Geisha Sensation Cosplayer Kaho Shibuya Interview
Kaho Shibuya Interview
With the lockdown still in effect, that won’t stop OutrightGeekery’s mission to bring to our readers an up-close and exclusive interview with some great and talented cosplayers throughout this wonderful, blue planet, we call home. Our next big travel destination takes us to the island that Godzilla loves to Smash-up and terrorize. Our location, Japan, is where we meet this marketing mecca of a goddess. Her name is Kaho Shibuya and if you’ve never met her, now is your chance. In this two-part exclusive interview, we will go deep inside this Japanese sensation who has been in the public eye for years and has done more things than Cardi B could ever imagine. Please give a heartfelt American welcome to Kaho Shibuya.
OG: Welcome Kaho. Dreams really do come true, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are so happy to have the wonderful and talented inspiring woman, Kaho. Look at us, we are fan-geeking here.
Kaho: Thank you so much for being so patient with me. I love my fans out there and like to come up with new ideas to keep both them and me happy. Thank you OutrightGeekery for the great opportunity for this interview.
OG: At OutrightGeekery, we have a tradition to offer words of encouragement, a nugget of wisdom if you should ever need a passage to lift your spirits up and fight the good fight. Here goes, “You cannot leave footprints in the sands of time if you are sitting on your butt. And who wants to leave but prints in the sands of time?” Would you be so kind and tell us about yourself.
Kaho: Hi, I’m Kaho Shibuya from Japan. I live in Tokyo, born and bred. My natural hair and eye color are both dark brown, and my height is 150cm (5 feet). I love watching anime and reading light novels, but for me, manga is the perfect amalgamation of words and pictures so I consider myself a manga enthusiast the most.
Kaho: My favorite anime include a lot of adaptations from shonen manga like Haikyu, Beasters, Shokugeki no Soma, and Darwin’s Game. I’ve also enjoyed a great number of light novel shows, Konosuba, and Re: Zero, Danmachi to name a couple. I am grateful those were really well done, since my first favorite novels’ anime adaptations didn’t do so well, such as Boogiepop and Kino no Tabi. Also, my recent favorite Rokka no Yusha was seriously underrated.
Kaho: I have a thing for the harem genre, for example, Gotobun no Hanayome and Bokuben, so I definitely gravitate more toward cute girls rather than boys when it comes to choosing your “oshi,” your favorite character, from anime. Kawaii is justice♡
OG: Let’s start out from your humble beginnings, what sort of sweet and innocent girl were you?
Kaho: I was an awfully shy kid who had to practice my lines repeatedly in my head before I finally said or missed the timing, so I totally identify with Komi-san from Komi-san wa Komyushou Desu.
OG: Eventually, that changed over the years. When would you say your breakout period began?
Kaho: Since being awkward can make others feel awkward too, I tried to overcome shyness and became more outgoing from middle school, gradually each year whenever a class changed. Your personality is defined by how people see you, so having new classmates who didn’t know you were super-shy really helped. It was a total, “fake it, till you make it” self-training, and now I’m very comfortable with other people or in front of them, being an entertainer and host at events.
OG: Were you ever bullied as a child growing up? And do you know if they regret it?
Kaho: Back in elementary school, yes, because I was quiet and too introverted to smile at my peers or even look them in their eyes. I was bullied around my 3rd-4th year. But then, I became a sumo-wrestling champion out of all the 5th-grade girls in my district, and no one thought about bothering me anymore after they saw the trophy!
OG: Usually young girls do things to break out of being shy, but sumo-wrestling works too.
OG: Was there a place you would go to get away from people?
Kaho: I enjoyed staying at the library so that I could spend time alone, by myself, and travel to the fantasy worlds in books, a lot more than playing with friends.
OG: Were you an early riser to start your day (So early that roosters get jealous of you)?
Kaho: I hated (and still do) waking up in the early morning and loathed all the inflexible schedules… hence I can’t say I particularly loved my days there. But because of school, I get to appreciate my freedom now.
OG: In your early childhood, was it easy to dress up as any character?
Kaho: Only for Halloween when I was like 6 or 7, and I dressed up as a princess because at that age I had very short hair and was often mistaken for a boy, so I wanted to be recognized as a girl.
OG: I bet people don’t make that same mistake now.
OG: Looking back in on yourself, is there anything you would change about yourself?
Kaho: I wish I could have changed my everyday appearance, and that is definitely my same motivation for cosplay now. In addition, cosplay for me is a form of expression as a model and to showcase my passion as an otaku too.
OG: What sort of pet did you have as a child and is it living today?
Kaho: I had a hamster because there was a popular manga series about hamsters before the anime show Hamtaro came out to make hamsters all the rage at that time, though they could live only for a few years… I haven’t had any pets since then. Although animals are incredibly adorable, having them is too much responsibility for me.
OG: You know what, my mother would say the same thing about her kids to other parents.
OG: Knowing everyone has to work to make a living, what sort of jobs have you done so far?
Kaho: I’ve been a sports journalist at a newspaper company, a teacher and an examiner at an English school, but I guess what people find most interesting about my career background is a JAV (Japanese Adult Video) acting history, which I’m going to share a lot about in my upcoming book.
OG: And here, I thought being a teacher would be the toughest job on your resume. You have a very versatile set of work experiences.
OG: After taking a cold shower after that response, what was your first cosplay?
Kaho: The first one was Danua from Granblue Fantasy for work as an actress, and that whole outfit was very authentic with huge, realistic horns. And it wasn’t just an elaborate costume, there was also a colorful wig and heavy makeup to go with it, plus pointy ears, I looked completely different. That is when I fell in love with cosplay because it was refreshing to look at myself in the mirror for the first time in a long time.
