Japanese Youth Discontent and the Hikikomori Phenomenon

We often watch anime without a deep consideration of the culture that it comes from. One such example is the problem of hikikomori. Its representation through anime is often misunderstood and full of misinformation. It is not uncommon for such a deep social issue to be played off with jokes about the sad nerds and their shameful lives. I ask you, however, how well do you know the hikikomori? Do you really understand the implications of hikikomori on not just Japanese society but the world as a whole? While Welcome to the N.H.K. might have garnered some our sympathies, I would imagine few truly realize what they are laughing at. Take a second and peep through the looking glass–you might be surprised.

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The Deceptions of Suzumiya Haruhi

Haruhi’s been on a pedestal for 3 years now. It has long been held as Kyoani’s ace in the hole: yeah yeah yeah, x anime is pretty good, but when the next season of Haruhi comes out, it’ll blow everything out of the water. Since when did Haruhi ever deserve such high praise and devout worship? When you really look at it, isn’t Haruhi just another goddamn harem with the same stock harem characters?

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Duality of Male Viewership in Anime

When you watch enough anime, the main characters’ voices all tend to blend together. They’re not always voiced by the same actor, but they might as well be. Most of the time, they all look and act the same. They usually always have black hair, not too neat but not too wild. They’re not especially bright, usually don’t even do all that well in school, but gosh darn don’t they work hard.

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To be quite frank, these “heroes” of anime are quite ordinary and it’s obvious why: it’s all a lie. These pathetic males represent a part of male anime fans, but not the dominant part. Only the deceptive part, and thus they must be weak and pathetic not just so they can deceive (and I’ll get into who they’re trying to deceive), but also so they do not and could not threaten and usurp the alpha male in us that it is separated from.

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