Photo: PAKUTASO
lifestyle

Could you marry an otaku? Japanese people rank the geek hobbies they’d let slide for love

7 Comments
By SoraNews24

Japan is home to a wide variety of otaku “geeks” that show their fandom for things like trains, manga, anime and video games. However, being classified as an otaku comes with a stigma attached, as the term is often connected to individuals who choose to escape from the real world by staying at home and indulging in their solitary obsessions, which can make it hard for them to find someone to date or marry.

This quandary led Japanese matchmaking consultancy Partner Agent to conduct a survey into the issue, asking 1,500 single Japanese men and women, aged from their teens to their thirties, to answer a number of questions relating to whether or not they would hook up with an otaku, and what type of otaku obsessions they would be most willing to let slide.

Interestingly, a large number of respondents identified as otaku themselves, with 72 percent of teens, 65.2 percent of those in the 20s bracket, and 54.2 percent in their 30s saying they would classify themselves as otaku.

Otaku and non-otaku alike appear to have standards when it comes to their image of an ideal partner, though, so let’s take a look at the responses to the questionnaire below.

Would you be able to date or marry someone with an otaku interest?

Almost half of the respondents in each age bracket answered yes to the above question, with the breakdown being:

Teens 46.6 percent

20s 49.6 percent

30s 43.0 percent

If you were to marry an otaku, which of the following interests would be tolerable?

Manga (44.1 percent)

Anime (41.5 percent)

Games (35 percent)

Video games (30.7 percent)

Idol / Voice Actor (26.1 percent)

Singer / Vocaloid (25.7 percent)

Boys’ Love (16.6 percent)

Dream Girls (13.4 percent)

According to the responses, the most common types of otaku obsessions (manga, anime and video games) would be most tolerable to a prospective love interest, dropping dramatically for those into boys’ love or 2-D character obsessions classified as “Dream Girls”.

What if your potential marriage partner has an otaku interest you can’t relate to?

I’ll just listen to them when they talk about it (28.8 percent)

They can just enjoy it as they have in the past without worrying (24.8 percent)

They could make an effort for me to join in (17.9 percent)

I’d want them to give it up (6 percent)

The good news is that most of the respondents were pretty understanding when it comes to otaku interests, with only six percent saying they would want their partner to give up their otaku hobby if they weren’t interested in it.

What if your potential marriage partner can’t relate to your otaku interest?

I’d just enjoy it out of their sight (36.1 percent)

I’d want them to just leave it as it is (26.3 percent)

I wouldn’t make it a marital issue (22.5 percent)

It’s not necessarily a dealbreaker if your partner doesn’t relate to your interests, as you can still enjoy your hobby in your own time. After all, just because you’ve found love doesn’t mean you have to lose the hobbies that make you happy.

Rather than paint a negative picture of being an otaku in the dating world, the survey results actually show a lot of compassion and respect for potential partners and their geek obsessions.

Which is welcome news, especially when it’s not usually all that easy for an otaku to be accepted for doing what they love.

Source: Livedoor News via Jin

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

-- Survey reveals that Japanese women’s ideal husband is surprisingly ordinary

-- Japanese women reveal how far they’ve gone in “stalking” a guy they like in survey

-- What do Japanese kids want to be when they grow up? For 30 percent of boys, YouTubers, survey says

© SoraNews24

©2019 GPlusMedia Inc.

7 Comments
Login to comment

Let him love his trains, at least it's a harmless hobby, and he might enjoy traveling to various corners of Japan as well!

But don't get too close to those into child porno manga, those might not know how a real adult woman looks like in the nude, and how to treat her properly.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

ebisenToday 07:35 am JSTLet him love his trains, at least it's a harmless hobby, and he might enjoy traveling to various corners of Japan as well!

But don't get too close to those into child porno manga, those might not know how a real adult woman looks like in the nude, and how to treat her properly.

hobbies like trains can be a healthy hobby. Many notorious people get praise for their hobbies - recently Rod Stewart has gotten attention for his toy train hobby.

Porn of any kind is destructive. Stay away from one of those. Porn is no good, period. It's trash.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I don't think it matters what your partner is interested in, just how much they are into it. There's a world of difference between being a passionate enthusiast and a crazed obsessive. The important thing is that they are able to balance their interest with being a functioning member of the family/society.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

My experience is that these guys make good husbands as long as they have the hygiene part in control.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

So would Astronomy or Amateur Radio be considered otaku?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

ShipwreckerNov. 22  03:09 pm JST

I don't think it matters what your partner is interested in, just how much they are into it. There's a world of difference between being a passionate enthusiast and a crazed obsessive. The important thing is that they are able to balance their interest with being a functioning member of the family/society.

Absolutely agreed. Be it cars, trains, planes, anime, manga, books, whatever. Being a fan of, or passionate about something is great and adds to your character. It's when things get obsessive and then get outta control.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

My husband is an otaku. He loves video games, his driving stimulator, anime, manga and he is a CPU, computer,microsoft, gadget geek, And I love it that way because he can repair anything in the house (even my laptop's program that crushed last year). Atleast, he is not into drinking bars (he prefer drinking at home) and other women or worst drugs.

I just let him enjoy things he likes like he lets me do what makes me happy.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites