“Anime, Manga & Games are Killing Japan”

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A BBC journalist opining on why Japan is a doomed nation has suggested that Japanese men who retreat from the real world into anime and game fantasies are the reason the nation faces a demographic death spiral.

His screed runs along these lines:

Imagine a country that knows it is shrinking. A country that knows it is ageing more rapidly than any other major industrialised nation on earth. Which has the highest proportion in the world of people over the age of 65, and the lowest ratio of under 15s. That country is Japan.

As I reported on Wednesday, on current trends, the population of Japan will have halved by the end of the century.

It is, literally, a country that is slowly dying.

According to one United Nations estimate, it’ll need to import 17 million foreign workers over the next 40 years, just to keep its economy afloat and provide enough carers to look after the elderly. (By 2050, there will be more than a million Japanese over the age of 100.)

I’m no social psychologist, so I wouldn’t dare to come up with an explanation for why Japanese couples aren’t having enough babies.

But one theory is that Japanese women are increasingly reluctant to marry, because they think Japanese men have shown themselves unable to adapt to the needs of a new, more flexible society – and have retreated into a fantasy world of comics, video games and animated pornography where they feel less threatened.

Of course, anyone capable of actually reading what the Japanese are saying and not merely what people are saying about the Japanese might come to very different conclusions about the causes of the schism between the sexes in Japan.

2ch’s commentary provides the usual scathing insights:

“If everyone retreats into a fantasy of games and anime a new era of peace will dawn.”

“If reality was so appealing all that manga would soon end up in the bin.”

“’Japanese women are increasingly reluctant to marry… Because men have retreated into anime and games’

Don’t you mean men have retreated into anime and games because they don’t want to marry these women?”

“What would happen if we had even more people in such a cramped country, with no natural resources?”

“Love Plus is reality.”

“But real women won’t marry you if your income is less than $100,000 a year?”

“Manga and games are part of reality too.”

“Basically this is all the fault of men isn’t it?”

“This is just another trick by the ones who want to have eroge banned.”

“And for some reason being engrossed in films, novels and soap operas is OK?”

“Anime and manga can do this? We should export them to enemy countries…”

“This guy is just like the ones who think there are still samurai in Japan…”

“How can anyone in their thirties with an income of $35,000 ever get married?”

“They are desperate to ignore what is going on in the UK, so they fixate on other countries…”

“There is no way anime or games have anything to do with low birth rates.”

“After struggling with reality I gave in and got Love Plus.”

“What about all the single men who have no interest in anime?”

“The problem is onanism feels so good.”

“As expected of the world’s most declined developed country, Britain…”

“I wonder if blaming everything on Japanese men will really help solve the problem?”

“I don’t know about the UK, but in Japan the social and economic hurdles to getting married have increased enormously in the past 20 years.”

“There’s no way a guy spending $600 on the DVDs of a single anime series can afford marriage.”

“The charms of women are all but gone. You can do the laundry at the press of a button and get dinner 24/7 at a conbini. If the need for cleaning disappears there’ll be no need to nurture the world’s most haughty money grubbing parasite at all.”

“Probably the real reason is that a lot of guys now realise that once married your life is over.”

“There are only a few tens of thousands of otaku like this at worst. Just look at the sales figures for eroge or anime and you can tell in an instant.”

“The guy probably never even visited Japan, it looks like the kind of article a middle schooler could write using Wikipedia.”

“This is probably just due to low incomes, otaku are a tiny minority.”

(Quoting a column in the Nikkei BP:)

Why can’t young men wed anymore? I think it is because men can no longer say to women, ‘I can always protect you,’ in this dog-eat-dog world of restructurings and layoffs – such words are now unreal.

Women as a result now target two groups of men: “ikemen” (handsome, cool men), and rich men, the so-called ‘Hills tribe’ (referring to the ultra-prestigious Roppongi Hills residential tower).

But most men have neither money nor good looks, and as a result women will no longer consider them. Surprisingly, I’ve heard of cases where a chosen man will end up dating dozens or hundreds of women.

Since the ikemen and the rich monopolise the women, all that remains is a sterile desert, where normal men can no longer find a partner, so they flee to Akihabara and find love in the arms of an anime character.”

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  • i dont see alot of you mentioning the peer pressure element.

    alot of women would prefer to bitch with their friends like sheep about all the good men being taken or gay. thats more acceptable to them than taking a mediocre guy that would love her but getting judged by her friends.

    and dont forget the mothers brainwashing the girls with fairytale crap like “white knights and white weddings”

    ive been around alot of women, and when i listen to some of the crap they talk about it makes me wanna slink away to the edges of my society like a level 3 otaku. im lucky to have had the privilege to know what im missing.

    • Then you don’t know anything about women. Women are just like men: WE all have ideals of our partner. Guys have ideals of what a perfect woman is as women have of their man. But in the end, it is about compromising: it is finding somebody that you can get along with. A girl is willing to compromise as long as she enjoys talking to you.

      If you’re not charismatic enough (not a good talker), then of course the girls will not bat an eye on you. Keep blaming your incompetence on their end because it COMPLETELY justifies your end. At least the girls are getting shagged while you’re shagging your hand.

  • There are a number of factors that -could- be attributed to the decline, but the particulars of males and females have very little to do with it. Every comment listed here referring to the supposed ‘high standards’ of women could effectively be replaced by ‘the costs of raising a family’ and it would actually be more to the point. Considering the high cost of property in Japan, even being able to afford a living space to accommodate two parents and one child is well out of the reach of a large sector of the populace and increasing life expectancy isn’t clearing up much more space any time soon. General cost of living also leans on the high side while income rates about average compared to other nations, all a result of years of recession handled with no consumer level support. You also have those famous 100 hour workdays that can cut into time and energy that could be spent on fucking. When you look at the economics, it’s surprising anyone is having children, but women or geek stuff just make an easier target than taking a good hard look at business and money in the country.

  • “Manga and games are part of reality too.” made me lol.

    manga and games are the result of someone’s need to remove themself from society, not the cause. If there were no manga and games, people would find something else to retreat to.

  • Wow that BBC guy is such a retard. Every Summer I’ve been to Japan, some morons are seriously getting the wrong idea about it being a “dying nation,” in my opinion it’s way more lively than California, at least.

  • I think it is unfair to blame anime and manga for these problems. They are more a symptom of the underlying issues plaguing Japanese society.
    The ironic part of this article is that the 2ch responses simply prove the article’s point. They are the symptoms of a dangerous cocktail including a generation of women who have embraced woman’s lib. This is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination but when combined with a generation of men who stubbornly refuse to accept the new reality and cling on to dangerously outmoded models of womanhood and a society founded on absolute conformity that breeds social isolation, you get a really nasty combination.

