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Why Japanese women say they like dating otakus

Recent surveys in Japan have suggested that not only are our youngsters not interested in sex, but that Japanese women are mystifying men just as much as the men's behavior stupefies the women.

Now a survey from Sugoren, translated by Japan Style, is sticking up for the otaku generation and has collated reasons why the male nerds of Japan are the best boyfriends in town.

The female readers of the site came up with these beauties:

1. Access to an unknown world

“My boyfriend had me memorize lots of names of game characters. It was hard in the beginning, but now I’m addicted to the game world. I’ve learned many things about the otaku world and it's fun!”

2. Fresh date ideas

“I went to a comic market for the first time. That was so exciting! The full-sized Gundam was quite impressive!”

3. Trustworthy

“Otaku boys are pure and single-minded, and can’t be flirts, so I don’t have to worry about [feeling jealous.] If otaku boys cheat on me, it happens only in the second dimension (not with real girls)."

4. Shared obsessions

“I am otaku too, so we can enjoy the same things. It feels like he has become my teacher.”

5. Enthusiastic conversations

“The topic rarely deviates but I never get tired of the conversation with him," says one teenage respondent. “Otaku people are very enthusiastic,” says another in her 20s.

6. Respect for your sense of values

“I’m otaku, but my field is different from my boyfriend’s, and each of us has an inviolable territory. We each respect the other’s interests.”

7. An expert helper

“He knows so much about electronic products and found the best cellphone for me," says one girl. “My boyfriend has plenty of know-how,” suggests another.

8. Dependable

“He is a computer otaku and my only help-desk staff!”

“My boyfriend hand-built a computer himself,” says one lady in her 30s.