Otaku come in all types. Some like to collect all the merchandise, some prefer to decorate their cars with their favorite anime, and some learn every dance from their favorite idol anime. Dancing is actually a popular pastime for many otaku; for example, one way for fans of otaku idol and anime songs to show their love is through choreographed dances, chants and cheers, and glow sticks, which together are known as the controversial wotagei dancing.
At another end of the otaku dance spectrum is the professional dance troupe Real Akiba Boys (or RAB for short). This is a nine-member team from Akihabara who claim to love anime so much that they want to be part of an anime themselves. As professional dancers, they specialize in performing various types of street dance to popular otaku songs, like anime themed songs and vocaloid music.
If you are a fan of anime songs and watch street dancing, you will quickly become a fan of RAB. They have some pretty smooth moves, including some awesome breakdancing, which you might remember seeing when they did the viral Koi dance four years ago. They have a YouTube channel, an account on Nico Nico Video, and of course they’re active on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so it’s easy to check them out.
▼ Three members dancing to the opening theme of the final season of “Attack on Titan”
In fact, if you want to get a feel for what they are doing, they generously uploaded a full two hour dance concert on their YouTube channel featuring many popular songs from anime, drama, and vocaloid. , some of which Pokemon, Yokai Watch, Your Name, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Hatsune Miku. Each song was performed live by “party funk band” Futarime no Giant, with live vocal performances, making it quite an entertaining show. You can watch it all here:
They will also give a concert on April 17th at TSUTAYA O-WEST in Shibuya. Members of the group’s Nico Nico channel can now register for the lottery for premium and VIP tickets through their Nico Nico Video channel or through their official website website, but those looking for general seats can start pre-ordering them on the group’s website on February 13.
If you love anime and dancing and want to enjoy live otaku music and awesome dancing then check it out.
Source: PR Times, YouTube / RAB リ ア ル ア キ バ ボ ー イ ズ (Real Akiba Boyz), Twitter / @ RAB_CREW
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