Unrequited love is 1% of lust and 99% of rust. – An otaku in NAFTA
The world God only knows. The 2-D world that Otaku only knows. Yes, otaku is new God. And God is poor. Victor Hugo also said “Seeing so much poverty everywhere makes me think that God is not rich.” Living off stacks of cup-ramen (or omusoba bread). Poverty makes us hungry both economically and romantically. Hunger for skinship. Lust for romance. Pink Floyd sings Young lust. But, Otaku’s lust is Young Rust:
Will some woman in the 2-D land
Make me feel like Iron Man?
Take this moetical refugee
Uuu baby, set me free
Uuu, I need a 2-D woman
Uuu, I need a 2-D girl ♪
Turning away from Yahweh’s creation, a rib of Adam, is a sin. 2-D girls are not made of the rib, but the chip of the computer. Yes, lusting after 2-D girls is perversion. Yet, since otakus are God now, we create 2-D girls, so we can set our own rules. Plus, Victor Hugo’s word will make our point better:
Seeing so many perverts everywhere makes me think that God is a pervert.
Seeing so many otakus everywhere makes me think that God is an otaku.
What’s the original meaning of “perversion”? Divert from faith. Diversion. Aversion. Avert from society. Avert from 3-D. Therefore, whoever avoids or escapes from 3-D and takes refuge in 2-D is a pervert. Yes, Otaku is a pervert. Sukebe. Hentai. Apostate.
In turn, advert means “to engage in 3-D.” It’s advertising. Yes, engagement. Marriage is engagement to family and society. Engage means “secure employment” too. And “get people attracted” also. Community involvement. In other words, 3-D engagement.
A pervert is bad, and an advert is good. 2-D citizens are perverts, and 3-D citizens are adverts. Whether you run away or run in.
So, what makes us 2-D citizens? It’s romantic poverty.
Pauper. Paucus (little) + parare (acquire) in Latin. Get almost nothing or very little skinship. Paucus is poco in spanish. So, mucho trabajo, poco dinero. Poco skinship. Genius also is a pauper. Mucho perspiration, poco inspiration. 99% of perspiration, only 1% of inspiration. Yes, corrosion of heart. Deterioration and debilitation of body and soul. Yes, emptiness inside. I’m always poor at heart since girls don’t reciprocate my feeling… Thus, 1% of lust, but 99% of rust.
I try hard not to fall in love. Falling in love is engagement to 3-D. And 3-D is the source of suffering.
Ah, girls… Why are they so cute? Why are they so attractive? I try so hard to avert eye contact with them, otherwise, I’d fall in love. California is pretty much sunny all year long, so I’m supposed to be stable emotionally. An easy going attitude is what California is all about. Yet, once I see girls, my emotion goes unstable. They totally mess up my rhythm, particularly my sleeping cycle. It’s really bad. It’s like a thunderstorm. Yes, especially, rainy day makes me really gloomy. That’s why I listen to Bossa Nova.
Bossa Nova is soothing for rainy days. The greatest bossa song from Anime is probably Cardcaptor Sakura‘s 2nd ED, Honey by Chihiro. Yes, a girl looking at the outside through the window brooding during a rainy day. Lyrics is so beautiful, a girl unable to sleep at night, hugging her knees, with tears of sorrow… That’s my emotional situation. Saudade.
So, why are we otakus rusting? One of the reasons is that the fact that Japanese youth, single men from 18 to 34, almost 1/4 of them, never had a girlfriend. That is insane! Too many young men are unmarketable since market fundamentalism operates the world. No wonder Akiba is a hotbed of otaku. No girl has shown me any sign such as trying to beat the crap out of me. Sign or flag is a miracle. If only I saw that sign…my life would have been a divine comedy. Romance = divinity, thus, romantic comedy is divine comedy! Farewell to unrequited love!