Otaku Debate: Finding an Anime Girlfriend

Last week’s debate indicated a fairly split opinion on the quality of the summer anime season. 59% of you said it was either average or horrible, whereas 31% liked it. 12% didn’t even bother watching any shows from this season at all. Based on these results, it think it’s safe to say the summer season received a somewhat negative reception from our readers.

As many of you have already seen, my room is decked out in all manner of otaku merchandise. Upon seeing those photos, one of my friends remarked, “Now that’s the kind of room guaranteed to repel girls. If she doesn’t turn tail and run after seeing that, she’s a keeper!”

That got me thinking. Are girls really turned off by such overt displays of nerdiness, as my friend claimed? The dream of any otaku (or any nerd, for that matter) is to find a significant other who shares their interests. I’m sure we’ve all fantasized about that perfect girl or guy who’s both cute and into K-ON!. The question is, can we turn that fantasy into reality? Is it really viable to meet an anime girlfriend or boyfriend? What would be the best method for finding otaku romance? Or are we all doomed to spend our lives alone, crying ourselves to sleep every night while hugging our catgirl body pillows? That, dear readers, is what this week’s debate is about. Cast your vote in the poll below, and share your thoughts in the comment section!

What's the best way to meet an anime boyfriend/girlfriend?

  • I'd rather just meet a normal boy/girl. I don't care if they're not into anime. (29%, 35 Votes)
  • I plan to find a normal boyfriend/girlfriend and convert them! (21%, 25 Votes)
  • At a con! Go for the cosplayers, I say. (15%, 18 Votes)
  • At your local anime club. (13%, 15 Votes)
  • I already have an anime boyfriend/girlfriend. Jealous? (10%, 12 Votes)
  • I'm not looking for companionship. I prefer the bachelor life. (9%, 11 Votes)
  • Via a social network like Twitter or Facebook. (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Via an online dating service. (4%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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Otaku Debate: Did the Summer Anime Season Suck?

Surprisingly, last week’s debate didn’t generate the knee-jerk negative reaction towards obesity that I expected. Most of the poll respondents said they preferred their girls anywhere from “meaty” to “slightly chubby,” which could be considered average weight for most people. It’s nice to see our readers have rejected the “thin = sexy” message of pop culture and formed more realistic standards of beauty!

This week’s topic is a bit of a painful one for me. In my humble opinion, this anime season has been a total letdown. Most of the shows, such as Seitokai Yakuindomo and Ookami-san, were just too bland to be worthwhile… and the few that showed promise, like Occult Academy and Highschool of the Dead, turned out to be total duds. The only show that’s marginally entertaining at this point is Mitsudomoe, but the very risque humor makes it appealing to only a small subset of otaku.

Now, I don’t think this means anime is doomed or anything silly like that. We’ve had bad seasons before, particularly in the early nineties after the last economic crash. Still, that doesn’t make it any less depressing to slog through such mediocrity. Has this season left you in a similar state of despair? Or do you think that I’m being overly negative? Are there any anime this season you did enjoy, or are you taking refuge in old classics like Dirty Pair and Gundam while this storm blows over? Vote in the poll below, and share your thoughts in the comment section!

(Just FYI: I consider K-ON!! to be a spring season show, so it doesn’t figure into this debate.)

Did the summer anime season suck?

  • It was average, I guess. *yawn* (38%, 42 Votes)
  • I think it was pretty good. (23%, 25 Votes)
  • I agree with Jon. It was horrid. (19%, 21 Votes)
  • I haven't watched any shows from this season. (12%, 13 Votes)
  • You're full of crap! This season was awesome! (8%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 110

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Otaku Debate: Can Fat Girls Be Sexy?

You cannot unsee this.

Last week’s sexy hair poll was so popular, I decided to make a weekly poll-oriented debate column. Welcome to the inaugural edition of Otaku Debate! Here, we will discuss the hard-hitting issues facing the otaku community today, while oogling as many sexy ladies as we can. Let’s begin!

When I posted this image to Twitter last night, I was surprised when many of my followers expressing support for fat fetishism. Quite a few people thought that pictures such as this one (VERY NSFW) and the one above were sexy, often repeating the catchphrase “Big girls need love too.” This got me thinking… last week’s poll seemed to indicate a certain sense of conformity with regard to hairstyle preferences, with twintails and waist-length hair being the most popular. Are there a significant number of otaku who go against the norm and enjoy a nice, fat anime girl? Or is this particular fetish relegated to fringe status, supported by a small but vocal minority? Vote in the poll below, then let me know your thoughts on the matter in the comments!

Do you find fat girls sexy?

  • I don't mind a girl with a bit of meat on her. I wouldn't go so far as to say "fat" though. (41%, 56 Votes)
  • A little chubbiness is fine, but not TOO much. I like girls who are "fat in all the right places." (32%, 44 Votes)
  • Hell no! I like my girls thin. (16%, 22 Votes)
  • Yeah, I think fat girls are sexy. However, there is a limit. Morbidly obese is too far. (11%, 15 Votes)
  • I prefer my girls obese, often to the point of immobility. Perhaps the internet has warped my sensibilities? (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 138

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Bakacast Briefs: The Death of Anime

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Will moe be the death of anime?

Last week, Dai Sato claimed that anime will disappear within the next thirty years, due to a lack of creativity in the industry. On this week’s Bakacast, we address that controversial issue. Is the over-saturation of moe to blame for the anime studios’ financial woes? Or is this just another genre craze that has overstayed its welcome? Does too much focus on merchandising limit quality storytelling? We debate these difficult questions and more.

After that serious business, we move on to lighter fare with this week’s anime reviews.

That’s it for this week. We’d love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think in the comments below! [Opening music is “Invaders Must Die” by ChipDudeRoss]

2D vs 3D: Schoolgirl Edition

It seems there’s hope for you dummyheads after all! You chose 2D over 3D in last week’s debate. *sniff* I’m so proud!

This week is a no-holds-barred battle between sexy schoolgirls. Do you prefer your serafuku-clad seductress in two dimensions or three? Does it really matter, since your chances of scoring with either are essentially nonexistent? If you enjoy these kind of pictures, does that make you a social deviant? Is the sexualization of high-school students morally justifiable? Do you even care? WHY AM I ASKING SO MANY QUESTIONS?

Which schoolgirl is sexier?

  • Do you have the 3D girl's phone number? (41%, 69 Votes)
  • I confess my love for the 2D one! (32%, 53 Votes)
  • Er... can't I have both? (27%, 46 Votes)

Total Voters: 168

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2D vs 3D: Second Round

Much to my surprise and chagrin, 3D was the clear victor of last week’s debate. Seriously, what the hell! You people call yourselves true otaku?  Shame on you!

Perhaps you’ll come to your senses for this week’s debate. Here are the contestants for round two! On the left we have a buxom blue-haired beauty, Shimei Ryomou of Ikkitousen. To the right is the lovely actress and gravure idol Rina Akiyama. May the sexiest woman win!

Cast your vote now!

Which is sexier, 2D Shimei or 3D Rina?

  • The 2D version is obviously superior! (49%, 33 Votes)
  • Sorry, but the 3D version is still sexier. (27%, 18 Votes)
  • They're BOTH sexy! I can't choose! (24%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 67

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2D vs 3D: The Battle Begins!

Since the dawn of the internet, mankind has been plagued by one absolute question…. which is sexier, 2D or 3D? Well, we here at Project Haruhi have decided to answer that question once and for all by hosting a series of 2D vs 3D debates! Here’s how it works: I’ll post a set of 2D/3D comparison images, and you readers will chose via poll which one you think is best. LET THE DEBATE BEGIN!

Here are the contestants! On the left we have Rukia Kuchiki in all her gorgeous 2D glory, and on the right a voluptuous Asian beauty cosplaying her in 3D!

Cast your vote now!

Which version of Rukia is sexiest?

  • The 3D version, because she's not imaginary! (67%, 63 Votes)
  • Argh, I can't decide! I pick BOTH!! (20%, 19 Votes)
  • The 2D version, of course! 2D is always superior! (13%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

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