U.S.: 1, Japan: ?,???,∞

According to this article over at Kotaku, the Japanese are very upset over the rising trend of painting anime-esque eyes over closed lids. Well, not upset, but freaked out, for lack of a better word. On some message boards it’s been referred to as ‘scary’ or ‘freaky’.

There are a couple things that this article taught me today, guys. It’s that:

1. This is a new ‘fashion’ or something like that. I disagree. A lot. It’s freaky over here, too.

2. Apparently this was started by Lady Gaga. I don’t know anything about her because I don’t listen to her music or watch her videos, but apparently she began this style in one of them. Nicki Minaj (who I have heard is on some strange Harujuku vibes right now), who I also don’t know much about is also furthering this trend.

3. The Japanese are capable of being freaked out.

I’m going to be honest with this one: I didn’t think it was possible. As much as i love Japan some parts of it, much like the Western U.S. are a strange magical place where most people don’t live on purpose.

Except in Japan, people do live there on purpose. It’s rather difficult not to when your country is extremely overpopulated.

In any case, it’s about time to even the score. While mainstream manga can be cool and age appropriate, once you start exploring other genres it gets weird. I know people who have been turned off to anime completely after exploring some corners of the internet.

And let’s not forget, the Japanese are responsible for 4chan the Internet’s Toilet. It’s an important thing to note.

I’ve gotten used to seeing these things now and just thinking, oh you, Japan, or only in Japan… and occasionally what the fuck is wrong with those people?

At times, though, it’s especially difficult because doujin and manga are my preferred variety of porn. Sometimes a book will be really, really great and then…

You see that thing.

That one thing, the one detail or illustration or that one statement a character makes that ruins everything, and you think: oh god how am I going to finish fapping now? or sometimes even well, fuck. I’m just going to go to bed because it’s just not happening after this. Then you have to go through to try to find another story that will make things a bit better for you. Sometimes I do end up just actually going to bed because – well, it’s been ruined. What’s the point?

All I can find myself thinking as of right now, with everything taken into consideration is:


It’s inconsequential in the torrent of strange technological advancements the Japanese have made, but it’s something. It’s a start. It’s nice to know that something can freak them out every once in a while, I think.

With love,


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