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Wota (ヲタ) is a Japanese subculture dedicated to celebrating idols, both real and fictional. It is a form of Otaku and the name is derived from Wotaku, the katakana form of Otaku. Wota also carries some negative connotations of being obsessive, like Otaku.

Visuals[]

  • Customized "happi" (半被) coats
  • Deco "uchiwa" (うちわ) fans
  • Glow sticks
  • Ita bags
  • Photo "cheki" (チェキ) cards
  • Photo keychains
  • Shrines for one's oshi (favorite idol)

Activities[]

Wotakatsu[]

Wotakatsu (ヲタ活) are all general activities done as part of the subculture such as going to concerts, attending events, and buying the latest releases or merchandise. Even if you don't have the chance to partake in anything "live", exchanging with others about your favorite idol groups on social media is a great way to meet other wota.

Oshikatsu[]

Oshikatsu (推し活) refers to all activities related to celebrating your favorite idol (oshi). In addition to idol group members and actors, this can also include fictional characters. The activities of oshikatsu are wide-ranging and there are various ways to enjoy them, but the most popular is crafting goods that promote your favorite with the most popular being ita bags.

Wotagei[]

Wotagei (ヲタ芸) is a dance involving glow sticks made by the audience in support of the performing idol group.

Subgenres[]

Ryousangata Wota[]

Ryousangata Wota (量産型ヲタク) is derived from the observation that female wota are known for posting pictures of themselves attending live events dressed in elaborate Girly Kei outfits, often to the point where many of them look seemingly identically in groups. This has caused many to call wota girls "ryousangata" (量産型), or "mass-produced", in reference to their fashion taste.

Media[]

Manga & Anime[]

  • Heroine Taru Mono!
  • Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai
  • Kowamote-kun to Oshikatsu
  • Million Doll
  • Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu
  • Oshikatsu Survival
  • Oshikatsu wa Saiko no Mahou
  • Oshikatsu Eigo Sekai Ga Hirogaru
  • Oshi ni Amagami
  • Oshi no Ko
  • Oshipi Shoukougun
  • Watashi, Idol Sengen
  • Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku

Video Games[]

  • BanG Dream!
  • Ensemble Stars
  • Love Live
  • Project Sekai
  • Osu

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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