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This has been something that has been bugging me for a while:

Why are there so many llamas in anime and in anime fan culture?

Some specific anime examples:

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You can buy alpacas at conventions too:

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Where is this coming from? Why do I keep seeing llamas?! I don't believe llamas/alpaca are even native to Japan? (Although I did find a farm in Nasu)

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    please forgive my lack of knowledge on how to distinguish between the two – Toshinou Kyouko Aug 24 '15 at 18:34
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    I found a similar topic of this on reddit, and theres an answer there that's rather interesting conserning the alpacamania. See here: reddit.com/r/anime/comments/1mfgs8/… – Chen Orihara Aug 25 '15 at 0:39
  • I believe it's alpaca, not llama, which is popular in Japan culture. I also often see the Japanese refer to alpaca while watching videos on NicoDou... though I'm not sure if NicoNicoPedia (Japanese) could give a hint why alpaca is popular there. – Aki Tanaka Aug 26 '15 at 6:39
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@ChenOrihara's link seems to be correct - it's not just an anime thing, there is an overall trend in Japan that sees alpacas being included in unlikely situations.

There's even a company that leases alpacas for weddings:

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Their popularity may have been triggered when the alpaca farm in Nasu was built in 1999 - bringing 200 alpacas into the country. Subsequent farms have been built also. The Nasu farm currently has >400 alpacas

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    I DO want an apalca for my wedding – Ikaros Dec 26 '15 at 14:26

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