Karaoke halls become live concert venues for “otaku” and “oshikatsu”
Journalist Ninoude Punico is a proud otaku who loves oshikatsuwhich translates to “oshi activities”, where “oshi” is his favorite character or performer.
Punico’s oshikatsu currently revolves around Japanese idol group SixTONES, who are currently in the midst of a live tour. Unfortunately, Punico couldn’t attend any of their concerts this time around, but she had an idea for the next best thing – an evening in a special double-projector room.
This type of room is becoming popular at karaoke clubs in Japan, where otaku use them to sit and watch their favorite bands rather than sing along to karaoke tunes.
Punico had never been to a dual-projector room before, so she booked one at her local branch of the Round One indoor entertainment center, where she could have the whole room to herself.
Entering the room made Punico feel like she was really about to enter a live show in a stadium, and when she walked inside, she let out a scream of joy at the sight before her.
Dual screens played out on dual walls, and Punico was eager to take control of it. First, however, she would have to order a drink, since an order for a drink was part of the reservation agreement.
Glancing at the menu, she saw that the recommended drink was a special “colored perfect drink” for 480 yen, available in 11 different color options.
Why so many colors? According to the blurb, it’s so you can “Bravo in your oshi color while watching the concert live.”
Punico’s oshi didn’t have a distinctive color scheme like some do, so she opted for the “black” version, as it was cola, her favorite drink.
Once she received her drink, she knew she wasn’t going to be bothered by the staff for the rest of her visit, so she reached into her bag and pulled out her favorite DVD of the boys on stage, the carefully placing it into the disc slot inside the entertainment system.
The screens then lit up, beaming the visuals onto both walls, which made Punico feel like she was totally enveloped by her favorite boy band.
▼ Cheers, boys!
The sight was far more powerful than she ever imagined, and the quality of sound and scale was something she could never achieve at home on her modest salary.
Punico was so impressed with it all that she decided to list the four things she liked the most about it.
1. Screen size
The screen is so big that you can’t even reach it with both arms. And although you’re mostly looking at one screen at a time, there’s a sense of immersion that’s similar to attending a live concert.
With Japan’s poorly soundproofed homes and apartments, people are always concerned about keeping noise levels low in their homes, often using headphones when watching movies or playing games indoors. That’s not the case in a dual-projector room, though, because you can crank up the volume as loud as you want, safe in the knowledge that no one is going to bang into the walls or complain to the landlord about you.
3. You can play videos from your smartphone
Besides bringing DVDs and Blu-ray discs, you can also connect your smartphone to the system, which opens up options for viewing live streams or other oshi-related videos on YouTube.
4. It’s great for oshi photos
Thanks to the screen size, you can take very large photos of your oshi’s face, and even line it up next to yours to make it look like you’re standing right next to them on stage.
When the lights go out, the feeling of being in the audience is even more realistic.
Sitting and watching your oshi from below is another way to recreate the angle of view you would get from being front row at a live performance.
Punico had a fantastic time at her own private concert in the first round, and it cost her a total of 1,470 yen for the time she was there, which covered the 690 yen room fee, additional video viewing 300 yen, and drink 480 yen.
Prices vary by time and day of the week, so you might end up paying a little more or a little less, depending on when you visit. Punico reckons it’s a great deal for those who want to relax and spend some quality time with their crush, and you won’t need to learn anything. these oshikatsu phrases to enjoy !
Reference: First round
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