Four (actually five) essential etiquette tips for attending an anime stage show in Japan

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Hardcore anime music fans are given a quick course on otaku/fujoshi ethics.

Anime fans in the past may have waited a lot of time in front of the TV screen, however for the modern otaku or fujoshi there are a variety of stage performances, concerts, and music 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 prevent other fans from enjoying themselves as well.

Our Japanese reporter Udonkoregular participants in musicals for Touken Ranbu franchise, has been put together list of anime stage rules of etiquette to keep in mind, so let’s take a look as we get into the high summer season for anime shows.

Rule 1: Appropriate sitting style

No, this isn’t because slouching makes you look bad, As a matter of fact, if you feel like sliding down into a chair, that’s actually not a problem. The problem, however, is leaning forward, away from the back seat.

There is a natural urge to move forward when your favorite character is up on stage, or during a dramatic moment in the story. But it effectively makes you taller, which can block the view of people sitting behind you, especially the line behind you. “Imagine that your back is attached to a chair” advises Udonko, who adds that it should also be drop the bag on the groundnot in the seat behind yourself, to help maintain proper posture.

Rule 2: Hairstyles

For fans in Japan, especially female fans, watching an anime stage show is an event that needs to be fixed. That often involves putting in extra time for hairstyles, but as in Rule 1, it’s important to remember who will be sitting behind you. Upstyles are often the norm for formal and semi-formal events, but high ponytails or other voluminous styles, as well as large hair accessories, can hinder the look of fans sitting behind letting your hair down is the best way to ensure everyone can have fun.

Rule 3: Fan size and decoration

The most popular franchises tend to be the group with the most popular characters. If you’re hardcore enough to attend a stage show, chances are good that you have a favorite cast member. Cheering fans by the name or similarity of the character is a common way to show loyalty and support, but you don’t want to show your devotion blocking other people’s view of what you like, therefore. keeping the fan to a reasonable size is important. In the event Udonko has been for, size 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) square for the fan head (IE not including the handle) there is a general consensus as to the maximum acceptable size.

Instead of pre -made fans, many make their own, starting with an empty fan from Daiso or a 100 if more store and adding text, images, and other decorations. Such personal artistic expression is part of a fun experience, but again, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, if you’re already using a 30-centimeter fan, you are should not add decorations that protrude out furtherbecause it will block the view of others.

Well, you want to reflective prevention of holographic materials. Yes, they look cool, but during the show, there will be a variety of spotlights around the venue. Not only will the strong reflection of your fans make it harder to see the other participants, it can also make the performers blind for a while, especially if you’re lucky enough to sit near the stage.

Speaking of reflection, some people put it plastic lid through their disposal, so that the surface is protected and clean during transit. But the lid can also be reflective, so it’s even better pick them up after arriving at the venue.

Finally, Udonko advises not to add accouterments dangly. If they hit an object, tore it, and fell to the ground, there is a chance someone else might slip.

That might seem like a lot of rules, however you can still make some very cute and eye-catching fans on these parameterslike this Udonko himself made.

Rule 4: Correct lightstick protocol

The light or glow of the stick not only contributes to the festive atmosphere, it is an important sign of fan loyalty to the ensemble cast series, in which each character tends to have its own associated image color. But here again, size and brightness it’s something to be aware of.

Like the fans, Udonko said that at the event he attended, 30 centimeters tends to be the generally accepted limit on the length of a light shaft. In addition, there are unspoken rules for that when you’re waving a stick, or fan, around, you should keep the top tip at your shoulder high or low. Once again, this is to prevent the stage view of the person behind you, which is twice as annoying if you block it with an object that emits bright light. To help you not to forget in the current excitement, Udonko recommends keep a light stick attached to a rope that runs around your neckthat will prevent you from accidentally lifting too high.

Also, at some long-running events, as in Touken Ranbu musical, there may be a specific time when the audience is highlighting the lights, with the hope that they will stay dark so as not to be a nuisance at other points in the play. If you’re a first -timer, you may not know the acceptable time, so it’s best to wait until you see someone else moving a light stick before you let go.

Temporary Bonus Rules: The right time and place to chat with other fans

Fan events are, by nature, social events. You may be going to meet up with friends you’ve had before, maybe you haven’t seen in a long time, to catch the show, and of course there is an opportunity to connect with others about the shared anime spirit and make new friends in the space.

So the temptation to remove the topic barriers of regular conversation and geek out of the show, and the series as a whole, is going to be very strong. However, because we are still not out of the fray, Udonko hopes everyone will keep these extra-animated conversations until after you leave the theater, in a better ventilated and less crowded space.. Event organizers in Japan are very careful about coronaviruses, and clusters of infections that occur at fan events can cause other shows to be canceled, in addition to health risks for people infected.

Hopefully this last rule doesn’t have to worry you anymore, but more should be kept in mind if you’re going to go out to an anime show so you and your fellow fans can have a lot of fun. .

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