The Fujoshi Files 1: Ogiue Chika

Name: Ogiue, Chika (荻上千佳)
Ogino Naruyuki (於木野鳴雪), Yukimian (雪見庵)
Relationship Status:
Origin: Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture

Ogiue Chika is a member of the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, or Genshiken, at Shiiou University in Tokyo, and a former member of the Manga Society at the same university. She discovered doujinshi as early as 5th grade, and has maintained a passion for boys’ love ever since, though a traumatic event in her junior high school days created a great deal of self-loathing in her, leading to her denouncing otaku in general. One of her greatest fears was that her love of yaoi would preclude her from ever being in a romantic relationship. Thanks to the friendships she gained by being a part of Genshiken, she has gradually accepted her fujoshi side. She eventually becomes chairman of Genshiken, receiving the title from its previous owner, fellow fujoshi Ohno Kanako.

Ogiue is a talented artist who is best described as being unable to resist drawing what she wants. She has produced a number of works, most prominent among them being Anata no Tonari, a girl-oriented doujinshi involving the characters Mugio and Chihiro from Kujibiki Unbalance.

Fujoshi Level:
The greatest example of Ogiue’s fujocity is the fact that her interest in boys’ love extends out from manga and into the real world. Ogiue fantasizes about her male friends engaged in very obscene activities and has drawn many, many pages (she describes it in multiples of ten) of these images which exist in her fantasies. In fact, her boyfriend, Sasahara Kanji, himself a former chairman of Genshiken, continues to be a subject of her more explicit drawings, and their intimacy has allowed her to draw him with greater accuracy.

9 thoughts on “The Fujoshi Files 1: Ogiue Chika

  1. Everybody loves a Fujoshi this was just posted on Tokyograph, thought you might be interested in this for the The Fujoshi Files

    Starting on January 19, TV Asahi will air a drama series titled “Fujoshi Deka.” The lead will be played by the current Asahi Beer Image Girl, Mai Shinohara, who made her acting debut in last season’s “Shigeshoshi” on TV Tokyo.

    As the title indicates, Shinohara plays a police officer who is also a fujoshi (a term referring to women who are fans of stories involving male homosexual romance). She gets fired up whenever there’s an incident involving a good-looking man, and she solves the cases in her own unique way.

    The drama will air late on Saturday nights, in the 1:30am-2:00am time slot.


  2. I believe, first off, your understanding of what moe is and means, is utterly wrong. Moe is not a catagory or type of anime or manga. Although marketing in japan have used the word moe to describe something they are selling, the meaning is clear to most Japanese but not westerners (a.k.a. non-Japanese).

    Moe, is a feeling not a product. Moe is best described as the happy feelings you get when you see a kitten, a flower, a sunset or the man or woman of your dreams. Moe does not equal lolitas or any children or an action. It is an emotion always.

    The confusion that most westerners have with Japanese meanings is that we try to understand Japanese concepts and word meanings by trying to fit them into a neat little western philosophy box.

    Moe, as a marketing concept, began in Akihabara where you will see young women and highschool girls dressed as catgirls, maids and other fantasy type characters working in shops and on the street to sell anime and manga to otaku and non-otaku. They are theere to attract young otaku with money. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

    Moe as a concept first popped up in the many maid cafes as young men would order their latte and pies from a cute and tiny japanese girl in a maid or cat maid outfit. The point, to make money. A good many cafe in akihabara are owned by the same women who serve you as young women turned mogals and capitalized on the needs and wants of otaku fantasies.

    But, most Japanese males anmd females understand that these are fantasy and not reality. We westerners though, tend to group love, fantasy and sex in the same boat. The Japanese don’t.

    It’s a common beliefe that Japanese women are weak and quiet as portrayed by anime and manga. Not true, if you’ve ever talked with any Japanese girl or woman you’ll quickly find out that they are very opinionated and will tell you what they think without batting an eye. Trust me, I have been punched hard by a few as a way of flirtation or friendship. It’s just very Japanese, I’ll leave it at that.

    For the Japanese love and sex are two separate things. So are feelings and actions. We westerners must realise that Japan is not and never will “fit-in” to our way of thinking due to the obvious language and social meanings inherent between our two cultures.

