As if being required to look like a celebrity heartthrob wasn’t restrictive enough, the list further limits its qualities of the “ideal man” to a very specific set of characteristics that even Kentaro Sakaguchi himself fails to fit into.
Born and raised in Tokyo
Spends a lot of time in the Harajuku neighborhood
Birthday is in August
Blood type O
Is the oldest son out of his siblings
Some conditions are downright confusing and, at times, even contradicting.
College graduate (or currently in college)
Member of an athletic club (as opposed to an art club)
Is a student
Has a lot of friends
Has had three prior girlfriends
Has a lot of money saved up in his bank account
Currently works part-time at a cafe
Kind and gentle
Often says “thank you”
Wants to get married someday
Spends his money responsibly
The magazine then continued to list vaguely general to more oddly specific preferences:
Limits his per-month clothes purchases to 10,000 yen (US$90)
Often rolls up the sleeves of his long-sleeved shirts
Is always smiling
Will give you accessories for your birthday present
Regularly texts/emails/calls you
When you’re feeling bad, asks “Are you OK?”
Is a member of the soccer team
His hobby is watching sports
Likes eating meat and meaty dishes
Is into beetles
Watches the variety show Shabekuri 007 every day
Can drink a lot of alcohol
Doesn’t wear cologne
Is good at cooking rice omelets
The list has since sparked an online discussion about people’s stringent and somewhat unrealistic standards when searching for a romantic partner.
One commenter lamented that it would be impossible for him to be considered “ideal” under such standards since he isn’t born in August, doesn’t have type O blood, and is not the oldest son out of his siblings.
Others, however, pointed out that one does not necessarily have to tick each item on the list to be deemed acceptable or attractive as it only serves as a hypothetical ideal to show the “ultimate” young man.
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