Tuesday, July 27, 2010
"Happy Music". Nihon TV. (17-07-2010). :P
"Ahoyanen! Sukiyanen!". NHK Kansai. (27-07-2010). :P
Immerse in a new wave of moral restitution, caused by United States of America's media criticism, Japan media is handling with care the transmission of sexual related contents that involve children and youngsters below 18 years of age. :P
This "political correctness" is not new. But it's interesting to note what kind of contents have been censored, now, by the Japanese media. :P
The case of the transmission of S/mileage's "Ganbaranakutemo ee nende!!" live performance in "Happy Music" by Nihon TV, and the intense debate that sprouted into the wota community because S/mileage's panchira, is interesting because demonstrates that, for some Japanese people, showing girls' underpants on TV is unappropriated. :P
The truth is that S/milege's underpants are not "real" underpants, and, moreover, S-mileage's genitals or crotches are not shown in this kind of visual representation. :P
Maybe, S/mileage's Japanese hard-core fans have been protested intensely since the transmission of "Happy Music" by Nihon TV, and NHK Kansai decided not to broadcast S/mileage's panchira after all. :P
But, as Hello! Wota has well documented, panchira is just one tradition more from the Japanese Idol culture that must be preserved for the sake of all the real Idol otaku. :P
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
"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. ;)
Monday, July 12, 2010
Desde que el Sr. Octavio y su equipo de trabajo iniciaron TNT Tlatelolcom, hace más de nueve años, la convención celebrada dos veces por año en el Centro de Convenciones "Tlatelolco" se convirtió en un verdadero valuarte de la cultura otaku mexicana. ^^
Hello! Project Fan Club México @ TNT 12 (Noviembre 2006).
Para los primeros otakus de Idols mexicanos, la TNT Expo nos abrió sus puertas y nos permitió mostrar de manera pública, por primera vez en México, de qué manera hacer wotagei y la forma correcta de apoyar en sus conciertos a las Idols japonesas. ^^
Hello! Project Fan Club México @ TNT 13 (Mayo 2007).
Sin embargo, de nada sirvió la rápida popularización del wotagei en México, ni el súbito incremento en el número de personas que asistían a la TNT para comprar e intercambiar material de los grupos y las solistas del Hello! Project. -__-
Hello! Project Fan Club México & Koneko Neko @ TNT GT 2 (Febrero 2008).
Tampoco importó la conformación de diversos grupos de cantantes amateur que interpretaban canciones tipo Idol, más allá de Yumeki Angels. Para el Sr. Octavio y su equipo, las Idols del Hello! Project no eran sinónimo de negocio. -__-
Momoi Halko @ AX Anime Expo (Julio 2007).
Sin embargo, el Sr. Octavio y su equipo se equivocan: las Idols son un gran negocio. El problema es que, tal como Hello! Wota ha señalado desde hace mucho tiempo, quienes deciden los invitados para cada TNT no tienen ni puta idea de qué Idols contratar para realizar conciertos masivos en México. -__-
Momoi Haruko @ Expo Comic "Poder Joven" (Agosto 2009).
El caso de Momoi Haruko, quien vino a México con todo y su staff por menos de 100 mil pesos, es una muestra de que cuando se quiere, se puede. Momoi había sido una de las principales intérpretes japonesas que habían estado interesadas en venir a TNT, desde hacía mucho tiempo, pero el Sr. Octavio, Emilio García, Yoshie Kiyota y anexas siempre habían menospreciado su trabajo. -__-
"Maze". Savage Genius @ Animelo Summer Live 2009 (Agosto 2009).
Ahora, esta misma actitud se repite no sólo con Momoi Haruko, o con las chicas del Hello! Project, sino con todas las Idols japonesas en general, al no ser contempladas por los organizadores de la TNT en su lista de artistas invitados. -__-
"Happy material". Horie Yui & Chihara Minori @ Animelo Summer Live 2009 (Agosto 2009).
Si ya trajeron a artistas de la talla de Savage Genius, ¿por qué no invitar a Horie Yui, a Chihara Minori, a Hirano Aya o a Mizuki Nana? ¿No hay dinero o no hay consenso para hacerlo? O_O
AKB48 @ AX Anime Expo (Julio 2010).
¿Qué pasa con TNT? ¿No se dan cuenta que en Europa, en Asia y en los Estados Unidos, agrupaciones como AKB48, Morning Musume o Buono! se han convertido en las atracciones principales de las exposiciones relacionadas con el mundo del anime y el manga? O_O
Morning Musume @ Japan Expo (Julio 2010).
Nosotros no tenemos tanto dinero como para traer a todo Morning Musume a una TNT Expo, pero ¿por qué no se puede invitar a Mano Erina, a Goto Maki o a Fujimoto Miki? O_O
"Romantic ukare modo". Fujimoto Miki.
