4 (actually five) vital manners suggestions for attending anime stage shows in Japan

Our hardcore anime musical fan gives us a fast course in otaku/fujoshi etiquette.

Anime enthusiasts of yesteryear could have spent the vast majority of their time in front of a TV screen, but for the trendy otaku or fujoshi there are all kinds of stage shows, live shows, and musicals to attend. But while there’s at all times a way of pleasure from gathering with other like-minded anime enthusiasts, it’s vital to make certain you’re not stopping other fans from having fun with themselves too.

Our Japanese-language reporter Udonko, a daily attendee at musicals for the Touken Ranbu franchise, has put together an inventory of anime stage show etiquette rules to have in mind, so let’s have a look as we get into the summertime high season for anime events.

Rule 1: Suitable sitting style

No, this isn’t because slouching makes you look sloppy, As a matter of fact, in case you feel like sliding down lower into your seat, that’s actually not an issue. What’s an issue, though, is leaning forward, away from the seat back.

There’s a natural urge to lean forward when your favorite character comes on stage, or during an especially dramatic moment within the story. Doing so effectively makes you taller, though, which may obstruct the view of individuals sitting behind you, especially the row directly behind yours. “Try to assume that your back is glued to the seat” advises Udonko, who adds that you need to also place your bag on the bottom, not on the seat behind yourself, to assist maintain the correct posture.

Rule 2: Hairstyling

For fans in Japan, especially female fans, going to see an anime stage show is an event price getting dressed up for. That usually includes putting some overtime into hairstyling, but as with Rule 1, it’s vital to recollect the individuals who’ll be sitting behind you. Upstyles are sometimes the norm for formal and semi-formal occasions, but a high ponytail or other voluminous style, in addition to large hair accessories, can block the view of the fan sitting behind you, so letting your hair down is the most effective technique to ensure everyone can have a good time.

Rule 3: Fan sizes and decorations

The preferred franchises are inclined to be those with the most important groups of popular characters. For those who’re hardcore enough to attend a stage show, there’s a reasonably good probability you’ve got a favourite forged member. A cheering fan with that character’s name or likeness is a standard technique to show your loyalty and support, but you don’t want your show of devotion to dam another person’s view of their favorite, so keeping your fan to an affordable size is significant. On the events Udonko has been to, a size of 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) square for the fan’s head (i.e. not including the handle) has been the final consensus as the utmost acceptable size.

As an alternative of pre-made fans, numerous people craft their very own, starting with a blank fan from Daiso or one other 100 yen store and adding their very own text, pictures, and other decorations. Such personal artistic expression is a fun a part of the experience, but again, there are some things to have in mind. First, in case you’re already using a 30-centimeter fan, you shouldn’t add decorations that protrude out any further, since that’s going to dam other people’s views.

Also, you should avoid reflective of holographic materials. Yeah, they appear cool, but in the course of the show, there are going to be all manner of spotlights shining across the venue. Not only is an intense reflection off of your fan going to make it harder for other attendees to see, it would even temporarily blind the performers, especially in case you’re lucky enough to be sitting near the stage.

Speaking of reflections, some people put plastic covers over their fans, to maintain their surfaces protected and clean during transit. Those covers may also be reflective, though, so it’s best to take them off after arriving on the venue.

Finally, Udonko advises against adding any dangly accouterments. In the event that they get snagged on something, tear off, and fall to the bottom, there’s a probability another person might slip on them.

That may seem to be numerous rules, but you’ll be able to still make some very cute and crowd pleasing fans inside those parameters, like this one Udonko herself crafted.

Rule 4: Proper light stick protocol

Light or glow sticks don’t just contribute to a festive atmosphere, they’re vital markers of fan loyalty for ensemble forged series, by which each character tends to have their very own associated image color. Here again, though, size and brightness are things to concentrate on.

Very like with fans, Udonko says that on the shows she’s attended, 30 centimeters tends to be the commonly accepted limit on light stick length. As well as, there’s an unspoken rule that while you’re waving the stick, or a fan, around, you need to keep the upper tip at shoulder height or lower. Once more, that is to stop blocking the view of the stage of the person behind you, which is doubly annoying in case you’re blocking it with something that’s emitting a vibrant coloured light. To assist keep yourself from forgetting in the thrill of the moment, Udonko recommends keeping your light stick attached to a strap that you simply wear around your neck, which is able to prevent you from accidentlly lifting it up too high.

Also, at some long-running shows, just like the Touken Ranbu musicals, there could also be specific times at which the audience lights up their light sticks, with the expectation that they’ll keep them darkened in order to not be a distraction at other points within the play. For those who’re a first-timer, you would possibly not concentrate on the accepted timing, so it’s probably a very good idea to attend until you see other people waving their light sticks before you bust out yours.

Temporary Bonus Rule: The correct time and place for chitchat with other fans

Fan events are, by their very nature, social events. You may be meeting up with preexisting friends, perhaps ones you haven’t seen in an extended time, to catch the show together, and there’s at all times a probability of bonding with strangers over your shared anime passion and making recent friends on the venue.

So the temptation to remove any abnormal conversation topic limiters and gushingly geek out over the event, and the series as a complete, will likely be very strong. Nonetheless, since we’re still not entirely out of the pandemic, Udonko hopes everyone will save those extra-animated conversations for until after they’re out of the theater, in a greater ventilated, less densely crowded space. Event organizers in Japan have been particularly cautious regarding the coronavirus, and infection cluster occurring at a fan event could potentially result in other performances being cancelled, along with the health risks for those infected.

Hopefully this last rule is something we won’t must worry about for an excessive amount of longer, however the others are good to recollect at any time when you’re headed out to an anime event so that you simply and your fellow fans alike can enjoy it to the fullest.

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