OG: Sounds crazy to ask, but was there an outfit that you didn’t like but your fans adored?
Kaho: I wouldn’t say I hated it, but I’ve cosplayed as Tifa Lockhart because she is everyone’s favorite, and the contours of my body compliment hers better. But my favorite character in FF7 is Yuffie.
OG: I’m curious, do fans call you to offer their suggestions about what you should wear?
OG: That was a joke. Please don’t call Kaho, I don’t want overseas cell phone charges.
Kaho: I listen to my fans’ opinions for new cosplay ideas, but I love to surprise them as well. Like the other day, I did a shoot as Platelet-chan from Cells at Work, such a quintessential moe character that’s not my usual choice, but with a seatbelt affect people found it intriguing, retweeting and tweeting quite a lot even without a glimpse of cleavage.
OG: See there, not everything has to be about cleavage. Good for you!
OG: What would Kaho Shibuya be best remembered as?
Kaho: I’d like to be considered as Kaho Shibuya, adapting myself to each client. For my own social media promotion, I try to emphasize more of the cosplay side of me, because that’s what I want to do more.
OG: Has there ever been cosplay wear you may not feel comfortable in?
Kaoh: Some outfits will show off your waistline, which makes me very self-conscious. To have a comfortable cosplay photoshoot, you must feel comfortable with yourself in the costume. So either you need to choose a cosplay that fits your body or make your body fit the cosplay.
OG: Do you have a particular photographer you use often in your photoshoots?
Kaho: Not someone in particular, but I need a photographer since selfies can’t show off the whole outfit. Also, I’d like two of us to feed off each other with ideas, not just me. Nowadays I’ve learned the fun of working with a cosplay videographer too.
OG: Lewd photography? What’s the deal with it? Should women do it for artistry or for self-profit?
Kaho: It’s like a dojin/fanart kind of thing if you love the show and the character. But unless you have the knowledge or passion for them, I wouldn’t recommend doing it because that action lacks respect toward the original work.
OG: Kaho, you are the female version of the Energizer Bunny! A tremendous amount of endless energy. You have a Youtube channel, the host of a very popular radio show, a writer including an autobiography in the works, and if that wasn’t enough a voice actress. Do you even sleep at night?
Kaho: Haha, I do keep myself busy, yet I like it. I wouldn’t interact with real people if I wasn’t working because I’m such an indoor geek. It’s my way of remaining in communication with society.
OG: From my understanding, you are a huge marketing sensation. Tell us more.
Kaho: The YouTube channel “omochan” is not my personal account; they hired me to be the face of the channel, who can host every video and help promotions on social media. The company does other media business and puts me as a guest of this radio show to promote the channel, then the radio producer thought I should be a personality in their new project. The key is to be noticed and remembered.
OG: Would you ever consider having your own Youtube Channel?
Kaho: Regarding the YouTube channel, I would have never considered doing it by myself, since editing and going through all comments and spam would be too stressful, not to mention time-consuming. I’m learning vicariously through the production team how the platform works and what the trends are.
OG: Your voice is very appealing to listen to, do you voice any anime characters?
Kaho: You can listen to my demos on my English website. I’m actually voicing a new hentai in Japan but the production has been delayed due to COVID-19. It was originally slated to air this spring though.
OG: With the pandemic in full swing, have you been able to keep yourself in the public eye?
Kaho: A lot of my work involves writing, so my schedule is still filled with many deadlines to meet. Events like anime conventions have been canceled, however, meaning I could lose touch with my fans. This is why I joined Twitch to show off my staying-in days in my room, talking about anime and manga, doing nerdy jigsaw puzzles, opening random goods and gatcha items, or eating my homemade Japanese food together while listening to anison (anime songs) in my playlist.
OG: Has the internet, along with social sites, been a fun learning experience for you?
Kaho: It’s great in so many ways, I also get to practice speaking English, exchange thoughts about old and new shows, and most of all, stay connected with my favorite people!
OG: Would you say that cosplay accessories and makeup offer the best illusion of becoming the character?
Kaho: A big YES. To compete with a costume, wig, and even colorful contact lenses, you need to add more than usual. Especially, eyes are the utmost prominent feature in many anime character designs, so I change how I draw my eyeliner and types of eyelashes for each cosplay. I feel like an artist when it comes to makeup.
OG: Has makeup been your strongest talent in cosplaying when becoming the character?
Kaho: Especially because I don’t have the talent for sewing costumes or making props, makeup is where I get to showcase my strength aside from modeling.
OG: Would you ever consider doing a high profile photo shoot with live animals (We’re talking savage or deadly exotic animals)?
OG: We, at Outright Geekery, asking some really Geeky questions with our guests comes second nature to us, and Kaho is no exception. But if you want to read more of this two-part interview, catch the rest of Kaho Shibuya, right here at OutrightGeekery.com coming May 7th. In the meantime, here are just some of our personal geeky questions that were asked.
OG: Can Kaho Shibuya save an alarming number of Hikikomori from their inner prison?
Kaho: Anime conventions where I’m a guest, baby! Come to my booth and you won’t regret it.
OG: Are you big on all-night clubbing and dancing in your country?
Kaho: If it’s an anison club where I can DJ and do some networking, of course. Other than that, I’d stay at home doing all-nighters finishing my writing works while binge-watching anime.
OG: For more of Kaho Shibuya, catch her on her official media platforms and her personal websites: