This dōjinshi presents the first results of interviews I have made with Japanese male shota fans, divided into these sections:
- Presentation of the participants
- Preferred ages
- Preferred type of shota
- Sexuality and lifestyle
- Real shota
Although the interviews were made separately, both over email and in physical meetings, I have intertwined the answers to create the feeling of a conversation between the participants. I have also drawn sketches of the participants to support this feeling.
And since this is a dōjinshi, I have also created my own character, Tarō-kun, who adorn several of the pages. Drawing my own character was also a way for me to come closer to the mindset of shota artists. It was actually a very overwhelming experience to come up with Tarō-kun and let him take various forms and expressions through my pen. It felt like giving life!
Shota Ripōto 1 premiered at Shotafes 5 in Yokohama on 16 February 2020. I sold 42 copies for 200 yen each. Many of the buyers showed interest in the study, and in the following weeks I met some of them to conduct further interviews.
A separate English translation is available as a simple folded leaflet.