Sunday, February 17, 2008
【幼稚園学生ためにヲタ芸】 Toughs about Dschinghis Khan
There is not doubt that Berryz Koubou is the most important wotagei related group in all the Hello! Project. ºC-ute could be the second one if you ignore those ballads that are so pink and sweet for the average "kimo wota". :P
For years, wotagei was a dance only for the most extreme and fanatic J-pop music followers. Most of the wota from Japan were anime seiyuu's followers or anime songs' maniacs, specially those songs who were connected with adult videogames' series. :P
There were no place for do wotagei freely, only that kind of events organized by otaku people or celebrated in Akihabara.
The fast popularization of Hello! Project bring to the surface the most radical J-pop music followers, and gave them a place into the cultural life of Japan.
They popularized wotagei outside the anime songs' world and gave wotagei the mainstream place that it deserved in both Japanese media and Hello! Project's products.
I was really surprised when I saw for the first time Berry's Koubou "Dschinghis Khan" PV. I never expected that Up-Front Works could do a wotagei video guide using kindergarten students and that experiment could work. :P
The kindergarten students do "mawari" マワリ, "oshi jump" 推しジャンプ and a group version of the "oshi jump" that looks like a water wave. :P
Meanwhile abroad, the only two Internet sites that have been published wotagei guides are Wota.tv and Hello! Wota, in Japan there are severals sites that offer different kind of guides and vocabulary's lists about wotagei culture.
Until today, there is not any wotagei guide written in English on Internet or even an English article about wotagei in Wikipedia.
Most of the American wota are just collectors, J-pop music followers or computer centered weaboos, not real wota. :P
That's why Hello! Wota Blogspot has pointed in several occasions that Americans are not wota アメリカ人がヲタじゃない！. :P
I have a lot of friends who are living in USA, but the naked true is that nobody has been taking care about the wotagei's diffusion in America as Yumeki-san and I did it in Mexico. That's a shame. :P
Of course, Osaka and other people connected with Japanese seiyuu singers have been writing wotagei guides for their concerts, but the impact that those guides have been done into the American otaku community was low if you compare it with Mexico.
Let's start a wotagei article in Wikipedia. Berryz Koubou and Up-Front Works have showed to us that they take wotagei very seriously. ;)
Hello! Wota is written by Christian Hernandez. Licentiate in Latin American Literature and Master in Psychology by the Autonomous University of Mexico State. Graduate student from the Master of Asian and African Studies, speciality Japan, by El Colegio de México. Former scholarship holder from The Japan Fundation in Mexico and the Japan Student Services Organization. Check out my blog. Follow me in FaceBook or add me to your friends in mixi.