If Seto San approves, then it MUST be cool
While cramming for midterms, I found myself lured to Danny Choo’s infamous blog. Deciding to take yet another 30 minute break after a beautiful 5 minute study session (I ended up failing the exam the next day much to my own surprise), I came upon a wonderful picture of man’s best friend, the Dakimakura (A.K.A Hugging Pillow for those less educated about these matters). BUT, instead of finding myself entranced by a cute, little, loli, I found myself staring at a picture of Simon from the anime, Gurren Lagann. Yes, I feel your pain my fellow men, as the Dakimakura code of “having only really cute moe girls on the pillow covers” has been shattered! HOWEVER…it got me thinking. Why are there only Dakimakura’s for guys. I mean, I’ll bet there are many times when a girl wouldn’t mind snuggling up against Shi Ryuuki from Saingoku Monogatari or hell, any man from the bishounen paradise, Fushigi Yuugi. For the ladies reading this post, please agree with me that the following is not what you would have chosen if given the chance to place one of your Bishounen McSteamies on a pillow cover. (Click on ‘Read more’ to see the image ;D, ho ho! Subliminal messenging)
Extrange: Boota is a Flasher
Okay first off, I have to give credit to whatever Japanese Company attempted at making a woman’s Dakimakura. But, why must it be Simon? I mean, sure, he grows up to be a major badass, but I don’t believe that many girls find Simon particularly attractive when he looks like he should still be in elementary school. Now, before all the Simon fangirls find my address and tear me to bits and pieces, I would like to repeat that I said many, not all. Also, this may be a bit off topic but WHAT IS UP WITH THOSE BANDAGES? Why does he even need them? In order to gain an official woman’s point of view of this dilemma, I showed my friend Subaru the picture of Simon and asked her what she thought of it. (plz tolerate teh im slang as i cant tipe frmally all ze tyme)
Igunis: whats the first thing u noticed
Igunis: when u saw that picture
Subaru: he has something wrong going on with his butt
Subaru: and he looks like some pokemon character
Subaru: or beyblade
Subaru: not attractive at all
Igunis: what about the bandages
Igunis: i find them creepy
Igunis: that they unravel
Subaru: yeah they don’t look right on the right side
Subaru: why does he need them
Subaru: he doesn’t seem like he wants to be there either
Subaru: doesn’t give off that bishounen look at all
Subaru: he isn’t like biting them or anything or pulling them away like the typical bishounen either
Subaru: maybe if he was older looking and you know
Hah! So the bandages were strange! It appears that the anime merchandise companies have a false sense of what women want when it comes to female-orientated goods. After asking a couple of other girls what they thought of the Simon Pillow, they all seemed to agree that an older man would be preferred GREATLY. So the conclusion is: Bishounen’s are hot, Simon is not (Sorry Simon fangirls). Despite the overwhelming popularity of reverse harem animes such as Saiyuki or Fushigi Yuugi amongst the female anime fans, I can’t seem to find any sort of figures, apparel, etc. that has a bishounen-type man as the main feature. It’s as if the merchandise companies are afraid to branch out to the female sex, despite their astounding success with men.
This leads to my other point on the subject of the woman’s dakimakuras. Would girls even buy them if they were as widespread and available as men’s dakimakuras? Guys seem to have no problem buying large quantities of models, figures, and merchandise in general but what about girls? Modern society is being led to believe that men are the only ones that will partake in such matters as buying eroge or eating with a dakimakura. But what girl wouldn’t want to feed Takashi Morinozuka, from Ouran High School Host Club, some of their homemade cooking! Why haven’t girls reached the level of infamous otakuness as men?
The new age of Dakimakura?
I believe that girls are perhaps more fearful about being labeled as ‘one of them’ in society than guys. While male otakus have other male otakus to rant with about the newest eroge game that has come out, shameless girl otakus are generally one in a million. Fear of isolation from other girls may also come into play as to why girls are less inclined to take part in these guilty pleasures. Women are in general more social beings than men, and may have problems with only being able to talk to pillows of anime bishounens. This “woman’s pride” is preventing merchandise companies from delving into more female-orientated merchandise. I, for one, have seen thousands of well crafted female figurines but have yet to see a decent bishounen figure made.
So, girls, what do you have to say for yourselves? Amiright? Or are my views completely distorted towards a male’s perspective. I probably can’t relay girl’s thoughts very well because I am a guy so I would like to hear some of your own responses. Of course, my fellow males can also reply as to why the dakimakura should only be a guy thing, *winks*