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*how did you find out you prefer 2d? or why did you give up on real people?
I don't really give up on real people. I'm sure they're are really nice girls out there willing to act as a true friend towards us. 2D girls is a different story. I can consider them as my waifus If they showed friendship towards other people and their friends. Or pretty much have the same personality as you. lol.

*why do some people prefer 2d girls?
Personality differences. Mainly that in certain cases. In the real world, It's really not that easy finding a girl who's pretty similar to the ones they tend to see in 2D.

*whats better about 2d than 3d?
They're kindness, trust, charm, and support. Some guys think that how they look brings their attention to them too in some possible cases. Not all 2D girls are like that. Other guys like them cause of how funny they are, how shy they are, how mean, how villanish they can be, all that jazz. lol.

*view on dating-sims and eroge/ visual novels
It's not bad to be honest. Personally, I find that enjoyable. Really liked the different paths you want to take.

*do your friends know or how do you go on about it with friends. also are your friends into that?
I'm pretty sure some of them knew. And it's worth being friends with a 2D girl. I don't really care nethier way. It's anime. It's what I like. And I'm sure you have the same feeling as well (If that's possible for you.)

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For me, when I read shoujo manga or watch anime, I imagine myself as part of the character. It's pretty exhilarating to jump though the hoops in the story and end up with the perfect guy. I find it comforting but I do realize it's not real, sadly

I don't have a good experience with guys, it has come to made me fearful of relationships...the person I'm expected to be, not meeting those expectations, the feeling of seeing someone being disappointed in me, the feeling of regret. Though my situation isn't exactly typical...
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Posted 4/15/14

PanchoArr wrote:

Hi everyone! I'm writing a paper for my Class about love. I didn't want to write the same old boring concept so I decided to explore the concept of "virtual love." I want to know why some people here prefer the girls in anime/manga, movies, or tv shows over the "real deal." No one is here to judge, I just want real data and opinions to write a non-biased essay about this topic.


Have you seen the film "Her"?
Posted 4/15/14
this is just like the sex scenes from her, heartwarming.
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*how did you find out you prefer 2d? or why did you give up on real people?
I don't personally prefer them and haven't really given up on real people, so this one for me is moot.

*why do some people prefer 2d girls?
First and foremost they generally have nearly perfect figures. On top of that, the personality traits are much better than the 3D counterparts, less often they have glaringly negative ones.

*whats better about 2d than 3d? Their personality, it is rare that I find woman that have similar interests to me irl, but in anime, its much much more common.

*view on dating-sims and eroge/ visual novels
I have no qualms with either but personally haven't used either of them that much

*do your friends know or how do you go on about it with friends. also are your friends into that?
I don't really talk about 2D girls with friends, but most friends hinted that they think something like that is weird.
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Posted 4/16/14
Because anime girls don't come with drama and come with massive mood swings once a month.
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Why did I even click on this thread? Lol
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Beauty is silence a wise man once said. Maybe it's because 2D can remain as dolls and be the ideal perfection according to your imagination?
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I think being attracted to 2D characters is fine really. This is a bit of an embarrassing story for me, but I did develop kind of a "virtual crush" on a video game character (Bastila) when I was a teen when playing Knights of the Old Republic. Although I think a lot of it simply had to do with the fact that you could delve into relationships with characters which was rare and surprised me. I remember at one point in school I was so jittery and amped up (I literally couldn't stop shaking nervously) because I wanted to play the game so badly... haha.

But as far as developing a relationship? Sorry, no way. I admit that I love playing visual novels as they are very focused on story and character development which is rare in most mainstream games these days. Let's be real... how can you have a relationship with a computer program or drawing? Unless you're talking about Joaquin Phoenix in "Her," but that's another story haha.
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Japanophobe wrote:

It's fine I guess that you guys are more into 2D girls than 3D girls, but some of these reasons just seem... misogynistic. Preferring a fictional character because they "don't talk back" or are "perfect" is somewhat wrong - you're not in a relationship, that being isn't real. There is no actual being that you are in love with, you're in love with an idea that doesn't exist, your "perfect, idyllic woman" you could say.

