I'm not sure if either of these is actually secretly related to any government programs to improve the image of the nerdy, antisocial, pathetically-unlikely-to-ever-have-sex otaku-- but I'd like to believe that it's true, because it sounds funnier.
So! The first thing many otaku need to do in order to involves their personal appearance. And what better way to do that than by getting some exercise? And no, I'm not talking about any Wii Fit stuff that my mom likes-- I'm talking something designed specifically for anime nerds. A Japanese anime company has created a completely new kind of OVA
: an anime exercise video
, featuring an extremely buxom 16-year-old girl leading a series of exercises...often in her underwear. Well...I guess if they even get five minutes into the video before getting “distracted” that's still better than nothing. Right?
But once your otaku has lost weight and/or buffed up as necessary, how on earth are they actually supposed to MEET someone? anime!anime! has the answer here
: a company called CST Entertainment is launching a new website calle OtakuMa (where” Ma” is short for “match”). Technically the service is for otaku who want to make friends, not find dates, but hey, we've all got to start somewhere.
Now, let's not mock our Japanese brethren too much: anime is a much more social fandom in the west, where we have anime convention speed-dating (not to mention sites like AfterCon.com
aimed at putting together anime geeks in real life).
What do you think? Would you watch exercise porn? Join an otaku-oriented social networking service? Why or why not, and what makes or breaks the deal?