Our hardcore anime musical fan gives us a quick course in otaku/fujoshi etiquette.

Anime enthusiasts of yesteryear may have spent the majority of their time in front of a TV screen, but for the modern otaku or fujoshi there are all sorts of stage shows, concerts, and musicals to attend. But while there’s always a sense of excitement from gathering with other like-minded anime enthusiasts, it’s important to make sure you’re not preventing other fans from enjoying themselves too.

Our Japanese-language reporter Udonko, a regular attendee at musicals for the Touken Ranbu franchise, has put together a list of anime stage show etiquette rules to keep in mind, so let’s take a look as we get into the summertime high season for anime events.

Rule 1: Suitable sitting style

No, this isn’t because slouching makes you look sloppy, As a matter of fact, if you feel like sliding down lower into your seat, that’s actually not a problem. What is a problem, though, is leaning forward, away from the seat back.

There’s a natural urge to lean forward when your favorite character comes on stage, or during an especially dramatic moment in the story. Doing so effectively makes you taller, though, which can obstruct the view of people sitting behind you, especially the row directly behind yours. “Try to imagine that your back is glued to the seat” advises Udonko, who adds that you should also place your bag on the ground, not on the seat behind yourself, to help maintain the proper posture.

Rule 2: Hairstyling

For fans in Japan, especially female fans, going to see an anime stage show is an event worth getting dressed up for. …continue reading