Support your faves and avoid oshikatsu burnout — advice from our resident otaku

Being an excellent fan isn’t as easy because it may appear, but you’ll be able to avoid burnout with the following pointers!

A recent addition to the Japanese lexicon is oshikatsu, which has an identical intending to the English slang term ‘stanning’. The word consists of the 2 Japanese words — ‘oshi‘, which suggests ‘support’ but is more commonly used to explain your favourite performer or character, and ‘katsu‘, which suggests ‘activities’. Oshikatsu can involve going to concert events or events, buying related goods and merchandise, or immersing yourself within the fandom your oshi is from.

While it might take up a variety of money and time, oshikatsu can take up a variety of your mental resources too, and someone who knows that each one too well is our resident otaku and oshikatsu expert Ninoude Punico.

Following and supporting your oshi isn’t any joke — it might be strenuous and shouldn’t be taken calmly, so with the mantra of “continuing oshikatsu with a healthy mind without being too hard on yourself,” Punico’s compiled six easy-to-follow tricks to be certain you don’t suffer from oshikatsu burnout!

Tip 1 — Social media is a spot to read news and info about your oshi, not compare yourself to other stans

Social media is great to fulfill fellow fans of your oshi, but it might sometimes result in oshikatsu jealousy. Perhaps someone has some limited edition item that you simply couldn’t get, or went to an event you were unable to attend. Possibly you’re intimidated by how hard they’re stanning your oshi and feel such as you’re not doing enough!

Punico advises that social media ought to be used simply to source details about your oshi, not to match yourself to others!

Tip 2 — Don’t keep track of how much you support your oshi

Oshikatsu life is sort of a bottomless well — irrespective of how much time or money you would possibly spend, there’s never a finish line. What matters isn’t how much money you utilize or how much of your time you commit — the one thing that matters is your love in your oshi!

▼ Some people show their support by dropping large amounts of money, but simply liking posts on social media works just as well!

Image: Pakutaso

Tip 3 — There’s no set definition of what a ‘fan’ is

Don’t feel like you’ve gotten to suit right into a certain ‘definition’ of what it means to be a fan. You’re free to support your oshi in any way you wish!

Tip 4 — Don’t be blinded by your love in your oshi

As an alternative of adamantly defending your oshi until you’re blue within the face, be accepting of any flaws they could have. Such unreasonableness will only result in oshikatsu burnout, so be willing to take an objective view of your oshi if needed. Punico comments, “We’re otaku. We shouldn’t act like an overbearing mother who blindly loves the whole lot about our oshi and refuses to see any flaws.”

Tip 5 — Take part in oshikatsu when you’ll be able to!

There are occasions if you’re just not within the mood, or when your wallet is feeling the pinch. There’s no have to force yourself to support your oshi if you aren’t as much as it. If you happen to’re stanning for the sake of stanning, it probably won’t be very fun. Only do oshikatsu when you should!

Tip 6 — Don’t feel bad about moving on out of your oshi

Possibly your feelings have modified and you’ve gotten a brand new oshi. That’s okay, and there’s no have to feel guilty! What’s vital is to recollect the happiness that your former oshi brought you, and remember them with pride, secure within the knowledge that you simply supported them to the most effective of your ability!

Punico has experience with oshikatsu burnout herself, after an oshi she’d been supporting for a very long time became more popular, they usually got a lot media exposure that she simply couldn’t sustain. Having a baby made it tough to do oshikatsu, too, and he or she felt stressed when she couldn’t sustain.

But after taking a self-imposed break from the world of oshikatsu, she realised how much she missed it, and so decided that this time she’d take things at her own pace, without being too hard on herself.

With less live concert events and events to attend today, it’s an amazing opportunity for any fellow otakus to reflect on how hard you should push yourself in terms of oshikatsu. There’s no right or unsuitable solution to support your favourite character or performer — just do what makes you happiest.

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