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My Geeky Girlfriend (2009)

Fujoshi kanojo. (original title)
College student Mutou Ookawa catches a glimpse of Ametani Yuiko, his co-worker from a former part-time job and falls immediately in love. Summoning up his courage, he eventually confesses ... See full summary »

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College student Mutou Ookawa catches a glimpse of Ametani Yuiko, his co-worker from a former part-time job and falls immediately in love. Summoning up his courage, he eventually confesses his feelings to her and she responds "...but I'm a fujoshi." Mutou not having the slight clue what "fujoshi" means, immediately responds "That's OK!" Written by Anonymous

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Like Cotton Candy, Despite Originally Appearing Strange, How to Date an Otaku Girl is a Passionately Sweet Experience
5 June 2015 | by (Melbourne, Victoria) – See all my reviews

Hinata (Shunsuke Daito), after harboring strong feelings for his former colleague Yoriko (Wakana Matusmoto) for as long as he can remember, and after managing to uncover the courage, asks her out on a date. Two fish, purchased by the leads at the beginning of the feature, metaphorically represent the relationship, further demonstrating its directionality, alongside the character's feelings. Yoriko's affirmative response is however followed by a confession: she's a fujoshi otaku. Hinata, ignorant of such a culture, immediately acknowledges this will not be an issue, and through him, audiences who are uncertain of otaku culture, are able to gain a broader, if not slightly exaggerated view, as he experiences Yoriko's world.

For the uninitiated, fujoshi are women with an avid appreciation for BL (boy's love) Manga, which, as the title suggests, exposes its readership to homo-erotic relationships between men. With this in mind, despite the film's sweet and bubbly demeanor, the feature contains a few sexual references, that, although not explicit, are certainly not for the ears of children either.

Hinata is portrayed as a very sweet individual, and often appears similar to an underdog in the strange situation he finds himself thrust into. Yoriko on the other hand, although without a doubt eccentric, exhibits equally adorable behavior, and despite her fear that those around her with alternate interests may perceive her as a 'freak', she appears genuinely passionate about her culture, her character developed both positively and emotionally, the anxiety, spurred on by her fear of acceptance, being well portrayed by Ms. Matsumoto. The occasional animations and sound effects reflect those found in Manga and Anime, and further represent Yoriko's appreciation for fujoshi culture, while adjunctively demonstrating how she perceives the world.

Although the film impressively reveals an interpretation of otaku culture, more detail could have perhaps been added to the professional background of the characters. Despite Yoriko's occupation having a rather large role within the plot, it remains largely unexplored what this job entails, while at the same time, the friends of the lead characters could have additionally been provided further depth.

Moving on, sound plays an important role over the course of the feature, the well placed songs adding another layer of emotion to the film that reveals a particular character's inner thoughts, while the piano theme that accompanies several scenes is produced to an equally effective standard. At one point during the film, the lack of sound during a scene heightens the impact on the audience, while the tension, accentuated by the acting, in the way the characters begin to speak slower during particularly impacting moments, leaves the audience hanging on every word. The communicative practices in the film moreover are not limited to dialogue, the incorporation of bodily movement and facial expression, efficaciously accentuating conversations.

At the same time however, the environments, although occasionally reflective of otaku and Japanese culture alike, sometimes it appeared that more could have been encapsulated to flesh these locations out. We barely glimpse Yoriko's residence, the film depicting the impact her way of life has on Hinata's home, while additionally, only three locations that Yoriko visits assist in establishing where those with similar tastes to hers may mingle.

Despite its often humorous appearance, the film contains an equal number of serious moments that convey satisfactory depth and emotion, that is especially driven by not only the plot, but the capacity of the actors, all of which leads to a very worth while conclusion. The dialogue is also reminiscent of this, and though sometimes over-exaggerated, there is also an undefinable, witty charm that is well achieved. The film's opening, its blurb, alongside the marketing applied to the feature, make it appear as though there will be great hardship as Hinata attempts to come to terms with Yoriko's obsessions. Ironically, due to Hinata's open mindedness, and his unwavering affection, it often seems to be life itself that spells the largest complications of all.

At times it can be difficult to annotate the accuracy of Yoriko's portrayal, for 'otaku' is a generalized stereotype, and the film's interpretation obviously does not apply to every individual associated with this culture. I myself, due to my adoration of Anime and Manga, have previously been called an otaku (and my slightly massive crush on Haruna Luna probably accentuates this), however, not everything the film portrayed accurately describes me, and the same could be said for others. This addendum aside, the film's sweet and charming atmosphere makes for a very light-hearted, humorous romance, and though How to Date an Otaku Girl is neither a guide to dating a geeky beauty, or a film that will appeal to everyone, it is certainly worth a look for those fascinated with the culture, or who are interested in seeing a very different romance.


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