As far as Japan is concerned, at least, maybe Keima is right...
While I liked TWGOK, there was one episode I found slightly disturbing.
It was the episode where Keima stated a strong preference for "game idols" over "real idols". In essence, a strong preference for fictional female characters in a game over real girls in real life.
Now, there's certainly nothing wrong with engaging in some fulfilling fantasy from time to time (I myself certainly do this), but at the end of the day, fantasy shouldn't completely take the place of reality in a person's life.
However, as the old saying goes, fiction reflects reality, as there may be quite a few real-life Keima's.
Consider the following:
According to the survey of 800 people who turned 20 years old this year, 83.7 percent of Japanese males said they were not dating anyone, while 49.3 percent said they had never had any girlfriends.
More surprising was the news that in a separate survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare published by the Japan Family Planning Association that 36.1 percent of Japanese males, aged 16 to 19, had no interest in sex whatsoever -- up from a 2008 record of 17.5 percent. (Key Excerpt)
I recently came across this news report while casually surfing the net.
36.1 percent is a significant figure. It's a minority, but a substantial one. This isn't something that any government can ignore, or brush off as acceptable or negligible exceptions to the rule.
Keep in mind, too, that this figure isn't expressing a simple lack of sexual activity, but an outright disinterest in it.
Now, I don't think that over a third of male Japanese high school students have lost their sex drive entirely, or have all committed to a life of celibacy. Basic human nature makes that seem unlikely. However, their sex drive is likely being sublimated into other areas in order to account for a disinterest in real sexual relations. Perhaps that area is eroges, and to a lesser extent, anime?
With this in mind, I initially found this Spring 2011 anime announcement to be hilarious.
I mean... an anime adaptation of guidebooks to help single 30 year old men get girlfriends? It just seems so laughably absurd on a first impression basis.
However, it's now clear that the issue that prompted the creation of these guidebooks is no laughing matter. It's a serious sociological issue for the Japanese people to grapple with.
Yes, Japan is arguably too densely populated anyway, but an aging population is highly problematic for any society, as it puts great stresses on government social services. It can also, of course, leave a disproportionately low number of young adults having to care for a large number of seniors in their retirement years.
I don't know what the root cause for this sociological issue is, but I hope that Japan, for its own sake, can find it and rectify it.
That being said, I have a hunch that eroges and anime and perhaps the entire otaku subculture, are going to be blamed for this. And that this will lead to more, possibly many more, government measures like The Tokyo Youth Ordinance Bill. This is something that anime fans, especially anime fans in Japan, should probably prepare for, because I can definitely see it coming based on pertinent stats that no government can ignore. To use a potentially chilling analogy, I think that the Japanese government might eventually enter into a "War on Otakus" comparable to America's "War on Drugs".
At a surface level, the otaku subculture will make an easy scapegoat for politicians addressing citizen concerns over greatly declining birth rates and an aging population. Personally, I'm inclined to think that any widespread Keima-level preference for "2D Girls" over "3D Girls" is a symptom of larger societal issues than eroges or the otaku subculture. However, discovering and addressing those larger societal issues is the trickier path, and hence Japanese politicians are likely to offer easier and more emotionally gratifying answers by pointing the finger at a subculture that is highly unpopular amongst the rest of the Japanese people.
While TWGOK reflects Japan's present, it is Ore no Imouto that may reflect Japan's short-term future... only this time, the otakus in the story might get a far less happier ending...