Life in the Metaverse – I Didn’t Expect There To Be So Many Male Anime Girls
As a writer and gamer, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of traveling to virtual worlds since I first saw Tron as a wee lad. Tron showed me a super cool world where people wore glowing clothing and tossed killer Frisbees and zipped around on super sleek motorcycles that left colored electronic walls behind them. I imagined what it’d be like to live in or visit such a world and even wrote stories about what it would be like to hang out in virtual reality, but what we have now is beyond even my imagination.
I didn’t expect there to be so many male anime girls.
Playing a character outside of your own gender is nothing new. We’ve been doing it for years in tabletop RPGs, and later in massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Men played female characters and women played male characters and there are a wealth of reasons they’d do so, ranging from liking the aesthetic of a specific model to wanting something pleasant to stare at while grinding mobs. There’s nothing wrong or unusual about playing a different gender. Trying new experiences makes games fun.
However, entering the world of social VR is different from shared spaces that came before. We aren’t playing a character any longer. We aren’t disembodied from our avatar, making a puppet move about with mouse and keyboard. We *are* our avatars, fully present in virtual reality, and a surprisingly large number of men have chosen to spend all their time inside virtual reality existing as bouncy anime girls.
Bouncy As In…?
Pretty much what you’d expect from all the anime ever. Social experiences like VRChat allow huge amounts of customization, and talented artists take great pride in the avatars they create. Everything from making anime girl hair and clothing trail off as they strut about to just the right amount of bounce in their boob physics is an ongoing artistic effort by talented modelers and animators of all genders.
Though there are many varieties of anime girl to be found in social VR, by and large they fall into two categories – the leggy, top-heavy, bouncy variety, and the shorter, adorable, kawaii variety. Like puppies with great big anime eyes, you just want to pat their cute wittle heads, assuming they aren’t armed and don’t come after you with a katana, of course. Always ask before giving head pats.
So Are There Female Anime Girls as Well?
Absolutely, but they’re currently outnumbered by males when it comes to total current metaverse population (which, granted, probably has a larger male population overall due to its young age). One of the best things about our burgeoning metaverse is that we can enter a world where we can exist as literally anyone or anything we can imagine, from an anime girl to a Speak N’ Spell that watches you with judging eyes. I am sometimes a revolving door. Social VR lets us be anyone or anything.
Even so, a surprising number of metaverse inhabitants choose to be male anime girls.
Why Would Anyone Want to Be A Revolving Door?
I find it amusing. Sometimes people even think I’m part of the current map and try to walk through me without running into my rotating glass walls. Being a revolving door and screwing with people is something I would never have thought to write into any of my stories about virtual reality until I actually tried it, and not something I’ve seen in any other stories, either. We’re making it up as we go along.
Just as I didn’t imagine there would be so many male anime girls, I also didn’t imagine I’d stick my head inside boxes to identify John Williams themes while descending through the nine circles of Hell, or have a conversation about the latest Star Wars movie in outer space with Winnie the Pooh, the Predator, and Goku from Dragonball Z. Now that social VR is a reality available to anyone with a VR headset, our ability to design our own worlds and bodies has provided us with endless opportunities for creativity and customization. As a rogue AI once said in the opening of the original Xenogears, “Ye shall be as gods”.
What If I Wanted to Be a Talking One-Eyed Owl With Cute Little Feet?
You’d probably be accused of impersonating the proprietor of The Great Pug, the most popular drinking, eating, and music tavern in VR, like the jerk in the video below. It has happened.
Why Were We Talking About Male Anime Girls Again?
To demonstrate just how many things in our metaverse are going to be stranger, cooler, and more interesting than even our best cyberpunk writers ever imagined. Movies like Tron and books like Ready Player One fired our imaginations but barely scratched the surface of what social VR will truly be. We can now take anything we can imagine, create it, and experience it. We can walk on entire planets made out of a glowing vegetable matter and globules of milk. We can sit inside music and walk through walls.
In the virtual world now developing, there are no limits, no judgments, and no commitments to be any particular being for any particular amount of time. You can be an anime girl one day and a talking cat the next and a Tie Fighter zipping about shooting at people when you get bored with that. All humanity’s creativity can now be displayed and shared with anyone, and no one really knows where we will go.
Also, if you see a Speak N’ Spell watching you silently with narrow eyes, have no doubt. It is judging you.