I think you’re missing a few things when it comes to anime, video games, and hot women.
– Pokemon Go and Pokemon in general are anime. Pokemon got popular as anime the first time and got popular the second time still being anime. It wasn’t children stampeding in Central Park.
– Playing a video game once in awhile won’t be considered strange to women, because they too will play a video game once in awhile. However, those aren’t gamers the same way you or I are. They play one or two games in general. A guy will play Call of Duty or Madden/FIFA (depending on the continent). Women will play Mario Kart. Women do not react positively to guys who are gamers, who spend their time and money on a hobby like playing games. If the guy is physically attractive or rich, they may let it go, but they’ll still prefer he doesn’t play games, because games are for children and women don’t want to feel like your mother and don’t want all that time and money being wasted on what’s throwaway fantasy.
– Almost every developed nation is suffering population shrinkage and a decline in births. Japan has been in economic decline for a few decades, women permanently in the workforce is still normalizing (it used to be that a woman would work until she got married, then her job was to be a housewife and a mother, Japan is probably 10-20 years behind us on the feminism front, they’re still trying to normalize the idea that some woman will choose a caeer), and they’re a xenophobic nation so they refuse to try to paper over their birth-rates with immigration the same way everyone else does, which looking at the recent state of politics in the west, seems to be a popular idea. It’s not all “anime”, there’s economic and social forces at work that are stunting fertility in Japan.
Women working recently? Laughable. Women have always been working. Children too.
I suspect many Western women get upset at a man spending money on games isn’t really about the money. It is that man has a source of happiness that isn’t her making him harder to manipulate and control.
I understand the havoc that bad economic macro-economic forces can have (the US is on its way of exiting its own mini-depression). However, the long-term solution is going to be fertility and what it entails. I’m not going to go into fertility discussions on this site, but rich places today used to be very, very poor once upon a time ago. South Korea used to be extremely poor. America used to be very, very poor. Texas used to be extremely poor.
My grandparents were dirt poor, lived in farming communities, but they had large families and did a strict morality. Their children (my parents, etc.) would become engineers, nuclear scientists, and the top of their fields in their area. One would help design the International Space Station. Texas, itself, is the fastest growing state (gained four electoral votes in 2010), and I see rice paddy and milk farm areas I grew up in become transformed into skyscrapers. How is this happening?
I pin it all down to morality. This morality meant a strong work ethic, a desire to understand technical things, and morality in other areas. People kept their pants on so to say, no out of wedlock births, but also a morality of money. Debt was considered immoral. They lived in their means.
I am not saying Japan is immoral by any means, but their monetary policy is.
It is true that people of nations are afflicted by their rulers and other issues. But to be ‘affected’, one must play the passive role, to say that one is the clay of the pot being shaped by hands not their own. When I look at a place like Haiti, we have sent enormous amounts of money, Constitutions, and all sorts of things, but Haiti keeps failing. At the end of the day, it has to come from the people.
I do believe there is a cultural link between ‘great culture’ and ‘great economy’. Japanese golden age of gaming was during its good economic times. The games Nintendo, Square, Enix, Hudson, and others made during the 80s to early 90s is unparalleled. Japanese gaming may never be good again until Japan’s economy picks up. This is very sad to me.