Some wag on 2ch came out with this rather interesting result, giving a powerful insight into the rise of the Lolita complex:
As you may know, Google recently celebrated their tenth anniversary by opening a retro version of Google search which searches their earliest available index, from 2001, back when Al Gore was still fitting the tubes together with duct tape.
Searching this index can give some insight into the primeval Internet, and some results can be rather surprising.
Take a simple search of the Japanese Internet for loli (ロリ in Japanese):
2001 Loli (ロリ):
Results 1 – 10 of about 41,300 for ロリ. (0.02 seconds)
2008 Loli (ロリ):
Results 1 – 10 of about 13,600,000 for ロリ. (0.11 seconds)
“Loli” in English gives a similarly pronounced inflation, from 96,100 to 13,300,000, though since the English language Internet dwarfs the Japanese one it is not a straightforward comparison.
Might we conclude that this is the new lolicon era? Or perhaps the lolicon had simply not yet migrated to the Internet? Whatever the case, it looks like lolicon are here to stay, whatever Beako or her less charming imitators may have to say about the matter…