We all need to have some wholesomeness in our social media diets of despair, dread and dreariness.
It began with a shopping trip to a town in a nearby state that contains a Super Bullseye™. At the end of my time there, I went towards the self check-out, but as usual the isle in which they keep Pokémon cards caught my eye.
“I’ll just take a peek,” I thought to myself as I stepped into the space, eyes scanning each pack carefully as if I actually intended to buy one…or five. I may or may not have a problem. That’s not the part that makes this story. The important part came when the middle age woman next to me piped up.
“Do you know anything about Nar-oo-too cards?” she inquired. I looked over the goods hung on the display and shook my head. “I don’t see anything related to Naruto. I see Yu-Gi-Oh and Dragon Ball, but not Naruto.” The woman explained to me that she saw that Bullseye’s™ website showed the cards there, but she couldn’t find them in-store. She also told me that she had checked the GameShop in the same town, with no luck there, either. “I don’t know anything about this anime stuff,” she sighed as she told me about her nephew in Texas who collects Naruto cards.
Although it couldn’t be seen under my Plague Appropriate Face Mask, I smiled to her and explained how I personally didn’t get into Naruto, I prefer more obscure anime franchises (namely vintage 80’s or 90’s ones…currently on my watch list are such examples as Maple Town, Dirty Pair and Creamy Mami.) but have knowledge of a shop that has a decent amount of anime merchandise. It’s one of those table top gaming sort of joints that have goods related to other nerd-adjacent hobbies like gaming, anime and to a degree, trading cards.
We parted with a thank you and I went to continue my shopping trip, and get my Starbucks fix, but even now that I’m at home, I’m wondering about the lady and the Naruto cards. I hope she found some…her story reminded me of how I was at her nephew’s age, anime obsessed. Except instead of Naruto my main obsession was InuYasha. Did you know Sango is responsible for my gay awakening? You didn’t ask? Well, now you have to think about a stranger telling you about their first cartoon crush. You’re welcome.
Be good to each other. The World doesn’t need more negativity when we’re in the middle of a flipping plague.