So a few weeks ago I happened to notice one of my uploader friends reprinted the song, ろりこんでよかった～ (Glad You’re a Lolicon/Rorikon de yokatta) from Nico Nico Douga. The name caught my eye and I decided to watch it. What I saw was a delightful and cute story about a frustrated and insecure girl who was glad that she was loved in a very tsundereish way. Check it out:
While a large majority of people have obviously enjoyed this song for the cute and playful love song it is, I’ve also seen quite a few ignorant comments (both positive and negative) that are really annoying me. All I can ask is PLEASE READ THE LYRICS, they make everything quite clear (and enjoyable). Unlike those people who posted this on a pedophile awareness site, I am quite confident that this song is not advocating the love of underaged girls. Also for all those who seem to think this is some kind of anthem for lolicon gloriousness, ALSO WRONG. In this song the major use of the term lolicon is by Miku herself who is using it to coyly insult the guy she likes while also demeaning herself and her appearance that she feels so insecure about. Due to all the difficulties in her life (being called -chan, looking too young, being mistaken for a child on the train) she lacks confidence and can’t believe someone actually likes her for who she is. However since like every Japanese girl in any song ever written she lacks confidence in admitting her feelings, she takes the tsundereish approach to dealing with it.
While it isn’t my cup of tea (I do love me my moe though), I personally consider the lolicon concept of the Japanese variety to be less offensive that what most westerners think. Are there sick people out there? Yes. But it is not them who I defend or even try to rationalize. Rather Westerners who try to consume Japanese anime/vocaloid related media should understand that lolicon represents a slightly broader concept of people who enjoy cute and small things, mostly depictions of an anime or manga variety as well, rather than actual little girls. Lolicon DOES NOT equal pedophile, not in my book or the books of most others. Sure this word has been someone incorrectly co-opted and diverted from its pure original meaning of desire for young girls, but we must all adapt with the times, eh? And as many say, it’s Japan for cryin’ out loud.
So as I said, please, please stop misusing the meaning of this song, whether you support or detest the concept of lolicon. Rather I’m sure that Takebo3 would appreciate it if we all take the time to appreciate his sense of humor and Vocaloid skills and the cute love song he composed. If you would like to discuss it however, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Before we close today, also feel free to take the time and enjoy this MMD version of the song that was released last week. It features some cute dancing by Miku and Rin while also featuring some funny animated sequences depicting the “injustices” Miku suffers in her “small girl” life: