The wind is troubled today~
But this wind is weeping just a little~
It seems as though the wind blew something unpleasant into town~
Let us make haste, lest the wind ceases~
That’s right, Daily Lives of Highschool Boys’ Literature Girl segments! Quite literally the highlight of my week, every week, for 12 weeks!!
I expect Literature Girl to feature in mostly everyone’s 12 days posts at some point, closely following behind Nisemonogatari’s ‘tooth-brush sex’. I mean, the girl was just so freakin’ hilarious! And yet, at the same time, oddly tragic… This was a girl so desperate to live out some of her most cringe-worthy romantic fantasies, she ends up making a complete and utter fool of herself every time she appears!! For me, what made her so hilarious was that I could totally relate to her. I connected to her on a far deeper level than normal, our very souls resonated, enabling me to laugh at her all the harder as a result. ‘Cause thanks to a deadly mix of Hollywood movies, classic literature, and, yes, anime, I too nurture a shocking amount of embarrassing fantasies (just ask the boyfriend), and given the opportunity, I would also eagerly don my game-face and attempt to bring some to life. The only problem is, again like Literature Girl… I too am really just lame… I’ll give you a moment to let that shocking truth sink in!
I’m hardly the epitome of a Hollywood-type heroine, or even a (less cool) anime heroine- I’m far too short, wear festive jumpers all year ‘round, talk like a guy, am- the large majority of the time- occupied with a wide variety of nerdy pass-times, and am studying to earn myself a degree in a social science, of all things! And, needless to say, if I were to try to hide all that, and attempt to appear all feminine and dainty, or glamorous and sexy, or cool and mysterious, for whatever fantasy I’m interested in bringing to life at that moment, things are bound to go disastrously wrong, because at some point, a lá Literature Girl, I’ll slip up, revealing my true, horribly uncool self to the entire world, making myself appear extremely foolish, and kind of deceitful. And that’s why it was so easy to relate to Literature Girl, and share in her (hilarious) pain.
If all this taught me one thing, it was don’t try too hard to look cool in front of others, because, no matter how hard you try, deep down we’re all as lame as each other. As wise man Hidenori put it: Let’s show our lame sides, that’s who we really are after all…”