    That being said, I weep for what Japanese social problems are doing to the anime industry. I grew up in the early 90’s, when anime was about cyborgs with mohawks ripping each others faces off and it was awesome. Now it is all about creating idealized sex objects who conform to a standard of womanhood that no longer exists.

    As for the response article’s assertion that we can no longer say “I will always protect you” in a “dog eat dog world of restructuring and layoffs.” I want you to stop and consider the inherent fallacy of that statement. The world today is significantly less “dog eat dog.” I mean, imagine saying that to your wife knowing full well that tomorrow the local Daimyo might send his Samurai to burn down your village and rape your wife because he wasn’t satisfied with the taxes you sent.

    Stop romanticizing peasant life. It was dirty, nasty, ugly and short. We should not miss it.

  • 1)women are just to picky, they consider almost all men below them, and those they do marry soon realise that they prefered life single when his wife wasn’t blowing his cash on curtians and the likes

    2)there are such thing a Otaku couples…rare but they do exist

    3)As already said, men who say im going to protect you are called rapists or stalkers AND LOCKED UP!!!

  • I love woman, I really do.
    But the problem is that they constantly, 24/7, getting in-between myself and my computer.
    They are like tamagochi’s, constantly demanding attention. The worst part is, there is no OFF button.

    Normally it ends with them getting hands on your wallet, then they become no longer interested in you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you ever actually been with a woman? Because most of them are nothing like that. If you actually took the time to get to know her, like one of your guy friends, before you decided to live with her you would find out that she probably isn’t anything like that at all.

      Besides, she doesn’t need you’re money, she can go out there and earn it her damn self. As a woman, I think that any girl that relies on her partner rather than herself doesn’t deserve to get married, because she’s still just a little girl who want you to spoil the shit out of her.

    • There’s a good reason for a woman to get in between you and your computer, and it’s quite obvious if you realize they see reality based on how it effects them.

      In their mind, when you’re on your computer you are probably
      A) Fapping – A woman’s biggest crux that they use to manipulate their mate is sex. Using your computer to fulfill your sexual needs on your own is seen as a huge threat. Quick tip, if you realize your girlfriend is using sex as a weapon / reward system GET OUT OF THAT RELATIONSHIP IMMEDIATELY! Seriously, it can’t end well.
      B) Talking to women online – Silly right? No girls on the internet. But when you’re online she’ll equate it to you being at the bar without her, socially speaking. Another threat.
      C) Not paying attention to her – This is probably the most pervasive reason. If you’re on your computer, you’re generally focusing all your attention on it. The one thing I think applies to all women, good and bad, is that they love attention. However, if you can’t spend more then 20 minutes on it without her interrupting in some way, the she’s probably high maintenance.

      • My fucking God Chris, in the C option you had just described my wife. What I’m supposed to do? Kill myself, divorce, dissapear? She has her own work, so I can do some stuff while she works, but indeed she is jellous of my computer and friends. and I just fucking hate that…

  • “Probably the real reason is that a lot of guys now realise that once married your life is over.”
    I simply vote for that, you can do all the sweet talk before you got married and thing turns the opposite way after.

  • its not anime/manga to blame its more to blame on the unrealistic standards that both sexes have the women for having increased appetite for rich and pretty boys
    and men for the desire to find the Yamato Nadeshiko which is impossible hence they look towards anime and manga
    so i blame both the males and females for the excessive lust, vanity, greed and perfectionism.

  • “J – men have retreated into a fantasy world of comics, video games and animated pornography where they feel less threatened.”
    So at least they contribute to a nation, or a world, dying.

  • MusicalNote says:

    “Anime and manga can do this? We should export them to enemy countries…”

    One of the most amusing things I’ve read recently.

    “This guy is just like the ones who think there are still samurai in Japan…”

    I know people like that…

    “The problem is onanism feels so good.”

    Maybe this it the true reason!

    “The charms of women are all but gone. You can do the laundry at the press of a button and get dinner 24/7 at a conbini. If the need for cleaning disappears there’ll be no need to nurture the world’s most haughty money grubbing parasite at all.”

    Oh, wait, even I’ll admit it’s probably this one…

  • Most men don’t avoid women to play porn games.
    Men play porn games when women avoid them.

    A vagina feels better than your own hand.

    I think the reason Japan’s population is dropping is because the cost of raising kids and putting them through school keeps going up. A lot of couples only have one or two kids because that’s all they can afford.

  • Wow.. Obviously this person did absolutely zero research. Have they even focused on the current family dynamics in Japan? Most couples are working, both male and female, and if they have children, then they would have to pay for daycare. With the current economic status it’s already hard enough to make ends meet with the high cost of living in Japan. Even renting space to live in Japan has increased due to the economic situation. With the high price of fuel, the cost of produce is obviously affected as well due to transport costs.

    BBC has unsurprisingly failed to bring real news as usual, instead they bring up falsified personal opinions in this matter.

  • If one were to take this media dorkmeister’s opinion seriously, you could make the argument that the cause of overpopulation in countries like India and China is a lack of sufficient amounts of anime and manga.

  • It’s crazy though. I basically don’t let this stuff bother me. I do give it a chance to find a girl out there who’ll like me for who I am, regardless of race. I admit like Asian women, and it would bug me if most Japanese or other Asian women won’t like me if I don’t have a high paying job or whatever. That is just it, thinking that kind of standard of finding a rich man is too much for most women in Japan. Sure, some women love men who are incredibly wealthy, but sometimes it could be out of their reach for those looking for them. Why wait that long to find a rich man? I know some are out there, but there isn’t a lot of them as some people think.

    I am a guy with an education, trying to make my grades top notch so that I can get a career that I’m interested in. Even if I already have that career, I’ll still consider myself a normal guy. Japan has a population problem and they have to find some way to figure it out fast, just blaming it on anime, manga, and games do not mean anything. Plus, I know that men have more potential and the balls to go after the woman they like. Now I’m hearing some men are now paying attention to something fictional than real women. Well nothing is wrong at liking fictional girls, I do too, but even I should get my mind back into reality and make something happen for myself.

    I had a feeling some things in society in this world would be so lame somehow, and I think I’m right maybe. And hearing people constantly on this website saying this and that about some women, especially Japanese women isn’t going to reach my ear, because I think some of that crap said on here is BS no matter what you say.

