Nearly half of Japanese women in survey have an idol singer or anime crush

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

And the vast majority want to look good when they go to see them.

Like all languages, Japanese is constantly evolving, and one word that’s taken on a new meaning in recent years is oshi. Originally the noun-form of the verb osu, or “support,” it’s been adopted in fan culture to mean a celebrity or character that one feels a singularly strong devotion to, such as a favorite idol singer, voice actor or anime star.

Developing that sort of crush on a person you’ve never met, or a character who isn’t actually real, might seem like the exclusive

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