And so, I write this topic on the developing mind of children. And by this, I mean I’m going to tell a story of what happened to me recently involving children. And by children, I mean one little girl, browsing through my Anime List like the curious being she is. After seeing a certain score on an anime that she had happened to really enjoy, she asked me:
“Why would you rate it (Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu) so low?”
A simple question. But seeing how playful I am by nature, instead of answering her as simply as she asked me, I decided to go to her profile and give her an elaborate, embellished narrative as to why I disliked the series Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. Of course, I expected some sort of flustered response to this as a twenty-year old is having his way psychologically on a defenseless twelve-year old. What I didn’t expect was this:
“I bet you just hate it because youve never had a girlfriend!”
I… what? What does that have to do with anything? What kind of response is this? I’m sure she wasn’t trying to be spiteful with this comment (or maybe she was), but… really? That’s the equivalent of saying “Oh! You don’t like cheese bagels? Well, have you even tried them?” To what degree does my love life affect how I view romance anime? Is it because of the fact that I’ve never had a girlfriend that I look down upon anime that displays a loving relationship between two useless characters? Is it because I’m jealous of the loving relationship that the characters share; knowing that I may never have a relationship of that sort ever in my life? Perhaps I’ve been looking at this all wrong. Perhaps all romance anime is right and I’m just inexperienced in the sense that I don’t know how to acknowledge love in a relationship? Perhaps all romance anime is just a tool to show how to interact with and cherish the one you love? Maybe I’m the one who needs to change…
Oh, wait. I’ve had a girlfriend before. Her argument is invalid.