    • Yes, but everyone has nice lofty pensions that must come from somewhere when they retire. These pensions are based on the younger generations paying taxes. What happens when half that younger generation isn’t there?

      • ‘These pensions are based on the younger generations paying taxes. What happens when half that younger generation isn’t there?’

        I think a bunch of retirees will suddenly have lethal heart attacks due to poor nutrition, and there won’t be an ambulance within calling distance, so the population will sink a bit.

        And the next year, pensions will be cut a little, and eventually it will even out.

  • A BBC journalist opining on why Japan is a doomed nation has suggested…

    BBC journalist? Shouldn’t he be opining on why Britain is a doomed nation?

    But one theory is that Japanese women are increasingly reluctant to marry, because they think Japanese men have shown themselves unable to adapt to the needs of a new, more flexible society – and have retreated into a fantasy world of comics, video games and animated pornography where they feel less threatened.

    So to summarize,
    a) It’s all the fault of men – the insane standards the women have for marriage have nothing to do with this.
    b) A ‘new, more flexible society’ is one where 80% of women chase after 20% of men. The filthy rich and incredibly good looking.
    c) Men have retreated into various fictional worlds.

    Many anime, manga and visual novels are based around a male protagonist and his love interest (or interests). Something that these men are being told they cannot have in the reality they live in (unless they make 6 figures, or are in the top 10% looks wise).

    I don’t understand how anyone is surprised by Japan’s current predicament – it’s the same story (or soon to be) for every other modern nation.

    I know I’ll never get married, or at least the chances are so slim to not even be considered.
    Why? Because modern women are completely unappealing. .

    It’s impossible to have a relationship with a creature that doesn’t understand the concept of self-sacrifice, as that’s exactly what a relationship is – self-sacrifice from both parties.

    Modern relationships with women are self-sacrifice from men, nothing from women. After all, the act of accepting you as a mate was a huge self-sacrifice, since it’s a given that her standards are well above what you can provide. You, the man, should be grateful that the goddess has flown down from her post in the sky, to allow you, the man, to take care of and provide for her.

    I can cook for myself, clean my own apartment, do my laundry, and all the other traditional obligations that came with being a wife 50 years ago. I can even take care of my sexual needs, through onanism. Sure, I’d could always get a girlfriend, or run the dating circuit for some one night stands, but the cost of the former is huge, while the latter is nothing but rejection 19 times out of 20, with a high chance of getting an STD when you get ‘lucky’.

    Sorry, I think I’ll take my 2D wife over that. We’ll have gynoids well within my lifetime, so I can even look forward to a 3D analogue.

    I don’t really believe everyday men care that their society is imploding around them – not because they have fictional worlds to retreat to, but because that society does not care about them.

        • Just thought I’d leave a message here saying that I finally gave in and made a blog

          There’s literally nothing there yet. I’ll probably work on it throughout next week.

          Btw, the only laws the government is needed to enforce in a capitalist society are property rights, minimal amount of workers rights, and the ability to break up monopolies.

          Trying to force people into equality (like feminist laws are created to supposedly do) are more in the realm of socialism.

        • you know when society is really going into trouble becouse of too low births.They can make laws to force women to breed or make more appeiling laws for a couple.
          Every critical situation in a nation can get forced laws on people.

          Oh btw you mentioned how both man and women need to sacrifice themselfs to be in a proper fair relaitonship.
          It’s just like my mom and dad.And also a coworker at my job said the same things,he is over 40y old married and has children.
          Don’t get tricked by women who are only in the money and abusing you,both participants should pay for things equaly to live in a nice relationship.

          Technicly the women who don’t sacrifice themselfs and only accept men sacrifice and never give anything back are at fault.

        • Chris; I’m the same Anon who wrote tha past two messages and your last reasoning was impressive. I will make an account in this page so we can keep in touch.

          What you said in your last post was HUGE; you touch some point that I really need to think about.

        • It’s funny how they continually spam that type of rhetoric, when statistically men suffer from all that just as much (and in the case of violent crime, much more).

          as a man, sometimes I also feel like an orphan of society.

          That’s exactly how a lot of men seem to feel nowadays, like the society they’ve grown up in all their life cares nothing for them, as long as they’re working themselves to death.

          Find me even one law in the US that’s advantageous to men. Just one.

          Now, list all the ones specifically tailored to make life safer, easier, less risky, for women.

          The only bright side to all this that I can see is that this generation of men will be a lot tougher for it. When society has forsaken them, it forces men to find their own way, rather then rely on the traditional 1) Get Wife 2) Support Family 3) ??? 4) Die.

          The one good thing feminism did for men was free them from marriage. Half a century ago, single men were seen as very suspicious, and ostracized from society. If you weren’t married after all, what are you doing with your life?

          As of 2006, 1 in 4 men in Canada/USA said they were never planning on getting married. This is huge.

          Men already have to fend for themselves. They don’t have a “Daddy Government” to look after them if something goes wrong.

          What will women do when falling birth rates and a collapsed economy cause society to collapse? I somehow doubt they’ll be able to fend for themselves, no matter how “liberated” and “empowered” they’ve supposedly become in the past 40 years.

        • Specially if you write like that all the time.

          BTW, as a man, sometimes I also feel like an orphan of society. IE: a few weeks ago there was a MASSIVE campaing in my country that said: “women suffer crime”, “women suffer violence”, “women suffer poverty”. FUCK; men suffer all that shit and even MORE and looks like nobody fucking cares.

          It’s just the right time for men to help themselves as a gender and stop for good sake these PARASITIC cows and their INSANE “girl power” shit.

  • That would be like me saying the U.S. is doomed due to the mainstream trend of modern music & “role models” in today society. But look at the good side Japan won’t be the only one =D

  • Legalize rape? Brother you have my vote. That must be the smartest comment I had read to this newspiece.

    By the way a legalized rape will force women to get married in order to have a husband who protects them from other rapist.

    The idea get better the more I think about it.

  • Both of you are retarded, rich people in America are having a shitload of babies, like they were rats. What about half of the tv shows in D1scovery Home & Health? They don’t look poor at all and there is the rabbit women who haves 8 kids and the other show with the former Republican congressman and baptism minister who haves 19 sons :S

    Overpopulation is disgusting.

