There are some peculiar things about Yuichiro Nagashima. OK, that is a ludicrous statement, there are many downright odd things about Yuichiro Nagashima, from his nickname of Jienotsu, which embodies the character he portrays, to the clothing he wears in public to play this character. Then of course is the fact that he is an obsessive anime fan and that his fanbase seems to consist entirely of "cosplaying" teens, many basically crossdressing. Nagashima talked with K-1's official site, and he knew that the odds were against him going into the fight.
|-- Honestly, did you think you would lose.|
|Jienotsu: I wanted to finish it in the first round and I didn't really imagine I would win in the second. I thought I would do my best, and when I won I was like, "That's what K-1 is all about!" I really felt like I'm the new face if K-1. I did what Masato couldn't do, right?|
|-- There were a lot of DREAM fans there so the whole arena reacted when you won.|
|Jienotsu: I heard it was the biggest rated moment of the night. I'm up against non-fightfans. That means they don't know much about K-1. And I'm sure that there are DREAM fans that don't care about K-1. I think I engaged all those people. I think I got them to feel that they might want to at least watch my fights.|
|-- Did you see the reaction on the Internet?|
|Jienotsu: I followed on 'Channel 2' (Japan's most popular BBS). Before the fight people were like, "I wonder which bone Jienotsu will get broken". I showed them. Things change so quickly on the net. People looked at the fight and some said, "I guess cosplay isn't that bad" which made me happy.|
Nagashima is always looking out for cosplayers' rights everywhere, I guess. Nagashima also has a new book out entitled JiDENotsu that tells his life story, up until the last few months, and if you have to wonder exactly what kind of things he overcame to become the fighter he is now, well, behold.
|-- What's in it?|
|Jienotsu: How I went from shut-in and bullied kid to martial artist to K-1 Japan champion. What inspired me to try hard. It's a book with a lot of "moe" (fan spirit).|
|-- What kind of person do you want to read it?|
|Jienotsu: I hope people who are lost and confused read it. People who are shut-ins.|
If you are a shut-in or gender confused with K-1 aspirations, take a page from Nagashima's book, you might end up a MAX Japan champion and have the scalp of one of the best MMA fighters in the world to show off to your peers. [source]