A writer who opines that otaku cannot write romances as they are sad and lonely creatures with no experience of such has predictably stirred up a storm of controversy amongst sad and lonely otaku.
He holds forth:
“Previously I told otaku to get real and have relationships with real girls, and received a great many dissenting opinions.
They said ‘Real girls cry and moan all the time and betray you on a whim, and are totally spoiled. 2D girls are sweet and lovely, far more so than any real girl.’
Indeed, the girls in those games are idealised.
But what if we look at this from a creator’s perspective? There’s no way a creator who inhabits a virtual world can make these kinds of games, as the games include the creator’s experience of real romance.
Even if they could make a decent game without such experience, they’d never be able to make anything new.”
2ch is unimpressed:
“If you know the real thing you can’t make games and the like.”
“He’s underestimating the imaginative power of virgins.”
“Are there still idiots saying that? I suppose you can’t make an RPG if you haven’t been an adventurer.”
“A commoner has no qualifications to talk about otaku.”
“So only a porn star can become an ero-mangaka?”
“Real romance is no good anyway – it needs to be fantastic.”
“Eating a bento on a school roof with a girl isn’t exactly a realistic event.”
“Otaku writing romances results in impossible fantasies. Romance may be a fantasy to begin with, but their version is even further removed from reality.”
“So Konami must employ world class lovers…”
“Lucky Star: There aren’t any high school girls like this. The conversation is totally unrealistic.
Haruhi: There aren’t any school clubs like this. The characters are totally unrealistic.
K-ON!: The conversations are based on convenience and so are totally unrealistic.”
“Most of you people can’t become creators anyway, so it’s got nothing to do with you.”
“Quoting Hayao Miyazaki: ‘Most Japanese animation isn’t really based on observation, as the guys doing it don’t like observing people. As a result, the industry is nothing but otaku.’”
“A product intended for virgins might as well be made by virgins.”