  • well me being MARRIED! and still having an otaku life with figures and gundams when i can afford them… its all about the person, not about how much they make!
    and the way governemts hand out money like candy to poor people, especially people with children.. hell if i had a kid in the US of A, my tax return would skyrocket! so its complete BS that it takes alot to have a child..

    now.. base pay is atrociously low.. remember the 50’s and 60’s where the “man” of the house could work 1 job, and the wife stay at home and raise the kids, and everything was fine? now men need 2 jobs just to survive on there own, let alone have kids and a stay at home wife! I grew up in a house where both parents worked., (look up latch key kid you internet geniuses!)

    society has made getting a better job relient on university, which cost constently go up and up! so one has to go in to debt just to get a good job, let alone one they want.

    people in this era just want there life handed to them by “insert government” while they do the least amount possible….

    and japan AND england are both nanny states that pay people to stay at home.. in england 1/5th! of people have no job! and live off the government…

    get a job, go to school, push yourself, be a good man/women and you’ll find love, and a good job, and be happy… EFFORT!! not just a word!

  • Lol shut up about it being the women’s fault, sheesh. Seriously, we’re talking about a nation that thrives on fantasy that includes alot of perfect women. But seriously, when you look at the perfect anime romance, do they ever go beyond youth? No, I seriously think that maybe many Japanese men just don’t have the emotional maturity to understand reality and will therefore have to learn. But since its easier to retreat into anime, the cycle continues. Do women have high standards? Maybe, but I think the male population have responsibility. Why isn’t it happening in every country then right?

    • Actually, it does happen in every developed country. We are now in the age where 1st world countries are facing an aging population. More and more people are getting older and the number of babies born is getting lesser and lesser. You will also notice that people are giving birth much later than before. Also, people who marry, well, those who marry, tend to do so in their late 20s or during the 30s, or maybe even later.

      In my opinion, it is most probably because the population of the 1st world countries are becoming more and more materialistic, spending more time buying more things or advancing their career that they ended up neglecting things like family or having children. When the population starts having this mindset that ‘money + merchandises = happiness’, they end up chasing these ideals instead of settling down and try to raise a family.

  • We need imagination goggles. That way, we can see the world how we want, and call it reality, then everyone will be satisfied. You want a loli wife? Just imagine it and that’s what you’ll see through your imagination goggles. Now you can have your cake and eat it too.

        • If you think goverment or politics of ANY kind will improve your personal life, I’m sorry to tell you, but you my friend are a RETARD.

          There is no “right choise” in politics. We are all alone on our won and if you don’t workfor yourself until you get so fucking tired that you wish you die, nobody, really NOBODY will help you.

          Don’t be another fucktard who thinks will get more pussy or a better life if a negr0e like obama becomes president.

        • Government-funded social welfare does kind of send a couple of shivers up my spine. Whenever we say ‘government-funded’, we usually mean that it’s paid for by the taxpayers’ money. And thus, if botched, it’s going to end up putting the people in the pinch.

        • Nah, that's democracy in it's purest form much like the Athenians had it.
           
          There has never been a true Social Democracy to my knowledge. And to be honest, I don't really know what exactly it is other than that Socialism and later Communism spawned from it. My country had a Social Democrat rule for 7 years ending in 2005 (and had so several times post-WWII), but minor unimportant details in policy aside, they didn't really do anything that would set them apart from their liberal and conservative colleagues…
           
          Theoretically (or so I think), it would be a Republic with a strongly regulated (but still free) economy plus lots and lots of government-funded social welfare, and is therefore supposed to be a bit of a more comfortable place to raise a family.

  • Strawberry Suicide says:

    They will never blame Hollywood…^^U

    Society already points finders on education, enviroment and kapitalism…We can’t do anythng against mass stupidity…

    Unfortunatly they can’t ban the three above so they try somewhere else – for example by us…
    We have to face the truth, our subculture is treated like trash by Western society…Only because we are brave enough to stand for our likings and hobbies…

    We are lifeless sickos who can’t care for a family ’cause we spend all of our money on loli figurines with removable panties…XD

    • I love anime but I don’t buy the merchandise, I don’t like it that much, but damn some of those figurines are quite well done. I just can’t justify paying the prices they want for them in pretty much all cases.

  • The idea is ludicrous.

    If first comes Anime, Manga, and Games are killing Japan then what’s next? Movies, Books, and Education?

    No one is killing Japan except for politicians, religion, and radical sexist and racist bigots.

  • All over the world single income families are in decline. Jap women and men just don’t want to deal with it. A portion of the female set wants to be the traditional housewife and are targeting those who can look after them. The independent women who want a career are too threatening to the ego of Jap men so they steer clear. I say strong women are the best, let the brave marry the strong and the next generation will be better than the last!

  • Real women wont marry you if your income is less than $100,000 a year? are you kidding me? try leaving in this fuk3d up country called Romania and you wont even raise that much in 10 years…

    • +1

      17 years here.

      If I was in a more senior position, maybe 10 years.

      And that’s 4 years worth of my current household income.. And we’re already being considered mid-upper class…

      Just as fuk3d up here… Maybe I should retreat to 2D love as well?

  • Real women won’t marry you if your income is less than $100,000 a year? are you kidding me? try leaving in this fuk3d up country called Romania and you wont even raise that much in 10 years…

  • it might be a prolem, but reality as sad as it is is that we need less people thanks to all the western fagggots who screwed up Earth.
    by the gay how is the Uk to speak all i see of them is that they are pretty Gay! so unless they get men pregnant i see the same problem brooding over them.

  • T_T 35000~ i wish i would get that much ;G also… i have dated many japanese women and everything gone well until i told them i earn only like 2000~ month ;D seems like its not enuf. 35000~ year would be nice. then id prolly get japanese women easier. easy to get european women tho even with my moneys. 8D european women have lower standards than japanese women… just face it.

  • “How can anyone in their thirties with an income of $35,000 ever get married?”

    Wait! $35000 is a good income. That’s $2900 a month. Even in Japan life expences can’t be THAT high.

  • At this point, the reason “why” is irrelevant. The demographic problem exists and needs a solution. Japan needs to get fucking and squeeze out some newborns.

    Perhaps a government issued “arranged marriage” system is in order?

