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English citations of waifu
Noun: "(fandom slang) a fictional character from non-live-action visual media (typically an anime, manga, or video game) that one is attracted to and/or considers a significant other"
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2008 30 October, Galen, “Re: Japanese launch campaign to marry comic book characters”, rec.arts.manga, Usenet:
- So long as I get to claim my virtual waifu and our 30 virtual children as tax deductions, I don't really care if I can't touch her.
2009 31 December, Dave Watson, “Re: K-ON! 2nd season announced”, rec.arts.anime.misc, Usenet:
- Seriously, it was fun, but here's hoping that they lay off some of the bits that got old real quick, like Mio getting scared easily. I would not like to have someone that timid as "mai waifu" (as if I'd marry a bloody high school girl anyway). Makes me wonder what that says about the otaku who worship her.
2010 26 March, Untergrundkoenig [username], “Re: 49 Spring Anime -- full previews, w/staff, cast, story, images, trailers”, rec.arts.anime.misc, Usenet:
- Ritsu is my Waifu *_*
- 2012, Dani Cavallaro, Kyoto Animation: A Critical Study and Filmography, McFarland & Company (2012), ISBN 9780786470686, page 126:
- Bradley Meek's portrayal of Lucky☆Star's protagonist is particularly worthy of notice in assessing the anime's take on the art-play dyad: “Konata Izumi is a high school otaku hardcore enough to know trivia about seventies giant robot and tokusatsu shows,” the critic proposes, “but not hardcore enough to own a bodypillow of her waifu [a 2D significant other]. […]
- 2013, "Rok the Reaper", "Otaku Culture: Husbando & Waifu", Genki Life Magazine, Winter 2013, page 48:
- She is my waifu because she is my absolute favorite gaming character of all time and is the most fun I have ever had playing in a fighting game.