Nine Nerd Belongings That Freak Japanese Ladies Out

If you are a nerd, be proud. But also beware that some people in Japan might not be totally cool with your otaku (geek) lifestyle — even fellow geeks.

There are otaku belongings, let's call them lifestyle products, that make some recoil. Everyone has his or her own boundaries!

Japanese website Sugoren ran a list of nine otaku items that females (even female nerds) were supposedly not cool with. Even though this is a female list, I would also imagine that finding these things in their girlfriend's or boyfriend's room would likewise put off non-otaku men.

Not all ladies (or men, for that matter) are bothered by these items. Some are. Some aren't. However, let's have a look at what does cause a group of them to pull away:

• Hug pillows with moé characters on them:

Well, yeah.

• Female cosplay costumes:

Even those polled that cosplayed weren't exactly thrilled about dudes owning female cosplay outfits. The question becomes whom the costume is for. Is it for girls? Is it for the man who owns it? Some many questions.

• Moé anime posters:

Some don't like with their significant other gazing up at anime characters.

• Idol badges:

The feeling is that if one has idol goods like badges pinned on their shirt, then the idol is more important than their companion.

• Collectible female figures that show off panties:

As popular as this plastic fanservice is, some simply do not like girly figurines and find them embarrassing, especially when they have people visiting and have to hide the figurines before hand.

• Itasha:

Itasha are those anime decal covered cars. Some might not like the looks from fellow motorists, and it might even be necessary to rent a car if a weekend drive in your partner's moémobile bothers you so.

Other things that go the no go were anime character key holders (oh come one!), anime character wigs (who wears it?), and large amounts of plush toys (they do collect dust).

Look, whomever you are with should like you for whom you are. It doesn't matter if you are a geek or if they are a geek, if they can't get past the small stuff, they won't able to handle the big stuff, when times are tough or just plain geeky.

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    So... basically the same types of things that would freak out any woman?

      ^ This

      No you don't understand. This is about Japanese women.

        Aah i see, so because it's about Japanese women it's game related... because Japanese woman are from Japan, so... you know it's like...

        ... wait...

    I failed :\

    So it's safe to say this list is completely irrelevant to the vast majority of western men as they don't buy that crap anyway.

      But it's pretty interesting that a rather unique part of Japanese pop culture is also considered to be generally reviled by a large part of its populace. I mean you could argue that these things would deter any woman, but really I wouldn't see these on the "turn-off" list of many women I know.

      I like figurines >_>
      Not so much fan service ones, but still, if I could justify buying figures over other things in my life I probably would.

    Hmm, a common sense list....facinating!

    Pretty sure there was an article about this on kotaku already, ashcraft.

    And it commented on how japanese nerds were raging because girls didnt like their nerdy, perverted stuff. I lolled.

    All makes sense to me. In some ways it's ironic that they don't like guys dressing up as girls given how many female cosplayers I've seen dressing up as mario or luigi etc. Then again, female game characters tend to have explicit outfits and I've heard some girls say they don't want to cosplay them because of that.

      Please don't put that picture in my head...

    Bashcraft posted this exact list about a year ago.

    The article was shit then and is still shit now! Quality journalism!

    Forget the above criticisms... The most important one that sprang to MY mind was: this sounds a LOT like, "Want to bang a Japanese woman? Here are the signs of your deviancy which you will need to hide."

    I like how they do state that some have a problem with their partner owning there and some dont. Because i Own all of those except the car and im a female. yeah i got a moe hug pillow. My partner only has figurines of his fav female characters. I have no problems and would love my partner having the same interests. Love figurines of all kinds <3

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