  • Epic fail see

    World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision

    Japan
    Median age (years)
    Medium variant
    1990-2015

    Year Median age
    1990 37.4
    1995 39.6
    2000 41.4
    2005 43.1
    2010 44.7
    2015 46.6

    Japan
    Population growth rate (%)
    Medium variant
    1990-2015

    Period Population growth rate
    1990-1995 0.36
    1995-2000 0.20
    2000-2005 0.12
    2005-2010 -0.07
    2010-2015 -0.19

    Japan
    Crude birth rate (births per 1,000 population)
    Medium variant
    1990-2015

    Period Crude birth rate
    1990-1995 9.9
    1995-2000 9.4
    2000-2005 8.9
    2005-2010 8.2
    2010-2015 7.5

    Japan
    Crude death rate (deaths per 1,000 population)
    Medium variant
    1990-2015

    Period Crude death rate
    1990-1995 7.0
    1995-2000 7.5
    2000-2005 7.9
    2005-2010 9.1
    2010-2015 9.8

  • LOL. Japan isn’t the only contry whose population is reducing. In may contry also the population is rapidly reducing. And it is not becouse of anime, games or manga. The problem is that you get really low sallaries here and that the government is killing the people themselves. What’s most desturbing is that it is an European contry and a part of EU. XDDD

  • i like the 11th comment from 2chan:

    くやしかったら漫画やゲームよりも圧倒的におもしろい現実社会を作ってみろよwww
    “THEN MAKE SOCIETY MORE AWESOME THAN COMICS AND GAMES FAGS!!!”

  • Pretty much, as usual it's mostly about sensation.

    People realize it's recipe for success to take serious issues about Japan and associate them with things like "JAPAN CRAZY HARAJUKU ANIME MANGA VIDEO GAME GOTHIC LOLITA HELLO KITTY SONY HONDA KARATE WACKY SUSHI", basically, all the things most familiar to non-Japanese.

    It's not even relevant to talk about idoru for them because nobody hard cares about idol or knows what it is outside of Japan. But if it was, you know they would. Overreacting to idols having boyfriends would be all over odds and ends of American and British news sources.

    Not that blaming otaku culture is something Japan doesn't already do a lot, though. So it's not something much to blame on Anglo-Celtic cultures for misunderstanding Japan.

  • “I doubt an industry such as the anime industry would really be behind this.” Is what Id say and what pretty much anybody else would figure out with simple logic.
    It probably has to do more with other instances, like I dunno… maybe the general attitude women have?.
    But with these problems Japan (and others) faces now, it would take a great level of ingenuity to stay as the world power it currently is in the years to come.

  • >Women as a result now target two groups of men: “ikemen” (handsome, cool men), and rich men, the so-called ‘Hills tribe’ (referring to the ultra-prestigious Roppongi Hills residential tower).

    That happens in all civilized countries, and our countries don’t have a shrinking population.
    However, it seems to be that in japan women are majoritarily gold-diggers, which in that case the next paragraph would be the truth behind the whole problem:

    >But most men have neither money nor good looks, and as a result women will no longer consider them. Surprisingly, I’ve heard of cases where a chosen man will end up dating dozens or hundreds of women.>

    And of course they’re not as retarded like to have kids with all of them.

    But what i find most ironic, is the fact that most japanese women are fucking ugly and plain. Which is most likely a turnoff, so its no wonder there is a considerable amount of the population of young men, who prefers to fap to drawings of -idealized- women, instead of having to climb MOUNTAINS OF BULLSHIT to have the CHANCE of getting in a relationship with an ugly generic golddigger japanese lady.

    If half of otakus had a brain, they would try to marry superior gaijin women. But they’re too nationalists to try.

  • LOL I forgot to log in before commenting. *Face Palm*

    Anonymous said:
    You know what… Just Screw reality. The current system is boring dull and too predictable. Hypocrites can point fingers all they want but it won't change the fact that they have problems too but want the attention of the world diverted somewhere else… Face it… The world is screwed up everywhere with something and man tries to cover up that shame by showing other peoples situation/shame. Mudslinging has been around to protect your own image. The current system established on the world failed somewhere.

  • You know what… Just Screw reality. The current system is boring dull and too predictable. Hypocrites can point fingers all they want but it won’t change the fact that they have problems too but want the attention of the world diverted somewhere else… Face it… The world is screwed up everywhere with something and man tries to cover up that shame by showing other peoples situation/shame. Mudslinging has been around to protect your own image. The current system established on the world failed somewhere.

  • meh not like anyone actualy knows why this is happening that women and men don’t get together even from everyones comments here.And why would everybody need to get a partner is also just a forced down thought by todays society,not everyone can get one.
    Everybody just thinks they know.

    Also you can blame all media(even books),everything that exist.

    Technicly one way would be to close women and men into the same room and give them nothing else to do,sex would be one part they could do then.
    Technicly human like to distract themselfs with things,since it’s part of their intelegent entertainment,means some of them live to easily.

    Don’t know if there exists an overpopulation effect?
    Where there are so many people around that only those choose to be together who may have the best genes to have children together.
    Then there is society who has it views and people at least get together that way.
    Then there are uggh rather just say etc. then continue on an endless writing spree here.

  • Of course, the person who wrote the article is more than likely a liberal arsehat who thinks there is nothing wrong with the fact that we ourselves are being weeded out by immigrants from the middle east and eastern Europe.

  • HyperKnuckles99 said:
    "And for some reason being engrossed in films, novels and soap operas is OK?”

    I never understood this as well, what makes them better looked at then of anime, manga, and games?

    AnimationAgeGhetto.

  • HyperKnuckles99 says:

    “And for some reason being engrossed in films, novels and soap operas is OK?”

    I never understood this as well, what makes them better looked at then of anime, manga, and games?

  • He being a Journalist, definitely failed to notice another trend called, “The more educated you are, the less likely you are to reproduce.”

    Based on the statement above, we could just throw the statement back to the English on their deteriorating education systems.

    • He being a Journalist, definitely failed to notice another trend called, “The more educated you are, the less likely you are to reproduce.”

      QFT. The most developed and educated countries are the ones with the lowest birthrates.

  • I say this as perhaps the biggest defender of feminism on the forums and site.
    The problem is not anime and manga. And the blame lies not only on men. Only the gender traditional men do I blame this one.
    It's also the fault women who need a man to work. Instead of looking to themselves for money.

    I know y'all think you're cute by imploring women to "get back in the kitchen", but for the situation, if you must say anything, it'd be far more fitting to say to women: "work!". And without even a trace of irony.
    Tell me, if most of the CEOs of companies were women instead of men, do you think women would still be gold digging so much like this? No, because they'd be at the top. Amazons want Hercules is a lie. And women wouldn't even likely consider money in a partner. The gender role would die, and men wouldn't have to worry about finances at all.

    A final smash through the wall is on it's way. And it's needed. And it's chant will be "work, work, work!".
    Let it be reverse all the problems men have had due to traditional gender roles. Let women for once share in the feeling to despair for feeling they're not rich on successful enough to get a man that they want.

    If you help to usher in an era of female economic dominance, this is exactly what will happen!
    As the working woman role reigns the gold digging woman will disappear!

