Hey! It’s a comic!
Between the last comic and this one I’ve done a bunch of living, and I kind of wanted to represent that experience in this comic. What I’m trying to illustrate in this comic is two extremes, one which I think is easy to fall into if you’re a nerd like me, and another which is the sort of life we should shoot for–not just in Japan–but wherever we may be. I’d like to think my life right now is closer to the ideal that Tina lays out, but my Japanese still isn’t that great, I still can’t find a nice girl, and I do beg my parents for money on occasion. That said I do have a decent social life, am able to make a living, and I keep myself pretty busy with stuff. So basically my life falls between these two extremes, but I’d like to think it’s closer to Tina’s side than Rets’.
Rets’ situation is probably closer to mine when I studied over here. Again, it wasn’t quite as bad as illustrated in this comic, but it wasn’t as good as my life in Japan now. I don’t know for sure, but I think a lot of nerds who come to Japan end up like Rets and well… that’s not a good thing.
I can’t say when the next comic will be, but I hope it’ll be sooner rather than later.
Completely unrelated, but OLH’s new album is out in Japan now! I’m not there at the moment so I can’t go out and physically buy it, but I’ve been tempering my hunger by listening to the mp3 samples on Amazon Japan. Don’t delay, buy it today!