Interview: Sena Kondo
How long have you been an otaku for?
Many otaku women in their thirties will be probably look back at their otaku career and find out that it’s been in fact more than 20 years. Quite a long time, isn’t it? While enjoying the otaku life, months, years and even decades have gone by.
If you’ve been an otaku for that long, it might be fun to look back at the past and at how your interests changed over time. This is why today we decided to have a little chat with two representatives of the around-thirty female otaku population: one is the mangaka Pakachan, who is currently publishing her comic ”Dakara Otaku wa Yamerarenai.” (literally, “I can’t stop being an otaku”) on pixivComic. The other is 801-chan, the protagonist of ”Tonari no 801-chan” (literally, “My neighbour 801-Chan”), written by the mangaka Ajiko Kojima, which talks about the life of a couple where the girl is a fujoshi, or yaoi fan, from the point of view of the boyfriend.
We are going to ask these two friends about which anime and manga they used to love and what they’re into right now.
* This article might cover topics such as yaoi and fan art. If you don’t like the style you should probably stop reading now. Otherwise, go on!!
From Rurouni Kenshin to Hoshin Engi to The Prince of Tennis. In the 90s, being an otaku girl meant… Jump!!
- Let’s get this out of the way: do you confirm that you both have a long otaku history and that you both define yourselves as fujoshi (or yaoi fans)?
- Thank you! In this chart, we collected the most popular anime, manga and games of the 90s. While looking at it, can you tell us something about your otaku history?
In the 90s, everything that was published on Jump was really popular. Rurouni Kenshin, SLAM DUNK, Hoshin Engi, HUNTERxHUNTER, ONE PIECE, The Prince of Tennis... And for every single one of them, we would ship character together and have our own OTPs.
Remember Narikiri Chat? About otaku communication before social networks
How terrible would it be if they archived all that? (laughs)
Wishing them all the happiness! How their feelings towards certain character changed
Looking back at our otaku history was a blast!!
Our guests probably never realized how long their otaku history actually is. However, we are sure that looking back at it was a blast for both of them!!
"Dakara Otaku wa Yamerarenai." and "Tonari no 801-chan +" are on sale!
>> Get "Dakara Otaku wa Yamerarenai." here ! (Japanese only)
>> Read "Dakara Otaku wa Yamerarenai" on pixivComic! (Japanese only)
＞＞>> Get "Tonari no 801-chan +" here! (Japanese only)