[ ~ objectively superior, but for what objective? ~ ]
It is (was) Christmas, so what better (worse?) time to celebrate some excessive commercialism!
I’m on vacation in Tokyo this week and decided to stop by Akihabara to see capitalism in action… just a weird capitalism catering to a niche set of hobbies all assembled together into a giant tourist trap. It’s a lovely place, but given the tight spaces and crowds, it’s perhaps more interesting to explore as living museum to gonzo commercialism than as a place to actually shop.
With the eye of a tourist rather than a shopper then (half the people there must have been tourists), it was fascinating to take Akihabara as a vast sample of what’s new and popular in the anime-mangasphere. On that, one thing stuck out to me after cycling through a few shops: the uncontested ubiquity of Re:Zero’s Rem and Ram.
Oh, but it’s mostly just Rem. And boy is she expensive.Continue reading “Rem is objectively superior to Ram: evidence from some Akihabara window shopping”