“…but I’m a fujoshi”
I feel like we’ve all had that one friend who was super into pop-culture or more specifically a subculture niche, right? Maybe they were real big on collecting trading cards or really big movie buffs? As I run through the story of Fujoshi Kanojo in my head, I was trying to find an American comparison to the Japanese outcast otakus. Nothing immediately came to mind, UNTIL I remembered a friend of my older brother. Like Yoriko in this film, that friend was so into things like hentai, anime, and games; not many people really seemed to understand him. Somehow, some way–Hanata seems to understand Yoriko.
The majority of this movie consists of Hanata (Shunsuke Daito) dating and sort of being ‘schooled’ toward the ways of otakus via his former boss, Yoriko (Wakana Matsumoto). Honestly, the movie is literally just us touring one scene of geekdom after another. One of the earliest scenes (if not the earliest) is of Yoriko and her small pack of friends bringing Hanata along to what ends up being a Butler Cafe. It’s full of handsome, dashing men who are at the beckon call of the cafe’s patrons. This scene is full of Black Butler references, sub or dom quips, and whether or not Hanata’s treating Yoriko with basic, human decency means he’s ‘submissive’. Yeah, that submissive.
My Geeky Girlfriend spends a large chunk of it’s run time showing off Yoriko’s passionate otaku spirit, and the romantic comedy (or at least the conventional rom-com) takes a backseat until we’re more than halfway through the movie. Nothing really happens aside from Hanata being a committed boyfriend struggling to understand his love’s obsession; while Yoriko has trouble trusting him. In Yoriko’s eyes, Hanata is younger and could have anyone he wanted as a girlfriend. Her biggest fear of being seen as a freak almost ruins the relationship. Ultimately though, it’s a new job (out of country) that threatens their relationship. Even still, the movie doesn’t have any real stakes for the characters involved and is just as mundane (nuanced) as regular ol’reality.
I know it’s like my first review in forever (a few months), but I will be making an effort toward updating here more often. I do want to setup a new marathon, but that won’t really kick off until after my first few reviews. All that aside, WE BACK!