I woke up early this morning only to find myself going straight to my computer to check how things were in the Wotasphere on the IntlWota blog. First of all, I’ve been formally introduced to the Wota subculture 2 years ago while skimming through a Japanese pop culture blog. Thanks to that, I became an AKB48 fan.
What do I mean by ‘formally introduced’?
Back then, during my..ugh..days of youth (2002 – 2003-ish), a good friend of mine asked me a question which really boggled my mind back then: “Do you listen to J-Pop?”
Then I answered, “..wut?”
My friend showed me a MoMusu video, if my memory serves me right ’twas Koko ni Iruzee. And that was the start, I was instantly hooked – though neither of us knew what wota were during that time, not to mention the overwhelming subculture that it is (hence my ‘informal introduction’ to the subculture).
My MoMusu fandom went on for a few years, and through those years I was introduced to the other H!P units which I did enjoy back then. Until I reached the point where I became conscious of what people thought about the music I listen to, meh, I was but a kid. It all came back to me 2 years ago when a Japanese pop culture blog featured AKB48’s Namida Surprise single and explained what wota are and what goes on behind the subculture.
Now going back, I read this post a few hours ago on IntlWota and I was motivated to write bits about my experience as a wota (for lack of a better word).
Falling out of love for a specific idol/idol group
Yes, I fell out of love for AKB48. I am not one to judge this group because I still do think that they are excellent in many ways (music, marketing, Mayuyu, etc..) and that they somehow deserve the place that they are in right now, but lately they seem to be overdoing it. While I do enjoy their ‘suggestive’ PV’s and mediocre songs as of late, I do believe that AKB48 has changed so much that it isn’t AKB48 anymore. Maybe I didn’t word that right (I apologize for my poor writing skills), but comparing most of their old releases to their new ones made me want to purchase a Type 99KM tank and run amok in Akihabara while holding Aki-P’s head.
Reigniting the Spark of [individual] Wotadom
Reiginiting the spark of my passion for loving these idols, ever since I left AKB for my own good, was not easy at all. I had to find a group similar to AKB, or rather, a group that could make me fall in love with idols again – I found Momoiro Clover. And it took time for me to actually find them.
MomoKuro is one of those groups that I have supported since their debut, and they have managed to continually hook me with their songs (something AKB48 failed to do to me) and highly energetic (yet suggestive) PV’s.
After MomoKuro reignited that spark, I became more addicted, obsessed, and madly in love with ‘idol music’ and the wota subculture. I then found PASSPO, TGS, Feam, Negicco, and a lot more. I still yearned for more, or rather, I am still yearning for more.
I tried getting into K-Pop, but K-Pop didn’t like me. Meh.
Just recently, I have been introduced to the ‘underground’ idol scene (probably the wrong term) and I say that I am impressed. Most of the basement idol groups I’ve seen have the potential to surpass most idol groups on the mainstream and that is quite normal I presume. And this has reignited a new spark in me.
Wrapping up the post, let me end with this:
I do believe that every idol fan/wota have their ‘burnout’ days, weeks, or even years. But there is something we don’t actually notice: We come back. And that proves that, ‘once you are a wota, you’ll always be a wota’.