ヲタレッスン #1: Oshimen

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If you are new to the whole Japanese Idols fad then here is one thing all regular fans have and its called “Oshimen”. Below are some helpful guides to help you understand and get you started on your new life as a Wota.


 

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What Exactly is an “Oshimen”?

Oshimen (推しメン) is a term used to describe a fan’s #1 favorite member. In ALL48/N46, a fan may have a different Oshimen for each sister group, team, subunit or generation; or may only support a single person overall.

http://akb48.wikia.com/wiki/Oshimen

a #1 favorite. Often used by fans of Japanese multi-member music groups as their #1 favorite of the group. It comes from the Japanese ‘oshi’ to push/support, and “men” is short for the engrish “menba”, so the member one supports the most.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=oshimen


 4fa744511861330f9a0026a8Now you should have a basic Idea on what this word mean. Lets get you started on picking out that Oshimen. What you will need to do first is to have that very first Idol group that you’d love to see more of. Of course, you cannot have an Oshimen without knowing A group as a whole. Luckily there are a lot to choose from.

Each group has a fairly large amount of members which can be intimidating for first timers. You will get confused specially matching a name with a face. There are some times you would mistook a member for another member and then the common “I forgot her last name” problem. But you need not worry for these things are natural. Soon you will be able to distinguish which from which.

 

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Now lets get you started on finding your first Oshimen. What better way of getting to know idols than to watch how they act and react to things. Having experience on getting to know them is the very seconds step to getting you that oshimen. Now lets watch an episode of a  Variety Show featuring some members from AKB48 and HKT48.

Did your eyes point your attention to any member? Did any of them caught your attention? If you said no then don’t worry you’ll find one someday. If you said yes then CONGRATULATIONS you have just gotten your first POTENTIAL Oshimen! of course you can’t tell if she is really your oshimen yet since you’ve just watched one video.

Now for the next step. Research! There are a lot of websites convenient enough to bring you the information you seek. for example in the video we saw “Nakanishi Chiyori”.UntitlASDAed

Oshimen back in 2008 was a simple thing. Pick a girl out of the group which appeals to you the most and that’s it. Now due to the rapid expansion of Idols you’d have so many Oshimens that out of those Oshimens would be the Ultimate Oshimen which the the fans now call Kami-Oshi. Be careful though there are some that makes this their lives and have every single member as their oshimen, they would attend handshake events and lines up into every idol thats when you become well. The Term Oshimen for you would mean less. If you want your meaning of Oshimen to be quite legit you stick with one out of 300-something members.asdasfgag

Now get out there watch some videos, read some wikia’s and tune in next time for another WOTALessons right here on SDB48.

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