Japanese karaoke rooms turn into live concert venues for otaku and oshikatsu

A spot where you possibly can dance together with your idol like nobody is watching.

Our Japanese-language reporter Ninoude Punico is a proud otaku who enjoys oshikatsu, which translates to “oshi activities“, where “oshi” is one’s favourite character or performer.

Punico’s oshikatsu currently revolves around Japanese idol boy band SixTONES, which is in the midst of a live tour for the time being. Unfortunately, Punico wasn’t capable of attend any of their concert events this time around, but she had an idea for the following neatest thing — an evening out at a special Dual Projector Room.

This sort of room is becoming popular at karaoke joints in Japan, where otaku use them to take a seat back and watch their favourite bands relatively than sing along to karaoke tunes. 

Punico had never been to a Dual Projector Room before, so she made a booking for one at her local branch of the Round One indoor entertainment centre, where she could have the entire room entirely to herself.

The doorway to the room made Punico feel as if she really was about to enter a live show at a stadium, and when she stepped inside, she set free a squeal of enjoyment on the sight in front of her.

The twin screens played out over dual partitions, and Punico couldn’t wait to take control of them. First off, though, she would must order a drink, as a one-drink order was a part of the booking deal.

Taking a take a look at the menu, she saw that the really useful beverage was a special “Vibrant Parfait Drink” for 480 yen (US$4.21), which got here in 11 different color options.

Why so many colors? In keeping with the blurb, it’s so you possibly can “Cheers in your oshi color while watching the live concert!

Punico’s oshi didn’t have a particular color scheme like some do, so she opted for the “Black” version, because it was cola, her favourite drink.

Once she was given her drink, she knew she wasn’t going to be disturbed by staff for the remaining of her visit, so she reached into her bag and pulled out her favourite DVD of the boys on stage, placing it fastidiously into the disc slot contained in the entertainment system.

The screens then lit up, spreading the visuals across the 2 partitions, which made Punico feel as if she were being totally enveloped by her favourite boy band.

▼ Cheers, boys!

The view was way more powerful than she ever imagined it to be, and the standard of sound and scale was something she could never achieve at home on her humble salary.

Punico was so impressed by all of it she decided to list the 4 top things that she loved most about it.

1. The scale of the screen 

The screen is so large that you could’t even reach across it with each arms. And although you’re mostly taking a look at one screen at a time, there’s a way of immersion that’s just like actually attending a live concert.

2. The quantity

With Japan’s poorly soundproofed houses and apartments, persons are at all times conscious of keeping noise levels low of their homes, often using headphones when watching movies or playing games indoors. That’s not the case in a Dual Projector Room, though, as you possibly can turn the quantity up as loud as you would like, secure within the knowledge that no person goes to bang on the partitions or complain to the owner about you.

3. You may play videos out of your smartphone

Along with bringing in DVDs and Blu-ray discs, you may also connect your smartphone to the system, which opens up options for viewing live streams or other oshi-related videos on YouTube.

4. It’s great for oshi photos 

Due to the dimensions of the screen, you possibly can take really big photos of your oshi’s face, and even line it up next to yours so it looks such as you’re standing right next to them on stage.

▼ Heck, you possibly can even run up and take a look at to hug them — security won’t stop you!

When the lights go down, the sensation of being within the audience is much more realistic.

▼ Finger hearts, oshi!

Sitting down and looking out up at your oshi from below is one other method to recreate the viewing angle you’d get from being within the front row at a live show.

Punico had a incredible time at her own private concert in Round One, and it cost her a complete of 1,470 yen for the hour she was there, which covered the room fee of 690 yen, an extra 300-yen video viewing fee, and her 480-yen drink.

Prices vary in accordance with the time and day of the week, so you may wind up paying just a little more or just a little less, depending on once you visit. Punico reckons it’s an incredible deal for those wanting to de-stress and spend some quality time with their crush, and also you won’t have to learn any of those oshikatsu phrases to enjoy it!

Reference: Round One
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