    • Ukonkivi: ‘I say this as perhaps the biggest defender of feminism on the forums and site….the blame lies not only on men. Only the gender traditional men do I blame this one.
      It’s also the fault women who need a man to work. ‘

      I think you’re a young, inexperienced, ignorant person.

      Perhaps you’ll prove me wrong some day. That would be great, and I would be the first to cheer for you.

      But I think in twenty years you’ll look back at your words and say, “Darn, I was NAIVE.”

      Almost everyone who lives past 30 ends up saying that. It’s not a bad thing.

      And hey, if you prove me wrong, if you build a new society where your ideals actually function – I will cheer and throw roses and admit I was wrong.

  • Smiling Jack says:

    I was under the impression that what was killing Japan was the fact that Japanese men are all a bunch of pussies and that the women all had astronomical standards and thought that having a child would be “too much work” that would keep them from going to clubs and bars at night.

  • While I don’t agree with the BBC article, he does make an interesting point. Proof is in the comments.
    Also, people disagree with the BBC but believe the statistics represented on this site?

    lol

  • lol yea blame it on men.

    Not their fault normal men aren’t so abnormal to satisfy dick crazed whores. In which 99.9% of woman are nothing but bitches and whores and with a high population of faggots and douches the normal man is finishes last in which he submerges himself to HOBBIES not manga and games HOBBIES. Fking retarded as journalist. Though if you that faggot was a read journalist he wouldn’t be picking shit outta his ass and putting on paper and trying to pass it as facts. In which with an all high increase of retardation where the normal man is above smart due to common sense being so damn rare it’s now a gawd damn super power. All that’s left it’s an increase birth rate of pile high shit. Look at the little fkrs in elementaries. You can tell their nothing more than offsprings by dick crazed whores and douches. Whatever happened to family values? Yea their gone out. That’s the shit you fucking faggots should be reporting. Yet journalist are part of that pile of shit so I don’t expect much from them.

  • Anonymous said:
    If the power balance is slowly gearing towards the female species, I wouldn't be surprised that there will be a future that every man on earth will retreat to 2D and it will be the end of the human race as we know.

    I'd be happy living in that era.

    tl;dr Too much 'girl power' will kill us all.

    No.

    • Journalism has gone to the gutter. In the past, journalism is about informing what is going on around the common people so they will be better informed in making decisions. Nowadays, it’s just a platform to push one’s opinions onto another.

  • ._.” what if there’s a otaku couple?~
    they may share lots of stuff ._.’
    I think anime teaches lots of stuff. . .even some of unrealistic and fantasy anime do it…so I don’t really see any problem with the anime. . .(same thing for games). . .about eroge stuff ._.’ like most of girls like it too. . .and it has good secundary effects if you watch it with them(and vice versa)~
    and it is proved that married people have a longer life time then singles xD

    • It’s not just anime and manga giving people unrealistic expectations.

      It’s books, magazines, TV dramas, and advertising.

      The advertisers WANT you to feel something is missing in your life, and that only their product can give it to you.

      Wanna get a hot-looking babe sexing you up and down?

      Just buy Brand X Beer, or Brand Y sports car!

      And if you’re a _woman_ and you wanna get a hot-looking babe sexing you up and down? No problem — just buy MORE Brand X Beer!

  • Ahahahaha, the entire nation of Japan will be extinct in 100 years, and people can only hang on to fantasies and point fingers! Welp, it was nice seeing the japanese while it lasted. Oh, and to the future settlers of Japan, welcome Korea.

  • The best solution to any problem is to prevent said problem from occurring in the first place.

    But, as usual “Reactionaries” rule the day where they care little about anything then react to the symptoms of problems.

    It’s pretty obvious why Japan has its demographics this way. It was first more or less forced to “Modernize” after the war. The Japanese male lived a life of pure work, but at least brought home the bacon while the woman watched the home and the kids studied like mad. This created a culture of “Socially Autistic” people, chiefly the males. It worked for the next generation, but the one after that faced economic problems and greater roles for women. It was no longer the “Study like mad, get into the best college you can, then you’ll find a lifetime job and either chase a lady or have your parents choose one for you.” It was “Study, study, study, but still have trouble finding a job, and have women ignore you for ‘outlaw’ types you were told to never be like and….”

    They could turn this around very quickly. In their culture the “Rich Elite” are quite different from AmeriKKKa’s. For the sake of their country’s long-term future they WOULD work with the government to re-arrange their culture.
    1. Make high paying jobs plentiful again along with lifetime commitment for loyal workers.
    2. Give incentives for starting families.
    3. Modify or introduce laws that give the “Man of the House” default power. As long as she’s a good wife, in practice the woman will be still the master of the house while the guy works. However if she starts cheating or leaves, she leaves with the clothes on her back. The “Outlaw” types will have far less appeal, and vice versa, if she can’t suck a man’s labors and take his kids to use as blackmail.
    4. Give people some time off. Nothing unreasonable, but they need time to socialize. They’ve got a “Culture of Nerds” far worse than even AmeriKKKa. All work and no play and all that.

    • I found this kinda reasonable. However, point number 3 will very easily rile up the feathers of women’s rights activists, as well as put Japan in a bad position in a world advocating women’s rights, no matter how flawed it might seem.

      And point 1 is actually difficult to achieve seeing that the availability of jobs is dependent on infrastructure, resources and population. Japan is a small country and they will be starved for space to build yet another factory or office. And then there’s the matter of resources. They will have the import more from the neighbouring countries and drive up expenses. And finally, there’s the population issue. We all know just how overpopulated Japan is, and that will mean there is a need to produce hell alot more jobs, possibly more than can be supported by the local businesses.

      It might actually do much better to send some of the more ‘loyal’ workers overseas to take positions of higher rank to make space for the local workforce to move in and fill in the gap. However, this ideal might be a little too simplistic.

  • Strawberry Suicide says:

    Hm…Why point fingers on one gender only?
    It’s the fault of both…

    And god damn those freakin’ bastards!! LEAVE MY MANGA AND LOLIS AND SHOTAS ALONE!!

    Only because like 10% of the otaku are 4-eyed, fat virgins ( both gender ) who can’t relate themselves to reality anymore doesn’t mean every second ota will rape 3D lolis or can’t find a girlfriend/boyfriend!!

    I’m rather an otaku than such an attention seaking looser!!

  • And they’re completely leaving out the part about how raising children in Japan has become a massively complicated and expensive undertaking. Once a couple does get married and decides to have a child, the expenses start to skyrocket, and it becomes ridiculously expensive to get a house with room for multiple kids. The deck was stacked against people well before otaku got this 2D > 3D idea in their heads.

