Tokyo—May 19, 2022—Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living ASEAN (HILL ASEAN) held ASEAN SEI-KATSU-SHA FORUM 2022, announcing findings from surveys and research into the attitudes and behavior of ASEAN sei-katsu-sha—Hakuhodo’s term for the holistic person—as well as implications for marketing. The topic was “Into the Fandom: How tribes of fans will be the next power in ASEAN society?”
A “fandom” is generally defined as: “People who are passionate fans of singers, manga, sports, hobbies, and so on, and the world/culture formed by these fans.” In Japan, the phenomenon has recently been expressed using the new coinage “oshikatsu,” which means “to enthusiastically support a singer, actor, etc., that one feels particular devotion to.”
HILL ASEAN conducted quantitative research on and interviewed “Fandom sei-katsu-sha” passionate about their fandoms in six ASEAN countries and Japan* to shed light on the what triggered them to join their fandom, the activities they engage in with fellow fans, the benefits they receive from their fandom, and the structure and significance of their fandom communities.
* Countries studied: Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan (quantitative survey only in Japan)
Our findings showed that ASEAN sei-katsu-sha gain not just fun and relief from the stresses of life from their fandoms. Fandoms also offer fans a place to explore their creativity; a sense of belonging, with connections with others that are like a second family; and the power of numbers, which enables them to change world. Moreover, ASEAN Fandom sei-katsu-sha are all equal within their community. A society free of hierarchy is, in a way, an ideal society, and fandoms are a place of comfort and support to Fandom sei-katsu-sha.
Meanwhile, HILL ASEAN nominated three hopes that ASEAN sei-katsu-sha seek to have met in their fandom: “To matter,” “To have something that matters” and “To have my hopes that matter fulfilled.” It became clear that ASEAN Fandom sei-katsu-sha are passionate about their fandoms because they are unlikely to receive or have met in actual society the benefits and value they gain from their fandoms.
Growing economic disparity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political, environmental and gender issues. These and other social issues that are beyond sei-katsu-sha’s ability to solve on their own exist in ASEAN. We believe that in ASEAN, fandoms are utopias with new economic zones and living spaces, where all is equal and egalitarian.
From these findings, HILL ASEAN coined the term MATTER-VERSE—meaning an ideal community that fulfills the most cherished hopes of sei-katsu-sha—to denote the fandoms that seize the hearts of ASEAN sei-katsu-sha in ways unlikely to be achieved in actual society.
This report looks at some of the quantitative research.
HILL ASEAN will continue to support the marketing activities of companies in ASEAN through research into the attitudes and behavior of ASEAN sei-katsu-sha.
A special webpage has been created for this research on the HILL ASEAN website. It contains detailed survey findings, commentary on the research content, implications for marketing, and other information. Please refer to it in addition to this press release.