There is often an old saying; otakus have their own universe and stuck there all alone. And they never come out and see nobody. I know that’s not true, however, I sometimes wonder why a word like 自宅警備員[jitaku keibi’in] is always stalking otakus. Let’s talk about it later, but now I shall introduce today’s keyword, that is 閉鎖空間[heisa kuukan].
I assume there is no need to explain what it is if you have watched the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi[涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱], but for those who haven’t, let me explain. In this anime, the heroine Suzumiya Haruhi is actually the God of all the universe, and whatever she wishes comes true. But she is not aware of that, and her classmates including the hero, Kyon try to keep it secret so that she does not realise it. Because catastrophe might happen if she did. At the same time, her classmates must entertain her so that she wouldn’t get bored. when she gets bored, when her frustration comes to the point, something would happen. Yes, that is 閉鎖空間[heisa kuukan] or a closed space.
閉鎖空間 is a totally different world from where we are, and there is nobody. Whatever Haruhi wishes is supposed to exist. In other words, she can do anything inside it. Anything comes true. Besides, a mysterious giant acts weird. According to Koizumi who is an esper boy from the agency he belongs to, the giant represents Haruhi’s frustration. If 閉鎖空間 gets broad, the real world would disappear and only 閉鎖空間 exist. In other words, the two worlds would be switched.
That is all(almost?) about 閉鎖空間. Actually this word has been popular out of Haruhi fans since the anime was over. To make it simple, it means to stay in your shell. Like people often say, otakus tend to stay in their inner world. Watching anime, playing games, reading or drawing manga, or whatever. While you do this kind of thing, you stay indoors and talk to nobody. In the end, you might forget how long you shut yourself up…because you place yourself in your 閉鎖空間.
Please don’t take it so seriously. This term has no negative connotation, rather most otakus use it as a joke. Let me give you some examples.
a. ねえ、夏休みどうしてた？[Hey, what did you guys do during this summer vacation?]
b. 閉鎖空間に引きこもってゲームやってた。 [I was stuck at 閉鎖空間 and played video games.]
c. 閉鎖空間でチャットしてた。[I was chatting online.]
Of course, I shut myself indoors when I blog or do homework. Because I can’t talk to anybody while I do it. I can’t do two things at the same time, so I have to tell if someone speaks to me while I am engaged in something,”I’m sorry, but could you wait for me a bit more? Now I am in 閉鎖空間.”
Having said that, it could mean as it does, I mean, your frustration. When you get frustrated too much, you might feel like crying out. Somewhere in this world, or in the universe 閉鎖空間 would come out, and a giant is freaking out. Since we live in such an irritable world, we get frustrated, irritated, and annoyed. If there is no way to release it, it would drive you crazy. That is not good. Koizumi is right. We had better clear frustration so that we won’t make 閉鎖空間. To do so, you just do what you want. Me, go to karaoke or cosplay, that’s all. That is the way I clear 閉鎖空間. Once a week or so, I go to karaoke. Well, not bad!
How you deal with 閉鎖空間 will be important for your life.