Do you know the term Shota? In this article we will understand the meaning of the Japanese word shotacon which is also a sub-genre of anime and manga. Meet the opposite of lolicon, understand the differences of Shotaro Complex.
What does Shotacon mean?
Shotacon is a subgenre of anime and manga characterized by strong romantic or sexual relationships between older male characters and younger male characters.
The word “shotacon” is a portmanteau of the Japanese words “shota” [ショタ], which refers to a young boy, and “con” [コン], short for the English words “connection” and “complex”.
The shotacon subgenre has its roots in shōnen-ai, a manga and anime genre that focuses on romantic or sexual relationships between young boys. The term can also refer to manga and anime involving romance between a young boy and an older woman.
Shota – Opposite of Loli
Lolicon is a very popular term to refer to the passion of some people for girls with childlike appearance, the famous loli or lolita. The term Shotacon is the opposite, it refers to the passion for men with a childlike appearance.
Although as a sub-genre, it mostly refers to shounen-ai or yaoi manga and anime with young boys relating to older ones, the term is also mainly used to refer to sexual interest in young boys regardless of age. sexual option.
That is, a woman can be shotacon, that is, she can be attracted to younger boys like the lolicon. Shota, like loli, refers to young boys or boys who act or try to look like children.
Unfortunately, searching for shotacon anime can result in many sites featuring gay anime, which can be frustrating for some people who are just looking to see romance between a young man and a mature woman.
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History and origin of Shotacon
The earliest known use of the term "shotacon" was in a doujinshi manga created by Keitarō Arima and Shun'ichi Hirai titled Shōtarō no Shotacon Kōsatsu, published in 1992.
The term "shotacon" was later used in several other doujinshi manga, as well as in various articles and essays.
The shotacon genre has been criticized for its sexualization of minors, and has been accused of promoting pedophilia. However, creator Hideo Azuma stated that the shotacon is not about sex, but about the relationship between the characters.