Wednesday, July 21, 2010

【米国人とヲタ芸】 Americans learn about Idol otaku culture :P

"Wotagei moves instructions subbed" (02-06-2009). ^^

Japanese, Mexican and American wota @ Hello! Party 2009 (05-07-2009). ^^

American Hello! Project Fans @ Anime Expo 2009 (07-07-2009). :P

"How to be wota" (12-12-2009). xD

For long time, Hello! wota has stated that "Americans are not wota!" based in the lack of evidence that demonstrates the true and real interest from the citizens of United States of America about wotagei and Idol otaku culture. -__-

But now, with the coming of a new otaku generation whose interests are more centered in Japanese Idols than in anime or manga, some American fans have started to explain to the rest of the English speaking community what is an Idol otaku, which are its characteristics, lifestyle, tastes and hobbies, and specially, what is called "wotagei":

Moreover, with the several Japanese Idol's performances in the United States' territory in the last months, some American fans have created wotagei related guides for support their favorite Idols in their concerts:

"Haru no arashi" basic chant guide (20-06-2010). :P

"Onegai dakara..." basic chant guide (20-06-2010). :P

A pretty good job, isn't it? :P

But the truth is that the American wota community is several years away from the Japanese wota community, the Thai wota community or the Mexican wota community, just to enlist some examples. :P

The cultural contacts that the American fans have had with Japanese and Mexican wota, specially in the Idol events of Anime Expo, had increase their knowledge about the real Idol otaku culture, but is not enough to reclaim a title that is reserved only for the most crazy and hardcore Japanese Idols' followers. ;)



Dran said...

Being Scottish, I never bothered to go to Anime Expo to see Morning Musume last year. It'd cost more than it would to go to Japan. But I did go see them at Japan Expo in Paris this year, and I heard from other wota in the Americas who had gone to both that the whole experience was much better.

The event as a whole was better run, and the fans seemed to have a much better idea about what an wota is and what an Idol concert should be like.

Maybe European fans are more understanding to the way things work in Japan? Maybe western fans as a whole have started to get their act together in the year between the AX and PJX appearences?

It's clear that we still have a long way to go, but increased interest in the west of Japanese Idol culture and the more and more frequent appearences of Japanese Idols at western conventions and expos means that, in theory, the steep road to wotadom should become progressively easier.

Qbeto said...

Me parece padre que a los conciertos de estaos unidos van wotas japoneses y allí han compartido un poco del wotagei, y creo que eso ha infuenciado un poco en el interes.

Sobre la japan expo en Paris , me sorprendió un video donde salen unos wotas japoneses haciendo wotagei bien cañon como se debe!, incluso creo que sale una chava que trabaja en el dear stage. Que chido que al final les aplaudieron y no como aquí en México que muchos lo ven como un "baile ridiculo", en fin me gustaria hacerme amigo de alguien y poder tener recursoso para invitarlos.

Que gacho que la TNT no esté interesada en traer idols, sin embargo me daria pena que los wotas japoneses vieran el tipo convenciones chafas que tenemos =/

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