  • Japan is heavily overpopulated. I don’t understand why people see a declining population as a bad thing – we need the US population to decline a bit too. Take a look at Europe after the Black Death, it lost 1/3 to 1/2 of its population and the freed-up resources and land brought about industry, trade, the Renaissance, and much better living conditions for everyone left over.

  • its dying because its got 125m or more people on a tiny ass island with no natural resources to speak of and a bunch of fucking communist neighbours. They should build a floating island already adn get the fuck out of ther.e

  • “The charms of women are all but gone. You can do the laundry at the press of a button and get dinner 24/7 at a conbini. If the need for cleaning disappears there’ll be no need to nurture the world’s most haughty money grubbing parasite at all.”

    ^THAT.

  • “The charms of women are all but gone. You can do the laundry at the press of a button and get dinner 24/7 at a conbini. If the need for cleaning disappears there’ll be no need to nurture the world’s most haughty money grubbing parasite at all.”

    QFT

    Best qoute ever.

  • There are problems on this for both women and men.

    Women inherently want someone good-hearted who makes them feel special/different. They grow up with manga that shows that pretty much all the good-hearted special/different guys that are interesting are either rich or handsome.

    Men want someone who will love them for just who they are, and be supportive of them because they have good-hearted beliefs. They grow up with manga that shows that these supportive understanding females are beautiful.

    The men grow up and in the real world economy can only make a normal living, which isn’t particularly special/different at all. The women aren’t attracted to a ‘normal living’, and forsake such men. The men thus become spiteful.

    The women grow up and get into relationships with the handsome and rich guys and find that their looks and money were superficial and not at all good-hearted, and that they ultimately don’t feel special/different. The women thus become spiteful.

    Neither group has any interest in ugly people because they grew up reading entertainment that almost exclusively demonstrates that ugly people are dislikable, have bad temperaments, or are bad apples.

    The forsaken men wind up assuming that the women are really just after money and looks.

    The women assume the men don’t have the courage to be different.

    It’s a vicious cycle. Both groups are really looking for good-hearted people, but their expectations make it impossible.

    If both sides could understand this and what it is the opposite sex desires out of a relationship, I think most would find that they can find what they are looking for in a lot of people if they just know what to offer them.

  • As usual, ignoring the disease and attacking the symptoms. Japan is overworked and overburdened by a fucking stupidly complicated and repressive social system that is destroying the will to live of everybody who has to live with it. No fucking wonder people prefer to retreat into their own little worlds. How fucking hard is it to see such a fucking obvious thing? Obviously too hard.

    • I agree as this is not just happening in Japan but also countries like Singapore, Russian Federation, Germany, South Korea and some others where entertainment such as anime, manga and games are nothing more than making people life less stressful and enjoyable but WHAT cause it to become so addictive is the real cause of this problem.

  • quote from other site

    ” I believe in equal woman’s rights. Get them equal pay, so they can pay their fair share of taxes too ‘

    what do you think will happen if this become reality?
    more housewife wannabe?

    • I agree with this ideal of equal rights. If they want to be equals, let them share the burden.

      Housewife wannabes don’t deserve ‘equal rights’ because they contribute NOTHING. Even proper housewifes contribute more than they can manage in a lifetime.

  • they prefer anime over reality due the fact that REALITY SUCKS! i mean women are only after your money. when you don’t have anymore money they will find way to just leave you. those otakus became what they are for reasons that are just to sick to accept. i mean wanting to masturbate instead of sex is just nonsense of course anyone would choose sex, but to have sex you either got to have money or go through a hellish experience.

  • The best solution is obviously the easiest, yet most complicated one:

    Legalize rape.

    Rape has a higher probability of fertility on a woman, thus solving the whole issue – if the women can be raped, they can (and will be) impregnated and give birth to babies, which are obviously JUST WHAT JAPAN NEEDS.

    So by this logic rape = what Japan needs.

  • I wanna agree with one comment from 2ch. Since anime and games are the fall of a country, we should export them even more to bring other countries down with japan! That way it looks like nothing’s going on. Also, real women should be more moe.

    • The last part about the women I think it’s impossible xD They’re too money obsessed 3D pig disgusting xD And yet there are men who actually marry these women xD Though I’d say they’re around 20% of japans nation the rich men that is xD OP pic is hot! … … … NOT! xD Well the first one is freaking me out but the second one is nice ^^ xD

  • [Japanese men have shown themselves unable to adapt to the needs of a new, more flexible society]

    i highly doubt about the so called new and more flexible society. Does the word “flexible” here relate to a woman “flexibly” love a man by measure his bank account?

    • The BBC lack understanding, they have no idea of how the Japanese live. They only think they do. In Japan only the Japanese can be Japanese. No matter how much other races like/envy Japanese culture they will still be considered gaijin. In the past Japan had a population second only to China, maybe the solution to their current problems lies in their past.

  • What can you expect when there are almost no longer Equality between men and women in the world nowadays, Brit?

    “And for some reason being engrossed in films, novels and soap operas is OK?”

    “The guy probably never even visited Japan, it looks like the kind of article a middle schooler could write using Wikipedia.”

    QFT, 2ch! :3

      • Again, not quite.

        Natural selection descibes one’s ability to survive in a hostile environment long enough to produce offspring to continue the species.

        It is the natural environment that determines who survives and who dies.

        This is, at best, ‘artificial selection’ where humans determine who gets to live and die.

        • Tss: its called savage capitalism. If you are rich you can a) repair your ugliness with surgery b) just say to the bitches to shut the fuck off.

          In the other hand if you are ugly and poor, it’s time to die like a man (and don’t forget to take with you as many as you can, so it can be EPIC WIN).

  • Yes. This is the picure of industrialized society. I understand Japanese men, altough I am not one of them.
    Prices of land and houses are quite fntastic in Japan. Who would like to marry, if he knows, that he will not be capable to buy a house for his family during his life? Plus the pressure of women, that have opinion of being highly materialistic and look for men that are awfully rich – well above the mean level in society. Men’s revenge is looking for a woman that is really beautiful – in manga and anime.
    Be rational, majority of men will never risk humiliating themselves to the point, where a girl answers his proposal “you are to poor, sorry”. So, they escape to the world of manga and anime, where they will never hear humiliating words. Plus, life in Japan resembles the rat-race, so it is also induces escape from the world and internal emigration into world of fantasy.
    Japanese are still people, they are not made of rubber, majority of them cannot withstand this permanent “gaman” mentality. Life is for people, not people for life.

