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‘Genshin Impact’ actor asks fans to bathe before her concert

Rie Takahashi, hygiene guide
via @taka8rie

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    Japanese voice actor and singer Rie Takahashi took to Twitter to remind her fans of the importance of hygiene before attending her upcoming concert. 

    Uploaded on Feb. 25 for her nearly 1 million followers, the 29-year-old Takahashi (@taka8rie), who is known for her popular roles as Megumin in the anime “KonoSuba” and Hu Tao in the Chinese action roleplaying game “Genshin Impact,” shared a cute and intricate guide on how her fans should get ready for her concert. 

    “I tried to summarize what I researched before participating,” the actor wrote. “Please use it as a reference!”

    In the hand-drawn guide, Takahashi reminded fans to bring concert essentials: tickets, phones, portable batteries, tissues and more. She also suggested some convenient items to carry, such as additional masks, small bags for valuables, portable food and jackets. Using an illustration of a girl, she detailed articles of clothing, such as cold weather gear and favorite bottoms to coordinate with merch T-shirts, that she would personally wear to a concert.

    Takahashi also reminded her fans of common etiquette for the large event, such as cutting their nails short, sleeping well beforehand, not drinking alcohol the day before and washing. In small handwriting, Takahashi added to bathe thoroughly as body odor might impact other concert attendees.

    In response to a suggestion to use perfume instead of washing, Takahashi proposed sweat wipes and dry shampoo as not everyone is comfortable with different perfume scents.

    Takahashi’s tweet quickly garnered attention on social media, reaching over 9,400 likes and 2,700 retweets as of this writing. 

    Chiitan, a popular Japanese mascot, also joined in on the conversation by uploading pictures of herself in a Japanese bath. “Yes I will definitely take a bath,” the character tweeted.

    Many found Takahashi’s guide cute and helpful, thanking the creator and replying that they would reference it while preparing for the concert. 

    “Thank you!! I will refer to it!” one user said.

    “That helps a lot! Thank you,” said another.

    Others also took to TikTok to respond and give their opinions on Takahashi’s tweet.

    @asmongoldstories oh… #anime #convention #twitchcon #animeconvention #voiceactress #voiceactor #asmongoldclips #asmongoldclip #asmongoldreacts #asmongold #twitchclips ♬ original sound – asmongoldstories

    This isn’t the first time the anime community has faced controversy over body odor, as some anime conventions have developed a reputation online for their attendees’ smell. 

    @samhime_ lw tho fanime was one of the stinkiest cons i’ve been to recently 🤢 #fanime2022 #fanime #cosplay #yorcosplay #animecons ♬ anime girl vs con smells – daisy bloo

    @pikaswoosh gotta do what i gotta do #bustercall #onepiece #animenyc ♬ Onepiece – Overtaken – Main Theme – Geek Music


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