I get myself hooked on a female character from time to time, sure - I mean, they represent human personalities and are ideas personified as characters.

Even as a joke, "they don't talk back" just comes off as a very possessive, aggressive stance towards women. It perpetuates an idea that women shouldn't talk back to men, which is misogynistic. I'm not saying people are misogynists for liking fictional, 2D women, but some of the reasoning comes across very much that way. Real people aren't perfect, you're right. Real people can hurt you, leave you, sure.

But that 2D fictional character will never love you. They will never think of you in any capacity - you are merely imagining them. You're also imagining them liking you - you're creating yourself an imaginary woman to comfort yourself.


I found these two posts in particular interesting:


gearmarine wrote:

^ Best girl is definitely Mikasa from Attack on Titan. I like strong independent woman.



gearmarine wrote:

2D girls don't talk back to you when you shout at them.


Liking 2D girls because they don't talk back when you shout at them (a sign of dominance and control, and part of an abusive relationship - shouting at someone is NOT cool), but then liking a female character for being strong and independent? If you had a strong and independent woman to date and shouted at her, what do you think would happen? If they were actually strong and independent then they wouldn't tolerate that.

It's funny that you use Mikasa as an example though - a female character that would probably kick your ass if you could actually shout at her. Of course, like you said, she's not able to - she's not real.

I'm not calling you out as an individual, I just find those two posts to be really interesting to show how people think these things through.

Like I said, it's fine to like 2D characters. I really like a few fictional characters because they're just attractive to me - but I don't love them romantically. It hurts no one, sure, but it's really kind of lame in my opinion to be romantically invested into a character. It'd be like being the loser kid in school that has a crush on the most popular girl in the school - you're never going to get anything out of it, you're just fantasizing based on ideals that you and society have crafted.

Ideals that tend to be based in a sense of "I deserve" or "I want" in my experience - things that turn women into items to be desired, not actual human beings. That's how I see the preference of 2D, fictional characters, its just turning them into an object to desire. Which is a misogynistic view, in my opinion.

I hope I didn't offend anyone with this, just my two cents.


Interestingly enough, I think it's these unreal standards that some people develop over time that prevents them from having an IRL relationship. So they turn to 2D relationships which for the most part these characters are incredibly unrealistic.
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Posted 4/16/14

Mr_Spudwheat wrote:


PanchoArr wrote:

Hi everyone! I'm writing a paper for my Class about love. I didn't want to write the same old boring concept so I decided to explore the concept of "virtual love." I want to know why some people here prefer the girls in anime/manga, movies, or tv shows over the "real deal." No one is here to judge, I just want real data and opinions to write a non-biased essay about this topic.


Have you seen the film "Her"?


no i haven't but i think you're the 2nd to mention it
Posted 4/16/14
*how did you find out you prefer 2d? or why did you give up on real people?

I like anime and maybe reality sucks sometimes

*why do some people prefer 2d girls?

I don't know anyone who does and I don't care about what people prefer

*whats better about 2d than 3d?

Who knows

*view on dating-sims and eroge/ visual novels

I'll pretend I know what those things are

*do your friends know or how do you go on about it with friends. also are your friends into that?

They probably know I watch anime not that I've told them or discussed about this with them

* I'll be coming up with more questions as my creative juices get flowing

Thanks for asking, you're welcome

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2D girls are amazing, they don't get sick.
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I've never used a serious relationship sim or anything like that but I'm honestly leaning towards the idea. I'm fairly stuck in a loveless relationship until I graduate college. Until then I'd really like to have some type of fall back romance to get me through this.

Though, I understand it's not real. It's an escape from reality and any romantic feelings I may paint are all in my head. Similar to having a crush on a popstar. Allows me to let out my romantic/sexual desires while still being faithful.

In any other situation I wouldn't really find it a viable outlet. Conversation is important to me and sims can only take a conversation so far. I played a little dating game on a phone before and they just ended up saying you're hot when it didn't know how to reply. Not really how I'd like a conversation to go when I'm talking about something I'm passionate about.
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