Four (five in fact) important moral tips for attending anime theatrical performances in Japan

Our hardcore anime music fans give us a quick course on otaku/fuguchi etiquette.

Anime fans of the past year may have spent most of their time in front of the TV screen, but For the modern otaku or fuguchi, there are all kinds of theater performances, concerts, and musicals to attend.. But while there’s always a sense of excitement from gathering with other like-minded anime fans, it’s important to make sure you don’t stop other fans from enjoying themselves as well.

Message us in Japanese Odonkoand is a regular present in the musicals of Two Ranbow collars Franchise, have collected List of rules of theatrical anime show etiquette Mind you, so let’s take a look as we enter the summer prime season for animation events.

Rule 1: Proper sitting style

No, it’s not because slouching makes you look sloppy, in fact, if you feel like sliding down into your seat, that’s actually not a problem. But the problem is bending forward, away from the seat back.

There is a natural impulse to lean forward when your favorite character appears on stage, or during a particularly dramatic moment in the story. Doing this effectively makes you taller, though, which can get in the way of seeing the people sitting behind you, especially the row directly behind you. “Try to imagine that your back is stuck to the seat.” advises Odonko, who adds that you should too Put your bag on the floorand not on the seat behind you, to help maintain proper posture.

Rule 2: Hairdressing

For fans in Japan, especially female fans, going to see an anime stage show is an event worth dressing up for. This often includes setting aside some extra time for hairdressing, but as with Rule 1, it’s important to remember who will be sitting behind you. Upstyles are often the norm for formal and semi-formal occasions, but a high ponytail or other voluminous style, combined with large hair accessories, can obscure the view of the fan behind you.So letting go of your hair is the best way to ensure everyone has fun.

Rule 3: Fan Sizes and Decorations

The most popular franchises tend to be the ones with the biggest celebrity groups. If you’re hardcore enough to attend a theater show, there’s a very good chance you’ll have a favorite cast member. A cheerful fan with that or similar character’s name is a common way to show your loyalty and support, but you don’t want your show of loyalty obscuring someone else’s view of their preference, so It is important to keep your fan at a reasonable size. In the events witnessed by Odonko, the size of 30 cm (11.8 in) square For the fan head (ie not including the handle) the general consensus was the maximum acceptable size.

Instead of pre-made fans, many people make their own, starting with an empty fan from Daiso or another 100 yen store and adding their own text, pictures, and other decorations. This personal artistic expression is a fun part of the experience, but again, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, if you are already using a 30cm fan, you You shouldn’t add decorations that stand out morebecause it will block the opinions of others.

Also, you want Avoid holographic reflective materials. Yes, they look great, but during the show, there will be all kinds of lights flashing around the place. Not only will the intense reflection of your fans make it difficult for other attendees to see, but it can also temporarily blind the performers, especially if you’re lucky enough to be seated close to the stage.

Speaking of meditations, some people put plastic caps Above their fans, to keep their surfaces protected and clean during transportation. These covers can also be reflective, so it’s better Take them off after they get to the place.

Finally, Odonko advises against adding any dangling accessories. If they stumble on something, rip, and fall to the ground, there is a chance that someone else will slip on them.

This might sound like a lot of rules, but You can still make some cute and eye-catching fans within these parameterslike this one that Odonko made herself.

Rule 4: Proper Light Stick Protocol

Not only do the luminous or glowing sticks contribute to a festive atmosphere, they are important signs of fan loyalty to the cast of series, as each character tends to have an image color associated with them. Here again, though, Size and brightness These are things you should be aware of.

As with fans, Odunko says she attended shows, 30cm tends to be the generally accepted limit for the length of a light stick. In addition, there is an unspoken rule When waving a cane or a fan around, you should keep the upper end at shoulder height or low. Again, this is to prevent obscuring the stage view of the person behind you, which is doubly annoying if you’re obscuring it with something that emits a bright colored light. To help prevent yourself from forgetting the excitement of the moment, Odonko recommends Keep your light stick attached to the belt you wear around your neckwhich will prevent you from lifting it up by mistake.

Also, in some of the longer shows, like Two Ranbow collars Musicals There may be specific times when the audience lights up their light sticks, with the expectation that they will keep it dark so as not to be a distraction at other points in the play. If you’re using a timer for the first time, you may not be familiar with the acceptable timing, so it’s best to wait until you see other people waving their light sticks before you break your mind.

Temporary bonus rule: the right time and place to chat with other fans

Fan events are, by their nature, social events. You might meet pre-existing friends, maybe friends you haven’t seen in a long time, to catch up on the show together, and there’s always a chance to connect with strangers about your shared passion for animation and make new friends around.

So the temptation to remove any normal determinants of the topic of conversation and take over the event and the series as a whole is likely to be too strong. However, since we are not completely out of the epidemic, Odunko hopes everyone will Save those extra animated conversations even after they’re off the stage, in a well-ventilated place and less crowded. Event organizers in Japan have been particularly cautious regarding the coronavirus, and the cluster of infections occurring at the fan event is likely to lead to cancellations of other shows, as well as health risks for those infected.

Hopefully this last rule will be something you don’t have to worry about for much longer, but it’s a good idea to keep others in mind when you head out to an anime event so you and your fellow fans alike can enjoy it to the fullest.

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