Wota Life: Introduction

Published on June 5th, 2009.

This is the very first post of a set that I’ve named “Wota Life”. In this set of posts I will be telling you about living life as a wota, with interviews and in-depth articles on the various aspects of being a wota. This is jsut a short introduction so look forward to the future posts! Oh and watch out, this post might not be completely safe for work!

Have you ever heard of the term otaku? Oh I bet you have, but have you ever heard of “wota”? If you have followed my blog for a while you’ve probably come to an understanding of the word. Otaku and wota have a pretty close relationship, although there are wotas who aren’t otakus. To put it simply, a wota is what an otaku is for anime, but for idols. Of course an otaku isn’t bound to anime alone, but it’s probably the most common obsession among otakus. Otaku is basically a term to describe people with any kind of obsessive interest, be it trains, computers or cooking, we all have an otaku in us.

Wota on the other hand is just another way of describing someone with an obsessive interest in Japanese idol singers, a music otaku. A wota can be either a guy or a gal, idoling in Japan goes both ways. A few examples of popular idol groups among male wotas are Morning Musume (and all the other groups of Hello! Project), AKB48 and anime voice actresses who often sing theme songs. As for female wotas we have boy bands such as NEWS, KAT-TUN, Kanjani8 and Arashi. All of these bands are popular among mainstream people too, but many cross the line to become obsessed fans.

Although wotas are both male and female, the male ones usually get most of the attention. But the difference between male and female wotas isn’t that big. Both male and female idols appear on a vast variety of TV shows, pose half nude in front of the camera (sometimes even fully nude), make radio shows and photo books. So the only difference I see is the fact that they all try to appeal a different audience. Oh and female praising probably doesn’t go this far.

Examples of female and male fanservice:

Takahashi Ai AKB48 Niigaki Risa Masafumi Nakayama Suzuki Airi

Matsumoto Jun Nude Yamashita Tomohisa Yamashita Tomohisa Nude Gackt nude

There’s also fan-made fanservice, more commonly known as fakes, which I don’t have anything of, but it’s probably better that way.

Well, this post was just an introduction and I will be continuing on the topic of living a life as a wota. Look forward to more in-depth posts and interviews!

  • http://amusedspectator.blogspot.com Bradley

    That’s a very interesting subject. I didn’t realize there was a term for it. Is that something you came up with, or is it a common usage word? I check out the idols sometimes, but not often. I have a friend that’s very very interested in them though. I’ll point him towards your post. ^_^ Looking forward to hearing more about this.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      It’s a common word that I certainly didn’t invent. I’m sure this first post will be very basic for your friend then, well more on this topic is on the way! ;)

  • http://amusedspectator.blogspot.com Bradley

    That’s a very interesting subject. I didn’t realize there was a term for it. Is that something you came up with, or is it a common usage word? I check out the idols sometimes, but not often. I have a friend that’s very very interested in them though. I’ll point him towards your post. ^_^ Looking forward to hearing more about this.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      It’s a common word that I certainly didn’t invent. I’m sure this first post will be very basic for your friend then, well more on this topic is on the way! ;)

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