Former Dempagumi.inc Idol Moga Mogami Reveals Secret Gaming Life
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Former Dempagumi.inc idol Moga Mogami appeared on NTV's talk variety program Konya Kurabetemimashita on Wednesday. On the program, Mogami revealed that she has secretly been an avid online gamer for years.
Mogami said she spends many nights staring at her two computers while playing online games. Nothing fazes Mogami when she gets into games, and she completely zones out. She usually begins playing at about 11:00 p.m. and sometimes plays until dawn at about 4:00 a.m. Mogami admitted that she has spent as much as 36 hours straight playing online games. She noted that she once chatted with a middle-aged man online who told her, "You're young, so get out of the game world."
Mogami revealed that the most she has spent in one month on gaming is 200,000 yen (about US$1,800). She is not alone among serious gamers in spending large sums of money on her hobby, but Mogami's admission surprised the other guests and hosts who appeared on the program. Yano Research Institute's 2016 otaku market report revealed in December that people who self-identified as online game otaku spent an average of 16,393 yen (US$144) on their hobby per year.
The reveal of Mogami's private gaming life has gained attention online. Many online commenters were surprised that a former idol is a serious gamer, but some people also said they understood Mogami's dedication. Commenters confirmed that Mogami's case is similar to other people who become involved in online gaming.
Mogami retired from Dempagumi.inc in August. She guest-starred in the Gekijō-ban gdgd Yōseis tte Iu Eiga wa Dō kana…? film as part of the unit. The idol group has performed theme songs for anime such as The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., Punch Line, and Ahare! Meisaku-kun.
Source: Sirabee (Ramutaso)