    Moe is not bad and never is a bad thing. Having a fixation with little girls or boys is. The moe that you are defining is not true. You must understand that moe can be experienced with any anime or manga or live action movie and they do not have to star prepubecent teens holding magiocal after market plastic wands.

    There are many catagories of manga and anime, girls comics, boys comics, childrens comics, perverts comics, etc.. The Japanese have a catagory for just about everything, and hey will quickly correct you when you try to merge the two.

    As far as your statement that “..if moe is to survive, compromises must be made.” That is again, a western thought. The Japanese have been pumping out all types of manga and anime for a long, long time. They didn’t just start this in the 90’s. It’s always been there since post world war two.
    There will be no comprimise because your meaning of moe is sadly distorted and corrupted by American marketing and the internet.

    It is true that Japanese women are portrayed weak and cute and defenseless in anime and manga and some live action TV programs, but, this is understaood as a fantasy in most anime an manga. Most otaku know it’s not real, but feel they are untitled to their own personal feelings and fantsies.

    In real life, Japanese women are very tough and practical. They will work in jobs and assume roles that most American women would turn their noses up at for survivals sake. They are very proud and if you want to insult them, go ahead and tell them that what they’re doing at thier job is degrading and sexist.

    Most Japanese also recognize lolicon as etcchi. Etcchi is not acceptable by the majority for the most part. Etcchi, however is something to be viewed or done by an individual in complete privacy. A man will deny that he’s etchii at risking his reputation among his peers. Yaoai is catagorised as etcchi even though young or older women in Japan may secretly enjoy it in absolute privacy. Not many Japanese will mention or tell you what fantasy they are into like most westerners.

    You won’t see too many Japanese women or men wearing it like a badge like fetishists in western cultures. In Japan they would be outcasts in a very conservative, yet liberal society. Yes, the Japanese culture by far is both liberal and conservative, but not as we percieve the meaning of conservative or liberal. Again, it is due to their understanding of sex and love.

    So, moe is not lolicon, nor does it have anything to do with weekness of females at all. Moe is just a feeling, that’s it. What you define as moe or the feeling is up to you. Looking at kittens does nothing for me, but it may make you feel happy and warm inside. That’s moe.


  3. I think you replied to the wrong post, but I will respond to you anyway.

    I do not disagree with what you’re saying at all. In fact, it is a stance very similar to mine. What I should point out is that I believe two forms of moe exist. First, is the one you describe. It is a feeling.

    Second, is moe as commodity, as something to be marketed. People looking to be successful in this business take this idea of “moe” and try to package it as something to be sold for a price. This is what I mean by “moe anime” or this “moe genre.” Moe anime as a category is anime which engages in the active pursuit of success, be it financial or otherwise, using the feeling of moe or at least the idea that they are using moe.

    I do not consider moe a bad thing at all, if we go by your definition. I take issue with moe as a marketing tool because I believe it limits the medium of anime.

    To further clarify, when I say moe is about weakness, I am not saying that Japanese women are weak or that Japanese men like women who are weak. Furthermore, I will be the first one to point out that the stereotype of women in anime being weak or helpless is not necessarily true at all. However, when moe is concerned, weakness is concerned and that’s why the focus is so much on that topic.

    Moe is a feeling, yes, but I define it as the feeling that arises from empathizing with weakness. In other words, the viewer feels moe because he or she responds well to the weakness of the character because he or she can relate to that weakness.

    I am in no way defining what real women actually are or how much capacity they have to do anything in life. That is not what is being argued when I define moe in this manner. And just because someone has weaknesses does not mean they are weak. It means they are human. And this, I think, is where the true essence of moe lies, in the idea that these characters who we find moe affirm our existence as humans, because to be flawed is to be human.


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  6. I would like to know more of Ogiue, she is not well developed in the anime… I am about to read the manga just because of her. My favorite girls are Haruhara Haruko, Ayanami Rei, Alita, Talho and now Ogiue…

    I wish I could be better at drawing to have a few doujinshis from them.. Ogiue has something the other characters dont have, I really want to know what….

    Cheers man.


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