Also acceptable is the first anime to have body pillows (or dakimakura) as merchandise.
Anime body pillows are a big part of anime otaku culture - but this can't have always been the case. I doubt there were body pillows of the characters back in the 60s.
When did body pillows start being sold as merchandise for anime and who was the character to get the first pillowification?
I'm interested in officially licensed body pillows only - and specifically body pillows as opposed to normal pillows (if the line is vague though, that's fine).