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The idol phenomenon in and outside anime

With the enormous success of Love Live!! both in Japan and in the rest of the world, it would be interesting to give a definition of what idols are, what they do, what is the history of this Japanese phenomenon. Then, what is the representation of idols in anime (Love Live, The idolm@ster, Shonen Hollywood)?

  • I could write this BUT I don't know if I'd give the best material. My previous blog had me coming across all the horror stories that came form J-idol culture. Such as the guy who spent over 100,000 in idol CDs for the voting cards to vote for his favorite idol. – ajester 9 years ago
  • While I definitely see a lot of relevance in this topic, one of the reasons I feel like actual idol culture isn't touched on as much is because it is often thoroughly disturbing. From the few news reports and articles I've seen on it, the people that fuel this industry aren't exactly a reasonable bunch (much like anime fans) but the difference is that the objects of their affection this time are actual people. Any article addressing this head-on would probably come off as a condemnation of anything that supported idol culture, not that that's a bad thing. – ChristopherKay 9 years ago
  • I think it can be done so long as the horror stories are balanced out with stories of normal fans. I want to write this topic. I am just waiting for my 3 day waiting period to be over. Calling it now so no one steals it. Thanks! – Jordan 9 years ago