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| "Re(10):otakus and moe" , posted Sat 20 May 06:57|
This artist picks up on a number of good points, especially how the current otakus are becoming target to a money making cycle. On the other hand, she says some really weird things and also neglects to mention the female side of the otakus, those known as the 腐女's.
The girls (I hear they're calling them otome nowadays, dunno if that's what's written there) generally don't feel as threatening or weird - at least apart from Nevada-tan there aren't any major cases of one killing someone in the media, that I know of at least.
Then again, they're the target audience for her work, and you don't bite the hand that feeds you...
Quick roundup for people that can't read Japanese: She's a comic artist that draws for the female audience. She's considered to have a conservative mind towards men and demands them to be "manly".
I wonder if that how she depicts them in her comics... considering what's out there strictly for the female audience, odds are her male characters wouldn't have a hard time identifying with the girls and vice-versa...
A few of her suggestions to make the men in Japan more "manly" include the return of the military-draft system in Japan, and the addition of special taxes to single men.
This one's tragically funny, encouraging people to get married strictly for the tax benefits (or "damage control")... THAT should do wonders for the proliferation of happy marriages and emotionally well-adjusted families, considering the current family structure in Japan has enough of a problem with that, the hikikomori phenomena being its peak, or something rather close to it...
(On the other hand, she also criticizes men that seek "female-ness" to women.)
I wonder if in a couple of years' time tomboyishness will be the new moe...
I have my own theories on the moe appeal thing, but I've been reading Jung on a whim and I hardly have a solid background in psychology - my take on it is that many otaku see something of themselves in those childlike apparently helpless characters they so adore and ideally feel the instinct to protect... many of whom would probably still have a thing or two to learn about taking care of themselves...
"Beat the machine that works in your head!" - Guano Apes "Open Your Eyes"