms flailing in the wind behind them. So, why does Moira follow in his extremely cool and definitely not impossibly dorky footsteps?

"One thing I would say broadly, the development team, the artists, we're all big anime fans," Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu said in an interview with PCGamesN.

"I certainly could not deny some of the references in her sprays and stuff."

But there's actually a lot more to it than that. It's very important that Overwatch characters are immediately recognisable from a distance, so that players can get an at-a-glance idea of what they're up against. And well, nothing's more recognisable than a Naruto run.

"We thought that with the cloth and the hip panels she has, having her have some of these exaggerated movements really looked good and also helped her be distinct and identifiable on the battlefield," said Chu.

"There's no question, when you're playing Overwatch and Moira's running around, that you have seen Moira."


    Airplane Arms goes back in anime/manga way earlier than Naruto...

      It seems less like airplane arms and more "I don't know what to do with my arms, so I'll leave them limp"

        Nope, trailing behind is definitely an example of airplane arms.

          ...That's a weird airplane

          I was a Master Airplaner in school and your arms are definitely held straight out and you tilt your whole body to turn. In my expert opinion, this is definitively not airplane arms.

            They're just pretending to be F-111s in super cruise rather than takeoff position :P

    If anything this running style will make me play her. Just slap an akatsuki cloak on her and it'll be fiiiine.

    My best friend in high school used to run like this, he was a huge Naruto fan, it was cute. Moira is a little beyond the acceptable age though lol but I won't knock it.

      im 36 years old in a few day and knew a few people that i went to school with who ran like that. its goes beyond naturo

    "Naruto, a demon-possessed orange crayon best known for being Boruto's dad, runs like he hasn't a care (or spinal cord) in the world. "

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