Wota which followed the Tea Prince Butler cafe event in Soho, was situated in a cosy pub called ‘The Miller’ about 15 minutes away from the bustle of London Bridge.
Organiser Chris kept this event FREE and played only Tohou music in honour of his birthday. But what is Touho music, this was a new term for me and Chris explained it was a genre fo music used in specific video games. Touhou Project otherwise known as Project Shrine Maiden, is a Japanese dōjin game series focused on bullet hell shooters made by the one-man developer Team Shanghai Alice, whose sole member, known as ZUN, is responsible for all the graphics, music, and programming for the most part. The series was inducted into the Guinness World Records in October 2010 for being the ‘most prolific fan-made shooter series’.
Each year since Comiket 64, fans of the Touhou series have been releasing their own arrangement/remix/cover versions of the music from the games at various conventions year-round. The fan music scene has grown drastically since then, and now there are hundreds of groups dedicated to making arrangements or covers based on the Touhou series (whether it be remixed beats or adding lyrics to the tune).
A night of game music, dimmed lights and general catching up with the anime community. The venue had a stage for future performance acts, some of the maid’s and butlers from Tea Prince came down to chill and relax.
What I loved about the Miller was the random graffiti around the pub, be it stenciled hand drawn, it added to the laid back atmosphere, but you did have security walking around making sure everything was in order.
About WOTA London:
It is arguably London’s premier club-night for all things otaku – playing host to an eclectic mix of acts, DJs, cosplay, cupcakes, maids and hilarity. If you love moe (well, not just moe, there’s other stuff as well). At WOTA London, they play the latest anime, Touhou, and J-Pop songs on the dancefloor, as well as Galge game songs, artists such as I’ve Sound, and not to mention a healthy dose of Vocaloid songs!
This event is to support those Otaku who love Otaku culture.
London’s hottest Anime/J-Pop/Touhou/Doujin party!
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