Why Otakus Land Popular Girls In Anime?
When it comes to anime, an otaku landing the most popular girl isn’t a new phenomenon.
Otakus despite being the outcast of society for being unsocial and having obsessive interest in anime, manga and video games, managing to get themselves a hot chic is, what love is all about?
Why or how on Earth can an otaku land a popular girl who’s pretty, charming, outgoing and smart isn’t such a big mystery as you may have thought.
5 Reasons why Otakus land Popular girls in anime featuring from the ‘Otaku Culture’ Saga
Previously on the Saga,
1. Sincerity and Genuine Personality ft. Hikari Tsutsui vs Mitsuya Takanashi
Even a popular guy isn’t going to land a popular girl if he has a crapy personality. A popular such example that comes to mind would be Mitsuya Takanashi from 3D Kanojo: Real Girl.
Mitsuya is immesly popular in his high school who often flirts with Iroha Igarashi which only leads in his rejection. Despite being the most handsome high schooler, he still gets rejected by Iroha and rightfully so, for his crapy and arrogant personality.
Being popular is nice but having an unpleasant and degrading personality and disregard for others isn’t going to do you any good.
That’s where otakus have an edge over Mr. Populars. Otakus are known for their genuine and sincere personality.
Otakus tend to be unapologetically themselves which actually works in their favor.
This authenticity can be charming to others, including popular girls who appreciate genuine personality over superficial facades.
And Iroha is no different, she can’t escape either from getting impressed by the intriguing, sincere and genuine personality of Hikari Tsutsui, an otaku well satisfied with his 2D world and a social outcast.
2. Breaking Stereotypes ft. Monthly Girl Nozaki-kun
A popular victim of such stereotype is Momose from Love is Hard for Otaku anime, where she was dating this guy for quite some time but unfortunately the moment he realized the girl his dating is an otaku. He dumped her on the spot, no questions asked.
So, Momose comes to the realization that in order to have any chance of landing a boyfriend, she must keep her otaku identity hidden.
Otakus hold the key to breaking stereotypes in the romance genre.
A popular guy with good looks, athletic body, charming and social personality is always the one ahead in competition to land the popular girl.
Well that’s was only until otakus weren’t around to break that myth.
Breaking stereotypes refers to the portrayals of otakus forming romantic relationships with popular girls, which challenges the conventional expectations that people with different interest or social statuses cannot connect or fall in love.
Monthly Girl Nozaki-kun is a popular anime that breaks away from such stereotypes where Chiyo Sakura, a cheerful high school girl falls head over heels for Umetarou Nozaki, a respected Shoujo mangaka.
3. Kindness ft. Yukari Nejima and Gouda Takeo
Even a small act of kindness goes a long way. A small gesture like,
- Sharing a spare eraser with Misaki by Yukari from Koi to Uso anime made her fall for him
- Or Takeo’s act of rescuing Yamato from being molested by gropper on a train leads to his firts love story.
People have two perceptions about Takeo,
- One a hero in the eyes of his male peers
- Two a scary yeaty kind of guy to the opposite sex.
Takeo’s childhood best friend Sunakawa is cool, handsome, popular and a certified hotie, not that he cares.
Takeo and Sunakawa have known each other since they were kids and ever girl Takeo ever had a crush on unfortunately fell for Sunakawa instead who instantly rejected every one of them.
You know there’s a reason why they say, “Better late than never”, Takeo’s reign of unlucky onesided crushes finally comes to an end. When the girl of his dream, Yamato sees him for the kindhearted boy he is when he saves her from a scumbag.
At that moment he obviously falls in love at first sight with this girl too, not his first time though.
But this will be the first time, Yamato isn’t going to fall for his Mr. Popular friend Sunakawa but rather for the kind hearted Takeo.
So, the moral of the story is kindness exposes the shallowness of the Mr. Popular one’s.
In a world where popular guys might be competing for attention with flashy display of popularity, an otaku’s kindness can stand out as a beacon of sincerity.
4. Individuality ft. Wakana Gojo from My Dress up Darling
What makes otaku special is that they are masters at embracing themselves and others for who they are. Individuality is what makes them stand apart.
You might have heard the saying, “Stand alone to stand apart” otakus embody this way of life.
When it comes to celebrating one’s individuality, the character that comes to mind is none other than the cosplay sweetheart Marin Kitigawa from My Dress-up Darling. Every otaku should aspire to be like Kitigawa.
Not only she’s a certified otaku for having obsessive interest in watching anime but also the most popular chic of her high school.
Don’t get fooled by her tempting charm, she is capable of standing upto jerks who dare to make fun of her anime figurines.
Despite Kitigawa being a popular girl otaku, she falls head over heels for the least expected unsocial guy, Gojo who’s only real friend is his grandpa.
A common desire to pursue their respective passion brings them closer as every day keeps passing by.
5. Unconditional Acceptance ft. Keita Amano
Otakus who often faced rejection or ridicule for their interests can offer a level of acceptance to the popular girls which they might not have experienced before.
This unconditional acceptance allows popular girls to be themselves without the pressure to conform to societal expectations.
Popular girl try to look well put together whenever surrounded by others by presenting themselves in the best possible way with zero scope for improvement.
So constantly living a life always thinking about if they’re doing anything to degrade their popularity at the back of their mind is mentally and physically draining. It takes a lot out of you.
Karen Tendo from Gamers! is the personification of the perfect girl. She’s pretty, well-mannered, popular, president of the school’s game club, a A+ student and even has a productive morning routine.
This perfect lifestyle of Karen Tendo is way too demanding, so when she met Keita, a avid gamers in his own right who plays games for fun and unlike her isn’t a big fan of competitive gaming.
Tendo comes to realise that she can loosen up a little when she’s around him and not be uptight all the time. She can be her natural self for once and not what everyone expects her to be.
So, despite all the handsome boys confessing their feelings to Tendo lift and right. She rejects every single one of them cause she has eyes only for one.
The whole purpose of the ‘Otaku Culture’ Saga that I created was to let all the otakus wherever you’re to know that there’s no need for you to be embarrassed or bet yourself up for being one.
Being an otaku isn’t putting you at an disadvantage in any part of life including your love life for that matter, rather it puts you apart from others.
You just need to patiently wait for the right person to discover you, that’s all!
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