The Course of True (Cartoon) Love Never Did Run Smooth

November 18, 2008 at 4:59 pm

During election season, beleaguered Californians get extra stressed because we have to vote on all the Props. Any citizen can make a proposal to change state laws (well, any citizen with enough time, money, and signatures), and these initiatives are added to the ballot during general elections.

The topics vary wildly; usually they concern education, transportation, jail overcrowding, fixing a perceived social ill or – like this year – chickens. Yes, chickens. Prop 2 was all about the humane treatment of animals, specifically regarding the amount of room chickens have to move around in, and whether farmers should provide better accommodations for them.

This year we also voted on Proposition 8, aka The Same-Sex Marriage Ban, and the political ads, both pro and con, flew fast and furious across my TV screen. I wonder what my fellow Californians would think of Taichi Takashita, who launched a petition in Japan to allow marriage between people and cartoons! Here is Takashita’s argument: “I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world.”


Although he’s not naming names, it seems he has a specific cartoon heroine in mind, and he’s in love. He just wants their union to be legal.


Does he win Otaku of the Year Award, or is he pulling all of our legs? Either way, he’s gotten 1,000 signatures so far, so his movement has touched a nerve!

Sarah S.

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