Friday Fun: What Else Is a Pen Light Good For?

Happy Friday everyone! Let’s talk about something that isn’t just relevant to alt-idol, but idol in general; penlights. At any idol show, there’s inevitably going to be a sea of colourful little glowing sticks lighting up the room like its Christmas day. Waving a penlight in your favourite member’s image colour is one of the easiest ways to show your support to someone who’ll probably never support you back (at least, not personally). But what happens after?

This is coming from someone who has never attended an idol concert and, unless someone throws a few thousand pounds my way so I can go to Japan, or a group I love comes to the UK when I can actually afford a London trip for once (looking@you, Babymetal), probably never will.

And yet, I still want an idol penlight of my very own. Why? There’s probably zero use for it outside of live shows. To show my support for my oshi? I can just buy specific merchandise like photos and t-shirts instead of something that usually has multiple colour options at the press of a button. This isn’t just me, either, from the looks of my Twitter feed. They even stocked Hello! Project penlights on Tokyo Otaku Mode for overseas fans to purchase! And yes, I almost bought one.

This is where your imaginations come in.

What are some alternative uses for idol penlights? Those lucky few who attended an idol show and have a light of your very own, what do you do with it now? Send your ideas my way via #UsesForIdolPenlights and maybe you too will feel justified in buying one in the future.

Oh, by the way, you guys did a great job with #NecromaReacts last week!


One thought on “Friday Fun: What Else Is a Pen Light Good For?

  1. King Blade’s are fun for the memories and the stories (and yes you do come back with stories about them.) I bought a nice one at an Idol store in Akiba for the Kamen Joshi shows I went to, Now it lives in it’s packaging among my other Kamen Joshi merch that I love. Changes to 15 colors. One of my fave things I brought home from Japan as it feels like a very universally idol thing to own and I enjoyed using it at the concerts I went and plan on using it again when I go back to Japan. It’s also fun to break out just to show your idol gear to friends while you view your favorites at home. It makes you feel like a WOTA and gives you that true Japanese concert in Japan only charm.

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