Dark magic and a price too great to pay are great reasons for remaining single.
In English, we only use “make” to describe making platonic friends, and not a romantic boyfriend/girlfriend. However, in Japanese, you can use tsukuru/make to talk about new romantic connections too.
As a matter of fact, the phrase kareshi wo tsukuru, literally “to make a boyfriend,” is one that gets used when a woman proactively cultivates a romantic relationship. Because of that, it can be frustrating when a woman gets asked “Why don’t you make a boyfriend?”, since it sort of implies that her single status is the fault of laziness or inactivity on her part. Japanese Twitter user and female otaku @bmt_sn, however, has a perfectly prepared response for that annoying question.
When someone asks her “Why don’t you make yourself a boyfriend?” she replies:
“Okay, so I’ll need 35 liters of water, 20 kilograms of carbon, four liters of ammonia…”
炊飯器ローストポーク (@bmt_sn) January 05, 2019
Online commenters were quick to applaud her clever retort, saying:
“What a cool answer.”
“If you were a god, all you’d need to make a boyfriend is some clay.”
“Don’t forget to give him a soul too.”
While on the surface this sounds like, and would work as, a snarky way of shutting down an unwanted line of questioning, it also acts as a secret test to see if other people share @bmt_sn’s otaku interests. See, @bmt_sn’s isn’t making that recipe up off the top of her head. It’s actually taken from the Fullmetal Alchemist anime/manga franchise, in which magician brothers Ed and Al Elric try to manipulate the mystical law of Equivalent Exchange in order to bring their dead mother back from the grave.
▼ Ed Elric
edward elric, fullmetal alchemist https://t.co/79mgtIcqP4
principessa λέια 👑 onorevole shogunazzo (@oblivillumi) January 06, 2019
“When I answer their question like that, people who immediately laugh show that they’ve completed compulsory education for otaku,” says @bmt_sn. “But ordinary people look at me like I’M some crazy witch that came down form the mountains or something.”
– Edward Elric ( Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood ) : A lesson without pain is meaningless. That’s because no one… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Zach H. Lawson ザックローソン 🇺🇸🇯🇵 (@ZachieSenpai) January 06, 2019
Adding yet another layer of meaning is that when Ed and Al try to make a human, their attempt goes catastrophically wrong, with Ed losing both a leg and an arm for his attempt at what’s actually a forbidden enchantment. It’s