I've noticed that a number of people I know have the hots for anime characters. Now, so do I sometimes -- I'd shag Dariun-sama from Arslaan Senki or Toya from Ayashi no Ceres in a stone-cold minute -- if, IF they were real.
See, that's the problem. One of my friends has been complaining that his ex broke up with him 'cos he wasn't like any of the anime characters she liked. "If only you were drawn that way..." or somesuch was what he said she told him. Of course, this is the chick who thought she was Princess Serenity from Bishoujo Senshi SailorMoon, or maybe she just wanted to be Serenity, I forget which. Anyway, she missed out on a relationship with a very nice fellow just because he couldn't measure up to the impossible ideal of a person who doesn't exist in real life.
My SO has remarked more than once that he's upset that Aki in Ayashi no Ceres isn't real (edit on January 26, 2003 -- OK, it was "too bad Aki isn't real," I believe.). Hey, it's OK -- I feel the same way about Toya (and about Priss and Sylvie in Bubblegum Crisis, but that's another story...:-). I know he isn't going to complain that I don't look exactly like Aki, or start trying to call me that, even in private (the same chick mentioned above called my husband and me "Jadeite" and "Mars" in the receiving line at our wedding :-P *sighs* Problem with reality there? Yah, I think so...)
What's the point of this rambling? Well, maybe that sometimes people live in a fantasy world because reality is too painful. OK, I can sort of see that; I was that way in high school. The disturbing thing is, some people can't get out of that fantasy world, and start relating to the real world in terms of the fantasy...like the friend of mine who kept trying to explain real-life happenings in terms of Roger Zelazny's Amber series ("Well, I never noticed that before -- it must have shifted in from another shadow..."). It gets, well, scary to try and relate to people when they're like that, because you don't understand and sometimes what comes out of their mouths is, well, frightening ("My favorite manga author is watching me from the other side of my mirror..."). *shivers*
OK, I'm going to stop writing now, because this is not going well. I'm getting more and more unsettled as I write, so maybe it's time to turn off the computer...