  • alot of butthurt anons here have realised they are in the same boat as thy fellow japanese anons.

    what the BBC guy said made me rage since it applys to me – alot of the truth in the matter, oh well.
    If I can enjoy my lovely 2D waifu who will allways love me, never age and who will only look at me then i dont really care.

    • I’m ugly, and that directs my choice of women to the “Ugly/Mentally Insane” barrel.

      To that I say “fuck this shit”.
      I’d rather be alone than wake up every day next to some ugger. Hell, if it were one of the women in the OP pic I wouldn’t think twice about killing myself.

  • I’d hesitate to call almost any of those comments “insights”. Not that I agree anime is the bane of the Japanese population, to single it out like that just silly but to say it doesn’t contribute to the problem is equally so.

  • “But real women won’t marry you if your income is less than $100,000 a year?”
    “And for some reason being engrossed in films, novels and soap operas is OK?”
    “The guy probably never even visited Japan, it looks like the kind of article a middle schooler could write using Wikipedia.”
    Magnificent 2ch comments as usual. These are my truths.

  • Well, Japanese women rather live souless lives than lives of love. The country is going to end up just like Geass’s Britannia-a rich family with hundreds of kids that are all blood related since one rich man can have dozens of whores at once. So I welcome this new change in Japan’s population because it means we’ll be getting a real life Lelouch in a few years and then things will change. The world will change!

  • It’s not the fault of women. I have bosses who are women and subordinates and employees who are women. They are very capable colleagues and acquaintances just like the men.

    Similarly, I have practically no feelings for any of them. There used to be a division between “Home” and the “Dog eat dog world”. Unfortunately the “Dog eat dog world” has penetrated into the “Home” space, and vice versa. Before, the mind associated “female” -> “Home”. Now it’s “female” -> competitor for same jobs.

    Right now I accept whatever is coming but I am working hard to multiply my wealth, assets and talent, so I can become alpha male then suddenly instead of 0 girls I’ll get 10 at a time.

    See, that’s why patriarchy is good, since it rations the females to close to 1:1 per male. Contrary to intuition, the modern highly feminized state actually increases polygamy because psychological surveys of women show that they are mostly attracted to the very same few males (whereas men generally have a variety of preferences).

    Japan has ceased to be a patriarchy ever since their men started peeing in toilets sitting down.

    • AmbientMoralityVictim says:

      Wait, you can judge the social hierarchy of a society by observing how they pee? Damn, I think you’re on to something!

      DISCLAIMER: I’m no social psychologist, so I wouldn’t dare to come up with an explanation for why Japanese men pee sitting down.

  • “I’m no social psychologist, so I wouldn’t dare to come up with an explanation for why Japanese couples aren’t having enough babies.”

    There ya have it. The journalist ruins her credence.
    Even if it is true, she’s just loud mouthing opinion.

  • “The problem is onanism feels so good.”

    It sure does ^_^

    “But real women won’t marry you if your income is less than $100,000 a year?”

    Sadly , This is Reality . The Power of Love is just an allusion to me .

  • So far what I’ve read from sankakucomplex its about women having too high standards for men… It origins from their mothers I suppose? “never marry poor man like your father or you end up like me *crumble*”

  • “Women as a result now target two groups of men: “ikemen” (handsome, cool men), and rich men[…]”

    Does it mean women are supposed to target ugly and poor men? I think the problem is more related to teenagers in Japan who don’t mind working as sluts and then grow up to be shallow money grubbers. Women have always “targeted” cool and rich men, but in the west a more solid idea of “love” and “infatuation” still persists.

        • It’s more accurate to say ‘too much power and too little brainpower to use it will kill us all’ because that is what actually describes ‘girl power’. They got power, but they are too stupid to know what to do with it and end up making themselves look like the worst demons ever to crawl out of the depths of hell.

        • They are far more affected by fantasy than men. Women can’t accept reality, and they don’t do something about it. They are and can never be satisfied. They put up their bars up too high, and when they realize it, they’re 40.

          Men fantasize yes, but they are aware of reality and do something about it, be it pursue a love life or retreat to 2D. At least they are satisfied with what they have, and if not, will pursue something more that’s realistic.

          If the power balance is slowly gearing towards the female species, I wouldn’t be surprised that there will be a future that every man on earth will retreat to 2D and it will be the end of the human race as we know.

          I’d be happy living in that era.

          tl;dr Too much ‘girl power’ will kill us all.

        • I could very well be wrong, but i also think women are far more affected by fantasy than men.
          For example a man tends to give up on finding the “ideal girl” pretty quick in his youth, while women pursue such ideal their whole life, sometimes even unconsciously…

        • At least otaku know they’re not real and not aim for someone like them. Women watching dramas on the other hand, aim for what they see on TV, because they think there’s someone like that person in the world. That’s the huge difference.

        • anime/manga/games/drama is just too “perfect”. in those stories the characters go through an experience where people in reality wont experience in a lifetime. Examples would be like harems, being the hero(uncommon), meet a girl who falls out of the sky. In some context, we just envy those characters or wish we could experience those sort of things.

        • Not really. Busty, flat etc. are a matter of preference. The ideal is pretty much personal for otaku. Also a person who thinks a girl will flash pantsu at any given time is an idiot.

          The manga cliches are pretty much personalized.
          Drama cliches are TOO OBJECTIVE.

        • And women say loving 2D characters is a bad thing. Dramas also have these ‘unattainable, ideal characters’ so it’s basically one and the same.

          Dramas are much worse though because they conditions women to seek wealthy, good-looking guys and think ‘love-is-not-about-money’ bullshit, both of which are bullshit.

    • What this anon probably means:
      The phrase “Sankaku Complex” refers to media such as anime, manga & games, therefore, we can replace the “Anime, Manga & Games” portion of the title with the phrase “Sankaku Complex”.

      Mathematically speaking:
      the title is ” X are killing Japan”
      X = Anime, Manga & Games = Sankaku Complex (not the site, but the phrase)

  • There are many shrinking countries in the west where the life expectancy is significanly lower than in japan (eastern europe) and where the old folks aren’t even contributing to the population number. They don’t have japan’s culture and still loosing many people each year in the last few decades.

  • Surely it’s partly the fault of all the digital entertainment and communication. It keeps a lot people from doing something in groups. You can’t get a gf when there is no oppertunity to talk to an women.

  • If you look at what most japanese women demand…

    Controlling your entire income, they just want to get married and never work, they demand a guy with high income. The women in japan are just too demanding, too controlling, and pretty useless.

    I can’t blame the guys in japan for liking 2D girls over 3D.