LIFE IS GOOD! I just came back from Malaysia today and shopping there was so fun. And there were two anime shops there…….. that played K-pop songs– i’m not anti-K-pop or anything but there’s always this sort of obligatory animosity towards K-pop when you’re an anime fan. Doesn’t anyone else feel it?! Before I start ranting, let me try to illustrate my dilemma.
Look at them both. Look at the first, beautiful, irresistible being and kowtow. T Then stare at the second bishie with his smoldering, arrogant gaze and his lithe figure.
Okay lets move back to the context haha. I was hearing this song, I wish, by FT Island, and I fell in love with it and went to watch the MV. THE MV WAS SO GOOD I replayed it ten times in a row. No joke. But you see! It’s no secret that K-pop is now leading in the music industry and J-pop isn’t doing as well. This actually makes me seem like a petty person but I consider myself as standing on the Japanese side so I feel a little guilty for liking K-pop. But that’s not all! Here, there’s this outlet that sells K-pop and anime merchandise. A few years back, anime items probably made about 70% of the stock, but now it’s reduced to around 30%, at just an area at the back :(
More is to come (I need to justify my pettiness). You know, friends and family have asked me how I can like cartoon characters. Every time someone calls anime a cartoon, my heart just breaks a little. Or my eyes just cry a little. Or my soul just disintegrates a little.
Anime characters are just (awesome) portrayals of people (except they obviously look cooler and have way more desirable qualities than the average person) so why not. And generally there’s nothing wrong with loving Korean idols while liking anime characters would be weird. I wonder if other people think this way too. Well anyway too bad Korean idols might exist in real life and anime bishies might not, but either way we both won’t get our hands on them. But actually K-pop isn’t popular for no reason and truthfully I find their idols and music more appealing that J-pop. J-pop idols (look at AKB48’s albums..) kinda look like they’re cosplaying…. So begone, prejudice, and may the two coexist in harmony! But I still demand more anime stock.
But. Moving on to anime items, I don’t actually buy them. I was admiring and gawking at the gorgeous anime girls on some keychain but I’ve never did strongly feel the intent to purchase it. I think I understand now, it’s not the money that I can’t bear to part with. It’s just there’s no practical use for the item and I don’t really have the interest in collecting them. Plus it’s not the item that I liked, but the anime character on it so I decided that i’d be better off ogling at the infinite stash of pictures of beauties and bishies on the internet :D
Yay. This trip was really good. And i’m going to Indonesia later this week for yet another shopping trip \o/ I’m enjoying my holidays while I can.. everywhere I go, I see Christmas decorations. Which is more ominous than joyful since school reopens the week after Christmas. And not to mention that a pile of work had been dumped onto me and I have to prepare for the orientation concert of next year’s new batch of students for some reason. But a positive mindset is everything right? SO ONWARDS TO 2013!!