腐女子彼女(My Girlfriend’s a Geek)?
I’m currently reading the manga My Girlfriend’s A Geek. There’s also a live action film for this! Yet, I hear the live action version really sucks. Well, 3-D people are acting. So, of course, it’s inferior to 2-D.
I find the English title “My Girlfriend’s a Geek” disturbing. Because the original title is 腐女子彼女 Fujoshi Kanojo (fujoshi girlfriend), and technically, fujoshi is not a geek. Fujoshi is a yaoi fangirl. Sub-subculture of Otakudom. Moreover, otaku and geek are essentially different.
Geek is an IT-wiz. Otaku is a fanatic in subculture, especially anime, manga, and video game. Of course, some of them can be geeks, but not all of them. Not all of them are intellectuals. I wasn’t a straight A student, but barely a C student by enormous help of extra credits. Because Akihabara has been historically associated with electronics, recently IT, maybe that’s why otaku is seen as a tech-savant. But many otakus are ordinary folks. Otaku doesn’t mean “geek.” So, it’s lost in translation. Otaku is more “meek” than “geek.”
But who cares if a girl is a geek or meek? Or even fujoshi! The girl in the manga is extremely cute. But I totally understand how she feels. She always questions her boyfriend that if he’s okay with dating an otaku. Yes, even today in the 21th century, otakus are still seen as weirdos. Otakus now have become socially acceptable, but still weirdos to the mass. It’s the eyes of people around you that puts you down.
Otaku is meek, gentle spirit, a highly sensitive person (HSP). Yes, I’m hypervigilant. I rather prefer a quiet peaceful environment. A bar, disco, dance club, strip club, these are too loud and noisy, and too many people drinking, screaming, and dancing, it’s a conundrum. It’s the very city life that wears me out. It’s very metropolitan, even megalopolitan. Yes, too many megalomaniacs with megalothymia.
I don’t want to be watched when I’m working or doing something. I rather do independently without anybody present. They are the mirror, God is the mirror, Amaterasu told us to regard the mirror as her. So, I can’t face them. The mirror is a pan-opticon surveillance camera. It’s Big Brother, or should I say Big Sister since my background is not Western Judeo-Christain, but Japanese Shinto revering Sun Goddess? That’s why I rather stay home. The best eco way is to stay home and watch anime. Since the word “eco” originally meant “home” in Greek!
And when do you get most conscious of the mirror? Romantic rejection. Yet, people say, “Hey, it’s no big deal.” When I tell them I came to America because of rejection by 3-D girls, they think I’m just joking and laugh it off. But once they know I’m telling the truth, they look at me like I’m some sort of wimp. “Such a small guy.” Yes, contempt in their eyes! More mirrors to face! That’s exactly why I can’t face them. But recently an article from Bloomberg Businessweek reports a new scientific study that emotional trauma may be as grave as physical trauma. That proves my point! See, I was right!
The word “wimp” has a negative connotation. So, I will rather say “meek.” Because “meek” is praised in the Scripture! The meek don’t go out and seek a fight. They rather stay home and avoid conflicts. So, we withdraw. Socrates even said withdraw is a courageous thing to do in The Laches. So, I retreat from 3-D to my home, the most courageous act in the world!
Therefore, if I ever see an otaku girl traumatized by the mirror, I will tell her, “Hey look! Meek is beautiful!” I don’t even need to bring up the Beatitude to support this claim. Because it is self-evident! Otaku the most beautiful!
And now, it’s time for girls to claim “My Boyfriend’s a Meek!” 草食系男子彼氏! That is my salvation!