Manga otaku for the win? (For real this time)

By bluemist on September 23rd, 2008

A bit of a shocker in the news a few days ago when Japan’s Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo resigns from the post… blah blah blah.

While I don’t think that he would transform Japan into Akihabara Country… blah blah blah.

Don’t get your hopes up though, Aso may not even win. I’m not too keen on Japanese politics… blah blah blah.

On the other hand, if government offices start hiring maids wearing gothloli Rozen Maiden-like outfits I would be pleasantly surprised. Sound impossible? Remember this is Japan, anything goes.

You already heard it from me last year, but this time it’s with full certainty that Rozen Aso will be Japan’s new PM, assuming the LHC machine on the far side of the world didn’t brainwash the majority party or its supporters in Japan. And so a million otakus rejoice, stocks of manga companies rise, and the rest of the world don’t care much.

I need to go back to my hibernating and see how this plays off. If it opens the door to more exposure to Japan’s subculture, it will be a rocky road ahead. Don’t get me wrong, for example: If mainstream discovers Taro Aso reads Rozen Maiden, mainstream will wonder what the hell Rozen Maiden is, and people (over the world, not necessarily just Japan) will either love it (and by extension, Shugo Chara will be more popular yay!) or hate it (oh gawd loli dolls Japan’s PM roricon domo me). It’s always not a good thing, you know. Can’t have your cake without a lie or two.


Posted By: thenightsshadow On: September 23, 2008 At: 11:02 am

Well, that’s something interesting.
Not like it really makes a difference, now that otakus aren’t that heavily discriminated like before.

Posted By: Ryan A On: September 23, 2008 At: 1:19 pm

Geek is Sheik ^^

Posted By: TP On: September 23, 2008 At: 2:21 pm

It’s not even about his obsession with Rozen Maiden that will make my opinion of Tarō Asō. If he can bring about a reversal of Japan’s economic downturns (more not considering his banks are major creditors of the Lehman Brothers collapse), I will sure to put him in my list of leaders that deserves respect, whether or not he reads manga.

Posted By: Ronin AnimeLover On: September 23, 2008 At: 6:47 pm

Let’s just assume that positive things will happen. If that fails, then let’s proclaim, “Oh hell…” altogether. 😛

Posted By: bluemist On: September 24, 2008 At: 9:13 am

By the way America is going right now, any chance that Japan will be #1 economy?

Not sure if I like or hate it that way.