Cool Japan! Something About Otagei

Cool Japan! Something About Otagei

With the cyalume shining at the dark and the popular song flowing behind, cool light trails are performed along with the song…
Have you heard of wotagei? It is said to be dated from 1970s. At that time, the "Guards" (ardent fans groups) cheered (or chanted) along with music to show their support to their idols. And wotagei is said to be exactly evolved from this. Around 2000, the supporting arts, such as cheering for idols, were established with the name "Idol Otaku Art" = "Otagei". In addition, the act of holding a pen cyalume while performing is distinguishable from "otagei" by being called "wotagei".

  Something about Wotagei!

First of all, the term "utsu" means performing art, and "uchishi" refers to people who perform art. In otagei performances, different skills are performed along with the part of the song, enlivening the venue and showing the support for idols at the same time. However, for a long time since its birth, otagei has always been deemed "ridiculous" and "childish" by general people, giving them a negative impression because of people's prejudice against idol culture and otaku.
Later, along with anime and comics, otaku culture gradually spread to the world as the so-called subculture, and the attractiveness of otagei has begun to be accepted.

  Let's have a try! skills of otagei

Well, here are some of the skills when performing otagei! Let's refer to the illustration of each movement segment!

1. OAD

OAD is short for “Over Action Dolphin” and is one of the basic movements of wotagei.

Move your waist and center of gravity and make your skill look handsome.OAD is short for “Over Action Dolphin” and is one of the basic movements of wotagei.

Move your waist and center of gravity and make your skill look handsome.

2. Rosary

The origin of this word is the tool used to pray to the Virgin Mary. Wave the arm down to the ground and shape a cross with body. This movement has the meaning of praying to "Oshi", which refers to one's favorite idol.

The origin of this word is the tool used to pray to the Virgin Mary. Wave the arm down to the ground and shape a cross with body. This movement has the meaning of praying to "Oshi", which refers to one's favorite idol.

Sharp movements are very cool.

Sharp movements are very cool.

3. Thunder snake

It is not exaggerated to say that it is the most famous skill . As the name suggests, it makes people think of thunder and snakes. This skill is not very difficult, but still looks quite powerful and is suitable for group performance, for it combines multiple movements together.
It's difficult to explain this skill with pictures, so please refer to this video!

Judging from those otagei videos contributed to the YouTube, etc., there are so many uchishi performing along with music of Japan that was extremely popular and anime songs. Wotagei is not limited to supporting for idols; it has also evolved uniquely as a kind of performance. It has already gone beyond supporting and cheering, and is now simply known as a "dance", just like the English expression "cyalume dance".
In addition, as with the origin of otagei, the skills of idol fans still exist. However, due to the fact that their flashy movements can be annoying to other audience, radical cheering behaviors are often prohibited during live performances and concerts. These days, it's rare to see someone performing enthusiastic otagei in a live performance.

How was it? Nowadays, there are even festival event and world games of wotagei. Let's get close to the world of this fascinating “wotagei”.

There are quite a number of otaku who like performing otagei in front of the live show venue, so for me it's also one of the joys to watch the idol performances live!

On the other hand, more people choose to perform otagei along with the songs of their idols or favorite artists before the opening of the live show. This makes them able to communicate with those otaku who support the same oshi (idol) as them. And other fans who don't know otagei can enjoy a fun performance as well as familiar songs.

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