Here is a written interview with the Brand influencer and internet personality known as Swaps4.
Q1. Tell us who you are and what you do?
Hi, my name is Jake Caprino and I go by the online alias Swaps4. I’m originally from London, England, but I am currently based in Japan.
I’ve been an avid anime fan for most of my life and I thoroughly enjoy marketing and social media, and with that passion, I’ve channelled it into a career.
I’m currently a subcontractor based in Japan and utilize my skills within Japanese companies.
Q2. What gave you the desire to become a content creator when you first started?
When I first started to create content and write articles in 2010 information regarding Japanese anime was rather scarce and I figured I could help fill that hole.
That being said, I’m unsure what really drove me to produce content. I guess I’m never satisfied so I always aim for more.
I’m a huge fan of anime so I love being able to produce content related to it, this plays a major part in why I do what I do.
Q3. What challenges did you have when you first started out?
Hmmm, that’s a tough question. I’ve had a decent amount of walls block my path many times, too many to count in fact.
Two things I’ve always struggled with is my sleeping schedule and time management.
I always thought I could be more productive at night and if I stayed up longer I could achieve more. Oh man, I was wrong. You need sleep to function and to think more clearly, sleep is key to getting stuff done.
My time management used to be pretty bad and I didn’t value my time so my schedule was all over the place.
In recent years, I’ve understood that my time is valuable and that I should treasure and utilize it more.
That being said, I have multiple clocks scattered across my apartment so I always know the time and they’re often set ahead or behind by 10 minutes. This way I think I’m either behind on time or ahead, so I feel a sense of urgency to get stuff done and not be late.
I also have a notebook at hand at all time for taking notes and writing down tasks to do.
My personal advice is to never give up and keep being productive.
Sorry in advance for the wall of text, haha.
Q4 From your twitter I see your fans of some lewd artists do you have a favorite that you particularly follow?
Haha, are you trying to put me on the spot here? It’s called hentai and it’s art.
Q5. I see you play league of legends from your videos who are your main characters you play as?
I actually haven’t played League of Legends for a few years now but my favorite main characters were Renekton, Riven, and Katarina. The main roles I prefered were top and middle.
I really enjoyed playing the above characters since they’re so versatile and can really change a game from a loss to a win if played well. Riven’s playstyle was so unique when she was first release compared to everyone else in the champion pool so I decided to main her.
Q6 Any thoughts on League of legends anime ad coming out soon?
It’s rather interesting to observe how companies engage with their customers/fans/users these days, and Riot Games is a great example for that.
They understand that anime is getting more popular as each year passes by and most likely their main demographic is anime fans so they want to appeal to them.
For example, I remember everyone going crazy over Ezreal because he had Haruhi Suzumiya’s Hare Hare Yukai dance and that caused people to play him more often.
Also, a decent amount of skins are anime or Japan inspired which makes people want to purchase them.
Overall it’s wonderful that League of Legends Season 2019: A New Journey is heavily influenced by anime, but I wonder if we’ll ever see an actual League of Legends anime soon?
Q7 Where would you recommend our audience should go to if they wanted to visit Japan?
If you’re into Japanese culture and love sightseeing, I would recommend Kyoto, Osaka, and Yokohama.
If you want to visit sacred Shinto shrines, magnificent Buddhist temples, and experience a large variety of food, I highly recommend visiting the above three.
If you’re a die-hard anime fan, you must visit Akihabara which has gained recognition as the center of Japan’s otaku. Akihabara jam-packed of many electronics shops and anime shops. If you’re to visit Japan and you love anime, you must stop by the dozens of stores specializing in anime, manga, retro video games, figurines, card games and other collectables.
I would personally recommend visiting Ikebukuro, it’s also a center of otaku culture but not as large or well known as Akihabara.
While Ikebukuro caters more to the female fans, it’s a great place to try different food and relax at the SEGA arcade.
Overall Japan has many great places to visit, so don’t limit yourself if you visit!