“Date a Girl Who Reads”, “Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels”, do this, don’t that — we’re all pretty much drowning in Thought Catalog bullshit. However, no matter how many of these things I scroll past on on my Facebook wall, none of them seem to strike a chord with me as a person in general and as a girl in particular.
Hence, this list. Also, it is February so I get a free pass to be corny.
(Don’t) date a girl who’s into anime
She may be a lot of fun to watch films with: you can have spirited discussions on whether or not Goro Miyazaki can continue his father’s legacy; if Kill La Kill is feminist, sexist, or both; or which of Evangelion’s five endings is the definitive one. However, if her tastes run more towards Gantz, Attack on Titan, or Steins;Gate rather than your weekly staples of Pretty Cure, Date A Live, or Infinite Stratos, there could be trouble in paradise.
Also, she may know a lot more about hentai anime than even you are comfortable with.
(Don’t) date a girl who’s into manga.
While it’s really nice to have someone to read along with and help translate the newer Japanese stuff into English for you, she may soon tire of your lazy ass and move to Japan to pursue her language studies (and maybe obtain that post-graduate degree she always wanted but couldn’t get with your sorry ass holding her back — TRUE STORY).
Also, there may be lots of BL manga in your future. Lots and lots of it :3
(Don’t) date a girl who collects figures.
Sure — she may be puzzled with your fascination for resin girls whose anatomies would classify them as disfigured in the real world, but she totally gets it because she has her own little collection of Lego minifigs and Petite Nendroids. Just watch out for “upgrades” — pretty soon she may be too busy (and too broke?) to go on dates with you because she’s spending all her time on AmiAmi trading up to bigger and more expensive figures.
Also, her collection of Hot Toys figures may be worth more than what you make in a year.
(Don’t) date a girl who’s into video games.
She will play lots and lots of games, with or without you (and she will be damn good at it). Sure, it’s a lot of fun if you’re playing Pokemon X and/or Y together and breeding and/or trading as you go along. But if she’s trying to rally her Titanfall team and you just can’t follow orders fast enough, she will shove your flashy light-uppy Razer mouse up your ass.
Also it’s really, really hard to compete with Sephiroth on the hotness scale — just saying.
(Don’t) date a girl who cosplays.
It may be great for your ego that lots of (desperately lonely) guys are declaring their eternal love for her on and offline. Just make sure it balances out the fact that at most cons you will be attending, your sole purpose in life is to be a combination bodyguard, chauffeur, personal assistant, make-up artist, caterer, photographer, and photoshoot facilitator.
Also, when your girl crossplays she may turn out to be a hotter guy than you will ever be.
In conclusion: do, or do not — there is no try!