¿Algún día TNT Expo nos cumplirá el sueño a los wota mexicanos? -__-u
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Q-beto and Niigaki: my best wota friends. ^^
The past Saturday I attended to "Salvemos Oshimai", the first amateur J-pop/K-pop festival organized in Mexico City in favour of Oshimai, a maid coffee shop located in the City of Monterrey that had economic and legal troubles with the Federal Mexican Youth Institute because the cancellation of the Expo Comic "Poder Joven" convention in past June. :P
For my pleasure, "Salvemos Oshimai" became the best amateur Idol festival organized in Mexico City since "Idol Party!", thanks to the participation of new amateur Idol groups that now exist in Mexico. :P
"Tell me". PSP. ^^
I supported all of them, because for those girls is really difficult to sing and to dance at the same time, and furthermore, to do this in front of an otaku crew. ^^u
"Resonant blue". Hoshi Girls. ^^
Of course, the main attraction in this event was the reunion and reappearance of Hoshi Girls, a Mexican Idol project created in 2008 and disbanded in 2009, thanks to my friend Gustavo "Bluealakazam" and me. :P
"Otto CHIKAN!". Hoshi Girls. ^^
Their interpretation of "Otto CHIKAN!", original from Onyanko Club, was one of the best Idol performances that I've enjoyed with my friends in Mexico city. ^^
"Haru no arashi". Ivette. ^^
Anyway, the best performance that I saw in that evening was, without any doubts, the songs that Ivette interpreted as a soloist. ^^
"Sakuranbo". Ivette. ^-^
Niigaki and Q-beto cheer Ivette up too. You can listen their voices and screams in her performances' videos. ^^
"Forever". Ivette. ^o^
But the song that made me cry meanwhile I was doing wotagei was, of course, "Forever" from Savage Genius, whose lyrics I translated to Spanish some time ago. That's my Savage Genius' favorite song because its deep sense of resignation to love and sadness. Thank you, Ivette, I really liked you. ^-^
"Daite yo! Please go on". Idaly. ^o^
But the song that I was waiting anxiously all the week, the song that made me totally crazy, was Goto Maki's "Daite yo! Please go on" interpreted by Idaly, my ex-girlfriend. :P
Of course, I went crazy because, after seeing several times the Japanese wotagei video, I requested to Idaly that perform that song, and she fulfilled completely with my expectations. ^-^
"Koisuru angel hearth". Ruby & Puni Puni Club. ^^
Rubi, the last member of Puni Puni Club, did a great job too, cheering up the rest of the wota that support her in the mini-concert. ^^
Other girl that impressed me was Pamela, the girl that danced discretely in the audience all the K-pop songs that other girls interpreted, but when she was pushed by Niigaki, she danced over the bar better than Ulzzang Girls. ^^u
PD. I will update this post, in the next days, with more photos and videos. ^^
Friday, July 02, 2010
CNN has a long history of criticism about the otaku way of life: they criticized everything from sexual themed adult video games to Idol otakus' maniac behavior. But the CNN reporters around the world have refused TO LEARN and to propagate to their viewers and readers how the real Japanese otaku culture works. -__-
Now, reporting from AX Anime Expo, they just uploaded a video clip from the red carpet where you can see AKB48's members and their producer, the music composer from Onyanko Club, Akimoto Yasushi:
But that's all. There was not even a mention of their names, ages or professions. There was not an explanation of what is AKB48 doing in AX Anime Expo, what is AKB48 in Japan, or even, that they are nowadays the most popular representatives of the Japanese Idol culture. -__-
Delores Williams, the reporter from CNN, just stated in the description of this video: "AKB48 is a popular music group among anime lovers". Anime lovers? AKB48? What the hell!!! O_O
Again, in the American social imaginary, the worlds of anime and manga are mixed with the world of Japanese Idols. -__-
This shitty media covering is different from Ayumi Hamasaki's interview. That's because Hamasaki's music and fashion styles are closer to the American music and fashion industry, and that confirms (symbolically) to the CNN's global audience that America is the top of the World. Bullshit! -__-
Hamasaki Ayumi, again, was in the middle of the international media attention but didn't talk or propagate the Japanese Idol culture's values, styles or ways of lives, as AKB48's members and their producer do. She only talk about one topic: herself, herself and herself. -__-
Of course, for contemporary Japanese teenagers is easier to imitate Hamasaki Ayumi than imitate AKB48's members, because of course, to be like "Ayu" is being childish, egoist and fashion compulsive. That's why Hamasaki has more female fans in Japan that AKB48. Not because their music and performances. -__-
For CNN was easier, also, to critic the Idol otaku culture but not to promote the real Japanese Idol culture. Once again, shame on you, America! -__-
Hello! Wota is written by Christian Hernandez. Licentiate in Latin American Literature 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.